Matt Smith packs more defined pecs than you might expect of a former Doctor Who. The ripped torso rises out of the Almeida's stage as smoothly as a cassette ejecting from a high-end, late-20th-century tape deck.
Religion and Anarchy
Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1
Hampstead Theatre, London NW3
I have never been one of those who think the Holocaust should not be depicted on stage or film. Whether the primary purpose of a play or movie is to inform, warn against the depraved depths to which people and their dogmas sink, or even to entertain, the Shoah is a legitimate theme.
A gantry, a couple of ropes and a big step-ladder are all that Thom Southerland’s production needs to suggest a ship. To evoke size, the excellent cast — who brilliantly double-up as upper class and below-stairs passengers and crew — do something that reminded me of how people respond to the Grand Canyon. They stand dumbstruck, wide-eyed and open-mouthed at the sheer scale of the thing.