Theatre

Floored by the folly of trying to find Feldman

By John Nathan, February 4, 2016

Jeepers Creepers
Leicester Square Theatre

At the risk of being presumptuous, here is a tip for writers of biographical plays. Don't write a life's story. Write a life's crucial moment out of which the character, facts and foibles of the subject emerge.

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Moving memoir hits a perfect note

By John Nathan, January 28, 2016

The Pianist of Willesden Lane
St James Theatre

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Marty Feldman: The best there ever was

By Terry Jones, January 21, 2016

My remit for this piece was how I first got to meet and know Marty Feldman. That's a very abstract question. When do you first meet or know anyone like Marty? He was part of my lexicon from as far back as I can remember. He tickled my funny bone as a writer of television comedies, The Army Game and Bootsie and Snudge, and later, radio's Round the Horne.

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It wouldn't be a tragedy if Shylock was a woman

By John Nathan, January 21, 2016

If Maureen Lipman was serious when she told this newspaper a few months ago that she would like to play Shylock, she might find a willing home for such a production at Shakespeare's Globe. The theatre's incoming artistic director Emma Rice has argued for an age - and a stage -of gender equality.

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Review: 4,000 Days

By John Nathan, January 21, 2016

The brain and identity have been the subject of some brilliant work recently, not least Nick Payne's Incognito, in which the main protagonist was a man who was tragically unable to remember the recent past.

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Review: Guys and Dolls

By John Nathan, January 14, 2016

Guys and DollsSavoy

This is the second consecutive Chichester-to-London transfer that has revealed a respected British actor to be superlatively suited to the great American musical.

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Review: The Dazzle

By John Nathan, January 7, 2016

This is theatre of the close-up-and-personal kind. Richard Greenberg's play, first seen in New York in 2002, is a window into the lives, home and minds of two hoarding, eccentric brothers, Langley and Homer Collyer.

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Review: wonder.land

By John Nathan, January 4, 2016

wonder.land
Oliver Theatre

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Review: The Gruffalo

By John Nathan, January 4, 2016

The Gruffalo
Vaudeville

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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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