Tag Archives: Duncan Macmillan


Duke of York’s Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hrs 30mins incl 15 min interval
Review of perf seen May 3, 2019:

© Johan Persson, Hayley Atwell (Rebecca West), Tom Burke (Rosmer), eventually declaring love for each other...

© Johan Persson, Hayley Atwell (Rebecca West), Tom Burke (Rosmer), eventually declaring love for each other…

It’s rather wonderful that fully fledged stage classics can still turn up in the West End without having first started out life in the subsidised sector. Once upon a time, that would have been thanks to Michael Codron. Now Sonia Friedman is the one who still boldly goes where few others dare to follow. In this day and age, that’s no mean achievement. Continue reading

City of Glass

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London (***/*)

© Jonathan Keenan, L-R-Mark-Edel-Hunt-Daniel-Quinn-and-Jack-Tarlton-Stillman-

© Jonathan Keenan, L-R-Mark-Edel-Hunt-Daniel-Quinn-and-Jack-Tarlton-Stillman-

Well, this is a piece of work and for once, I truly don’t know where to start. First off, Paul Auster – shame on me – is not on my check list of much loved authors or cultural icons. That says more about me than him, a best-selling author with novels translated into 40 languages. Where have I been all my life – a rhetorical/metaphysical question that Auster’s own characters such as Paul Auster/Quinn, of City of Glass and his New York Trilogy would no doubt understand and appreciate! Continue reading

The Forbidden Zone

Barbican Theatre, London (*****)

© Stephen Cummisky, Kate Duchene (Nurse/Scientist)

© Stephen Cummisky, Kate Duchene (Nurse/Scientist)

A soldier stands in uniform having his photo taken.
A voice-over instructs: `Look well at this man. Look!
He waits for death –
He knows – ….’  Continue reading

People, Places & Things

Dorfman, National Theatre, London


© Johan Persson

© Johan Persson

Fantastic Duncan Macmillan! Along with Simon Stephens he has become one of British theatre’s most prized, sought-after playwrights. Compassionate, wide-ranging, his recent plays have included subjects on depression (Every Brilliant Thing), fertility (Lungs) climate change (2071) whilst his adaptation and co-direction with Robert Icke of George Orwell’s1984 for Headlong carried all before it. Continue reading

Every Brilliant Thing

Paines Plough Roundabout Theatre, Southbank, London

© Mihaela Bodlovic

© Mihaela Bodlovic

If you told someone about a show featuring depression and being the child of a suicidal mother, most responses would be, `oh, I don’t think so. Not for me. Sounds too depressing.’ Continue reading