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Donmar Warehouse, London ****
Runs: 1hr 55 mins without interval
Review of perf seen Oct 18, 2019:

100 scenes, a cast of sixteen and a set of skeletal frames, each one a different room, atmosphere, ambience, telling a different story.

© Helen Maybaniks, Rosie Elnile's set for Maria Aberg's haunting, hard-hitting production, every space telling a different story...

© Helen Maybaniks, Rosie Elnile’s set for Maria Aberg’s haunting, hard-hitting production, every space telling a different story…

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Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ****
Runs: 2hr 20 mins incl an interval
TICKETS 020 7565 -5000
In person: Mon–Sat, 10am-start of perf or 6pm if no show

© Johan Persson, Louisa Harland, Kwabena Ansah, Rebekah Murrell, Patrick McNamee - red rubber dog, a clock, a glass girl, a vase - with human feelings...in Glass

© Johan Persson, Louisa Harland, Kwabena Ansah, Rebekah Murrell, Patrick McNamee – red rubber dog, a clock, a glass girl, a vase – with human feelings…in Glass

Review: of perf seen Sept 26, 2019:

Remarkable. At 81, Caryl Churchill is still producing new plays as daring in form and treatment as any. She’s now brought not one but four new plays to the Royal Court, in many ways her alma mater where so many of her plays have seen the first light of day.  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

Blue Heart

Orange Tree, Richmond, London (****)

© Richard Davenport for The Other Richard, Alex Beckett, Amelda Brown and Amanda Boxer Heart's Desire

© Richard Davenport for The Other Richard, Alex Beckett, Amelda Brown and Amanda Boxer Heart’s Desire

Comprising Heart’s Desire & Blue Kettle

This revival of Caryl Churchill’s 1997 Royal Court original is another grand example of the astuteness of Paul Miller. A co-production this time with Bristol’s acclaimed Tobacco Factory Theatre, such collaborations have allowed him to take many more risks than would probably have been the case going it alone. Continue reading

Pigs and Dogs

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs (***/1/2)

© Helen Murray, Alex Hassell, Sharon D Clarke, Fisayo Akinade

© Helen Murray, Alex Hassell, Sharon D Clarke, Fisayo Akinade

They’re getting shorter and shorter, in fact Caryl Churchill’s Pigs & Dogs runs just 15 minutes, even more condensed than her controversial Seven Jewish Children. Continue reading

A View from Islington North

Arts Theatre, London (***)

© Robert Workman, Ann Mitchell (Ayn Rand), Steve John Shepherd (Gideon/George)

© Robert Workman, Ann Mitchell (Ayn Rand), Steve John Shepherd (Gideon/George) in David Hare’s Ayn Rand Takes a Stand

This is a strange evening. Styled an evening of political satire, it turns out to be an under-whelming evening save for one major exception. Continue reading