3.0★ ★ ★

Krapp’s Last Tape

The scene is drab and dreary: Krapp sits at his desk, consulting a ledger and concluding that he needs to find a particular tape: “Box three, spool five.” Krapp is celebrating his 69th birthday in this rath...
3.0★ ★ ★

Bang Said the Gun

It’s not pornography but it’s still pretty good. Bang Said the Gun is a poetry show for people who don’t like poetry. It’s the absolute opposite to the sedentary academic appreciation of literature; Ban...
2.0★ ★

XX

xx (pronounced ‘kiss kiss’) is a newly devised curio by Jack Bradfield concerning love and relationships. The play is structured differently each night by an algorithm, combining at random a set of monologu...
The Threepenny Opera at the National Theatre
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Threepenny Opera

Norris’s production of The Threepenny Opera is fantastically ugly: Brecht’s London is full of vagrants and harlots, a truly Dickensian bunch, motivated primarily by greed and lust, looking to use the upcomi...
1.0

untranslatable

untranslatable is a newly devised play about a young couple. A man and woman (Matthew Graham and Laura Douglas) go through the various stages of romance: love drunkenness, desire, hate; the whole shebang. It’...
Yerma at the Young Vic.
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Yerma

Yerma is a devastating story about a woman tortured by her own biology. She becomes fixated on bearing a child, but thwarted by her infertility. Her fixation is poison. The brilliant thing about this play is th...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

CUT

The Vaults Theatre. There’s nothing quite like it. The venue is in some refurbished arches, with its own bar, buried beneath Waterloo Station – you can hear the tube. It feels like a very trendy space: perf...
Malthouse Theatre production The Shadow King, Barbican Centre
2.0★ ★

The Shadow King

Michael Kantor and Tom E Lewis embark on a very ambitious idea: transforming King Lear into an aboriginal version. Such a thing is no easy feat, especially for such a grave tragedy, and it feels like some of th...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

No Villain

A radio blares jazz into a cramped room. A family sits in silence for an eerily long time, they are waiting for Arnie to return home after a long absence, but he is late. The conversation is often light and swe...
Richard III, Almeida Theatre
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Richard III

A skeleton was found under a Leicester car park in 2012: the skeleton was later identified as the remains of Richard III, the last Yorkist king, who died in battle in 1485. This monumental discovery of Richard...