SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Leticia Ochoa Adams
September 21, 2017
Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies, one of the great American musicals, looks back to the golden age of vaudeville and the glamour of the famously beautiful Ziegfeld Follies, with their long legs, furs, feathers and fantastic headgears. The musical is so expensive to stage that revivals have usually been concert performances. Dominic Cooke’s thrilling
September 07, 2017
David Harrower’s haunting Knives in Hens at Donmar Warehouse, which lasts 90 minutes and is acted without interval, is strictly for serious theatregoers who are prepared to make an effort. There are just three characters, all medieval peasants: an ignorant ploughman, his superstitious wife and a widowed miller, who can read and write. The language
August 24, 2017
American actor Stockard Channing makes a welcome return to London in Alexi Kaye Campbell’s Apologia at Trafalgar Studios, playing a Marxist art historian and absent mother who was active politically in the 1960s. Her two sons arrive to celebrate her birthday and the publication of her memoir, in which they are not even mentioned. Channing
August 10, 2017
Tennessee Williams, who was never afraid to be big and theatrical, always thought Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was his best play. The big surprise of Benedict Andrews’s radical production at Apollo Theatre is Magda Willi’s artificial set. The second surprise is the amount of nudity. The updating is a mistake. It spoils the
July 27, 2017
The full title of Committee, the verbatim musical at Donmar Warehouse, is The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee Takes Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company. The music is by Tom Deering. The book and lyrics by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke and edited from the parliamentary transcript. Kids Company was founded by
July 13, 2017
Audra McDonald won a great many awards in New York for her solo performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – a tribute to the singer Billie Holiday – and I have no doubt that her reception in London will match New York’s. Lanie Robertson’s script is billed as a musical play. It
June 29, 2017
DC Moore’s Common at the National Theatre is described as an epic tale of England’s lost land. The revolving stage is covered in earth and the background is a huge cyclorama of sky. Jeremy Herrin’s production, designed by Richard Hudson and lit by Paule Constable, looks good on the vast, wide-open space which is the
June 15, 2017
Georg Büchner wrote Woyzeck in 1837, the year he died, aged 23. There was no definitive text, just fragments of paper. It wasn’t performed for more than 70 years. It is widely regarded as the first modern play and a forerunner of the social dramas of the 19th century. Alban Berg’s 1925 adaptation memorably converted