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Lennie James: ‘I wasn’t willing to let somebody else decide what my ambition should be’
The Walking Dead and Save Me actor and writer on his return to theatre, why he left to work in the US, and what his mum would think of his career choice

Arifa Akbar

20, Jan, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Theatre leader Pooja Ghai: ‘I couldn’t sit back and complain about roles I wasn’t getting’
The actor and new artistic director of Tamasha theatre company, dedicated to stories from the global majority, talks about her campaign to change the industry

Arifa Akbar

12, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Force Majeure review – family skiing drama goes off-piste
This story about the aftermath of an Alpine disaster was brilliantly compelling on film but becomes a clumsy comedy on stage

Arifa Akbar

06, Jan, 2022 @11:59 PM

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Folk review – a beautifully brooding tale of song and sisterhood
The songs that unite two grieving sisters are collected and ‘tidied up’ by Cecil Sharp in this historical drama

Arifa Akbar

05, Jan, 2022 @8:00 PM

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Theatre, dance and comedy to book in 2022 – from Alan Partridge to Tennessee Williams
Amy Adams makes her West End debut, immersive dance confronts mental health and Steve Coogan’s alter ego embarks on a rare live UK tour

Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

27, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Unlike cats, dogs used to leave me cold – until I met a puppy in a padded jacket | Arifa Akhbar
A fateful train ride taught me to question long-held opinions, says Arifa Akbar, the Guardian’s chief theatre critic

Arifa Akbar

24, Dec, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Spring Awakening review – desire and dread in coming-of-age musical
Rupert Goold’s production of the alt-rock musical has a talented young cast and some striking moments but the songs are often banal

Arifa Akbar

20, Dec, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Peggy for You review – Tamsin Greig’s charisma cannot save dated drama
Alan Plater’s 60s-set play honouring agent Peggy Ramsay hasn’t aged well – her once maverick ideas now look outmoded

Arifa Akbar

19, Dec, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The best theatre, comedy and dance of 2021
It was a year of revivals in every sense, as venues threw open their doors again. From fresh takes on classics to blazing new talents and shows that captured the current moment, our critics pick their favourites of the year

Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

18, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The strange experience of theatregoing on the possible eve of darkness | Arifa Akbar
Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats – for how much longer? Our chief theatre critic on her Covid-hit week

Arifa Akbar

16, Dec, 2021 @4:41 PM

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Habeas Corpus review – Canon Throbbing is back in tragically unfunny farce
Patrick Marber revives Alan Bennett’s 1973 comedy with its trouserless salesman, randy vicar and retrograde Britishness

Arifa Akbar

14, Dec, 2021 @1:05 PM

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Cabaret review – Eddie Redmayne is electric in this blinder of a show
Redmayne and Jessie Buckley ‘Willkommen’ us into this Weimar-era Berlin nightclub for an evening of flamboyance, menace and magnetism

Arifa Akbar

13, Dec, 2021 @12:01 AM

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