Royal Court

Poetic and profound: The Starry Messenger reviewed

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Kenneth Lonergan, who wrote the movie Manchester by the Sea, shapes his work from loss, disillusionment, small-mindedness, hesitation and superficiality,…

Eerily accurate: Will Barton as Boris Johnson in The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson. Image: Pamela Raith

This Boris play only gets it half-right

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The opening of Jonathan Maitland’s new play about Boris purports to be based on real events. Just before the referendum,…

Maisie Williams as Caroline in the breathtaking new play 'I and You' at Hampstead Theatre. Photo: Manuel Harlan

One of the best plays I’ve ever seen: I and You at the Hampstead Theatre reviewed

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Lauren Gunderson’s play I and You opens in the scruffy bedroom of 17-year-old Caroline. Lonely, beautiful and furious, she’s unable…

Flop of the year? Royal Court's Instructions for Correct Assembly reviewed

28 April 2018 9:00 am

‘Hunt the Flop’, the Royal Court’s bizarre quest for dud plays, has found a candidate for this year’s overall prize.…

Why do critics claim to adore the waffle-fest that is Long Day’s Journey into Night?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

It’s considered the great masterpiece of 20th-century American drama. Oh, come off it. Long Day’s Journey into Night is a…

Clumsy, artless, philistine obstacle course: Wings at the Young Vic reviewed

7 October 2017 9:00 am

In Beckett’s Happy Days a prattling Irish granny is buried waist-deep, and later neck-deep, in a refuse tip whose detritus…

Royal Court’s Anatomy of a Suicide deserves a prize – for most obtuse script of the year

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Anatomy of a Suicide looks at three generations of women in various phases of mental collapse. They line up on…

Amusing, surprising, diverting and uplifting portrait of John Betjeman at Theatre Royal

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Sand in the Sandwiches is the perfect show for those who feel the West End should be an intellectual funfair.…

BREAKING NEWS: Enjoyable play found at Royal Court

1 April 2017 9:00 am

BREAKING NEWS: ‘Enjoyable play found at Royal Court.’ Generally, the Court likes to send its customers home feeling depressed, guilty,…

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 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…

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…

Tyrone Huntley (Judas) and Declan Bennett (Jesus) in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Excellent – even if Jesus is a bit sulky: Jesus Christ Superstar reviewed

30 July 2016 9:00 am

An inspired decision to stage Jesus Christ Superstar in a summer theatre in Regent’s Park. The action takes place outdoors,…

Les Blancs at the Olivier is good-ish, but it won't be a classic

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Les Blancs had a troubled birth. In 1965 several unfinished drafts of the play were entrusted by its dying author,…

Fun, disturbing and ultimately forgettable: Hangmen at Wyndhams reviewed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

It begins with a sketch. We’re in a prison in 1963 where Harry Wade, the UK’s second most famous hangman,…

Noma Dumezweni as Linda

A rare moment of transcendence at the Royal Court

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Illness forced Kim Cattrall to withdraw from Linda, the Royal Court’s new show, and Noma Dumezweni scooped up the debris…

The set's better than the characterisation: The Father at the Wyndham's reviewed

17 October 2015 9:00 am

The Father, set in a swish Paris apartment, has a beautifully spare and elegant set. The stage is framed by…

If I were a cultural Marxist, I might be thinking about giving up

6 June 2015 9:00 am

In his Memoirs, Kingsley Amis includes a story about meeting Roald Dahl at a party in the 1970s. Dahl advises…

A clear-eyed account of socialism: Paul Higgins and Stella Gonet in ‘Hope’ at the Royal Court

If you thought politics was boring, you should check out today’s political theatre

2 May 2015 9:00 am

How has political theatre fared during the coalition? Not very well, writes Lloyd Evans

Measure for Measure at the Barbican reviewed: a charity show for homesick non-doms

25 April 2015 9:00 am

The smash hit Matilda, based on a Roald Dahl story, has spawned a copycat effort, The Twits. Charm, sweetness and…

How to Hold Your Breath, Royal Court, review: yet more state-funded misanthropy

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘We hate the system and we want the system to pay us to say we hate the system.’ The oratorio…

National Theatre’s 3 Winters: a hideous Balkans ballyhoo

3 January 2015 9:00 am

A masterpiece at the National. A masterpiece of persuasion and bewitchment. Croatian word-athlete Tena Stivicic has miraculously convinced director Howard…

The London Library

New wonders among old shelves at the London Library

14 June 2014 8:00 am

The Royal Court Theatre, the Young Vic Theatre and the London Library (above) are buildings of varied character and rich…

A cast of celebs fails to bring any oomph to The Ladykillers

20 July 2013 9:00 am

The Ladykillers is back. Sean Foley’s adaptation of the classic Ealing comedy introduces us to a crew of villains who…

Losing the plot

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Who got the most out of the credit crunch? Security guards, repossession firms, bailed-out banks and, of course, playwrights. Anders…