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The Deep Blue Sea

Lyttelton, National Theatre, London (****)

© Richard Hubert Smith, Tom Burke as Freddie Page, Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer

© Richard Hubert Smith, Tom Burke as Freddie Page, Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer

Were Terence Rattigan alive now he would be amazed at the renewed interest and popularity of his work. How fashions do change. And how he might have been amused to have not just The Deep Blue Sea running at the National but also Mike Poulton’s doppelganger, Kenny Morgan, recently at the Arcola. Continue reading

Macbeth

Young Vic Theatre, London (***)

© Richard Hubert Smith

© Richard Hubert Smith

If you come out of the theatre extolling the virtues of the set rather than the play, well, something’s amiss somewhere. Fine to re-cast Shakespeare in a mode for today but this is the second Young Vic Shakespeare whose obsession with modernity falls on the side of tricksy rather than illuminating. Continue reading