Theatre

King of ping pong takes the stage

By John Nathan, June 23, 2016

Oliver Walzer has a lot on his mind. His mother's love is smothering him, his father Joel is nagging about working on his market stall and he's a couple of points down in a crucial table tennis match refereed by someone who wants him to lose.

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Review: Aladdin

By John Nathan, June 17, 2016

For all the commercial - as opposed to artistic - motives that come into play when a movie transfers to the stage, there have been some rewarding examples, not least Shrek, the sheer hilarious humour of which vanquished all cynicism.

But in this London version of Disney's latest musical - a Broadway hit - it seems as if the producers' priority has been to make the stage an advertisement for all

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Review: Haim: In the Light of the Violin

By John Nathan, June 17, 2016

Twice, French writer and director Gerald Garutti observes that the luck that saved the life of Holocaust survivor Haim Lipsky was also killing him. The first time was when Lipsky - still in his teens - found a job in Lodz ghetto burying the bodies of his fellow Jews.

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'All politicians are failed actors'

By Nadine Wojakovski, June 16, 2016

Visitors to Trafalgar Square this weekend are in for a musical treat. Singers, including Beverley Knight, Matt Cardle and Pixie Lott will be performing free. There will be performances from hit shows including Wicked, The Lion King and Kinky Boots. The annual West End Live event is a showcase for London's top entertainment, and it's all the brainchild of a Tory councillor.

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Review: Tristan and Isolde at the ENO

By Raymond Davern, June 15, 2016

Tristan and Isolde
English National Opera
Coliseum

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Chagall and his love take flight

By John Nathan, June 12, 2016

Not since Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday in the Park With George has musical theatre so vividly represented a painter's work on stage - until now. What Sondheim did for pointillist artist George Seurat, director Emma Rice and writer Daniel Jamieson have done for the surreal and in many ways incomparable Jewish artist Marc Chagall. Their show is called The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

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Review: Sunset at the Villa Thalia

By John Nathan, June 10, 2016

"That's lazy and convenient thinking," says the mysterious American in Alexi Kaye Campbell's new play.
The setting is a Greek island in 1967 where middle class Londoners Charlotte (Pippa Nixon) an actress, and her husband Theo (Sam Crane), a playwright, are having guests stay at their idyllic house, rented from a local family. It's a place where the muse can inspire, finds Theo.

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Review: The Spoils

June 10, 2016

You would think that a play that has as its leading character a wealthy, obnoxious Jew, and whose most satisfying moment, from the audience's point of view, comes when he is humiliated, punched and then showered with cash as he lies pathetically on the floor, might raise alarm bells.

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Review: The Comedy AboutA Bank Robbery

By John Nathan, June 2, 2016

Mischief Theatre is the company behind the Goes Wrong plays. First there was The Play That Goes Wrong and then there was Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Both went so right, the comedies breathed life into the long-dead form of British farce which has not been a force in theatre since Michael Frayn's 1980s meta-farce Noises Off. This one breaks away from the Goes Wrong format.

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Review: Romeo and Juliet

By John Nathan, June 2, 2016

Garrick Theatre

You have to wonder about Kenneth Branagh's choice of plays for his year-long season.

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