Theatre

Review: American Buffalo

By John Nathan, April 30, 2015

Nothing brings out the Hollywood stars quite like a David Mamet play. It is only a few months since Lindsay Lohan was tempted out of her comfort zone and on to the London stage by Mamet's Speed the Plow. This time, Coen brothers favourite John Goodman and Homeland's Damian Lewis take on Mamet's seminal play of 1975.

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Review: Clarion

By John Nathan, April 30, 2015

I half expected this debut play by journalist Mark Jagasia to be stuffed full of in-jokes and hack humour that only people in the newspaper business would fully appreciate. But of course, the Faustian pact that drives sensationalist journalism isn't only struck between proprietor and journalist, but with the public, too.

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Review: Gypsy

By John Nathan, April 25, 2015

To say that Imelda Staunton makes Momma Rose, one of musical theatre's iconic roles, all her own is not enough. You have to also say that since the show was first seen in1959, those who have played Rose - the mother of all pushy showbiz matriarchs - include Ethel Merman, Bernadette Peters and Angela Lansbury.

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Interview: Maureen Lipman

By John Nathan, April 23, 2015

It is a sunny, spring afternoon and Maureen Lipman walks breezily towards the stage door of the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, where she is starring in Harvey, Mary Chase's 1944 American comedy about an invisible six-feet-tall rabbit. Lipman's chunky golden earrings are glinting in the sunshine, her fingers are tapping out a text message.

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Review: Carmen Disruption

By John Nathan, April 23, 2015

As a friend said before seeing this updated version of the opera, "Why? There are enough versions of Carmen to sink a ship." Playwright Simon Stephens - whose stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has become this hard-hitting writer's best known work - does a sterling job in justifying yet another.

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Visionary behind the shock of the Young Vic

By John Nathan, April 20, 2015

If British theatre has had a golden era over the past dozen or so years you can pretty much put it down to the artistic directors of three of the country's most important producing houses: Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre, Dominic Cooke at the Royal Court, and David Lan at the Young Vic.

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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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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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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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