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Effigies of Wickedness – Gate Theatre, London

Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Stephen Bates News that Chinese television did not broadcast the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, because the authorities there objected to two seemingly gay dancers and a few tattoos, reminds us that state censorship has never gone away completely and gives weight to this revue made up of songs banned in Germany by the Nazis. The 85-minute ...

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Assassins – Gate Theatre, Dublin

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book:  John Weidman Director: Selina Cartmell What does one expect from a Sondheim musical? Irish and international audiences alike have been thrilled for many years by the dynamic musical compositions and quirky lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. As such, this production of Assassins has a lot to live up to, and something about this production falls ...

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Trust – Gate Theatre, London

Writer: Falk Richter Adaptor: Maja Zade Director: Jude Christian Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Civilisations rise and fall, there is something almost inevitable about it. The Romans, the Ottomans even the Brits once had the most significant empires in the world, but one by one they all collapsed and were replaced by something else. Falk Richter’s play Trust uses the metaphor of ...

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Look Back in Anger – Gate Theatre, Dublin

Writer: John Osborne  Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy It is always a risk to tackle one of the great, and well-worn classics, but this is something that the Gate Theatre is renowned for. However, Selina Cartmell’s inaugural season is illustrating that she is willing to take the necessary steps to bring the Gate into the twenty-first century. Previously ...

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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 – Gate Theatre, London

Writer: Anna Deavere Smith Director: Ola Ince Reviewer: Stephen Bates in 1992, two white officers in the Los Angeles Police Department were acquitted on charges relating to the brutal beating of Rodney King, an Afro-American, leading to riots, looting and, bloodshed. “LaLa Land” was revealed to all the world as a city of scars. Anna Deavere Smith has devised this ...

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I Call My Brothers – Gate Theatre, London

Writer: Jonas Hassen Khemiri Translator: Rachel Willson-Broyles Director: Tinuke Craig Reviewer: Stephen Bates A car bomb explodes in a city centre, chaos descends and fingers of suspicion start to be pointed. Jonas Hassen Khemiri's 80-minute one-act play looks at the aftermath of such an outrage, not from the perspective of the terrorists or the dead and injured, but from that of ...

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Diary Of A Madman – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Al Smith Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Al Smith's Diary Of A Madman is arguably the cherry on the top of the Traverse Theatre's Fringe. Staged in conjunction with Notting Hill's Gate Theatre, this loose adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story is sublimely topical, burning with a potent cocktail of caustic humour and socio-political anger and boasting ...

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NEWS: Christopher Haydon to step down from Gate Theatre

After five years at the helm of London's Gate Theatre, Christopher Haydon has today, [14 July 2016], announced he will step down as Artistic Director in January 2017. Haydon will continue programming the Gate up until May 2017, with his last season being announced in late 2016. The post of Artistic Director at the Gate Theatre will be advertised shortly. ...

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