Tag Archives: Simon Stephens

Country Music

 

Omnibus Theatre, London ****
Runs: 90 mins without interval
Box Office: phone: 0207 498 4699

Review of performance seen June 11, 2019:

Cary Crankson as the wayward and vulnerable Jamie...

© Bonnie Britain, Cary Crankson as the wayward and vulnerable Jamie…

Marie McCarthy’s Clapham Omnibus venue never ceases to surprise. Dedicated, as befits its previous life as a library, to story-telling in all its various forms, Scott Le Crass’s revival of Simon Stephens’ Country Music is itself a revelation. Continue reading

Trestle

Southwark Playhouse, London ****

© Robert Workman, Connie Walker as Denise, zumba teacher and Gary Lilburn as committee man and widower, Harry.

© Robert Workman, Connie Walker as Denise, zumba teacher and Gary Lilburn as committee man and widower, Harry.

Up and down the land there are ordinary people living unexceptional lives. And now and then, a writer suddenly pops up who appears to capture perfectly the quiet, unsung, invisible lives of millions of people. Continue reading

The Seagull

Lyric Hammersmith, London ***

© Tristram Kenton, Adelayo Adedayo as Nina, Brien Vernel as Konstantin, two young creative souls destined to be crushed....

© Tristram Kenton, Adelayo Adedayo as Nina, Brien Vernel as Konstantin, two young creative souls destined to be crushed….

I couldn’t help wondering what the shoals of young college students who trooped into the Lyric last night were making of this latest version of Chekhov’s classic about innocence defiled, Art and ambition. Continue reading

Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle

Wyndham’s Theatre, London ****

© Brinkhoff/Mögenburg, Anne-Marie Duff as Georgie and Kenneth Cranham as Alex finally in harmony...

© Brinkhoff/Mögenburg, Anne-Marie Duff as Georgie and Kenneth Cranham as Alex finally in harmony…

I think I should start off by saying Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle that launches a brave new commercial venture in the West End by director Marianne Elliott and producer Chris Harper, had me hooked. Continue reading

Obsession

Barbican Theatre, London (****)

© Jan Versweyveld, Halina Reijn (Hanna), Jude Law (Gino)

© Jan Versweyveld, Halina Reijn (Hanna), Jude Law (Gino)

Ivo van Hove is simply everywhere at present, the wunderkind of international theatre and opera. It’s understandable why he is so much in demand. He has a way of envisioning that is either truly spectacular or passionately intimate, as was the case with his award-winning production of A View from the Bridge for the Young Vic. Continue reading

Nuclear War

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

© Chloe Lamford, Maureen Beattie

© Chloe Lamford, Maureen Beattie

There’s something refreshingly anarchic about Simon Stephens. In his very long preface to the printed text of Nuclear War, Stephens talks at length about the process of writing this play and how the origination of it came from his interest in writing a piece of text for movement/dance after director Ramin Gray brought in choreographer Hofesh Schechter to work on his 2006 play, Motortown. Continue reading