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The panicky listlessness that attends theatrical failure is an atmosphere that everyone within the walls of the theatre has no choice but to breathe, and worst affected, because most responsible was Ken Tynan… On my way to the theatre on … Continue reading

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A different world

No disrespect to the drama critics, but when I saw some of the reviews for “Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour” at the National, my first thought was, “Can it really be that good?” Well, it turned out to be even better. … Continue reading

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Les Blancs – too black & white

I don’t mind admitting that, until Lorraine Hansberry’s play “Les Blancs” opened at the National this month, I’d never even heard of it. After sitting through Yaël Farber’s production last night, I don’t feel quite so guilty. The London critics greeted this … Continue reading

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Ma Rainey’s blues

I hate to say it, but one of my biggest disappointments of the last couple of years was the revival of August Wilson’s “Fences”, a Pulitzer-winning play which seemed to win wall-to-wall raves on this side of the Atlantic. Not … Continue reading

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The National Theatre lit up in memory of the victims of the attacks in Paris.

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