Category Archives: Plays

Translations at The National Theatre

Translations

Translations – National Theatre By Brian Friel (Review by guest blogger Daniel Bennett) ‘What happens when a land is robbed of its language?’ This is the question National Theatre runs alongside its promotional material for the renowned Irish playwright Brian Friel’s Translations. It’s a fair question, but it is deceptively simple. It suggests the play deals with a single theme;

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Tartuffe

tartuffe

Tartuffe at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Guest reviewer Daniel Bennett attended the press night for Tartuffe, the latest play to hit the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s stage: Tartuffe is the latest revival to be fashionably inspired by a desire to make a statement about Trump’s America. Others of this ilk include the subtle commentaries on the current western political landscape offered

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Schism at the Park Theatre

Schism

Schism at Park Theatre Failed architect Harrison had plans to end his life. The last thing he needed was Katherine, a young student, breaking into his house begging for his help… As their chaotic first encounter turns into the beginning of a twenty year relationship, the unlikely couple grow to realise that they are capable of either building something great

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Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde at The Orchard Theatre The current touring production of Jekyll and Hyde is David Edgar’s adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel. It tells of the story of Dr Jekyll who undertakes an experiment which splits the darker side out from his normal self and gradually the dark side takes hold in the form of Mr Hyde. Intended to be

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Trust

Trust

Trust Trust is the brainchild of German playwright Faik Richter and translated by Maja Zade. It focuses of capitalism through the eyes of a relationship, or at least this is what the blurb tells me. I found ‘Trust’ utterly confusing and frequently unclear as to the point it was trying to hammer home. Whilst I understood the overarching theme that our

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A Passage To India

A Passage To India

A Passage To India at The Churchill Theatre: A Passage To India is an adaptation of the novel by E.M Forster. It is set in Imperial India and looks at the English and Indians living side by side. It tells of Mrs Moore, who befriends Aziz, both of whom, against many protestations believe that Indians and English can be friends.

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Julius Caesar at Bridge Theatre

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Julius Caesar at Bridge Theatre…..An Immersive Experience: I am not a Shakespeare lover. There you go I said it! Luckily the Bridge Theatre with Julius Caesar and the immersive experience managed to win over even a sceptic like me! William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar tells of Caesar’s return to Rome but the educated elite become worried by his rise in popularity.

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Dear Brutus

Dear Brutus

Dear Brutus at Southwark Playhouse. ‘The fault Dear Brutus is not in our stars, but in ourselves.’ This is the premise of J.M Barrie’s play, Dear Brutus, playing at the Southwark playhouse 100 years after it first opened at Wydndham’s Theatre. The play tells of a collection of seemingly random people invited to an odd gentleman named Lob’s house over

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The Ferryman

The Ferryman review

The Ferryman The Ferryman is Jez Butterworths latest play to hit the West End. After a successful run at the Royal Court it is now playing at the Gielgud Theatre. Directed by Sam Mendes The Ferryman takes you back to 1981 in Northern Ireland where the IRA is at the heart of its conflict. The show is set in the

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The Mentor

The Mentor

The Mentor at Vaudeville Theatre The Mentor is originally a German play by Daniel Kehlmann, translated by Christopher Hampton. It tells of young writer, Martin Wegner who is paired with the famed writer, Benjamin Rubin, through a mentoring scheme. Martin is thought to be the voice of his generation where as Benjamin’s great success was many years ago. As a

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