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FEATURE: Anne Washburn and James Graham: Writing Political Theatre

Supplementary talks have become an increasingly useful way for theatres to open out their productions, giving the audience greater context on the creative process as well as an additional income stream. Some venues have long-standing programmes of curated events including the focused National Theatre Platforms or The Old Vic Voices Off talks in which selected cast members and more often ...

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CD REVIEW: American Psycho – Original London Cast Recording

American Psycho Artwork

Music and Lyrics: Duncan Sheik Book: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Reviewer: Niall Harman Since its publication in 1991,Brett Easton Ellis’ novelAmerican Psychobeen deemed by some to ‘harmful to minors’, is only available in Australian bookshops shrink-wrapped in plastic and resulted in the author receiving death threats. It latermade for a bloody film starring Christian Bale. It’s fair to say that it is ...

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Uncle Vanya – Almeida Theatre, London

Paul Rhys and Vanessa Kirby

Writer: Anton Chekov Adaptor &Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   We are all strange, that is how we know we’re normal, so says Michael (Doctor Astrov) as comfort and conclusion in the final act of the Almeida's new production of Uncle Vanya, which is set in the modern day and newly adapted by Robert Icke. Several productions in the ...

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Little Eyolf – Almeida Theatre, London

Little Eyolf, Almeida Theatre

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Andy Moseley The third part of a trilogy is a notoriously difficult affair. There is not only the acclaim for part one to live up to, there is also thefulfilment of the promise in part two. Added to that is the feeling that part three is always the climax, the tying up of ...

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King Charles III – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Robert Powell as King Charles III

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: Rupert Goold with Whitney Mosery Reviewer:R G Balgray After spending what seems like ages confronting questions of our own national identity, it is perhaps appropriate to remember an earlier priority: namely, trying to understand our larger Southern neighbour. In an unusual way, King Charles III, presently at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, makes its own contribution to ...

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Medea – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Rachel Cusk (from Euripides) Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Head bowed, her face hidden behind her long black hair, Medea listens to taunts meant to shame and humiliate her. An all-female chorus, gossiping and brandishing their maternal badges by clutching their offspring to their breasts, casts her out from among them, like an unclean leper. Medea’s “crime” ...

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Oresteia – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Aeschylusin a new version by Robert Icke Director: Robert Icke Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile     Robert Icke’s new version of Aeschylus’ Oresteia explodes onto the Almeida stage in a dark, complex, heartbreaking and inevitably bloody production. Icke has brought Aeschylus’ trilogy bang up to date in his epic interpretation of the story of Agamemnon and his family and how ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards   If a production makes you wonder, upon leaving, why a certain play is still performed there is something wrong, right? Such is the case with your reviewer and the production of The Merchant of Venice opening at the Almeida, revived from the RSC from 2011. While the inevitable discussions ...

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