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Stories – National Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Nina Raine Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Hot on the heels of Consent, which scored a West End transfer for the National, comes Nina Raine’s new play Stories, charting one woman’s journey to find a sperm donor. Despite some very fine acting, Stories seems like a pilot for an abandoned TV sitcom from twenty years ago. Anna wants a baby and reaching ...

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I’m Not Running – National Theatre, London

Writer: David Hare Director: Neil Armfield Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The title of David Hare’s new play (the 17thto be presented at the National) is laden with multiple meanings. There’s the literal one, of course: the central character is Siân Brooke’s Pauline Gibson, who as a popular independent MP is rumoured to be joining the Labour Party and making a leadership ...

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Macbeth – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Beginning its UK tour at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, The National Theatre’s touring production of Macbeth originally starred Rory Kinnear as the Scottish Lord and Anne-Marie Duff as his scheming wife, the production has been entirely recast as it takes to the road for a six-month tour. The National Theatre’s Artistic ...

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NEWS: National Theatre Launches Smart Caption Glasses

When we think of innovation in theatre it tends to be on stage – directors such as Ivo van Hove or companies like Complicite entirely reimagining what we see, hear and experience, reinvigorating the classics or completely reinventing theatre as a sensory experience. Yet before the curtain rises, some of the most impactful innovations can fundamentally alter the audience experience. ...

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NEWS: National Theatre launches new season at Autumn Press Conference

“National must mean national” Rufus Norris proclaimed at the launch of the 2018-19 season, introducing a programme of activities and initiatives that span not just the National Theatre’s three auditoria – the Lyttelton, the Olivier and the Dorfman – but focus on UK-wide engagement through community-led projects, touring productions and NT Live screenings. With our future cultural output threatened by ...

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Antony & Cleopatra – National Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Stephen Bates Forsaking togas and tiaras in favour of modern military uniforms and designer outfits, director Simon Godwin gives new life to William Shakespeare’s torrid account of a collision between power, politics and passion in the days of the Roman Empire. The age that it can take to perform the full version of ...

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The Prisoner – National Theatre, London

Writers and Directors: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne   Reviewer:  Richard Maguire London theatre is currently in existential crisis with two works by Albert Camus, The Plague and The Outsider, on at The Arcola and The Print Room respectively, and now The Prisoner by theatre legend Peter Brook comes to the National. This new play examines how we find freedom in an ...

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Review: Pericles – National Theatre, London 

Writer: William Shakespeare  Adaptor: Chris Bush  Music: Jim Fortune  Director: Emily Lim  Reviewer: Stephen Bates  Pericles, Prince of Tyre is not William Shakespeare’s best play, nor his best-known play and, according to many scholars, it is not wholly his play at all, but here, in the unlikeliest of circumstances, a case can be made for it being one of his ...

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