Theatre

Review: Romeo and Juliet

By John Nathan, June 2, 2016

Garrick Theatre

You have to wonder about Kenneth Branagh's choice of plays for his year-long season.

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Review: Wallis

By John Nathan, June 2, 2016

Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Jenny Selway's new play tells one of the best-known stories from one of the least explored perspectives.

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No roars for Rory in an anti-banker production

By John Nathan, June 2, 2016

The Threepenny Opera

Olivier Theatre

I've developed this thing about Rory Kinnear, star of the film Spectre and now Sky Atlantic's Penny Dreadful in which he plays Frankenstein's Creature. He is always among the most compelling reasons to see any play. His Hamlet was witty and his Iago a chillingly psychotic presence.

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Review: The Invisible Hand

By John Nathan, May 27, 2016

No other dramatist connects Western and Islamic worlds quite as confidently as American Muslim writer Ayad Akhtar. His New York-set Pulitzer-winning play Disgraced explored the extent to which Islam can exist in liberal Western democracies. This one is less profound, but just as gripping.

It's a thriller set entirely in a breeze-block makeshift cell somewhere in Pakistan.

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Review: Lawrence After Arabia

By John Nathan, May 13, 2016

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Review: Elegy

By John Nathan, May 5, 2016

Nick Payne is the author of thrillingly, mind-expanding plays that tackle such daunting subjects as parallel universes (in the all-conquering Constellations) and neuroscience (Incognito).

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Review: The Flick

By John Nathan, May 5, 2016

Three hours fifteen minutes of people doing not a great deal more than sweeping up litter in a cinema after screenings, turns out to be seriously absorbing stuff. Little happens over long periods in Annie Baker's Pulitzer-winning play which arrives here from New York with some of the original cast.

It begins with Sam (Matthew Maher) showing newbie worker Avery (Jaygann Ayeh) the ropes.

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Review: Guys and Dolls

By Jessica Weinstein, May 4, 2016

This cast re-boot of the most recent Guys and Dolls revival to hit the West End sees three of the main characters re-cast in the move from the Savoy to the Phoenix - and takes on a positively Jewish spin.

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Review: Show Boat

By John Nathan, May 4, 2016

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