Theatre

A Carol perfectly in tune with the times

By John Nathan, December 23, 2015

To be simultaneously likeable and hateful, traditional and modern, tragic and funny is a wonderful thing. And in this loving and irreverent version of Dickens's essential seasonal tale all these opposites are embodied by Jim Broadbent's delicious Scrooge.

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Review: The Wasp

By John Nathan, December 23, 2015

With the stealth of a killer moving through a darkened house, the stage thriller appears to making a comeback.

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Review: No Villain

By John Nathan, December 16, 2015

Emerging from this pleasingly ungentrified and raucous pub on a Saturday night into the world of Arthur Miller's hitherto unseen early play was an unforgettable transition. Downstairs most eyes were on Manchester United against Bournemouth, upstairs all eyes were on the shadowy interior of a modest Brooklyn apartment.

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Review: Funny Girl

By John Nathan, December 10, 2015

Has any theatrical role been more completely owned than Fanny Brice is by Barbra Streisand?

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Review: The Divided Laing

By John Nathan, December 10, 2015

For anyone not up to speed on how psychology developed over the latter half of the last century, Patrick Marmion's play is an education. His hero is the experimental psychiatrist R. D. Laing, whose use of LSD at his Kingsley Hall asylum was just one of the controversial methods with which the Scottish quack treated his patients.

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Review: The Tiger That Came To Tea

By John Nathan, December 10, 2015

This adaptation of Judith Kerr's hugely popular children's story solves the problem of how you reinvent a book's talking animal for the stage. Here he is mute. This tiger, who eats and drinks his host Sophie and her mum out of house and home, communicates his needs through mime. It's a slightly insipid solution.

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Review: Little Eyolf

By John Nathan, December 3, 2015

Children have been dying with wearying regularity at the Almeida. The theatre's barnstorming Oresteia had that terrifyingly convincing scene in which Agamemnon's daughter is put to death with the clinical efficiency of the Dignitas clinic.

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Stand-up: Ashley Blaker

By Tal Fox, December 3, 2015

When you think of comedians, a man in a kippah, with peyot and wearing tzitit probably doesn't spring to mind but Ashley Blaker is full of wonderful stories about being a slightly unusual Charedi in the UK.

"Everything I tell you tonight is true, unless it isn't" he jokes as he introduces himself.

The name of his stand-up tour, Ungefiltered, is so accurate for this show despite being a made-

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Review: Here We Go

By John Nathan, December 3, 2015

I don't know if or when I'll ever be able to forgive Caryl Churchill for her 2009 play Seven Jewish Children.

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Review: The Homecoming

By John Nathan, November 26, 2015

The title of Harold Pinter's 1965 classic refers to Teddy who, after years of absence, visits his modest childhood home where his father Max and brothers Lenny and Joey still live. But what comes across in Jamie Lloyd's flashy, 50th-anniversary revival of the play is somewhat of a revelation.

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