Theatre

Review: Operation Magic Carpet

By John Nathan, April 17, 2015

Playwright Samantha Ellis has drawn on her Iraqi Jewish heritage for this captivating children's show. Her heroine is Nomi (Sarah Agha) who lives in Golders Green with her mother and authoritarian father who wants his daughter to assimilate by consuming the culture of the country that gave them refuge, even if it means eating fish fingers.

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Review: The Twits

By John Nathan, April 17, 2015

I'm still unconvinced that possibly – probably – the greatest 'new writing' theatre in the world should be joining what can undoubtedly now be called the bandwagon of Roald Dahl stage adaptations. But whoever produces it, you can't deny a terrific show when it comes around. And this one – better than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and not quite as brilliant as Matilda – is terrific.

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What's really in Barbra's basement?

By John Nathan, April 2, 2015

Barbra Streisand fans could be forgiven for not rushing to a solo Barbra Streisand show that doesn't have Barbra Streisand in it.

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Review: Rules For Living

By John Nathan, April 2, 2015

The final play in the often brilliant Nicholas Hytner era at the National Theatre is a good 'un.

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Mel's night of blazing glory

By John Nathan, March 26, 2015

For an 88-year-old stand-up comic, Mel Brooks did a lot of standing. So did the audience.

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Review: Harvey

By John Nathan, March 26, 2015

As is usual these days, Maureen Lipman is the best thing in a play whose cast includes Maureen Lipman.

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Our greatest Jewish Prime Minister? That was Thatcher

By Jonathan Maitland, March 19, 2015

Given the oft-repeated observation that Mrs Thatcher was "the best man in the cabinet", it seemed not only logical but desirable to cast a man - former Spitting Image satirist Steve Nallon - to play her in my forthcoming play, Dead Sheep, which opens shortly at Park Theatre in North London. But was she also the best Jew in the cabinet?

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My dance of inner peace

By Joy Sable, March 19, 2015

The prospect of a world premiere at the Royal Opera House always has the capital's dance fans licking their lips in anticipation. When the work being created for the Royal Ballet is by award-winning Israeli-born choreographer, Hofesh Shechter, there is even more excitement - and curiosity.

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Being small is theatre's big future

By Edward Hall, March 5, 2015

As a young director in the late 1980s I was able to borrow money from a bank to produce a new play in Edinburgh, and I was very proud to be able to pay it back. I can't imagine any financial institution behaving in a similar way today if faced with a young director and writer eager to risk their money on new writing.

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Yes, maybe we really are too stupid to enjoy theatre

By John Nathan, February 26, 2015

So you are all a little bit thicker than you used to be, are you? When I say all, I obviously don't mean every one of you.

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