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Batting for Godot: the play about Beckett and Pinter teaming up for a game of cricket
The two titans of modern drama were both cricket obsessives. What if they had faced the fast bowlers together? Playwright Shomit Dutta explains why he made it happen – with darkly comic drama Stumped

Michael Billington

08, Aug, 2022 @7:00 AM

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David Warner was gentle, inquisitive – and stunning on stage
An actor of innate tenderness and grace, Warner had a theatre career of two halves, each with superb performances for the RSC

Michael Billington

25, Jul, 2022 @5:04 PM

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Peter Brook was a theatrical pathfinder and a man of boundless curiosity
In our many meetings, the director’s conversation was as invigorating as the way he led audiences through the night in his staging of The Mahabharata

Michael Billington

04, Jul, 2022 @1:36 PM

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Two shows dominated the Tony awards and proved Broadway’s debt to British taxpayers
Sam Mendes’s The Lehman Trilogy and Marianne Elliott’s Company took 10 prizes between them and demonstrated the power of UK subsidised theatre

Michael Billington

13, Jun, 2022 @12:00 PM

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How do you make a lavish spectacle sustainable? Theatre’s radical green agenda
A meeting of minds at the National Theatre showed ways to stage drama along environmentally sound lines. But is everyone on board?

Michael Billington

07, Jun, 2022 @2:54 PM

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Hamlet Within: why are we so obsessed with Shakespeare’s dithering prince?
A provocative new film at Cannes featuring Ian McKellen attempts to de-romanticise the Dane but lags behind what theatre productions have been telling us for decades

Michael Billington

27, May, 2022 @12:30 PM

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In capturing the changing face of Britain, playwrights explain us to ourselves | Michael Billington
Beth Steel’s The House of Shades unites national politics and private lives through the fortunes of a working-class family from 1965 to 2019

Michael Billington

23, May, 2022 @4:17 PM

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It’s time for the Royal Shakespeare Company to be led by an actor | Michael Billington
Gregory Doran has achieved much at the RSC and directed some fine productions. Let’s have an actor in charge next: how about Adjoa Andoh or Simon Russell Beale?

Michael Billington

25, Apr, 2022 @9:29 AM

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Sad! Is Donald Trump just too boring for a grand Shakespearean makeover?
Bertie Carvel is brilliant in The 47th, Mike Bartlett’s ingenious play about the former US president, but the real parallel is not with the Bard’s kings but his hollow braggarts

Michael Billington

14, Apr, 2022 @11:02 AM

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The Homecoming: Pinter’s male fantasists return in the age of #MeToo
Criticised for moral ambiguity on its premiere, the 1965 drama – about a woman in a masculine world of aggression and pretence – is back to provoke and disturb

Michael Billington

16, Mar, 2022 @2:19 PM

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‘Experience Shakespeare by seeing it – even better, be in it’: inside the RSC’s new epic
Owen Horsley’s new production of Henry VI, Parts 2 and 3, uses a cast of 120, including professionals and community participants, with some of them filming the action on stage

Michael Billington

14, Mar, 2022 @6:53 AM

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I Don’t Think We’ve Met celebrates a golden age of cricketing chivalry | Michael Billington
Ian Smith’s moving tribute to the late Colin Cowdrey is a gentle reminder of the abiding link between the stumps and the stage

Michael Billington

11, Mar, 2022 @3:32 PM

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