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My Week: Alexa Christopher-Daniels

By Alexa Christopher-Daniels, May 2, 2013

● My week in Israel begins at sunset on Saturday. As the traffic gradient darkens to the week-time rush of cars, motorbikes and Breslevmobiles, I sit down to my weekly Shabbat blog Trial By Fire – detailing the ins and outs of life as ola chadasha and Artistic Director of a British-Israeli cultural platform.

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Review: Nineveh

By John Nathan, April 26, 2013

This new work by international company Theatre Témoin takes as its source material the testimony, compiled by director Ailin Conant, of fighters from countries of conflict including Israel, Rwanda and Lebanon.

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Review: #Aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

By John Nathan, April 26, 2013

Howard Brenton’s play is based on the artist Ai Weiwei’s account of 81 days of detention by the Chinese authorities, as described in journalist Barnaby Martin’s book The Hanging Man. Director James Macdonald presents it as a piece of modern art. The theatre’s stage has been stripped back to whitewashed walls.

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Review: The Table

By John Nathan, April 22, 2013

The inaugural play in the National’s temporary, very big and very red new venue is high on concept, but on contrivance also. The big idea underlying Tanya Ronder’s offering is that of the kitchen table not only serving as the surface on which we eat, work and occasionally have sex, but as witness to a family’s trials and tribulations.

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Review: Children of the sun

By John Nathan, April 22, 2013

Unlike his contemporary Chekhov, it’s not only Russia’s pre-revolutionary privileged class who populate Maxim Gorky’s plays but a hostile and starving proletariat. This work, which the political dramatist and activist wrote from his St Petersburg prison during Russia’s aborted 1905 revolution, gives a sense of them circling the home of scientist Protasov.

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Nicholas Hytner to leave the National Theatre - in 2015

By Marcus Dysch, April 10, 2013

Nicholas Hytner is to step down as director of the National Theatre.

Sir Nicholas announced on Wednesday that he would leave the role at the end of March 2015.

His time at the South Bank venue has seen the theatre produce international hits including One Man, Two Guvnors, The History Boys and Warhorse.

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Stage, rage and Sappho's cage

By Maureen Lipman, February 10, 2013

The play that kept me out at night for four months has closed and the only culture I've seen is yeast in the bread machine. I will spend the week catching up on theatre… but first, I'm at the London Jewish Cultural Centre to take part in a discussion on Jewish Mum of the Year. If a heated debate is expected, then the panel will go solar.

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Indoor Globe Theatre to honour Sam Wanamaker

By Jennifer Lipman, November 28, 2012

Entertainment legend Sam Wanamaker's contribution to the British stage is to be recognised with a new theatre on London's Southbank named after him.

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Review: This House

By John Nathan, October 22, 2012

In 1974 you could tell a Labour politician from a Tory by the suit he or (less often) she wore.

Or as Labour’s chief whip says in James Graham’s new play, you can tell by the shoes visible under the doors of the Commons toilet cubicles — all the better to flush MPs out before a crucial vote.

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