Theatre

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…

Televising theatre and opera will not attract new audiences. It will repel them

28 March 2014 16:52

Always try to get the worst seats for the opera. Upper circle. Foyer. Toilet. The nearest bus stop. The further…

‘Nijinsky disguised as Nigel Farage’: Angela Lansbury stars in Blithe Spirit. Review.

19 March 2014 10:08

Blithe SpiritGielgud Theatre If you’d asked me before this week, I’m afraid I’d have guessed Angela Lansbury had already reached…

Review: The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

27 February 2014 8:28

If Monty Python were working in 1607, they might have come up with something like Francis Beaumont’s raucous The Knight of…

I’m ashamed of myself

9 November 2013 10:30

On waking up (at noon) on Thursday morning, I found I had a text from one of my fellow History…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

23 August 2013 4:30

For many people, stories and story-telling formed the basis of their childhood. But there are others whose childhood is devoid…

Spectator Play: Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

19 July 2013 17:03

Wadjda is the first feature-length film to come out of Saudi Arabia, and was shot by the country’s first female…

Benedict Cumberbatch takes over the world

1 May 2013 15:09

What do you do if you wake up to discover your colleagues implying that you have it easy? If you’re…

Spectator Play: Audio and video for what we’ve reviewed this week

5 April 2013 17:52

If you succumbed to Downton fever, then the BBC’s latest period-drama, The Village, might have attracted your attention. But if…

Thornton Wilder’s theatrics in The Cabala

29 October 2012 10:30

I was on a date once in Atlanta, Georgia. We decided on the theatre and there was only one show…

Shelf Life: Tamsin Greig

18 July 2012 18:10

Tamsin Greig is so busy at the moment that Debbie Aldridge, the character she plays in The Archers, has to…

Peter O’Toole’s new beginning

11 July 2012 18:00

‘It is time for me to chuck in the sponge,’ said Peter O’Toole with characteristic singularity. The 79-year-old has announced…

Shelf Life: Richard Bean

11 July 2012 9:30

This week’s Shelf Lifer is Richard Bean. The British playwright recently won joint best new play at the Evening Standard…

Gray’s anatomy

10 July 2012 9:30

Reading a new John Banville novel is like walking into a house you know but finding the dirty old armchair…