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#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei

Hampstead Theatre, London

The Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei’s iconic face stares out of the Hampstead theatre programme. One of the most famous profiles in western Art, he has become a symbol for the struggle for human rights and freedom of expression the world over. Cultures seem to throw up personalities from time to time who personify their age. One thinks of Nelson Mandela, the writer Solzhenitsyn. Weiwei’s hooded eyes and beard etched in grey now looks marbled. Unmoving. Continue reading

Wild

Hampstead Theatre, London (****)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Jack Farthing as Andrew

© Stephen Cummiskey, Jack Farthing as Andrew

Wild by name and wild in execution. The prolific Mike Bartlett (credits and awards piling up, most recently for the clever, futuristic King Charles III, currently in film production and on tv, Doctor Foster), has done it again. Continue reading

Lawrence After Arabia

Hampstead Theatre, London (***)

© Alastair Muir, Jack Laskey as Aircraftman Ross

© Alastair Muir, Jack Laskey as Aircraftman Ross

This is a strange subject for Howard Brenton if only because T E Lawrence (aka Aircraftman Ross and later T E Shaw of the Royal Tank Corps) is one so indelibly associated with the film and the Rattigan play, coincidentally being revived next month at Chichester. Continue reading

Reasons to be Happy

Hampstead Theatre, London (****)

© Manuel Harlan, Lauren O'Neil (Steph), Tom Burke (Greg)

© Manuel Harlan,
Lauren O’Neil (Steph), Tom Burke (Greg)

At the end of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, the last play at Hampstead, I wrote: `Not a great play…but observationally, sharp, sensitive, comforting and true.’ That almost sums up the American rom-com that is Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Happy.  Continue reading

Rabbit Hole

Hampstead Theatre, London (***)

© Manuel Harlan, Claire Skinner (Becca), Georgina Rich (Izz)

© Manuel Harlan, Claire Skinner (Becca), Georgina Rich (Izz)

Grief takes many forms and David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer prize-winner takes a delicate scalpel to the subject, tenderly peeling back each painful layer until the wound is revealed and the healing can begin. Continue reading