Old Vic Theatre

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The week in theatre: Phaedra; Sylvia; Standing at the Sky’s Edge – review
Lyttelton; Old Vic; Olivier, London
Janet McTeer is mighty in Simon Stone’s electric remaking of myth; dance, not speech, powers Kate Prince’s suffragette musical; and Richard Hawley’s paean to Sheffield finds a home from home

Susannah Clapp

19, Feb, 2023 @10:30 AM

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Beverley Knight: ‘Prince encouraged me to be bold’
The singer and musical star on her role as suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in a hip-hop stage show, her contempt for the home secretary and her ambition to play Aretha Franklin

Kate Kellaway

19, Feb, 2023 @9:30 AM

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When Burnley was the UK’s cultural capital | Letter
Letter: In the 1940s, the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells ballet and opera companies took refuge in the north, writes Austen Lynch

24, Nov, 2022 @6:07 PM

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‘It has added political resonance this year’: why Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol still strikes a chord
Audiences can choose from a glut of Ebenezers this festive season, with the infamous miser a more pointed character than ever in these hard times

Vanessa Thorpe

13, Nov, 2022 @10:00 AM

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The week in theatre: John Gabriel Borkman; Eureka Day – review
Simon Russell Beale is doubly commanding as Ibsen’s charismatic banker in a problem-raising revival, while a new anti-vax satire needs more than a shot of Helen Hunt’s star power

Susannah Clapp

02, Oct, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Helen Hunt to star in satire at the Old Vic about ‘a highly contagious virus’
Jonathan Spector’s 2018 play Eureka Day, about the social disarray after an outbreak of mumps, will receive its European premiere in September

Chris Wiegand

04, Jul, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The week in theatre: A Doll’s House, Part 2; Jitney – review
Lucas Hnath’s sequel to the Ibsen classic is intriguing rather than revelatory; but August Wilson’s taxi-stand drama has developed new flavour with age

Susannah Clapp

26, Jun, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Jitney review – a taut, tense tale of Black injustice in 1970s America
A stylish rework of the August Wilson character-study sees a standout performance from Wil Johnson as the put-upon head of the titular cab station

Kate Wyver

16, Jun, 2022 @2:30 PM

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Jamming with Jokerman: how Bob Marley and Bob Dylan’s songs powered hit musicals
Olivier award-winner Simon Hale on the thrill of orchestrating two legends’ tracks on Get Up, Stand Up! and Girl from the North Country

Ammar Kalia

31, May, 2022 @1:53 PM

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Timothée Chalamet’s West End debut cancelled after two years of postponements
The Old Vic theatre says its much-anticipated production of 4000 Miles, co-starring Eileen Atkins, will no longer go ahead

Chris Wiegand

05, May, 2022 @12:29 PM

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The week in theatre: The Great Middlemarch Mystery; The 47th; For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide…
A site-specific quest gets to the heart of George Eliot’s novel; Mike Bartlett makes a Shakespearean tragedy of Trump; and six young black men find full expression in Ryan Calais Cameron’s eloquent new play

Susannah Clapp

17, Apr, 2022 @9:30 AM

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The 47th review – Bertie Carvel is devilishly good but this Trumpian satire feels too soon
Mike Bartlett’s script turns US politics into Shakepearean comedy but falls oddly flat despite magnetising performances

Arifa Akbar

10, Apr, 2022 @9:13 AM

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