Theatre

Review: The Moderate Soprano

By John Nathan, November 5, 2015

Conspicuous in David Hare's latest play is a rebuke to the English. Not all of them, just those who are so insulated by the fair-play traditions of their country they find it hard to comprehend the foul behaviour of regimes abroad.

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Review: The Hairy Ape

By John Nathan, November 5, 2015

Five years after the RSC production of the musical Matilda opened, one memory is more vivid than any other: Bertie Carvel as the child-hating headmistress. Or, to be precise, the ape-like hand tucked backwards under the forearm that suggested that this woman was not only not all female, but not all human.

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'I'm happy Les Mis gave me a shot at immortality'

By John Nathan, October 29, 2015

Les Miserables lyricist Herbert Kretzmer was hoping that his 90th birthday would be a modest affair. "Maybe a small lunch party," he said as we climbed the stairs to his office at the top floor of his tall Kensington house earlier this month. This was said with perhaps more hope than expectation.

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Review: Treasure

By John Nathan, October 29, 2015

Yiddish theatre rarely breaks out of the past. Memories of SJ Harendorf's comedy, King of Lampedusa, have been recently revived.

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Molière deep-fried and sizzling

By John Nathan, October 22, 2015

A Wolf in Snakeskin ShoesTricycle

It turns out that spilling from an agonisingly slow train, and arriving 10 minutes late into Marcus Gardley's ferocious version of Molière's Tartuffe is no bad way to see an updated classic.

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Review: Teddy Ferrara

By John Nathan, October 15, 2015

There is a lot to welcome here; the return of former Royal Court artistic director Dominic Cooke to the stage, for one.

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Review: The Father

By John Nathan, October 8, 2015

Is Alzheimer's the new Holocaust? Ricky Gervais famously told Kate Winslet, after she won her Oscar for The Reader: "Didn't I tell you? Do a Holocaust movie and the awards will come."

Well, the same might now be said of the brain disease that has featured in Oscar-winning movies such as Iris, about Iris Murdoch played by Judi Dench, and Still Alice, starring Julianne Moore.

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Review: Farinelli and The King

By John Nathan, October 8, 2015

Claire Van Kampen's play about the 18th-century castrato singer Carlo "Farinelli" Broschi - who gave up a glittering opera career to sing to an audience of one, albeit the King of Spain - could so easily have been one of those plodding bio-dramas.

But with the mercurial Mark Rylance as Spain's depressive monarch, together with an inventive production (directed by John Dove) that is at times lik

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Review: Hangmen

By John Nathan, October 1, 2015

What must it be like to be the number two at something - especially when you know you have no chance of being number one. The second tallest man in the world must surely have wondered how to knock the tallest man off his pedestal, not that he needs one.

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Joy of shtetls, sex and suspicious parents

By Alice Malin, September 24, 2015

It is a line that carries so much meaning: "I see it is with your daughter I must speak." The Marriage Broker - maker of matches between inventors and society belles, millionaires and the progeny of the very best families - realises that the person wearing the trousers in this family is not the tongue-tied man of the house.

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