Theatre

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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Review: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical

By John Nathan, February 26, 2015

The untold story here is that the string of fantastic chart hits revived in this show were created by Jews.

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Review: The Hard Problem

By John Nathan, February 5, 2015

Tom Stoppard's long awaited latest play marks the last production that Nicholas Hytner will direct at the National before standing down as surely the most successful artistic director in the institution's half-century of existence.

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Hello, Goodbye Girl

By Naomi Firsht, February 5, 2015

The average shul has seen many a Purimspiel and Chanucah play rehearsed within its walls, but 24-year-old Ilai Szpiezak has upped the ante for Alyth Synagogue by inviting West End performers on to its stage to rehearse his new fringe production in nearby Highgate.

The young musical producer is bringing The Goodbye Girl to Upstairs at the Gatehouse, an intimate 120-seat theatre in Highgate Villa

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Review: Taken at Midnight

By John Nathan, February 5, 2015

There are few sights more inspiring than Penelope Wilton as Irmgard Litten standing up to the Gestapo. With imperious contempt she swats away a Nazi officer's smug justifications for arresting her lawyer son Hans. In 1931, Hans put Hitler on the stand and humiliated the future Führer by exposing him as a witless rabble rouser.

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Review: The Ruling Class

By John Nathan, January 29, 2015

Perhaps it was the late Peter Barnes's Jewishness that allowed him to look with such wry askance at Britain's class system.

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Review: Bad Jews

By John Nathan, January 29, 2015

This rather brilliant New York play by Joshua Harmon is given an added massive dose of poignancy by coincidentally opening in the anniversary week of Auschwitz's liberation. In this unintended context there is something particularly remarkable about the way Harmon explores how post-Holocaust Jewish generations live with the legacy of the Shoah.

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