Edward Bond

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Edward Bond: 'War Horse? Obscene. Downton? Spiteful'
He has walked out of his own plays, been chased up the A1 by a director and thinks British drama is dead. Mark Lawson meets the magnificently irascible Edward Bond

Mark Lawson

22, May, 2016 @1:00 PM

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The Royal Court at 60: look back in wonder
London’s powerhouse of new writing is celebrating its 60th birthday. Explore some of the Sloane Square theatre’s key productions through extracts from the Guardian and Observer archive, alongside new recollections from Wole Soyinka, Ann Jellicoe, Amanda Redman, Sally Hawkins and others

Chris Wiegand

24, Mar, 2016 @1:00 PM

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Where's Willy? Why there are so few plays about Shakespeare
In 400 years since his death, only a few playwrights – including George Bernard Shaw and Edward Bond – have turned the Bard into a character

Mark Lawson

09, Mar, 2016 @3:49 PM

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William Gaskill: a fighter who stayed loyal to his writers
Gaskill, who was Royal Court artistic director at a time that was rich, bloody and embattled, helped to hasten the demise of stage censorship in Britain

Michael Billington

04, Feb, 2016 @5:45 PM

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William Gaskill, former artistic director of the Royal Court, dies aged 85
Peter Gill and Vicky Featherstone pay tribute to a ‘brilliant, uncompromising’ director who was celebrated for his productions of Bond and Brecht – and for battling stage censorship

Chris Wiegand

04, Feb, 2016 @3:22 PM

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There will be (fake) blood: five of the goriest theatrical bloodbaths

They've been fainting in the aisles at the Globe, due to a stomach-churning production of Titus Andronicus. Michael Coveney has five more examples of the power of on-stage physical aggression

Michael Coveney

05, May, 2014 @3:48 PM

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Never mind 1984: Michael Billington's top five theatrical dystopias

Dystopian plays are rare, but from Samuel Beckett's Happy Days to Caryl Churchill's Far Away, there have been some standout original stage creations, writes Michael Billington

Michael Billington

19, Feb, 2014 @9:00 AM

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Why becoming a mother has censored my reading
Imogen Russell Williams: They used to be some of my favourites, but it's no longer possible to enjoy stories where children are in danger

Imogen Russell Williams

22, Oct, 2013 @11:29 AM

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Bertolt Brecht: irresistible force or forgotten chapter in theatrical history?

Brecht's belief that drama should present moral ideas through action is unfashionable, but as theatre becomes ever more narcissistic, audiences are seeking him out again, writes Michael Billington

Michael Billington

18, Sep, 2013 @3:37 PM

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Hans Werner Henze obituary

Composer devoted to the exploration of political ideas in the opera house and concert hall

Guy Rickards

27, Oct, 2012 @9:38 PM

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Why the best way to honour past playwrights is to invest in the future

Michael Billington: As a new blue plaque pays tribute to Pinter's Hackney, and Barry Reckord is commemorated in Shepherd's Bush, there has never been a better time to invest in the next generation of writers

Michael Billington

18, Sep, 2012 @4:51 PM

Have I None/The Under Room – review
Edward Bond has an almost oracle-like ability to tell us what we don't want to hear, writes Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner

24, Apr, 2012 @4:58 PM

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