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Network

Lyttelton, National Theatre, London ****

© Jan Versweyveld, Bryan Cranston as celebrity newscaster, Howard Beale

© Jan Versweyveld, Bryan Cranston as celebrity newscaster, Howard Beale

You’ve only to cast your eyes down the cast pages of the NT’s heavyweight theatre programme to see the scale of those involved in Ivo van Hove’s production of Network.  Continue reading

Oslo

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

© Brinkhoff Mögenburg, Toby Stephens (Terje Rød-Larsen), Lydia Leonard (Mona Juul), projections by 59 Productions

© Brinkhoff Mögenburg, Toby Stephens (Terje Rød-Larsen), Lydia Leonard (Mona Juul), the personal dwarfed by the public and political. Projections by 59 Productions

J T Rogers is not new to British audiences. Anyone who saw his Rwanda-based The Overwhelming (2006, with Out of Joint and the NT) or Blood and Gifts (part of Nicholas Kent’s extraordinary and impressive survey of western involvement in Afghanistan – The Great Game in 2009) or the later Madagascar (at Theatre503 in 2010) will know that he’s a writer who lacks to tackle big political subjects. Continue reading

Ugly Lies the Bone

Lyttelton, National Theatre (****)

© Mark Douet, Ralf Little (Stevie), Kate Fleetwood (Jess, the returning injured vet)

© Mark Douet, Ralf Little (Stevie), Kate Fleetwood (Jess, the returning injured vet)

Women and modern warfare. Women have fought to be treated as equals on the front line. A question of equality. The corollary to that is, they are open to being just as badly injured. Continue reading