Mumburger by Sarah Kosar (courtesy Lidia Crisafulli)
3.0★ ★ ★

Mumburger

Bereavement as a topic of a play is always challenging and Sarah Kosar’s surreal take on this perhaps most profound experience in everyone’s life is only a partial success. Mumburger tries to distance the p...
Ink Almeida Theatre photo Tristram Kenton
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ink

James Graham’s Ink directed by Rupert Goold is theatrical dynamite. It is also one of the more staggering experiences you can have as a theatre goer. It is an almost three-hour, flashy yet intelligent, hectic...
Richard III Arcola Theatre. Photo Alex Brenner
3.0★ ★ ★

Richard III

Mehmet Ergen’s staging of Richard III is neither politically relevant nor entertaining. His contemporary take on Shakespeare’s story of the most violent and malicious power grab, built on lies, manipulation...
2.0★ ★

Tamburlaine

This rare staging of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine by a British East Asian company, Yellow Earth (formed in 1995) is rather disappointing because of its high ambitions that sadly have not been realised on...
Roman Tragedies by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Barbican Centre. Photo Jan Versweyveld
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Roman Tragedies

Ivo van Hove’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra is a total theatre experience. The Flemish director makes theatre that is larger than life, encompassing a myria...
My Country; a work in progress. National Theatre (Photographer: Sarah Lee)
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

My Country; a work in progress

My Country; a work in progress  is a verbatim work, compiled from numerous interviews conducted in towns across the UK in the wake of the June 2016 referendum. It is an ambitious project at the heart of which...
Hamlet Almeida Theatre. Photo Manuel Harlan
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Hamlet

Robert Icke’s Hamlet at Almeida Theatre is a resounding success. This is not because of the media hype associated with Andrew Scott’s turn as Moriarty in the now cult TV version of Sherlock Holmes. Scott as...
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Richard III

Thomas Ostermeier blatantly revealed in a 2015 interview with Joseph Pearson that with his adaptation of Richard III he wanted to celebrate evil on stage because, after all, he said: “Would Richard exist if t...
2.0★ ★

Macbeth

Julien Balajas’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is more of a miss than a hit. And it could have been a hit. There is much to like: a pacey new French translation, some competent performances and good s...
3.0★ ★ ★

King Lear

King Lear is perhaps the darkest tragedy written by Shakespeare. Its power lies in great emotions it stirs in audiences of all generations. The best stagings of the play I have seen were successful thanks to en...