Lyric Hammersmith

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Black talent takes centre stage at Lyric Hammersmith theatre
Festival to celebrate black culture and creativity, with Lemn Sissay and Shingai as headline acts

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

17, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The Beauty Queen of Leenane review – Martin McDonagh’s raging black comedy returns
This tale of a claustrophobic mother-daughter relationship takes contrived turns, but the starkly moving performances remain compelling

Arifa Akbar

10, Sep, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Out West review – compelling trio of dramas reframes place and race
Tanika Gupta sends Gandhi overseas, Simon Stephens sees devastation in locked-down London and Roy Williams lightens the mood with a local hero story

Arifa Akbar

25, Jun, 2021 @12:29 PM

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From Hamlet to Hullabaloo: what to see as theatres and comedy clubs reopen
As stage shows return, we pick the best post-lockdown offerings – featuring Egyptian gods, rebelling vicars, dancing youths ... and Ian McKellen playing the Dane at 82

Arifa Akbar (theatre), Brian Logan (comedy), Lyndsey Winship (dance)

16, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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National Theatre reopens to stage panto for second time in its history
Dick Whittington presented in new in-the-round season that includes sequel to hit football play Death of England

Chris Wiegand

17, Sep, 2020 @10:52 AM

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'I've wrestled, climbed the walls and got a black eye' – theatres that made us
Nadia Albina, Ivo Graham, Cherylee Houston and more share memories of the theatres that they call home

Compiled by Chris Wiegand

22, Jul, 2020 @6:47 PM

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Fight a pigeon for your seat! Unforgettable theatre encounters
Susan Wokoma recalls plays backed by birdsong, Tallulah Brown found a fairytale in the reeds and Gregory Doran takes a trip back to Lancaster

Compiled by Chris Wiegand

15, Jul, 2020 @8:59 AM

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'I need to get as much done as possible – I've had cancer': culture during coronavirus
George Condo has made drawings inspired by social distancing: Tansy Davies wants to make a shamanic land opera. We conclude our series on artists’ responses to lockdown

Interviews by Lyndsey Winship, Tim Jonze, Imogen Tilden, and Arifa Akbar

16, Apr, 2020 @7:47 AM

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Love, Love, Love review – baby boomers v generation austerity
Mike Bartlett’s brilliant play follows a couple trying, and failing, to keep family together

Arifa Akbar

12, Mar, 2020 @12:55 PM

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Faustus: That Damned Woman review – devilish drama is far from divine
Chris Bush’s female Faustus is original, ambitious and fantastically revisionist – but this bare-boned production fails to save its soul

Arifa Akbar

29, Jan, 2020 @12:03 PM

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Cinderella review – woke meets trad at pop panto
Prince Charming? You must be joking – but this show will still leave families and festive fun-seekers satisfied

Brian Logan

25, Nov, 2019 @2:50 PM

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A Doll's House review – Ibsen's classic shrewdly reimagined in colonial India
With a career-defining performance from Anjana Vasan, Tanika Gupta’s fine production is moving, multilayered and hugely intelligent

Michael Billington

12, Sep, 2019 @9:17 AM

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