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Electric Rosary review – spooky cyber-sister spurs startling visions
Is a council-funded robot nun the answer to prayers at a convent in crisis? Tim Foley’s prize-winning play proves ingenious and thrilling

Catherine Love

29, Apr, 2022 @10:05 AM

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The week in theatre: Nora: A Doll’s House; The Key Workers Cycle; Legacy
Stef Smith’s Ibsen update can’t quite match the original for its sense of dread; the mystery play gets a Covid-era reboot; and Maria Friedman wallows in showtune nostalgia

Kate Kellaway

13, Mar, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Nora: A Doll’s House review – Ibsen in fiddly triplicate
Stef Smith’s re-working of the incendiary play casts three Noras in different eras, but can’t give them credible life

Arifa Akbar

11, Mar, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Uncanny Valley: the moving one-man play – starring an animatronic robot
It was a play that gave us the word “robot” – and now an android is the performer in a groundbreaking new production. But can it make us laugh – and cry?

Natasha Tripney

21, Feb, 2022 @8:00 AM

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‘Beautiful, profound, uplifting’: readers’ favourite stage shows of 2021
A comeback year saw standout productions up and down the country. Here’s your pick of the best

Guardian readers

20, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart review – devilishly fun festive folklore
David Grieg’s rowdy, informal yarn makes a pleasingly oddball antidote to the classic Christmas show

Catherine Love

09, Dec, 2021 @11:00 AM

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The Mountaintop review – Martin Luther King meets his match in a motel room
Ntombizodwa Ndlovu is spellbinding in Katori Hall’s intriguing drama about an imaginary meeting between King and a maid

Arifa Akbar

04, Oct, 2021 @6:44 AM

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Glee & Me review – a witty look at life and how we live it
Liv Hill is brilliant as a wise-cracking teenager in Stuart Slade’s play about cancer, sex and the mystery of life

Mark Fisher

16, Sep, 2021 @9:20 PM

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New comedy The Green Room to explore obstacles for black writers
Written by Yvvette Edwards and Irenosen Okojie, the ‘timely and clear-eyed’ play will be live-streamed in July

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

15, Jun, 2021 @4:19 PM

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Katy Rudd: the high-flying director who can’t resist a risk
In the last of our series profiling rising theatre talents, the director of The Ocean at the End of the Lane shares her excitement at the return of live performance

Arifa Akbar

19, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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'Another rocky road': UK theatre bosses eye 2021 with resilience and realism
Artistic directors at four venues look ahead to what challenges this year might bring

Interviews by Arifa Akbar

18, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Can't get to the theatre this Christmas? Open an online advent calendar
Until theatre lovers can experience that alchemy on stage again, this initiative is one way to brighten up the month for those who can’t visit a venue

Chris Wiegand

02, Dec, 2020 @3:12 PM

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