Mark Lawson is a journalist and broadcaster, best known for presenting Front Row on Radio 4 for 16 years. He writes a weekly column in the critics section of the New Statesman.
David Eldridge and Annie Baker’s works use contrasting tactics of realism and surrealism.
Rhys Ifans gives a Scrooge that is wonderfully funny, seductive and interactive with the audience.
The key to reading between the lines of Anders Lustgarten’s play is easily to be found in post 9/11 news stories.
One of them is filled with speeches about what makes great theatre.
As Rød-Larsen, a commanding Toby Stephens cleverly keeps the audience guessing.
Finally, Sondheim's most difficult musical is done right.
The dialogue in Lucy Kirkwood’s show at the National Theatre is clever, funny and painful.
Two fashionable new plays, Ink and Committee, look behind the front page stories.
Two very different interpretations of Oscar Wilde's play.
Byron floats in the background of Nicholas Pierpan’s William Wordsworth and Patrick Marber’s Don Juan in Soho.