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Coriolanus,...
December 20, 2013

Tom Hiddleston returns to the London stage with a compelling performance. The violent and treacherous Roman general Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s most bloodthirsty creations, but Hiddleston focuses on his arrogance and elusive coolness. He does an impressive job of suggesting the emotional inadequacy of this self-deluding, impulsive loner – as well as the strange complexity of his motives. And when Coriolanus strips, he looks like a man who has spent plenty of time in the gym rather than on

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Versailles, Donmar Warehouse - theatre review
March 03, 2014
Amid this year’s many theatrical events to mark the centenary of the First World War, there won’t be anything more demandingly dense than Peter Gill’s Versailles . Focusing on the conflict's aftermath, it is packed with meticulous research that sometimes makes it resemble the more ponderous sort of history lesson. The Treaty of Versailles was signed seven months after...
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Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse - review
December 20, 2013
welcomes his death with open arms having failed to resolve the question of mind over mater. Josie Rourke’s production is a return to the old school Donmar style, a bare back wall, a row of wooden chairs
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My Night with Reg, Donmar Warehouse - review
August 06, 2014
Julian Ovenden honours late writer Kevin Elyot as his most famous play returns to stage Interview: director Robert Hastie on playwright Kevin Elyot and the Donmar revival of My Night With Reg There
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Theatre Review: The Same...
August 09, 2013

A PLAY about personal injury lawyers from Luton may not sound like the most enticing of prospects but this new work is from the pen of Nick Payne whose last play, Constellations, was a moving, touching gem that won awards and a West End transfer.  For his follow-up, Payne has obviously gone in a different direction. Whereas Constellations was about love, loss and parallel worlds and had a universal feel to it, this is firmly rooted in the here and now, being an examination of our compensation cu

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My Night with Reg, Donmar Warehouse - theatre...
August 06, 2014
Kevin Elyot's sad, funny play was hailed as a landmark when it premiered twenty years ago — a timely picture of the ravages of AIDS (though the disease is not mentioned by name). But now it seems above all a beautifully observant study of friendship, longing and betrayal. The pivotal character is one we never see — Reg is an enigmatic figure who dies of an AIDS-related...
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