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MANY HAPPY RETURNS STANLEY
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
at Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

MANY HAPPY RETURNS STANLEY

Even now, 50 years after its premiere, Harold Pinter's career-making The Birthday Party marches to its own dread-inducing drum.

Reviewed by: MATT WOLF READ MORE
UTTER GLORY
THE HISTORIES
at the Roundhouse

UTTER GLORY

The second half of Shakespeare's eight-play history cycle here presented for all too short a time.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
AND SO IT GOES
THE DEEP BLUE SEA
at the Vaudeville

AND SO IT GOES

Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea is an old-fashioned well-made play , given a fine production under the direction of Edward Hall. It still has the power to engage our emotions.

Reviewed by: MICHAEL LEECH READ MORE
MOTHER DEAREST
THAT FACE
MOTHER DEAREST

A change of venue( to the Duke of York's from the Royal Court Upstairs) has somewhat diminished the striking debut of Polly Stenham's That Face..

Reviewed by: PATRICK MARMION READ MORE
FOOL ON THE HILL
KING LEAR
at Shakespeare’s Globe

FOOL ON THE HILL

Director Dominic Dromgoole's production of King Lear is credibly engaging and avoids the overly respectful constipation that infects other lesser Lears.

Reviewed by: PATRICK MARMION READ MORE
DOWN TO THE SEA
THE LADY FROM THE SEA
at Arcola Theatre

DOWN TO THE SEA

Under director Hannah Eidinow, Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea is given a compelling production.

Reviewed by: MATT WOLF READ MORE
A GLIMMER OF HOPE
HARPER REGAN
at the National (Cottesloe)

A GLIMMER OF HOPE

Harper Regan is a devastating play about the unknowability of humankind and the trust and faith that's required by the human heart.

Reviewed by: MATT WOLF READ MORE
EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED
THE CITY
at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED

Martin Crimp is back with his latest play, The City, in a bewitching production from Katie Mitchell that overrides much of what is irksome about the text.

Reviewed by: MATT WOLF READ MORE
IT'S A COLD, COLD WORLD OUT THERE
FRAM
at the National (Olivier)

IT'S A COLD, COLD WORLD OUT THERE

This much can be said about Fram: It dares to reach out in many directions. Unfortunately, it strikes out in most of them.

Reviewed by: MATT WOLF READ MORE
KINGS' GAMBIT
THE HISTORIES
at the Roundhouse

KINGS' GAMBIT

Shakespeare's history plays are given superb productions by the RSC. Four are on view right now (Richard II, Henry IV, Part One and Two, and Henry V) The other four await in the wings.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
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