Simon McBurney

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Siberia review – Willem Dafoe and Abel Ferrara on fine freaky form
Dafoe has gravitas as a barkeep on a journey of delusion and epiphany in Ferrara’s glacial, woozy dream-odyssey

Peter Bradshaw

23, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Can I Live? review – privilege, protest and the climate crisis
Fehinti Balogun’s show uses hip-hop and spoken word to explore the ways people of colour have been excluded from environmental activism

Arifa Akbar

14, Sep, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Wolfwalkers review – wolves take on Cromwell in bold Irish history tale
Seventeenth-century Kilkenny is the setting for this beautifully made animation about history, heritage and family

Andrew Pulver

30, Oct, 2020 @3:00 PM

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Simon McBurney: 'Germany understand that in a crisis you need bonds between people'
As Complicité’s The Encounter goes online, its creator discusses the need to rebuild British culture ‘from the ground up’

Lanre Bakare

13, May, 2020 @2:13 PM

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The week in classical: András Schiff, OAE; The Magic Flute – review
Over two evenings, András Schiff and the OAE made Brahms and Schumann sound like new

Fiona Maddocks

23, Mar, 2019 @2:00 PM

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Cate Blanchett joins stars urging Russia to drop 'flimsy' charges against director
Leading arts figures sign petition calling on Moscow’s public prosecutor to end investigation into Kirill Serebrennikov

Philip Oltermann in Berlin

29, Aug, 2017 @9:51 AM

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Opera's Faustian pact: is a cinema director's vision what the genre needs?
Sofia Coppola’s La Traviata was slated on its Rome premiere. But will a cinema audience have an entirely different perspective? Stuart Jeffries wonders whether an outsider’s eye is an advantage for an art form increasingly consumed outside the opera house

Stuart Jeffries

06, Jul, 2017 @2:28 PM

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The Kid Stays in the Picture review – from mogul to minor player
Robert Evans all but disappears in Simon McBurney’s adaptation of the Hollywood producer’s rollercoaster memoir

Kate Kellaway

26, Mar, 2017 @7:00 AM

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The Kid Stays in the Picture review – Robert Evans gets the Citizen Kane treatment
Simon McBurney’s adaptation of the Hollywood tycoon’s memoir is technically brilliant and often breathtaking but it adds little to his familiar story

Michael Billington

23, Mar, 2017 @11:59 PM

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How Robert Evans changed movies for ever – and for the better
With The Godfather and Chinatown, Robert Evans revolutionised the movie industry. Now, Simon McBurney is staging the mogul’s scandalous memoir, The Kid Stays in the Picture. They talk about art, life and America

Ryan Gilbey

24, Feb, 2017 @12:00 PM

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Beware of Pity review – found in translation
Barbican, London
Simon McBurney’s fizzing take on Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel transcends language barriers… and can still be seen online

Susannah Clapp

19, Feb, 2017 @7:55 AM

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Beware of Pity review – Simon McBurney astonishes with vision of a world on edge
With dazzling virtuosity, this Complicite/Schaubühne staging of Stefan Zweig’s novel brilliantly evokes a doomed romance and the imminent horror of war

Michael Billington

10, Feb, 2017 @1:35 PM

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