Lolita Chakrabarti

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RSC to stage play about plague death of William Shakespeare’s son Hamnet
Adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s novel will premiere at Swan theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in April

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

08, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The week in theatre: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage; Life of Pi; Measure for Measure
The familiar and the fantastic are as one in the Bridge’s Philip Pullman spectacular; more puppet magic powers Life of Pi; and a coolly convincing 70s Measure for Measure

Susannah Clapp

12, Dec, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Life of Pi review – the animals are the stars in this puppet-powered show
This stage version of Yann Martel’s novel is exquisitely designed but the wonder leaks away in flat-footed storytelling

Arifa Akbar

02, Dec, 2021 @11:00 PM

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Adrian Lester: ‘I’ll never leave the stage’
As he prepares to return to live theatre, the actor reflects on a tumultuous 18 months, and on why he needs an audience

Rachel Cooke

01, Aug, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Lockdown one year on: Hiran Abeysekera on how Covid nixed his West End debut
The Sri Lankan actor, who had delighted audiences at the Sheffield Crucible in Life of Pi, was poised for his West End debut when lockdown struck

Killian Fox

21, Mar, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The week in theatre: Hymn; Typical review – first-rate and perfectly balanced
Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani work as one in Lolita Chakrabarti’s brilliantly realised study of male friendship

Susannah Clapp

28, Feb, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Theatres that made us: from Stratford-upon-Avon to the Savoy
Continuing our series, Lolita Chakrabarti shares an electric memory and Ben Weatherill recalls stolen kisses in a historic building

Compiled by Chris Wiegand

13, Jul, 2020 @8:59 PM

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Life of Pi review – Martel’s tall tale brought to astonishing life
Lolita Chakrabarti’s superbly acted adaptation of Yann Martel’s Booker-winner makes dazzling use of its interplay of illusions

Clare Brennan

14, Jul, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Life of Pi review – triumphant tiger burns bright in a stunning show
Transformative puppetry, design and direction, and a great human lead, make this adaptation of Yann Martel’s book unmissable

Mark Fisher

09, Jul, 2019 @9:56 AM

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What to see this week in the UK
From Yesterday to Ed Ruscha, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days

Andrew Pulver, Michael Cragg, John Fordham, Andrew Clements, Jonathan Jones, Miriam Gillinson and Lyndsey Winship

28, Jun, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Red Velvet – review

Adrian Lester gives a major performance in this fascinating look at the pioneering African-American actor Ira Aldridge, writes Michael Billington

Michael Billington

17, Oct, 2012 @2:09 PM

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