July 2, 2020

Tennessee William’s three-act hit play takes a modern revamp at the Young-Vic yet underdelivers even with the aid of a star-studded cast and the William’s’ brilliant writing. 

Photograph: Johan Persson

Directed by Benedict Andrew, A Street Car Named Desire in its London...

June 9, 2020

James Graham makes parliament personal in his 2013 National Theatre Live production of This House. The play takes a quasi-fictional behind-the-scenes look at the struggles of the Labour government from 1974 to 1979; from a hung parliament to a slim majority, all the wa...

June 9, 2020

The combination of a literary classic and Benedict Cumberbatch’s cheekbones — I mean, acting ability…— made the the National Theatre’s 2011 production of ‘Frankenstein’ a must-see and an obvious choice for the National Theatre at Home series. Nick Dear’s adaptation all...

April 23, 2020

Providing another well-timed reprieve from lockdown’s monotony, Bryony Lavery’s 2014 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s much-loved classic portrays adventure as a boundless concept through its redressing of gender conventions which pervade the archetypal boys’ stor...

November 20, 2019

Set in the summer of 1988, Hansard may be presumed to be retrospective: yet, as the play progresses, we discover just how little certain things have changed in Britain over the past few decades. Through the stream-of-consciousness style dialogue, the audience gains an...

October 17, 2019

“Three nights ago I ordered myself a very slutty pizza,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge says with a smirk. The very first line of Waller-Bridge’s hit one-woman show Fleabag sets the tone of the entire show. Fleabag (her name is never explained) presents herself as a woman in con...

October 16, 2019

In his new outstanding play Faith, Hope and Charity, Alexander Zedlin stages the uncompromising story of a run-down, British community hall where those in need can seek help. This realistic portrayal of austerity is striking, and continues to explore themes found in Ze...

March 7, 2019

Through her performances and writings, Julia Pascal has fought throughout her life for minorities and has tried to give them a voice, at a time when many still face, on regular basis, attacks for ‘accidents’ of birth. First female director of The National Theatre, Juli...

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