Lloyd Evans

Very little theatre is important or valuable. This is: Young Vic’s See Me Now reviewed

25 February 2017 9:00 am

What does it take to become a prostitute? Youth, beauty, courage, sexual allure, a love of money, a need for…

Sheila Reida (Gloria), Keziah Joseph (Hope) and Rachel Davies (Maureen) in Sandi Toksvig’s Silver Linings Photo by Mark Douet

Though dissatisfying it doesn’t deserve a monstering: Sandi Toksvig’s Silver Lining reviewed

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Sandi Toksvig’s new play opens in a Gravesend care home where five grannies and a temporary nurse are threatened by…

Exquisite to look at but hard to warm to: The Glass Menagerie at Duke of Yorks reviewed

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Tennessee Williams’s breakthrough play is a portrait of his dysfunctional family. A young writer, Tom (Williams’s real name), lives with…

An exquisite, opulent bore: Death Takes a Holiday at Charing Cross Theatre reviewed

4 February 2017 9:00 am

It could be the nuttiest idea ever. The protagonist of this American musical is Death, who secretly reprieves a beautiful…

Death trap: Gytha Parmentier and Roman Van Houtven in ‘Us/Them’ at the Dorfman

Clever, genial and splendidly eccentric: Raising Martha reviewed

28 January 2017 9:00 am

David Spicer’s farce Raising Martha opens with a skeleton being disinterred on a frog farm by animal-rights activists. They hope…

A hymn to a vanished era when immigration worked: The Kite Runner at Wyndham’s reviewed

21 January 2017 9:00 am

The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini, has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Now it arrives on…

A three-hour bum-number by a German gas bag: Schiller’s Mary Stuart at the Almeida reviewed

14 January 2017 9:00 am

God, what a dusty old chatterbox Schiller is. Like Bernard Shaw, he can’t put a character on stage without churning…

Kate Duchêne as Juliana, Kyle Soller as Tesman, Ruth Wilson as Hedda, Rafe Spall as Brack and Sinead Matthews as Mrs Elvsted in ‘Hedda Gabler’

Scarcely worth discussing this daft old muddle: Hedda Gabler at the Lyttelton reviewed

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Hedda Gabler is one of the most influential plays ever written. It not merely illuminated an injustice, the enslavement of…

Madeleine Worrall as Wendy in the Olivier’s post-truth ‘Peter Pan’

For those who want to gawp at the underclass from a safe distance: Buried Child reviewed

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Buried Child is a typical Sam Shepard play. The main character, Dodge, is a brain-damaged alcoholic cripple stuck in a…

A convoluted tale of eco-angst and earth-mother cant: Royal Court's The Children reviewed

10 December 2016 9:00 am

What if? is the engine of every great story. What if the toys came to life when their owner left…

An undemanding and underwritten frivolity: Nice Fish at the Harold Pinter Theatre reviewed

3 December 2016 9:00 am

An ice floe. Two anglers. Months to kill. That’s the premise of Nice Fish by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins.…

The greatest laurels belong to the kids in ‘School of Rock’

I'm not sure I've seen a more powerful finale: School of Rock reviewed

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Who could resist School of Rock? For me it was a chance to see a heavy-metal musical written by the…

A treat to hum along to but don't ask me what it's about: Bowie's Lazarus reviewed

19 November 2016 9:00 am

One of David Bowie’s last works, Lazarus, is a musical based on Walter Tevis’s novel The Man Who Fell to…

Snarly rather than menacing: Glenda Jackson as King Lear

Glenda Jackson’s King Lear shows that men play unhinged warlords better than women

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Dynastic affairs and international relations were once a seamless continuum. Royal weddings accompanied peace treaties. An heirless realm was vulnerable…

Like a kids’ entertainer on crack: Amadeus reviewed

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Amadeus by Peter Shaffer is haunted by its own antecedents. Viewers are apt to feel that a new production lacks…

Dread and anxiety haunt every beat of the play: Elizabeth Debicki as Mona Sanders in David Hare’s ‘The Red Barn’

One of the ugliest nights of my life: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer reviewed

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Great subject, terminal illness. Popular dramas like Love Story, Terms of Endearment and My Night With Reg handle the issue…

A ziggurat of bilge: Oil at the Almeida reviewed

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Ella Hickson’s new play analyses our relationship with oil using the sketch format. First, there’s a candlelit soap opera set…

Tragic grandeur: Tom Hollander as Henry Carr in Stoppard’s ‘Travesties’

Dazzling intellectual panto – but read Ulysses first: Travesties at the Menier reviewed

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Travesties is a multi-layered confection of art, song, literature and pastiche. Tiny snippets of it are true. In Zurich, in…

Little to relish in this bracing portrait of a vain, brilliant fool: The Libertine reviewed

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Here are three roles all actors love to play. The drunk (no need to learn your lines), the dementia victim…

Kate Tempest's poetry is simply no good

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Kate Tempest, a 30 year old dramatist and poet, has an appeal that’s hard to fathom. Is it all in…

Hilarious, puzzling, boring: No Man’s Land at the Wyndham’s reviewed

1 October 2016 9:00 am

No Man’s Land isn’t quite as great as its classic status suggests. At first sight the script is a bit…

Crowd-bewitching magic from Kathryn Hunter: Young Vic’s The Emperor reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The Emperor seems like a worthy lesson in Ethiopian history. Haile Selassie’s final days are recounted by a retinue of…

Putting the flag out: Martin McDougall (Howard) and Sean Delaney (John) in ‘Labyrinth’

What RSC’s The Alchemist needs is a James Corden or Matt Lucas

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Coleridge deemed the narrative structure of The Alchemist perfect. But, I wonder. A landowner quits plague-ridden London and his cunning…

On tap: Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice in ‘The Entertainer’

John Osborne’s The Entertainer is a big, fat, boring slice of prime-time chitchat

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Kenneth Branagh’s obsession with Larry Olivier’s career is becoming such a bizarre act of theatrical necromancy that it deserves to…

Joan Iyiola and Anna-Maria Nabirye in ‘They Drink It in the Congo’

Almeida’s new play blames Britain for the ills of the Congo – when the problem is clearly aid

3 September 2016 9:00 am

In the 1980s, supermarkets stocked a fruit juice named ‘Um Bongo’ with the strapline ‘They drink it in the Congo!’.…