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‘It’s going to be bigger, stranger’: Neil Gaiman on the return of The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Two years after its first staging, Neil Gaiman’s dark fairytale has returned, this time to the West End. The author, cast and creative team discuss bringing the eldritch magic of childhood to life

Kate Wyver

21, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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The week in theatre: The Normal Heart; Shining City
Larry Kramer’s 1985 response to the Aids crisis resonates with new force. And Dublin ghost stories unfurl slowly in a fine Conor McPherson revival

Susannah Clapp

03, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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The Normal Heart review – poignant and powerful account of the Aids epidemic
The first London production of the Larry Kramer play since 1986 captures the fear and anger in the gay community of that decade – and its heartbreaking personal losses

Arifa Akbar

01, Oct, 2021 @12:11 PM

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Digested week: now the miraculous white stag is dead, there are rats in our toilets | Lucy Mangan
On top of a plague of pipe-climbing vermin, the country is facing Boris Johnson’s battle to save Christmas

Lucy Mangan

01, Oct, 2021 @10:25 AM

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Avril Elgar obituary
Stage and screen actor admired for her versatility and comic timing

Michael Coveney

29, Sep, 2021 @7:10 PM

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Roger Michell: a superb director who brought the unexpected out of actors
The much-loved Michell was renowned for a lack of ego and his understanding of the fine art of collaboration

Michael Billington

24, Sep, 2021 @9:50 AM

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The week in theatre: Frozen; Rockets and Blue Lights – review
Will the West End ever let go of this glinting new adaptation of the beloved Disney film?

Susannah Clapp

12, Sep, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Rockets and Blue Lights review – radical retelling of Britain’s slavery history
A tidal wave of plotlines, ideas and characters embraces past and present in a production where playfulness meets cruelty

Arifa Akbar

03, Sep, 2021 @3:40 PM

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Hamlet, Cabaret and a fistful of Romeos: the best theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2021
Cush Jumbo tackles the troubled prince, Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne head for 30s Berlin, while standup favourites and dance spectaculars burst back on the stage

Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

26, Aug, 2021 @7:00 AM

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‘The best summer of my life’ – Kae Tempest takes Sophocles on a gender odyssey
The writer has turned a Greek tragedy about a marooned soldier into an all-women play for the Covid era. They reveal how its creation mirrored their own journey

Kate Wyver

05, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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The show can’t go on: Covid tracking app crippling theatres and venues
While capacity crowds are now allowed, productions are being shut down by isolation rules as cast members are ‘pinged’

Vanessa Thorpe

18, Jul, 2021 @8:15 AM

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The week in theatre: J’Ouvert; Under Milk Wood; Happy Days – review
Notting Hill carnival and Dylan Thomas’s radio masterpiece come to the stage

Susannah Clapp

27, Jun, 2021 @9:30 AM

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