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Oil

Almeida Theatre, London (*****)

© Richard H Smith, Tom Mothersdale (Joss)

© Richard H Smith, Tom Mothersdale (Joss)

So the `new world order’ is upon us but maybe not quite as many of us might have expected or hoped for. And if the new order of things continues as recently indicated, Ella Hickson’s vision will surely turn out to be bleakly prophetic. Continue reading

They Drink It In The Congo

Almeida Theatre, London (***)

© Marc Brenner, (centre), Sule Rimi (Oudry) and cast

© Marc Brenner, (centre), Sule Rimi (Oudry) and cast

Adam Brace’s Stovepipe, about the `reconstruction’ of Iraq after the war, was one of the highlights of 2009. Brace, a former journalist, wove a compelling picture of characters drawn to `theatres’ of war, the dirt, the dust and the human mess of it all. I loved Michael Longhurst’s promenade production, too, and his subsequent work with Nick Payne’s Constellations, Linda and Remembrance Day all at the Royal Court. Continue reading

Richard III

Almeida Theatre, London (****)

© Marc Brenner, Ralph Fiennes (Richard)

© Marc Brenner, Ralph Fiennes (Richard)

Like The Merchant of Venice and anti-semitism, staging Shakespeare’s Tudor propagandist Richard III, has become more problematic with our changing 21st century sensibilities towards disability. Continue reading

Boy

Almeida Theatre, London (****)

© Kwame Lestrade, Frankie Fox (Liam)

© Kwame Lestrade, Frankie Fox (Liam)

Sometimes life can begin to feel like a re-run. Back in the 80’s, in Thatcher-land, British theatre – and television – started to throw up a series of plays reflecting the pinched lives being led by some of its population. Continue reading

Bakkhai

Almeida Theatre, London

© Marc Brenner

© Marc Brenner

For the second production in Rupert Goold’s exciting Greek trilogy, hubris once again becomes a leading player, this time in the guise of Pentheus, the son of Agave whose curiosity and inflexibility – like Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (with whom incidentally, one can see several parallels) – leads him to a terrible death. Continue reading