Theatre

Bourgeois frippery

16 October 2010 12:00 am

Regime change at Hampstead Theatre. The era of special measures is over and Ed Hall, son of Sir Peter, has taken charge. Hall’s debut show is daring in its complete lack of audacity.

Family Circle

9 October 2010 12:00 am

‘We’re a beastly family, and I hate us!’ laments Sorel Bliss in Hay Fever. And at first it seems all four Blisses share that sentiment.

Short and sweet

9 October 2010 12:00 am

Who’s my favourite stage actress? Since you ask, Olivia Williams in Shakespeare and Nancy Carroll in anything.

Coalition wear and tear

2 October 2010 12:00 am

Let’s talk about Tucker. The Beeb’s mockumentary The Thick of It has been hailed as a brilliantly incisive glimpse into…

Vexed issues

11 September 2010 12:00 am

Clybourne Park
Royal Court, until 2 October Tiny Kushner
Tricycle, until 25 September

Schlock teaser

30 June 2010 12:00 am

The somewhat straightlaced theatre-going audiences of 1880s America, eager for performances by European artistes like Jenny Lind and solid, home-grown, classical actors such as Otis Skinner, were hardly prepared for the on-stage vulgarity that the (usually) Russian and Polish immigrant impressarios, with their particular nous for show-biz, were to unleash into the saloons and fleapits across the young nation.

Nightmare in Verona

1 May 2010 12:00 am

Romeo and Juliet
Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in rep until 27 August

Send in the clowns

28 April 2010 12:00 am

Counted?
County Hall, until 22 May The Real Thing
Old Vic, until 5 June

For all time

31 March 2010 12:00 am

To review some new books about Shakespeare is not to note a revival of interest, but simply to let down a bucket into an undammed river.

Celebration of old times

13 January 2010 12:00 am

Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter, by Antonia Fraser

Remembering a classicist

25 November 2009 12:00 am

Just as Alec Guinness resented being seen as Obi-Wan Kenobi for the rest of his life, Ian Richardson might have resented Francis Urquhart, the Machiavelli of Michael Dobbs’ House of Cards trilogy, whose catchphrase gives this book its title.

Voices of change

21 October 2009 12:00 am

Not every writer would begin a history of the 1950s with a vignette in which the young Keith Waterhouse treads on Princess Margaret by mistake.

Liz Suggests

12 June 2009 12:26 pm

A few years ago I was given the Rough Guide to Shakespeare by Andrew Dickson. If you, like me, need…

Game’s up

15 April 2009 12:00 am

Maggie’s End
Shaw Death and the King’s Horseman
Olivier

Liz suggests

20 February 2009 3:30 pm

Film There’s been a rush of good movies recently — Rachel Getting Married (with Anne Hathaway) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona,…

Verbal assault

15 October 2008 12:00 am

No Man’s Land
Duke of York’s Mine
Hampstead

Fun with Vermeer

8 October 2008 12:00 am

Girl with a Pearl Earring
Theatre Royal Haymarket Waste
Almeida Creditors
Donmar

Michael Henderson suggests

27 September 2008 12:00 am

Theatre  It promises to be a wonderful autumn for London’s theatre-goers. Ivanov, Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Chekhov’s early play, has…

First honk, then applaud

17 September 2008 12:00 am

Turandot
Hampstead Theatre Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is?
Hackney Empire Eurobeat
Novello

Clemency suggests

14 July 2008 5:23 pm

FestivalsIn only its third year, the laid-back Latitude (17-20 July) has gained a reputation for being one of Britain’s finest…

Liz suggests

7 June 2008 12:00 am

MUSIC Proms: Get booking now for this two-month season (18 July to 13 September). Highlights include the Berliner Philharmoniker with…

Matthew suggests

1 April 2008 5:09 pm

THEATRE I can strongly recommend God of Carnage, the new play by Yasmina Reza, which tracks the descent into madness…

Matthew suggests

26 January 2008 12:00 am

I have three books on the go at the moment: Charles Leadbeater’s brilliant analysis of web-world, We-Think, The Craftsman, by…

Clemency Suggests

14 December 2007 5:44 pm

It seems bizarre to me that book shopping at this time of year should be about negotiating your way through…

Clemency Suggests

8 November 2007 3:41 pm

Books Letters of Ted Hughes – ed. Christopher Reid/Faber Finally! Moving, passionate, angry, funny, striking, brilliant and beautiful beyond belief,…