Mike Bartlett

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The lockdown boom in audio plays: 'it's drama the pandemic can’t touch'
Mike Bartlett, Alan Ayckbourn, Adjoa Andoh and other top theatre-makers reflect on why listening to drama is perfect for our times

Arifa Akbar

02, Feb, 2021 @10:44 AM

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Phoenix/The Ghost Caller reviews – spiked satire and phone spooks
Mike Bartlett’s monologue brings us the inner life of a despotic public figure and Luke Barnes’s over-the-phone drama is profoundly creepy

Arifa Akbar

10, Nov, 2020 @4:04 PM

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The week in TV: Life; The Comey Rule; Honour; Brave New World – review
Mike Bartlett fashions a superior soap, while recent US political history rears its Trumpian head

Euan Ferguson

04, Oct, 2020 @8:30 AM

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Life review – hopes and heartaches behind closed doors
Mike Bartlett’s latest drama, set in the same world as his smash-hit Doctor Foster, is a smart exploration of the human condition, with just the right amount of sentimentality

Ellen E Jones

29, Sep, 2020 @9:00 PM

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TV tonight: Mike Bartlett's Doctor Foster-aligned tale of four flats
There’s a returning face among the characters in this six-part melodrama. Plus: the enforcement officers under judge’s orders to get people to pay up. Here’s what to watch this evening

Hannah J Davies, Paul Howlett, Ammar Kalia, Hannah Verdier, Graeme Virtue

29, Sep, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Mike Bartlett on Albion, Brexit and Covid: 'national identity is critical to coming out of this'
The drama first staged after the EU referendum has taken on new relevance and is being broadcast by the BBC. Its creator reflects on the ‘emotional weight’ of Britishness

Arifa Akbar

11, Aug, 2020 @11:09 AM

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'Edinburgh made us!' The stars catapulted to TV fame from the fringe
Lily Savage, The League of Gentlemen, Fleabag and a host of telly sensations started out on tiny stages at the extravaganza. In its absence, who will be next?

Ryan Gilbey

10, Aug, 2020 @5:00 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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Albion review – Mike Bartlett's thorny study of politics and patriotism
Revived by Rupert Goold just over two years after its premiere, this subtle drama has grown with new meaning

Arifa Akbar

06, Feb, 2020 @12:19 PM

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Vassa review – revolutionary attack on moribund politics
Siobhan Redmond is impressive as a tyrannical mother trying to rescue her debt-ridden family in Tinuke Craig’s strangely rootless production

Michael Billington

21, Oct, 2019 @11:01 PM

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Tinuke Craig on capitalist families, panto and The Color Purple casting row
The fast-rising director talks about staging Maxim Gorky’s Vassa with a last-minute lead, her passion for musicals and the joy of brain-digging in rehearsals

Bridget Minamore

09, Oct, 2019 @5:00 AM

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The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century
A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000

Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

17, Sep, 2019 @2:43 PM

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