Tag Archives: Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

On Bear Ridge

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ****
Runs: 90 without interval
TICKETS 020 7565 -5000
Review: of perf seen Nov 4, 2019:

© Mark Douet, Rakie Ayola as Noni, and Rhys Ifans as John Daniel, a couple at the extreme but somehow finding resilience...

© Mark Douet, Rakie Ayola as Noni, and Rhys Ifans as John Daniel, a couple at the extreme but somehow finding resilience…and an actor at the height of his powers.

Some plays and productions cast a very special kind of spell. Theatre is all about suspension of disbelief, of the creation for a small amount of time, of a particularly hermetic, special kind of world. And within that particularity, if they get it right, is a universality, a paradox that never ceases to amaze. Continue reading

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

ear for eye

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ****
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Nov 1, 2018:

© Stephen Cummiskey, cast of ear for eye in design by Merle Hensel.

© Stephen Cummiskey, cast of ear for eye in design by Merle Hensel.

There is no one quite like debbie tucker green, no one writing with the same urgency, disquiet and plain brilliance for adjusting and changing forms. Excepting perhaps Caryl Churchill with whom she shares so many affinities in terms of political content and experimentation. Continue reading

Anatomy of a Suicide

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London (****)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Hattie Morahan (Carol), Kate O'Flynn (Anna), Adelle Leonce (Bonnie)

© Stephen Cummiskey, Hattie Morahan (Carol), Kate O’Flynn (Anna), Adelle Leonce (Bonnie)

Love her or hate her, Katie Mitchell is surely our most bravely iconoclastic theatre director working in Britain today. If Robert Lepage is the magician who smoothes the cracks between technology and stagecraft, Katie Mitchell is the one who adds tough edginess. Almost nothing she does fails to carry a febrile sense of dramatic unease about it. Continue reading

The Ferryman

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London (***/*)

© Johan Persson, Laura Donnelly as Caitlin Carney and Paddy Considine as Quinn Carney...

© Johan Persson, Laura Donnelly as Caitlin Carney and Paddy Considine as Quinn Carney…

Already sold out before it had even opened and announced to be transferring to the West End in June, the combination of Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem, Mojo amongst others) and director Sam Mendes seems to have set the public imagination alight. Continue reading

The Children

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs (****)

&copy' Johan Persson, Deborah Findlay as domestic `goddess', Hazel...

&copy’ Johan Persson, Deborah Findlay as domestic `goddess’, Hazel…

Dystopian scenarios are becoming ever more frequent. And for good reason. Writers and artists are often the ones who can see further ahead than the rest of us, who can predict the coming storms. Continue reading