Bertolt Brecht

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The Good Person of Szechwan review – Brecht’s parable gets a bold revamp
Anthony Lau brings rich cultural authenticity to the stinging China-set capitalist critique – as well as slides and giant frogs

Nick Ahad

17, Mar, 2023 @10:02 AM

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The Decision review – didactic, two-dimensional and dramatically obvious
Bertolt Brecht’s tale of four agitators dispatched from Soviet Russia to foment revolution in pre-communist China is almost a parody of previous Birmingham Opera Company productions

Andrew Clements

06, Mar, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Jean-Marie Straub obituary
French film-maker who challenged the primacy of narration and orthodox notions of realism

Ronald Bergan

21, Nov, 2022 @1:20 PM

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The Caucasian Chalk Circle review – Carrie Hope Fletcher shines light in Brecht’s epic
A striking score and expressive singing carry Christopher Haydon’s production of the wartime classic

Miriam Gillinson

07, Oct, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Another brick in the wall for bees | Brief letters
Brief letters: The buzz about soft clay | Reviving Arturo Ui | Sober evaluation | Chanelling Frida Kahlo

23, Jan, 2022 @5:00 PM

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The tragedy of our current political farce | Letter
Letter: Is the time not ripe for a new production of Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, asks Dr Jonathan Punt


21, Jan, 2022 @5:46 PM

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Writing the wrongs of the climate crisis | Letters
Letters: Meirion Bowen applauds Ben Okri’s stand, while Trevor Jones supports the wake-up call that less is more


15, Nov, 2021 @4:47 PM

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The Seven Deadly Sins review – Hollywood highs and Depression lows with uncanny resonances
The expressive force of singer Wallis Giunta and dancer Shelley Eva Haden evoked today’s US in a spirited production of Brecht and Weill’s sung ballet

Rian Evans

23, Nov, 2020 @12:46 PM

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Eric Bentley obituary
Writer on drama and champion of Brecht who shared Shaw’s view that theatre should add to people’s lives

Irving Wardle

17, Sep, 2020 @4:38 PM

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Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti review – socialist satire starved of humour
The comic talents of Elaine C Smith and Steven McNicoll can’t save Denise Mina’s stilted, gender-switching adaptation of a Bertolt Brecht comedy

Clare Brennan

15, Mar, 2020 @5:30 AM

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Hail, Coriolanus! The greatness of Shakespeare's shape-shifting epic
From Olivier’s strangled fury to Ralph Fiennes’ Oedipal embraces, this complex political play is extraordinarily flexible

Michael Billington

05, Mar, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Mrs Puntila and Her Man Matti review – Denise Mina's Scottish Brecht falls flat
This update starring Elaine C Smith focuses on modern-day Scotland’s landowning class but struggles to make the satire funny

Mark Fisher

04, Mar, 2020 @11:24 AM

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