REVIEWS

Now in its 27th year and long established as one of Europe’s leading Shakespeare productions, Stafford Gatehouse’s annual tribute to the playwright in the open...

Patrick Sandford’s one-man show Groomed is a vital act of bearing witness. With great honesty and delicacy, the 65-year-old theatre director tells how, aged...

Sales of George Orwell’s novel, 1984, have skyrocketed since the inauguration of Donald Trump. It's an apt moment for Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s...

Coupling the knotty legal dialectic of 12 Angry Men with the gut-wrenching emotional tug of United 93, Ferdinand von Schirach's Terror makes for a...

“Deeds not words” was Emmeline Pankhurst’s militant motto. So when you are caught up in a melee outside York Minster involving placard wavers, protest...

Something happens just before the interval in US playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria that shocks, viscerally. Out of the blue and on a sixpence, the play...

When the world’s most famous tenor takes on for the first time the mighty challenge of the title role of Verdi’s Otello, it’s an...

Given the increasingly polarised, increasingly absurd state of British politics, a comic drama examining the conflict between moderate and radical perspectives could hardly be...

Moira Buffini’s Handbagged is an antidote to the view of history, common on both stage and screen, that reduces it to palace drawing-room drama. From...

US marine Isaac returns from Iraq to find his home in disarray. His father has suffered a debilitating stroke and his sister is transitioning...

Alan Ayckbourn looms large in Scarborough. The former artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre is still its resident playwright whose latest play A...

A rebellious streak runs through this batty show. It's in the teenage characters fighting against authority and against adulthood, in the unconventional and rhapsodic...
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