Theatre

Review: Peter and Alice

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

You wait generations for a new play to be premiered in the West End and then two come along at once.

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Review: Before the Party

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

Any play that conjures the line, “I’ve got a kitchen full of prostitutes and Nazis”, has to have something going for it.

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Review: Book of Mormon

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

Someone described as a “leading media liberal” was reportedly overheard in the foyer asking “why has nobody called this show racist?”. I wish someone had replied, “why has nobody called you stupid?”. This long-anticipated Broadway musical may offend in many ways, but being racist isn’t one of them.

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Review: Mies Julie

By John Nathan, March 18, 2013

South African writer/director Yael Farber has taken successful reinterpretations of classics around the world before. But none has had the impact of this updated Strindberg.

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Review: Longing

By John Nathan, March 15, 2013

As Donald Rayfield, Chekhov's biographer says, the trouble with Chekhov's plays is that there are so few of them.

So you can see the logic of this exercise conducted by novelist and first-time dramatist William Boyd, who has set out to do for Chekhov what he has done for Ian Flemming with his James Bond books.

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Review: Paper Dolls

By John Nathan, March 14, 2013

This may be the year’s unlikeliest world premiere. Conceived and written by American Philip Himberg, the show was inspired by an Israeli documentary that followed Filipino immigrants who work by day in Tel Aviv as carers for elderly Chasidic men, and by night in gay bars as a drag act called The Paper Dolls.

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Review: Facts

By John Nathan, March 8, 2013

These are some of the facts. In 1992, an American archaeologist called Albert Glock was shot and killed in Bir Zeit, on the West Bank. Reports say he was killed by an Israeli weapon used by a unidentified masked gunman who escaped using a car with Israeli number plates. Theories surrounding the case include plots by Hamas cells and Israeli agents.

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Review: The Audience

By John Nathan, March 8, 2013

With one national treasure playing another, only the most committed republican could resist the charms of Helen Mirren’s serene portrayal of the Queen.

But only the most committed royalist would fail to feel slightly queasy by the end of this paean to the monarch.

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Review: Macbeth

By John Nathan, February 28, 2013

If there is one compelling idea in director Jamie Lloyd’s urgent, blood-soaked vision, it is that the Macbeths’ plan to murder their king derives from being denied a child.

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Review: If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep

By John Nathan, February 28, 2013

In 2010 the Finborough Theatre staged Anders Lustgarten’s brilliant play about British far-right politics. Called A Day at the Racists, it revealed how the far-right attract the support of white working-class voters; and how neglect by the politically correct left had turned its supporters’ impulse for social justice into resentment against immigrants.

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