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National Theatre: Verbatim theatre

The Theatre

A Small Family Business

Click below to download the <i>A Small Family Business</i> cast list in PDF format<p>'Classic Ayckbourn. Delivers laughs and chills with great panache'<p>Daily …

Small Business

Exclusive: watch the creepy trailer for the National Theatre’s ‘Medea’ – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

Posted at 10:00 am, June 19, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment<p>The story of a jilted wife who murders her children by way of extracting revenge on her …

The Believers review – thrilling theatrical conjuring tricks, but no big revelations

Tricycle, London Frantic Assembly's tale of two neighbouring couples comparing philosophies and parenting styles is spooky and inventive, but not entirely convincing<p>We are in the dark. So are Marianne (Eileen Walsh) and Joff (Christopher Colquhoun). They don't know exactly what happened. They do …

Privacy review – Taut drama short-circuits the crucial debate

Donmar Warehouse, London James Graham's new play under the direction of Josie Rourke is rich and adrenaline-fuelled but lacks a real intellectual tussle<p>• Ewan MacAskill: Fear, then relief, at my portrayal in new play Privacy<p>James Graham's new play deals with the big issue of our day: the power of …

Privacy, Donmar Warehouse: 'necessary, instructive and long overdue'

Tim Walker enjoys Privacy, a searing analysis of how the internet has invaded the lives of every one of us<p>When the history of the West End in the early millennium is written, the closure of Stephen Ward will, I wager, be seen as a moment of profound significance. If theatreland looked like a …



With one burst appendix, a family is demolished. ‘Matilda’ and ‘Utopia’ scribe Dennis Kelly’s debut play, now 11 years old, shows the ruinous …


Punchdrunk hosts a decadent 1960s Hollywood Party at Temple Studios – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

Posted at 1:30 pm, May 6, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment<p>Have you been to see Punchdrunk’s immense immersive experience ‘The Drowned Man’ yet? If not, …

Should playwrights be kinder to audiences?

Shows such as King Lear and the choreographer Olivier Dubois's Tragédie can be punishing to watch, but that's what makes them interesting<p>Alan Bennett recently said that one of the things that he had learned over the years was to be kinder to the audience – and that he no longer inflicted long …

Incognito, review: 'astonishing and original'

Nick Payne's new play confirms him as a rival to Tom Stoppard, says Charles Spencer<p>For several decades now Tom Stoppard has been generally regarded as the brainiest of British playwrights. But he has a rival in the dramatic IQ stakes in Nick Payne.<p>Payne is the dramatist who won the Evening Standard …

The ethics of verbatim theatre


Tony Awards 2014: Winners list

Mark Rylance won his third Tony award for playing the countess Olivia in Twelfth Night and there is a British success for Sophie Okonede<p><b>BEST PLAY</b><p>Act One<p><b>All the Way – WINNER</b><p>Casa Valentina<p>Mothers and Sons<p>Outside Mullingar<p><b>BEST MUSICAL</b><p>After Midnight<p>Aladdin<p>Beautiful: The Carole King Musical<p><b>A Gentleman’s</b> …

Pop Culture

Finding the method in medieval theatre's madness

Theatre before Shakespeare was upfront, physical and fun. It required a different kind of actor and its spirit is still irresistible<p>It still comes as a surprise to many to discover that Shakespeare didn't invent theatre. My theatrical values have been shaped by working not only with Shakespeare, …

All hail theatre's one-hit wonders

Playwrights such as Kevin Elyot, who are chiefly remembered for one big hit, should still be celebrated, says Dominic Cavendish<p>The best part of a generation shuddered at the news of <b>Rik Mayall’s death</b> on Monday. Much quieter tremors of sadness were felt at the passing of the playwright Kevin Elyot …

Consumer Tech

Is Australian theatre racist?

Playwright Andrew Bovell has accused it of being 'dominantly white' – a discussion which ultimately sits within the bigger discussion of racism in Australia<p>On Thursday, the playwright Andrew Bovell will open the National Play festival in Sydney by claiming that Australian theatre still isn't …

The Arts

All-night Macbeth in a tower block - in pictures

Immersive theatre company Rift are staging a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower in east London. Audience members stay overnight in the tower and have breakfast in the morning with the characters. Throughout the night, they will be visited by the play's characters …

Second album syndrome for 'promising' playwrights

An early hit can be both a blessing and a curse for celebrated young writers such as Polly Stenham<p>The word "promise", as anyone who has been a partner or a parent knows, always risks being thrown back at you. But when applied to artistic potential, the term can be most destructive. Generations of …

100-seat fringe theatre to open in west London

A 100-seat theatre that will be both a producing and receiving house is to launch in west London, opening in September with the Stephen Sondheim …

National Theatre: 50 years on stage rehearsals

Helen Mirren

National Theatre: Chewing Gum Dreams by Michaela Coel

The Theatre

Home review – moving snapshots of resilience amid despair

The Shed, London Nadia Fall's powerful dramatised stories of young people's real experiences of hostel life reveal distressingly bleak prospects, but are not without hope<p>The bashful young man (Kadiff Kirwan) is recounting how he left home. His mother said she wished she'd aborted him. The police …

Sir Alan Ayckbourn play 'still holds up' 27 years on, says author

<b>Veteran playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn says he is "delighted" a play he wrote about greedy entrepreneurs during the Thatcher era still "holds up" on stage.</b><p>"It didn't seem like a play of the late 1980s," the 74-year-old told BBC News after the first night of A Small Family Business at the National …

The Theatre

National Theatre Live: Othello trailer

William Shakespeare

Othello: Iago and Othello

William Shakespeare

Othello - Performance history of title role

William Shakespeare

Adrian Lester in conversation