Lyric Hammersmith

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The week in theatre: Othello; The Unfriend; On the Ropes – review
Brute force speaks volumes in Frantic Assembly’s breathtaking Othello; Steven Moffat and co flirt with farce; and the story of Windrush boxer Vernon Vanriel hits home in song

Susannah Clapp

29, Jan, 2023 @10:30 AM

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The best theatre of 2022
In a superb year for the stage, our chief critic gives 10 shows an extra round of applause. Plus, Guardian theatre reviewers each pick their 2022 standout

Arifa Akbar

15, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Jack and the Beanstalk review – sumptuously OTT panto has a big heart
A streetwise Jack sells his cow for a tin of baked beans in this sugar rush of a show, which is underpinned with an anti-greed moral about the collective good

Brian Logan

28, Nov, 2022 @8:00 PM

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The week in theatre: Closer, The Tempest, The Darkest Part of the Night – review
Patrick Marber’s four-way passion play still adds up; Sean Holmes takes enjoyable liberties with his party island Tempest; and the heartfelt vies with the spelled out in Zodwa Nyoni’s new work

Kate Kellaway

07, Aug, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Closer review – Patrick Marber’s daring drama turns 25
This intimate story of four-way romantic damage gains an extra edge in Clare Lizzimore’s slick revival

Arifa Akbar

21, Jul, 2022 @4:10 PM

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The week in theatre: Britannicus; Tony! (The Tony Blair Rock Opera); The Haunting of Susan A
Even Timberlake Wertenbaker can’t quite ignite Racine’s tyrannical hero; Harry Hill’s New Labour musical is a gag-filled joy; and the spirits move for Mark Ravenhill

Kate Kellaway

12, Jun, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Britannicus review – political drama is deadly serious but full of sass
Timberlake Wertenbaker’s take on Racine’s version of ancient Rome is replete with power-crazed emperors, deadly poison and juicy family politics

Arifa Akbar

02, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Actor Nathaniel Curtis: ‘I realised It’s a Sin was a hit when Elton John called’
The actor on breaking through in C4’s It’s a Sin, his title role on stage in Britannicus – and always being seen as ‘the tall one with the long hair’

Michael Hogan

22, May, 2022 @8:30 AM

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Scandaltown review – smut and silliness in modern Restoration comedy
Mike Bartlett’s rambunctious capers with types including Lady Susan Climber and Matt Eton MP are great fun if not exactly stinging satire

Arifa Akbar

15, Apr, 2022 @1:43 PM

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When Covid shut the theatres, I became my mother’s carer. Returning feels defiant
The pandemic closed the play I was starring in, the last my mum, Diana Rigg, ever saw. Two years on, staging a scandalous new play at the same theatre is cause for celebration

Rachael Stirling

20, Mar, 2022 @2:00 PM

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The week in theatre: Two Billion Beats; Running With Lions; The Forest; The Chairs – review
A Hindu schoolgirl challenges all around her; Toby Stephens and Gina McKee star in Florian Zeller’s sketchy new play; and Kathryn Hunter excels in a frisky reworking of Ionescu

Susannah Clapp

20, Feb, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Running With Lions review – grief haunts a British Caribbean family
Sian Carter’s debut play tells an inter-generational story of hidden mental illness that is richly played, with real pain but also sparks of joy

Arifa Akbar

16, Feb, 2022 @4:30 PM

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