Political theatre

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Interruptions review – Stephen Jeffreys’ powerful inquiry into democracy
Through intriguing group scenarios, the impressive Represent cast consider politics and tyranny without resorting to pat solutions

Arifa Akbar

23, Nov, 2021 @1:18 PM

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Real-life dramas: 10 great documentaries about theatre
From the story behind Sondheim’s Broadway flop to political theatre during South Africa’s apartheid, these films capture the power of plays

Chris Wiegand

15, Jun, 2021 @9:54 AM

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Noviembre: explosive manifesto takes theatre to the streets
Actors roam Madrid, springing provocative performances on passersby, in Achero Mañas’s vibrant faux-documentary

Chris Wiegand

27, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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David Cameron, you won't enjoy this: inside the Windrush scandal musical
On Hostile Ground features a singing former PM – and plenty of savagely witty numbers about wrongful detention and deportation. As it prepares to launch, we go behind the scenes

Amelia Gentleman

14, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Scenes from Santiago: Chile's protests spill from streets to stage
The city’s theatre is emotional, indignant and polemical finds our critic on a whirlwind trip through a dozen shows

Mark Fisher

03, Feb, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The Remains of Logan Dankworth review – a poet for our day
Luke Wright’s eloquent verse monologue pairs Brexit with the breakdown of a marriage

Arifa Akbar

31, Jan, 2020 @1:07 PM

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The 10 best plays about politics
As Hansard opens at the National Theatre and drama heats up in Westminster, our critic picks his favourite political theatre

Michael Billington

04, Sep, 2019 @7:08 PM

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Making a murder: true-crime stage show recreates a shocking killing
How do you re-enact a homicide for a theatre performance – and should you? Director Milo Rau invited people who knew the victim to take part

Mark Fisher

09, Jul, 2019 @3:37 PM

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Jack Thorne and John Tiffany: 'You're the warrior, I'm the worrier!'
After a string of hits, the writer and director are collaborating again but The End of History, a drama based on Thorne’s parents, is filling him with anxiety

David Jays

30, Jun, 2019 @11:01 PM

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Edinburgh festival 2019: 50 theatre, comedy and dance shows to see
There’s a Belle and Sebastian play, a show in a hair salon, Frances Barber performing Pet Shop Boys songs and top comics including Josie Long and Stephen Fry. Here’s our guide to the world’s biggest arts festival

Mark Fisher, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

14, Jun, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Mrs Noah fights back: 'It's about extinction. There is no bigger story'
Among the protesters heading for parliament are Noah’s family and Ade Adepitan as God in a suit. April De Angelis talks about turning the biblical flood into riotous drama

Arifa Akbar

14, Apr, 2019 @2:00 PM

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The shock of the nude: Brazil's stark new form of political protest
In a defiant riposte to president Bolsonaro and intolerance, performers at São Paulo’s international theatre festival are reclaiming the rights to be seen and to be different

Mark Fisher

29, Mar, 2019 @10:41 AM

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