Theatre

Sir Peter Hall (1930–2017) on Harold Pinter, actors and making love

12 September 2017 10:48

Sir Peter Hall has died at the age of 86. He spoke to The Spectator in 2009: Even at 78 and…

Emma Rice was never as radical as she thought she was

26 October 2016 13:32

Towards the end of Emma Rice’s recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the mechanicals decides to give…

OUP and the Marlowe truthers are pandering to the lowest form of Shakespeare populism

25 October 2016 15:00

Back in 2007, Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance delivered a petition, pompously titled ‘Declaration of Reasonable Doubt’, to that august…

There’s nothing transgressive about opera using sex to sell tickets

26 May 2016 16:58

Fluffy bunnies. Human-size, pink and white fluffy bunnies. Twerking. The image has never left me, ever since an ill-fated date…

Are theatre audiences getting out of hand?

10 March 2016 17:46

Laurence Fox has this week joined an increasing band of actors hitting back at misbehaving audience members who seem to…

Fine producers who don’t employ disabled actors and actors will just learn how to fake disability

12 June 2015 14:45

Jenny Sealey, director of Graeae Theatre Company, has had a brainwave. Fine producers who don’t employ disabled actors. She’s particularly…

This ‘new image of Shakespeare’ is obviously not Shakespeare – but I’ll tell you who it might be

22 May 2015 13:39

In its issue dated 20 May, Country Life has published a long article by the botanical historian Mark Griffiths claiming…

Channel 4’s The Vote reviewed: ‘complex, acute, very funny and oddly moving’

8 May 2015 14:21

He’s back on top form. James Graham has taken the unlikeliest setting, a polling station during the last hour of…

Wolf Hall gets an American makeover

18 March 2015 13:36

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall documents the rise of Thomas Cromwell, one of history’s most famous anti-heroes. Chronicling Henry VIII’s ill-fated marriage to Anne Boleyn, it is…

Truth, Lies, Diana review: it was a cover-up!

15 January 2015 17:05

Truth, Lies, Diana Charing Cross Theatre, in rep until 14 February John Conway’s sensationalist play, Truth, Lies, Diana, is a forensic…

Lloyd Evans’s top five plays and musicals of 2014

24 December 2014 15:47

1. The play of the year, by a mile, was Fathers and Sons at the Donmar adapted from Turgenev’s novel.…

Don’t criticise Janet Suzman for saying theatre’s ‘a white invention’, thank her

10 December 2014 13:27

Janet Suzman’s throwaway comment about the theatre being ‘a white invention’ has attracted a storm of opportunistic derision. What Dame…

Is theatre more left wing than other art forms? Yes – and so it should be

27 November 2014 17:07

A couple of nights ago a question arose in our post-show discussion. It is a question I am familiar with.…

Spectator books of the year: Roger Lewis on hating Sheridan Morley

17 November 2014 11:47

Sheridan Morley was an old enemy of mine, so I was thrilled to see him brilliantly denounced and called to…

The best of Frieze Art Fair was free

22 October 2014 17:10

Frieze and its ever-multiplying layers – some fantastically rich, others disappointingly dry – has expanded into a millefeuille so dense that you…

Tom Cruise deserves our support and pity

16 September 2014 18:26

These are your lives. Yard Theatre, until 4 October Tom Cruise. That’s the big offer from a newish venue, the…

3,000 masochists descend on Edinburgh

9 August 2014 11:30

And they’re off. The mighty caravan of romantic desperadoes, radical egoists, stadium wannabes, struggling superstars and vanity crackheads is on…

If the Edinburgh Fringe thinks it’s fine to give in to bigots, I might have to give up on the Edinburgh Fringe

31 July 2014 15:38

When is a great international arts festival not a great international arts festival? When it can’t uphold even the most basic…

Cultural boycotts are ineffective and wrong

25 July 2014 12:57

Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochhead has been at it again. Two years ago she was petitioning against a dance company…

The Tories have little to fear from this latest luvvie attack on its policies

15 July 2014 18:19

Zero-hours contracts: refuse to work with one, and you might lose your benefits. To the Left, it’s preeminent proof of…

The National Theatre could – and should – survive without state funding

9 July 2014 12:18

Two glorious playhouses grace the south bank of the Thames. Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre stage the finest shows…

A Waiting for Godot that’ll make you laugh as much as it’ll make you despair

15 May 2014 17:49

I have to remind myself that Waiting for Godot is a confounding piece of theatre. It’s supposed to be. The…

‘When HBO want a gritty, hard-bitten, authentic American, they think: Old Etonian’

7 May 2014 10:54

You don’t expect to find a slice of Eton College in deepest Dalston, but tonight a distinctly posh Waiting for…

The great Shakespeare authorship question

1 May 2014 16:11

Was William Shakespeare just a nom de plume? The question is usually dismissed as boring, only of interest to snobs…

Monty Python’s dancing circus

31 March 2014 10:02

For those who are worried that five men in their 70s might struggle to bring the kind of energy befitting…