Theatre

Review: She Stoops to Conquer

By John Nathan, February 2, 2012

In these times of austerity, it appears the National has made the decision to boost the nation's morale with some very funny comedy.

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Review: The House of Bernarda Alba

February 2, 2012

Federico Garcia Lorca's final play before he was assassinated in 1936 by, it is thought, Franco's fascists, could be about all kinds of tyranny.

The way the newly widowed Bernarda mistreats her five daughters might be particular to her Andalusian household, or it could be a metaphor for Spain's dictatorship.

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Review: Travelling Light

By John Nathan, January 26, 2012

There is a brilliant premise to Nicholas Wright's warm-hearted tribute to the Jews who built Hollywood.

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How Hollywood started in the shtetl - well, possibly

By John Nathan, January 26, 2012

If you accept that cinema is the art form that had the greatest influence on 20th-century Western culture - and don't argue, it is - then you have to accept something else.

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Review: Man in the Middle

By John Nathan, January 20, 2012

If writer Ron Elisha wanted to clarify the dizzying events surrounding WikiLeaks and explore the case for and against its founder, Julian Assange, well, he hasn't.

Elisha's take on how and why Assange embarrassed governments the world over by publishing diplomatic correspondence is part sober examination of the facts, part satire and a lot of stuff in-between that could be either.

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Review: Our New Girl

By John Nathan, January 20, 2012

This drama by Nancy Harris is the final offering under the artistic directorship of Josie Rourke, who is moving to the Donmar Warehouse. It is set in the kitchen of pregnant Hazel (Kate Fleetwood), formerly a high-flying lawyer, who has a fractious relationship with her eight-year-old son.

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Review: Fog

By John Nathan, January 12, 2012

In Toby Wharton and Tash Fairbanks's new drama, Wharton plays the eponymous Fog, who could easily have been a looter on London's streets during last year's riots.

He is in his late teens, carries a knife, deals in drugs and has moved into a high-rise with his father, Cannon (Victor Gardener), an ex-soldier.

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Review: Swallows and Amazons

By John Nathan, January 5, 2012

Why should I feel nostalgic for a childhood I never had? The Lake District, in which Arthur Ransome set his book Swallows and Amazons, is a world away from the north London suburbs of my youth.

In Swallows, the four Walker children have an infinite landscape of rolling hills and mysterious lakes in which to play. They have parents who let them roam wild and camp out over night.

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How to have a West End hit - be guided by tikkun olam

By John Nathan, December 29, 2011

Marla Rubin is sitting in a Covent Garden cafe with a big mug of hot chocolate and an even bigger dose of jet lag.

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Review: Pippin

By John Nathan, December 29, 2011

Best to ignore the moral of this 1972 musical by Stephen Schwartz, summed up by the lyric, "It never was there, it always was here".

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