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The week in theatre: That Is Not Who I Am; The False Servant
Royal Court, London; Orange Tree, Richmond
A revelatory drama about identity theft is let down by its thriller plot, while translator Martin Crimp adds wit to an outsized Marivaux comedy

Susannah Clapp

19, Jun, 2022 @9:30 AM

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That Is Not Who I Am review – all is not what it seems in tricksy thriller about truth and power
One play reveals another in a tangled web that pits the Home Office against two Guardian blind-daters

Kate Wyver

18, Jun, 2022 @11:01 PM

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The Royal Court’s Vicky Featherstone: ‘Britain thinks it isn’t antisemitic because it defeated Hitler’
A group of queer, black friends, the Jewish experience, how a British Iraqi saw the Gulf War … as she unveils her radical programme, the artistic director talks about learning from the row which saw the theatre accused of antisemitism

Arifa Akbar

13, Jun, 2022 @11:54 AM

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Two Palestinians Go Dogging review – devastatingly human portrait of conflict sears itself on the mind
Set two decades into the future, in Palestinian territories that are still occupied, Sami Ibrahim’s play is a startlingly bold tragicomedy and a furious call to action

Arifa Akbar

23, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Theatre criticism is a quick and dirty act – our views change and so do plays | Arifa Akbar
A two-star show has the potential to be turned into a five-star hit – as I learned on a recent trip to the Royal Court

Arifa Akbar

03, May, 2022 @2:05 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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Is Jerusalem the play of the century? Top playwrights give their verdicts
As Mark Rylance returns to the West End stage as the rambunctious Rooster in Jez Butterworth’s shaggy state-of-the-nation play, six writers consider its power and legacy

Interviews by Andrew Dickson

04, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Watch the Ukrainian drama Bad Roads at the Royal Court
The live stream of Natal’ya Vorozhbit’s drama has ended but you can watch it again here and a captioned version is available here until 8 April

Chris Wiegand

01, Apr, 2022 @5:02 PM

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The best theatre to stream this month: Bad Roads, Love, Much Ado and more
Our roundup of plays to watch at home in April includes a Ukrainian account of war, a blistering exploration of social media and a brass-band audio drama

Chris Wiegand

01, Apr, 2022 @6:53 AM

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‘I grabbed two rings, took my mother, daughter and the cat’: the playwright who fled Kyiv
How does it feel to be bombed out of your home town? The author of Bad Roads writes about her desperate departure from Kyiv after Russia’s invasion

Natal’ya Vorozhbit

30, Mar, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Royal Court Theatre apologises to Jewish community over character’s name
Theatre accused of perpetuating offensive stereotype in naming character Hershel Fink

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

01, Mar, 2022 @6:13 PM

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The week in theatre: A Number; The Glow – review
Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu illuminate Caryl Churchill’s great cloning play, while a fine cast lift Alistair McDowall’s wordy new dystopia

Susannah Clapp

06, Feb, 2022 @10:30 AM

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