SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Leticia Ochoa Adams
December 23, 2017
The acclaimed musical makes its triumphant debut in London
December 21, 2017
Simon Gray’s spy thriller Cell Mates, which closed early in 1995 when Stephen Fry had a breakdown and suddenly exited the production, is successfully revived by Ed Hall at Hampstead Theatre. Traitor George Blake, sentenced to imprisonment for 42 years, was sprung from Wormwood Scrubs in 1961 by Sean Bourke, an Irish petty criminal. Invited
December 14, 2017
At Charles Dickens’s funeral at Westminster Abbey in 1888, the Very Reverend Dean Stanley preached that Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol was the finest Christmas sermon in the English language. Matthew Warchus’s in-the-round production at The Young Vic, with Rhys Ifans as Scrooge, is a fresh and constant delight, thanks mainly to the carol and
November 29, 2017
Times are hard and four Chicago salesmen in real estate are fighting to keep their jobs. Glengarry Glen Ross is David Mamet’s best play and as damning an indictment of capitalism as Arthur Miller’s The Death of a Salesman. The major pleasure at The Playhouse is listening to the way Mamet manipulates the language. He
November 16, 2017
London has a new commercial theatre, and everybody in the theatrical profession, as well as regular theatregoers, will be wishing it well. The Bridge Theatre, co-founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, who ran the National Theatre so successfully, is on the South Bank between Tower Bridge and County Hall. The repertoire will be mostly
November 02, 2017
Dominic Dromgoole’s first season at Vaudeville Theatre is devoted entirely to the plays of Oscar Wilde and opens with A Woman of No Importance, a satire on Victorian society and its lax morality, its hypocrisy and its double standards of one law for men and another for women. The play has always had a bad
October 19, 2017
Florian Zeller, the multi-award-winning French novelist and playwright, is having as big a success on the London stage as he is having in Paris. In The Lie, Zeller argues there are times when it is better to lie than to tell the truth; and especially so if you are cheating on your husband, wife or
October 05, 2017
Oslo is JT Rogers’s award-winning Middle East politics drama at the Harold Pinter Theatre. It records the clandestine peace process which led to Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat shaking hands on the White House lawn in 1993, in front of a beaming President Clinton. The play, big yet intimate, wittily