21 November 2018

Hadestown at the National Theatre

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With new theatre, it is sometimes tricky to differentiate between what comes from the original writing and from the production you are viewing. After all, such an early incarnation of …

23 October 2018

I’m Not Running by David Hare at the National Theatre

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David Hare’s plays always seek to provoke one’s mind of current issues such as inequality, social deprivation and most particularly the politics of the changing state of the Labour Party …

21 September 2017

Oslo at the National Theatre

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I like the elephantine plays. That’s why I went to this, and because of the Tony, and because of the premise. A combo of all. What else do I have …

12 September 2017

The National Theatre’s Follies

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Follies is, in one way, exactly what you might expect from a 1971 work by the noted musical dramatist Stephen Sondheim, in that it’s a true spectacle, with lyrics that …

13 May 2017

Angels in America: Parts I & II at the National

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I’m gaslighting myself in going to the big shows. Shows that scream, shows that flash, shows that flail their banality around like spaghetti and people clap. They clap! They clap. …

27 April 2017

The 2016 MyTheatre Award Winners: London

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Okay, time for another round. For some reason I forgot why I chose Best Actor/Best Actress categories—was there a special reason for that? They seem like a 1950’s vestige. Who …

04 March 2017

Ugly Lies the Bone at the National

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Virtual reality is one of those things that most of us are aware of, but for many (me included), its uses don’t appear to extend much beyond teenage boys wearing …

26 October 2016

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer at the National

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It’s over-expansive and yet at its most expansive it’s simultaneously at its best. Disregard (or don’t) the critics who call the ending effusive mush or ’emotional blackmail’. The ending is …

24 October 2016

The Red Barn at the National

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Big British playwright David Hare offers The Red Barn, a new work which adapts La Main, a novel by prolific Belgian Georges Simenon. Simenon was a guy who wrote thrillers …

07 August 2016

Young Chekhov: The Seagull at the National Theatre

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Following a successful run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a trilogy of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s plays (adapted by David Hare) are now showing at the National Theatre in London. …

06 June 2016

Sunset at the Villa Thalia at the National’s Dorfman Theatre

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For a play so intimately connected with Greek tragedy it is daring to have its protagonists’…

21 April 2016

The Flick at the National Theatre

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Annie Baker’s The Flick is of a radical theatrical style; it is new and maybe even profound. This is lofty description but it is a rare and wonderful thing when …

17 August 2015

The National’s Motherfucker With the Hat

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The National’s version of a modest summer hit is The Motherfucker With the Hat, a vulgar look at a man trying to overcome his addictions and stick to his moral …

02 June 2015

The National’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

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It was not surprising that the National would put on a play post-election about the origins of Parliament. Fortunately, it is not the dry, dour production that one might expect …

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