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Angry, cold, self-centred, opaque, disconnected and brutalising: Bronx Gothic reviewed

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes it’s hard to describe a play without appearing to defame the writer, the performer and the theatre responsible for…

Deserves its classic status: Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic reviewed

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis deserves its classic status. This wordy and highly cerebral play pulls…

A carefully sanitised account of Palestinian resistance: Taha at the Young Vic reviewed

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Shubbak, meaning ‘window’ in Arabic, is a biennial festival taking place in various venues across London. The brochure reads like…

Torture porn done with the trite slickness of a Vogue photo shoot: Salomé reviewed

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The Olivier describes Salomé by Yaël Farber as a ‘new’ play. Not quite. It premièred in Washington a couple of…

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…

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…

I came out feeling euphoric and disorientated: Young Vic’s Blue/Orange reviewed

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Blue/Orange by Joe Penhall enjoys the dubious status of a modern classic. A black mental-health patient, Christopher, is about to…

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…

Actors from the Belarus Free Theatre during a performance of ‘Being Harold Pinter’ at the Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, 2009

Theatre and transgression in Europe’s last dictatorship

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Juan Holzmann goes underground in Minsk with the Belarus Free Theatre

Amazing. Thatcherite propaganda at the Young Vic

30 May 2015 9:00 am

St James Theatre hosts a new play about Alexander McQueen (real name Lee), whose star flashed briefly across the fashion…

Why Caryl Churchill is massively overrated - and how the National Theatre befriends terror

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Enter Rufus Norris. The new National Theatre boss is perfectly on-message with this debut effort by Caryl Churchill. Her 1976…

Young Vic’s Bull, review: a new Mike Bartlett play to bore you into catalepsy

24 January 2015 9:00 am

A knockout show at the Young Vic. Literally. The stage has been reconfigured as a boxing ring to make Mike…

Paul Barritt’s stunning design for ‘The Golem’ resembles ‘a ketchup-splattered bumble bee’

Young Vic's Golem: its status as a cult hit fills me with troubled wonder

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The Young Vic produces shows that please many but rarely me. Its big hit of 2014, A Streetcar Named Desire,…

Sorry, Gillian Anderson, but you've caught the wrong Streetcar

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Streetcar. One word is enough to conjure an icon. Tennessee Williams’s finest play, written in the 1940s, is about a…

The real original kitchen-sink drama

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Rewrite the history books! Tradition tells us that kitchen-sink drama began in 1956 with Look Back in Anger. A season…

Finally — a play about insomnia that cures insomnia

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Athol Fugard is regarded as a theatrical titan but I usually need a microscope to find any trace of greatness…

Why do people talk such nonsense when describing opera? American Lulu and Le Nozze di Figaro reviewed

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Why would anyone want to adapt Berg’s Lulu, a masterpiece even if a problematic one? According to John Fulljames, who…

Broken hearts

4 December 2010 2:30 pm

In a bleak St Louis tenement, the Wingfields are buckling beneath the Depression and their mother’s old-fashioned aspirations. A framework of fire escapes and raised walkways provides convenient perches from which Tom (Leo Bill) can narrate and look on with foreboding as his lame sister is dressed and groomed for the long awaited ‘gentleman caller’.