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Theatre

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, by Caryl Churchill Subscription

30 April 2015 | By Liz Schafer

A staging of the 1647 Putney Debates poses inconvenient questions about political means and ends, says Liz Schafer

The Jew of Malta, by Christopher Marlowe Subscription

2 April 2015 | By Peter J. Smith

Justin Audibert’s sparkling production showcases the tragedy’s uneasy blend of offence and elation with just a hint of Tarantino, says Peter J. Smith

Macbeth, Lost Theatre, London Subscription

19 February 2015

Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy is actor-centred and is often best presented stripped of all distractions, says Peter J. Smith

The Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Subscription

15 January 2015

Live broadcasting has changed how audiences view theatre and performance, says Liz Schafer

A Song of Good and Evil, by Philippe Sands Subscription

13 November 2014 | By

A musical lecture explores the links between three men connected by the Nuremberg trials, writes Matthew Reisz

Stage whispers: Joan Littlewood Subscription

21 August 2014

When Liz Schafer interviewed the Oh! What A Lovely War director, she was bowled over by her passionate and indiscreet insights into her life in theatre

The Valley of Astonishment, Young Vic, London Subscription

19 June 2014 | By

Peter Brook’s play about synaesthesia delights Matthew Reisz with its blend of philosophical themes and Shakespearean comedy

The Malcontent, by John Marston Subscription

10 April 2014

By using ‘children’ in adult roles the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse both challenges the audience and returns to original practice

Review: The Duchess of Malfi Subscription

16 January 2014

Physical aspects of a new theatre both add to and detract from a convincingly chilling tale of sororicide, attests Liz Schafer

Shakespeare by numbers: my quest to see every single play Subscription

28 November 2013

Emma Rees is 34 down, four to go in a bid to see the Bard’s entire canon on stage

A front-row view of Louisiana’s slow death Subscription

7 November 2013

Anna Hartnell takes part in an immersive theatre experience that has audiences bear witness to environmental catastrophe

Spanish Golden Age Theatre Season, Theatre Royal, Bath Subscription

12 September 2013

Jonathan Thacker hopes that three comedia nueva plays will herald a revival of a lesser-known art form

Blue Stockings, Shakespeare’s Globe Subscription

5 September 2013

Jessica Swale’s rollicking play about women in 1890s Cambridge fighting for the recognition of their education has relevance today

Zoë Svendsen on the dramaturge’s role at the heart of the action Subscription

29 August 2013

The ‘creative consultant’ at work in the National Theatre’s new production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II

The Taming of the Shrew: tragedy, comedy or farce? Subscription

25 July 2013

Three recent productions at Shakespeare’s Globe highlight to the challenge of how to present Katherina’s submission

The horrifying fascination of Titus Andronicus Subscription

30 May 2013

A new production of Shakespeare’s brutal play continues to elicit disquieting questions about moral values

Naked lecturer looks for nude truth Subscription

7 February 2013 | By

Daniel Ploeger’s performance provokes minds through ‘body beautiful’

Trust exercises benevolence as actors enter new life stage

10 January 2013 | By

Matthew Reisz reports on the bursaries helping ex-thespians to pursue higher education goals

The Pilgrim's Progress Subscription

8 November 2012

John Bunyan’s masterwork, which influenced literature, politics and culture for generations, is startlingly modern in depicting a world of greed and inequality

Red Velvet Subscription

1 November 2012

The story of a black actor on the Victorian stage raises questions about race and racism in today's theatre, argues Peter J.Smith

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