Theatre

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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Mel's night of blazing glory

By John Nathan, March 26, 2015

For an 88-year-old stand-up comic, Mel Brooks did a lot of standing. So did the audience.

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Review: Harvey

By John Nathan, March 26, 2015

As is usual these days, Maureen Lipman is the best thing in a play whose cast includes Maureen Lipman.

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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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