Indhu Rubasingham

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Kerry Jackson review – Fay Ripley’s lively striver is riddled with working-class cliches
April De Angelis’s comedy about a leave-voting entrepreneur in a gentrified area has echoes of Abigail’s Party and Educating Rita – except all the characters are reduced to types

Arifa Akbar

08, Dec, 2022 @1:29 PM

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The week in theatre: Handbagged; The Cherry Orchard; Clutch – review
Moira Buffini’s damning satire imagining the Queen’s weekly meetings with Margaret Thatcher acquires poignancy; James Macdonald directs Chekhov in outer space; and a driving lesson for us all

Kate Kellaway

25, Sep, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Handbagged review – sparks fly at the Queen’s audiences with the Iron Lady
Moira Buffini’s clever political comedy returns, educating a new generation on Margaret Thatcher’s legacy through her weekly encounters with the monarch

Arifa Akbar

15, Sep, 2022 @10:00 PM

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‘The audience want to connect with her’: portraying the Queen after her death
The Kiln theatre’s Handbagged, about the monarch’s meetings with Margaret Thatcher, has opened in a week of mourning. Its stars reflect on the play’s humour and their tears in rehearsal

Emine Saner

14, Sep, 2022 @1:11 PM

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The week in theatre: The Father and the Assassin; Celebrated Virgins; Legally Blonde
Gandhi’s murderer turns on the charm; the ladies of Llangollen come to vibrant life; and verdant Regent’s Park turns very pink

Susannah Clapp

29, May, 2022 @9:30 AM

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The Father and the Assassin review – gripping tale of the man who killed Gandhi
Anupama Chandrasekhar artfully unpicks the forces of history with a tale of violence and colonialism that echoes into today

Claire Armitstead

20, May, 2022 @9:36 AM

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The celebrated assassin: the play about Gandhi’s killer, still dividing India
Having written about sex tapes and the Delhi bus gang-rape, Anupama Chandrasekhar is tackling Nathuram Godse, the gunman who was raised as a girl – and is now a hero to Hindu nationalists

Ammar Kalia

16, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The Wife of Willesden review – Zadie Smith’s boozy lock-in is a bawdy treat
Kiln theatre, London
The author’s debut play lets one of Chaucer’s most revolutionary characters loose in modern-day Kilburn in a celebration of community and a life well-lived

Kate Wyver

18, Nov, 2021 @9:12 AM

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The Invisible Hand review – thrilling tale of money lust and morality
A US bank employee is captured in Pakistan in Indhu Rubasingham’s pacy revival of Ayad Akhtar’s chillingly ingenious play

Mark Lawson

08, Jul, 2021 @7:00 PM

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'It's my second home': UK arts figures pick the theatres that inspired them
Arts venues have been hit hard by the pandemic and are still unable to stage live performances. In a new series, we celebrate their essential role

Compiled by Chris Wiegand

06, Jul, 2020 @12:25 PM

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'At last a glimpse of hope': UK arts leaders on the rescue package
Responses to the government’s promise of £1.57bn for the arts and heritage sectors

Chris Wiegand; additional reporting by Dalya Alberge

05, Jul, 2020 @8:57 PM

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The week in theatre: Pass Over; Love, Loss & Chianti and more – review
Antoinette Nwandu’s 2017 play about the US race divide flits thrillingly from laughter to rage

Kate Kellaway

01, Mar, 2020 @10:30 AM

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