Royal Court theatre

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The week in theatre: The Wife of Willesden; Rare Earth Mettle – review
The Wife of Bath is wonderfully at home in 21st-century Brent in Zadie Smith’s inspired reworking of Chaucer

Susannah Clapp

21, Nov, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Rare Earth Mettle review – secret deals and wordy debates
Everything here is plot as Al Smith’s play speeds over many huge issues with little time to register their impact

Kate Wyver

17, Nov, 2021 @12:15 PM

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Antisemitism row forces Royal Court theatre to change name of character
Criticism from David Baddiel and others prompts about-turn on play due to open this week

Vanessa Thorpe

06, Nov, 2021 @5:55 PM

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The billionaire and the Bolivian train cemetery: bold epic Rare Earth Mettle
Playwright Al Smith discusses his continent-hopping new work about the climate crisis, inspired by rusting locomotives and the Lithium Triangle in the Andes

Natasha Tripney

02, Nov, 2021 @8:35 AM

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The week in theatre: Maryland; The Tragedy of Macbeth; White Noise
Lucy Kirkwood’s raw response to the murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard captures a moment of terrible rage

Susannah Clapp

17, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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The week in theatre: Hamlet; The Mirror and the Light; What If If Only
Cush Jumbo is a perfect prince, Ben Miles bows out as Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell, while Caryl Churchill gets to the heart of love and loss in under 20 minutes

Susannah Clapp

10, Oct, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks review – bold mix of sacred and profane
Sarah Hanly embodies a range of characters in her punchy debut play that explores the pressures on teenagers

Helen Meany

04, Oct, 2021 @1:47 PM

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What If If Only review – short and sharp, with shades of Scrooge
Caryl Churchill explores grief and loss with a study of a man facing different possible futures

Mark Lawson

01, Oct, 2021 @8:27 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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Is God Is review – revenge is a dish best served bold
Tarantinoesque bloodshed meets Greek tragedy in Aleshea Harris’s daring drama about a voyage of vengeance

Arifa Akbar

17, Sep, 2021 @1:47 PM

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The Song Project review – five playwrights, one compelling voice
As delivered by the Dutch singer Wende, the diffuse nature of assorted words that “can only be sung” take on the force of nature

Susannah Clapp

29, Aug, 2021 @9:30 AM

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The Song Project review – a mixed bag of theatrical ballads
Dutch singer Wende performs songs conceived by playwrights – on topics from bloody battles to online dating – with magnetism and a talent for storytelling

Kate Wyver

20, Aug, 2021 @11:01 PM

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