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Paul Chahidi and Gerard Horan in The Vote at Donmar Warehouse. Photo: Johan Persson

Billed as a play for theatre and television, the Donmar's latest project is more audacious in conception than it is in execution. After two...
Kim Criswell and Evelyn Hoskins in Carrie the Musical at Southwark Playhouse, London. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Just three years after the Royal Shakespeare Company staged the original English language production of Les Miserables, that transferred to the West End and...
Robyn Allegra Parton in The Virtues of Things at Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House. Photo: Stephen Cummiskey

A witty, sometimes surreal exploration of the meaning and significance of art, The Virtues of Things is the latest annual co-commission from the Royal...
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Mark Ravenhill consistently identifies malignancies in society: consumerism, warped parenting, Hollywood’s – and, by osmosis, our – trite take on terrorism. Now he does...
Noises Off at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Photo: Robert Day

Billed as one of the most successful British comedies ever written, it takes a brave director to tackle Michael Frayn’s classic farce-within-a-farce, which first...
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If you google the Globe Theatre fire of 1613, some sites offer a link to discounted fire extinguishers. Unhappily for the voluble playgoers of...
Catherine Harvey, Ashley Cook and Alice Selwyn in Absent Friends at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool. Photo: Sheila Burnett

This revival from Alan Ayckbourn’s golden age arrives heavy with statistics. It marks London Classic Theatre’s 15th anniversary (along with their production of Waiting...
Philip Bretherton as the late Labour politician Tony Benn in Tony's Last Tape. Photo: Robert Day

Throughout his career, the late socialist MP Tony Benn kept a personal audio diary documenting everything that happened to and around him. With the...
Olivia Poulet in Product by Mark Ravenhill at the Arcola Theatre. Photo: Richard Davenport

When it was originally staged by Paines Plough in 2005, Mark Ravenhill spoke his own monologue in his acting debut, with a silent onstage...
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Two-person company Box Tale Soup have made their name with crafty and compact adaptations of fiction, from Northanger Abbey to MR James’s Casting the...
Kristin Scott Thomas in The Audience. Photo: Johan Persson

Helen Mirren is currently reprising the role of the Queen for which she previously won an Oscar in Stephen Frears’ 2006 film and received...
Janet Etuk and Sean O'Callaghan in Beyond Caring at the National's Temporary Theatre, London. Photo: Mark Douet

Opening at the National on International Workers’ Day – surely no coincidence that – Alexander Zeldin’s precisely devised play is a raw, unsparing exploration...