Nicholas Hytner

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The week in theatre: Bach & Sons; Out West – review
Simon Russell Beale is Bach to his fingertips in Nina Raine’s intermittently brilliant new play

Susannah Clapp

04, Jul, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Bach & Sons review – study of the man and his music hits a flat note
Simon Russell Beale stars in a visually impressive production of Nina Raine’s play that never quite gets off the ground

Arifa Akbar

29, Jun, 2021 @11:01 PM

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The week in theatre: Nine Lessons and Carols; A Christmas Carol; The Ballad of Corona V; The Dumb Waiter – review
The Almeida and Big House celebrate connection and isolation, while Hytner’s A Christmas Carol delivers simple pleasures

Susannah Clapp

13, Dec, 2020 @10:30 AM

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The Shrine & Bed Among the Lentils review – silent screams from Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville
The wide-open space of the Bridge is commanded with riveting intimacy in this Talking Heads double bill

Susannah Clapp

13, Sep, 2020 @9:30 AM

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The Shrine and Bed Among the Lentils review – Manville and Dolan are magnificent
Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues were TV gold during lockdown. Seeing Monica Dolan and Lesley Manville perform them live is even better

Arifa Akbar

09, Sep, 2020 @10:55 AM

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Beat the Devil review – righteous rage of David Hare's corona nightmare
In the return of live indoor theatre, Ralph Fiennes delivers the playwright’s fury at the government’s response to the virus – and his despair when he catches it himself

Arifa Akbar

30, Aug, 2020 @11:44 AM

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Oliver Chris: 'Nick Hytner called me the most disreputable actor he'd worked with'
The actor, who stars in the National Theatre at Home’s stream of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, talks about falling for Bottom and rehearsal-room mischief

Interview by Chris Wiegand

23, Jun, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Jodie Comer to star in new BBC production of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads
The series has already begun filming at Elstree, following distancing guidelines, and will feature 10 of the original monologues as well as two new ones written by Bennett

Toby Moses

28, Apr, 2020 @8:51 AM

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One Man, Two Guvnors: Nicholas Hytner on the joy of farcing around
The National Theatre’s smash-hit comedy starring James Corden is available free online until 9 April. Its director reflects on a runaway success

Interview by Chris Wiegand

01, Apr, 2020 @9:49 AM

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Stage struck: Tom Stoppard, Cush Jumbo, Brian Cox and more on the magic of theatre
To mark World Theatre Day, leading playwrights, actors and directors share some of their favourite moments

Chris Wiegand

27, Mar, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Star debuts and happy returns: theatre, dance and comedy in 2020
Tom Stoppard gets personal, Cush Jumbo does Hamlet, Hollywood names bring everything from tragedy to comedy … plus dance confronts shame and there’s standup open heart surgery

Arifa Akbar, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

02, Jan, 2020 @9:00 AM

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'I love seeing jaws on the floor': Hammed Animashaun, megastar in training
He’s been a blissful Bottom in Nick Hytner’s Dream and triumphed with the breakneck Barber Shop Chronicles. Now the rising actor is in a 50s political drama that chimes with today’s rise of intolerance

Ryan Gilbey

01, Oct, 2019 @1:02 PM

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