Theatre

Review: Miriam Margolyes - Dickens' Women

By Lee Levitt, August 24, 2012

Scrunching up her face as the tipsy, unsteady Mrs Gamp from "Martin Chuzzlewit", and picked out in an austere light on a huge, hard, black chair at the back of the stage as the steely Mrs Pipchin from "Dombey and Son", Miriam Margolyes has lost none of her relish for the works of Charles Dickens.

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Review: Simon Amstell: Numb

By Lee Levitt, August 24, 2012

I came out of Simon Amstell's postmodern take on stand-up comedy rather numb. Not comfortably numb, to borrow from Pink Floyd, but uncomfortably numb.

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Karen's Way: A Kindertransport Life

By Lee Levitt, August 22, 2012

Karen Gershon, the German-born writer and poet, was sent to England as a 15-year-old with her elder sister Lise on the second of the kindertransports in December 1938, after kristallnacht and the wider attacks on the Jews.

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Review: Ghetto

By Lee Levitt, August 22, 2012

Taking on a play about the Holocaust is no easy task, so The Theatre School of Tunbridge Wells in Kent is to be commended for its artistic endeavour in tackling Joshua Sobol's controversial drama.

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Review: Hand Over Fist

By Lee Levitt, August 22, 2012

Dave Florez's poignant monologue about lost love and Alzheimer's is given a transfixing performance by Joanna Bending in this mind-blowing new play, pacily directed by five-time Fringe First winner Hannah Eidinow.

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Joshua Seigal: We All Love Llamas!

By Lee Levitt, August 20, 2012

Joshua Seigal has been writing poetry for children and doing workshops and performances in primary schools for six months, and he radiates fun in his debut show.

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Review: Repertory Theatre

By Lee Levitt, August 19, 2012

A delightfully off-kilter Hamlet takes centre-stage in this superb, absurdist, psychosexual comedy by the Tel Aviv-based theatre company The Elephant and the Mouse.

Iftach Ophir is agreeably manipulable as a diffident playwright whose debut work is bashed and trashed by Erez Driguez's mock-grandiloquent, all-devouring artistic director in a pacy performance that fizzes with originality.

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Review: Timon of Athens - richly suited to our times

By John Nathan, July 27, 2012

Rather like his unforgettable production of Hamlet, Nicholas Hytner has brought Shakespeare’s — and, it is thought, co-writer Thomas Middleton’s — rarely staged Timon of Athens bang up to date. Occupy-style rebels have pitched their tents in Athens’ streets.

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Review: 1936 - inside the Nazi Olympics

By John Nathan, July 27, 2012

Tom McNab’s play about Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics is full of detail, which is perhaps unsurprising for a writer who is a former Olympic official, athletics coach and sports novelist.

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Review: The Taming of the Shrew

By John Nathan, July 20, 2012

It turns out that Samantha Spiro was just limbering up when she played ferocious Filumena at the Almeida Theatre recently. This time, as Shakespeare’s most reluctant bride, Spiro is positively murderous.

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