Theatre

Review: That Face

By John Nathan, May 23, 2008

 

Duke of York’s Theatre, London WC2

I did not see Polly Stenham’s debut play about a posh dysfunctional family when it appeared last year at the Royal Court. But I suspect that this transfer from the Court’s tiny theatre upstairs — where the audience would have felt the full impact of the play’s sordid scenes — to the Duke of York’s larger stage, where Jeremy Herrin’s production has been endowed with West End production values, has resulted in a case of more is less.

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Review: Beau Jest

By John Nathan, May 16, 2008

Hackney Empire, London E8

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Review: Henry VI Parts I, II, and III; Richard III

By John Nathan, May 16, 2008

Roundhouse, London NW1

“I want to get the complete set of stickers,” said the man queuing for a pint of lager in the Roundhouse’s foyer. You get no sticker for each of Shakespeare’s eight history plays, but he makes the point well. This rare RSC eight-play cycle, which starts with Jonathan Slinger’s camp-as-Christmas Richard II and ends with his chillingly psychotic Richard III, leaves you with a hugely satisfying sense of completion.

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Review: The Birthday Party

By John Nathan, May 16, 2008

Lyric Hammersmith, London W6

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Review: What A State

By Bernard Josephs, May 16, 2008

Hampstead Town Hall, London NW3

Hard-line socialists and radical chic Hampsteadites are not known for their sense of humour. The world is just too serious a place for mirth, and the situation in the Middle East in particular is no laughing matter.

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Review: Israel 60 Gala Show

By Alex Kasriel, May 16, 2008

Wembley Arena, London

The organisers sold the event using Jackie Mason’s name as a draw, but in reality the audience Israel 60 Gala Show got a lot more excited about a lesser known performer on the night.

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Got the Golda touch

By John Nathan, May 16, 2008

Broadway star Tovah Feldshuh is bringing her acclaimed portrayal of the Israeli leader to London

Shakespeare asked: “What’s in a name?” Tovah Feldshuh has the answer. “There’s plenty in a name,” says the Broadway star. “By changing my name I changed the whole landscape of my life. I didn’t realise it then, I was only 18.”


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They gave us Les Mis. Next up: Vichy France

By John Nathan, May 9, 2008

The new West End musical Marguerite takes a 160-year-old love story and updates it to wartime France. John Nathan asks its creators: will it be a hit?


The men behind the musical: co-writers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg,
and lyricist Herbert Ketzmer

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Review: The Year Of Unmagical Thinking

By John Nathan, May 9, 2008

 

Lyttelton, National Theatre, London SE1

The ingredients promise something unforgettable. An extraordinary memoir about the nature of grief, written and adapted for the stage by one of America’s great prose writers, directed by one of Britain’s greatest playwrights, and performed by one of the country’s finest actresses.

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Review: An Eligible Man

By John Nathan, May 8, 2008

 

New End Theatre, London NW3

“I’ve become a death bore,” laments widower Judge Christopher Osgood in Rosemary Friedman’s play. Poor Osgood (Graham Seed) is left to grapple with the lonely reality of life without his dear departed wife. Well, not that departed. Her ashes and urn take pride of place on the writing bureau in his living room.

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