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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Donmar Warehouse, London ****

© Manuel Harlan, Lia Williams as Jean Brodie with her girls, the Brodie set...

© Manuel Harlan, Lia Williams as Jean Brodie with her girls, the Brodie set…

It’s interesting how Maggie Smith’s iconic 1969 performance as Edinburg teacher Jean Brodie has so stuck in people’s minds. Definitive in many ways, it was therefore brave of Josie Rourke to programme a revival.

Polly Findlay’s fine production, in David Harrower’s new adaptation, certainly justifies her decision. Continue reading

The York Realist

Donmar Warehouse, London ****

© Johan Persson, Ben Batt as George, not so easy in his soul after all...

© Johan Persson, Ben Batt as George, not so easy in his soul after all…

Despite the fact that time has overtaken The York Realist to render it as almost as a parody of D H Lawrence, the writer Peter Gill himself championed and films such as the recent trail-blazer, God’s Own Country have made it seem almost too familiar, The York Realist still quietly insinuates its way into your heart. Continue reading

The Lady from the Sea

Donmar Warehouse, London ****

© Manuel Harlan, Finbar Lynch (Doctor Wangel) and Nikki Amuka-Bird as Ellida - a marriage trying to find a new way of being...

© Manuel Harlan, Finbar Lynch (Doctor Wangel) and Nikki Amuka-Bird as Ellida – a marriage trying to find a new way of being in 1950s Caribbean…

Past productions of The Lady from the Sea have often portrayed Ellida, Ibsen’s eponymous protagonist, as half-mad with barely comprehensible yearnings. Continue reading

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Donmar Warehouse, London (****)

© Helen Maybanks, Lenny Henry as Arturo Ui

© Helen Maybanks, Lenny Henry as Arturo Ui

Well, to start at the end, I can’t remember a more personally `engaged’ ending than Simon Evans manufactures for the climax of Brecht’s 1940s political satire on the rise of Hitler in an American gangland setting. 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