Lost Without Words

Dorfman, National Theatre (**)

© Atri Banerjee, Lee Simpson, Caroline Blakiston, Tim Preece, Anna Calder-Marshall, Phelim McDermott, Lynn Farleigh

© Atri Banerjee, Lee Simpson, Caroline Blakiston, Tim Preece, Anna Calder-Marshall, Phelim McDermott, Lynn Farleigh

`Good my lord…see the players well bestowed…let them be well used; for they are the abstracts and brief chronicles of the time; after your death you were better have a bad epitaph than their ill report while you live…’ (Hamlet to Polonius). Continue reading

Limehouse

Donmar Warehouse, London (****)

© Jack Sain, the Gang of Four - Bill Rodgers (Paul Chahidi), Roy Jenkins (Roger Allam), Shirley Williams (Debra Gillet), David Owen (Tom Goodman-Hill)

© Jack Sain, the Gang of Four – Bill Rodgers (Paul Chahidi), Roy Jenkins (Roger Allam), Shirley Williams (Debra Gillet), David Owen (Tom Goodman-Hill)

Spoiler for Marxists and Trots! You won’t like this apologia for those `traitors’ behind the setting up of the SDP, the Gang of Four. Continue reading

Made in India

Soho Theatre, London (****)

© Robert Day, Ulrika Krishnamurti as Aditi in setting by Lydia Denno

© Robert Day, Ulrika Krishnamurti as Aditi in setting by Lydia Denno

Tamasha, first started by Khristine Landon-Smith and Sudhar Bhuchar over a quarter of a century ago, look to be in excellent health judging by their latest, Made in India. Continue reading

a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun)

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London (****)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Gershwyn Eustache Jrn (B), Lashana Lynch (A)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Gershwyn Eustache Jrn (B), Lashana Lynch (A)

Seeing Caryl Churchill in the audience this week for debbie tucker green’s latest is to be reminded of the enormous influence and legacy Churchill has bequeathed, is bequeathing to British theatre. Continue reading

Speech & Debate

Trafalgar Studio 2, London (***)

© Simon Annand, Tony Revolori (Solomon), Patsy Ferran (Diwata), Douglas Booth (Howie)

© Simon Annand, Tony Revolori (Solomon), Patsy Ferran (Diwata), Douglas Booth (Howie)

It’s funny how Time can render things. Stephen Karam, a Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle and Obie award winner (for The Humans) in 2016, wrote Speech & Debate as a workshop piece in 2006. Continue reading

The Cherry Orchard

Arcola Theatre, London (****)

© Robert Workman, Sian Thomas (Mme Ranevsky), Jude Akuwudike (Lopakhin)

© Robert Workman, Sian Thomas (Mme Ranevsky), Jude Akuwudike (Lopakhin)

Terrific Revolution season, Mehmet Ergen has put together at the Arcola. Along with Gorki’s The Lower Depths, a howl of distress from the underbelly of society now sits Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, whilst Oladipo Agboluaje’s New Nigerians brings us up to date, almost, in the Studio with his African voice. Continue reading