Patrick Marber

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Britain’s indifference to Molière’s 400th is no surprise but it’s still shameful
Despite some clever reimaginings of Tartuffe, the UK’s stages remain depressingly inattentive to one of the world’s greatest playwrights

Michael Billington

18, Jan, 2022 @7:21 AM

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Maureen Lipman attacks casting of Helen Mirren as former Israeli PM Golda Meir
Actor says Meir’s Jewishness is ‘integral’ to role and that Ben Kingsley would ‘never be allowed’ to play Nelson Mandela

Andrew Pulver

05, Jan, 2022 @3:45 PM

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Habeas Corpus review – Canon Throbbing is back in tragically unfunny farce
Patrick Marber revives Alan Bennett’s 1973 comedy with its trouserless salesman, randy vicar and retrograde Britishness

Arifa Akbar

14, Dec, 2021 @1:05 PM

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Leopoldstadt in limbo: the crew of a West End hit on life after Covid-19
Tom Stoppard’s new play was dazzling critics and audiences alike when the pandemic struck. How did its writer, director and crew deal with the news?

Claire Armitstead and Killian Fox

14, Jun, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Patrick Marber: ‘I’ll be in therapy for the rest of my life – if I can afford it’
The playwright and director on writing and depression, collaborating with Tom Stoppard, and reconnecting with his Jewish roots

Kate Kellaway

07, Mar, 2020 @3:00 PM

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The week in theatre: Leopoldstadt; Death of England; Far Away – review
Tom Stoppard explores his Jewish heritage in what may be his final play

Susannah Clapp

16, Feb, 2020 @10:30 AM

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Leopoldstadt review – Stoppard's family portrait is an elegiac epic
Patrick Marber directs Tom Stoppard’s sweeping story of a Jewish family in Vienna across six decades

Arifa Akbar

12, Feb, 2020 @11:00 PM

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‘A gentleman at the poker table’: Al Alvarez remembered by Patrick Marber
The renowned playwright remembers the former Observer poetry editor as an influence, a poker partner and a gracious wit

Patrick Marber

28, Sep, 2019 @2:00 PM

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How we made Closer – by Clive Owen and Patrick Marber
‘I wanted to write a Shakespearean scene with someone in disguise, so I went into a lesbian chatroom pretending to be a gay woman’

Interviews by Chris Wiegand

09, Jul, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Pinter Five and Six review – starry cast bring shorter works into the spotlight
Jane Horrocks, Rupert Graves and others shine in Patrick Marber and Jamie Lloyd’s bold revivals of the playwright’s shorter plays

Michael Billington

06, Jan, 2019 @11:32 AM

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The week in theatre: Exit the King; Pity; River Stage festival – review
Rhys Ifans ages well in Patrick Marber’s update of Ionesco’s classic, while Rory Mullarkey’s homage often palls. Plus tales of the River Stage…

Susannah Clapp

29, Jul, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Exit the King review – Rhys Ifans’s dying despot is majestic
Ifans’ performance shows he’s ready for the big Shakespeare roles, though Ionesco’s absurdist drama is considerably less compelling

Michael Billington

26, Jul, 2018 @12:16 PM

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