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The Doctor

Almeida Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hr 45 mins incl one interval
TICKETS 020 7359 4404 (24 hours)
In person: 10am-7.30pm (Mon-Sat)

© Manuel Harlan, Juliet Stevenson as the ethical Ruth Wolff, Medical Consultant and Joy Richardson as partner, Charlie - could be either male or female, bringing up all kinds of ambiguities about identity, sexuality, freedom...

© Manuel Harlan, Juliet Stevenson as the ethical Ruth Wolff, Medical Consultant and Joy Richardson as partner, Charlie – could be either male or female, bringing up all kinds of ambiguities about identity, sexuality, freedom…

Review of perf seen Aug 24, 2019:

One thing you can be sure of at Rupert Goold’s Almeida. You will be provoked. You may also be challenged and, at the end of the day, you will have to admire the sheer bravura of the production.  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

Waste

Lyttelton, National Theatre London (**** for the play and cast, ** for audibility and sightlines!)

© Johan Persson

© Johan Persson

We keep discovering Harley Granville Barker as though he were a new playwright. Yet, as Richard Eyre movingly points out in the National Theatre programme, his name ought to `resonate’ with every visitor to the NT building as one of the major figures in its creation (though whether it might be the better if we didn’t have it in terms of soaking up resources is an argument for another time and another day). Continue reading

Now or Later

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London

Whilst other matters have recently overtaken the race to be the next President of the United States, the election proper in November still awaits us. In the interim, we can enjoy Christopher Shinn’s new play, set on the night of a fictional Presidential election. Continue reading