Theatre

Captures the rapturous gaiety of the original: Globe's Twelfth Night reviewed

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The new Lily Allen vehicle opens in a spruced-up terrace in the East End. Allen plays a self-satisfied yuppie, Jenny,…

How we killed comedy theatre: Nigel Planer interviewed

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans talks to Nigel Planer about the death of comedy theatre — and how he’s trying to revive it

Homeric levels of misery: Paradise, at the Olivier Theatre, reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The National Theatre has given Sophocles’s Philoctetes a makeover and a new title, Paradise. This must be ironic because the…

The death of the Edinburgh Fringe

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans finds the newly returned Edinburgh Fringe quieter, more low-key — and all the better for it

The dramatic evolution of ‘actor’

14 August 2021 9:00 am

‘That chap in Line of Duty. That’s what I’d call a bad actor,’ said my husband with vague certainty. He…

Sinatra, Bacon and a YouTube star: Edinburgh Fringe Festival round-up

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Sinatra: Raw (Pleasance, until 15 August) takes us inside the mind of the 20th century’s greatest crooner. The performer, Richard…

Ian McKellen is riveting: Hamlet, at Theatre Royal Windsor, reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Ian McKellen in his early eighties plays the Dane in his mid-twenties. A production with such a strange innovation should…

The history of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the theatrical history of England

7 August 2021 9:00 am

The newly renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane has seen it all and staged it all, says Robert Gore-Langton

One for hardcore Tennessee Williams fans only: The Two Character Play reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

It can be difficult to remember that Tennessee Williams, the great songster of the Deep South during the 1950s, was…

What a comic treat: The Game of Love and Chance at the Arcola reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Lady Sylvia is a gorgeous aristocrat whose hand is sought by the charming Dorante whom she has never met. To…

The best theatre podcasts

24 July 2021 9:00 am

All the world’s on stage again so where to go to for insight into what to see and why? Podcasts,…

A shrill, ugly, tasteless muddle: Romeo & Juliet reviewed

17 July 2021 9:00 am

What shall we destroy next? Romeo & Julietseems a promising target and the Globe has set out to vandalise Shakespeare’s…

Wallace Shawn's Designated Mourner feels like watching the news

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Pity the aesthete, the flâneur and the opera-goer. Those who find the contents of their own heads so dull and…

Staged: a handful of VIP events is no substitute for normality

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Uncertainty is crippling our cultural life

The true cost of theatre closures

3 July 2021 9:00 am

It turns out that if there’s one thing more expensive than making theatre, it’s not making it. Empty buildings haemorrhage…

Enjoyable in spite of the National's best efforts: Under Milk Wood reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Before the National Theatre produced Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood they had to make a decision. How could they stuff…

This interactive Doctor Who show is as bombastic, fey and tedious as the TV series

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Death of a Black Man is a little-known script from the 1970s written by Alfred Fagon who suffered a fatal…

Godot Is a Woman will have you laughing all evening and arguing all night

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Godot Is a Woman opens with three tramps standing on a bare stage beneath a solitary upright. This isn’t Samuel…

Two hours of kitsch tomfoolery: Amélie at the Criterion reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The latest movie to turn into a musical is Amélie, from 2001, about a Parisian do-gooder or ‘godmother of the…

Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of dementia will undo you: The Father reviewed

12 June 2021 9:00 am

The Father is an immensely powerful film about dementia starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was asleep in his bed in…

Remembering David Storey, giant of postwar English culture

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Jasper Rees remembers David Storey, giant of postwar English culture and wry teller of tales, whose newly published memoir is perhaps his most remarkable work

A Shakespeare play at the Globe whose best features have nothing to do with Shakespeare

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Back to the Globe after more than a year. The theatre has zealously maintained its pre–Covid staffing levels. On press…

A brilliant, tense, ragged slice of drama: Waiting for Lefty reviewed

29 May 2021 9:00 am

A Russian Doll is a monologue about Putin’s campaign to swing the Brexit vote in his favour. It stars Rachel…

A last hurrah for the Zoom play

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Lockdown is about to end but some theatres are gripped by cabin fever and want to explore the two new…

Clever, funny and fearless: Good Girl at Soho Theatre online reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

A new work by Alan Bennett features in Still Life, a medley of five ‘untold stories’ from Nottingham Playhouse. The…