Culture
21 July 2003
Nick Dear is a dramatist of distinction who now returns to the National with a play that fails only by comparison with...
Culture
14 July 2003
Before the year is out we will have the Elvis Presley movie Jailhouse Rock and the Julie Andrews vehicle Thoroughly...
Culture
07 July 2003
I cannot recall a better time in the West End for the plays of Henrik Ibsen. Already we have Natasha Richardson in The...
Culture
30 June 2003
There are few London treats more delicious than a beautiful evening, a good picnic, and Shakespeare in the open air. At...
Culture
23 June 2003
Even by Ibsen's standards, Brand is a hard play to stage. Written in 1865, the first of his major dramatic works, it...
Culture
16 June 2003
Suddenly, there is a new, multicultural audience at the National Theatre. Attracted by an artistic sensibility entirely...
Culture
09 June 2003
Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) is one of the major European playwrights of the past century most neglected by the English...
Culture
02 June 2003
Another week, another London theatre refurbished and reopened thanks to the loot from the Lottery and elsewhere, which...
Culture
26 May 2003
If the Spanish Armada had succeeded, we might have had Lope de Vega instead of Shakespeare. Instead, although the dates...
Culture
19 May 2003
Evenings don't come much weirder than this. Those theatregoers who were hoping that the first National Theatre...
Culture
12 May 2003
''Farce," the late Ben Travers once told me, "is all about doors. They have to open and close at embarrassing moments,...
Culture
05 May 2003
Nostalgia, as the old joke goes, isn't what it used to be. Although Tell Me on a Sunday is, in fact, barely more than...
Culture
28 April 2003
Terry Johnson's talent as a comic dramatist has always been rather surreal. This is the writer who brought Marilyn...
Culture
21 April 2003
Even by Chekhovian standards, Three Sisters is light on plot. It is built entirely around a non-event - three sisters...
Culture
14 April 2003
At a time when the West End is having its worst season ever (a result of the war in Iraq, the drop in US tourism and a...

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