Simon Stephens

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Robert Holman, ‘extraordinary and influential’ playwright, dies aged 69
Tributes paid to British dramatist acclaimed for works including German Skerries, Across Oka and A Breakfast of Eels

Chris Wiegand

04, Dec, 2021 @3:09 PM

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The week in theatre: Bach & Sons; Out West – review
Simon Russell Beale is Bach to his fingertips in Nina Raine’s intermittently brilliant new play

Susannah Clapp

04, Jul, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Out West review – compelling trio of dramas reframes place and race
Tanika Gupta sends Gandhi overseas, Simon Stephens sees devastation in locked-down London and Roy Williams lightens the mood with a local hero story

Arifa Akbar

25, Jun, 2021 @12:29 PM

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From Hamlet to Hullabaloo: what to see as theatres and comedy clubs reopen
As stage shows return, we pick the best post-lockdown offerings – featuring Egyptian gods, rebelling vicars, dancing youths ... and Ian McKellen playing the Dane at 82

Arifa Akbar (theatre), Brian Logan (comedy), Lyndsey Winship (dance)

16, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The lockdown boom in audio plays: 'it's drama the pandemic can’t touch'
Mike Bartlett, Alan Ayckbourn, Adjoa Andoh and other top theatre-makers reflect on why listening to drama is perfect for our times

Arifa Akbar

02, Feb, 2021 @10:44 AM

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Blindness review – Juliet Stevenson rages between your ears
There is no escape for an audience all wearing headphones from this menacing adaptation of José Saramago

Susannah Clapp

16, Aug, 2020 @9:30 AM

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All the world's a page: the joy of scripts during theatre's shutdown
As venues close due to Covid-19, there’s a world of published drama to savour, from text that falls off the page to Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘undirectable’ collage

Mark Fisher

19, Mar, 2020 @4:32 PM

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The week in theatre: Light Falls; The Antipodes; Botticelli in the Fire – review
Sarah Frankcom signs off in Manchester with elegiac Simon Stephens and a little bit of Jarvis Cocker

Susannah Clapp

03, Nov, 2019 @8:00 AM

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Light Falls review – Simon Stephens' guilt-ridden love letter to the north
Sarah Frankcom says her farewell as the Exchange’s artistic director with this moving testament to the power of family life

Michael Billington

30, Oct, 2019 @10:52 AM

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The 50 best theatre shows of the 21st century
A hip-hop history lesson, a dizzy Dahl musical and a continent-hopping barbershop … we pick the finest new works of theatre since 2000

Michael Billington, Alexis Soloski, Catherine Love, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

17, Sep, 2019 @2:43 PM

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Jarvis Cocker to compose music for Manchester Royal Exchange's new season
Cocker to collaborate on new Simon Stephens play, while Lucy Ellinson to play Macbeth and Neil Bartlett to stage 24-hour work on Remembrance Sunday

Laura Snapes

04, Jun, 2019 @11:21 AM

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A bunch of amateurs? Playwrights' astonishing am-dram experiences
David Eldridge, Simon Stephens and Alecky Blythe have all been moved by watching non-professional productions of their plays. They explain the appeal

Matt Trueman

28, Mar, 2018 @1:29 PM

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