Epstein - The Man Who Made the Beatles

By John Nathan, August 21, 2014

I'd love to know what the surviving Beatles make of Andrew Sherlock's play about their manager.


An ugly concept that's beautifully realised

By John Nathan, August 18, 2014

DogfightSouthwark Playhouse, London SE1

The title does not refer to a Top Gun battle in the sky, nor a snarling pit of canines. Rather, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's musical, first seen in New York in 2012, is about a cruel competition conducted by a squad of American marines to date the ugliest girl.


Review: My Night With Reg

By John Nathan, August 7, 2014

There can be few things more poignant in theatre than the revival of a much-loved play being preceded by the death of its author.


A Streetcar Named Desire

August 7, 2014

As Blanche Dubois, Gillian Anderson - a star whose career was defined by the unflappably cool Scully in The X-Files - turns in a superb performance of brittle fragility that captures the full monumental tragedy of Tennessee Williams's heroine.

This the latest in a series of classic plays at the Young Vic that have been liberated from what Australian director Benedict Andrews calls "chocolate bo


Ireland waits no longer for Yiddish Godot

By Simon Round, July 31, 2014

Irish theatre-goers attending a festival celebrating the life and work of Samuel Beckett, one of its greatest playwrights of the 20th century, would expect to see a production of his most famous work, Waiting for Godot. What they might not anticipate is a version of the play being performed in Yiddish.


Review: Shakespeare In Love - The Play

By John Nathan, July 31, 2014

Films don't easily convert into plays. For this one, a lot of theatrical know-how has been conscripted into adapting Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman's Oscar-winning screenplay. Writer Lee Hall, who did a brilliant job converting the film Billy Elliot into a hit musical, has teamed up with director Declan Donnellan. The result is impressively fluid.


Review: Medea

July 24, 2014

There is probably no such thing as a forgettable Medea. This is the mother in Euripides's play who exacts revenge on her betraying husband by murdering their children. Diana Riggs's had a hurricane strength; Fiona Shaw's, set in what looked like a house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, caused audience members to faint.


Review: Invincible

By John Nathan, July 24, 2014

The comparison between playwright Torben Betts and the much more famous Alan Ayckbourn was well made when Betts's class comedy was first seen at Richmond's Orange Tree theatre earlier this year.


Review: Richard III

July 17, 2014

Since he took over the Trafalgar Studios, director Jamie Lloyd has staged some of the most thrilling and accessible productions of Shakespeare I've ever seen. And it's all been done with an eye to keeping the bard as accessible as possible. There are low ticket prices for young audiences.


Review: Daytona

By John Nathan, July 14, 2014

Sometimes returning to a play can change a mind. But even one of the West End's grandest theatres cannot change the impression that Oliver Cotton's work, first seen at the Park Theatre last year, is an all-too whimsical attempt to grapple with heavyweight themes such as Jewish identity and the morality of exacting revenge in cold blood.