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          • Wed 08 Oct 2008 11:32

            The Broken Space Season

            After a series of leaks left the Bush theatre unable to turn on its stage lights, undaunted, the theatre decided to create a novel selection of plays, all of which could be staged as the natural light outside was falling. Charlotte Marshall was in the first night audience to experience theatre in the dark.

          • Wed 08 Oct 2008 10:19

            No Man’s Land

            Rupert Goold’s recent productions of The Tempest, Macbeth, The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot and Six Characters In Search Of An Author have seen the director du jour stamp his authority on well known texts, using all manner of directorial tricks to create an engaging atmosphere for a 21st century audience.

          • Tue 07 Oct 2008 11:00

            The Norman Conquests

            It is a strange sensation to see the auditorium of the Old Vic completely reconfigured; to see audience members sitting behind the proscenium arch where the stage should be. But it is testament to Matthew Warchus’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s triptych...

          • Tue 07 Oct 2008 10:33

            Radio Golf

            Written as part of a series of plays exploring the African-American experience in the 20th century, August Wilson’s Radio Golf finishes the century with a portrait of Pittsburgh in 1997, a place and a time at odds with its past.

          • Fri 03 Oct 2008 10:54


            A prominent politician’s career threatened by a scandalous relationship about to hit the headlines, or worse, be rumoured in society. It all sounds pretty contemporary, yet Harvey Granville Barker’s Waste, which opened at the Almeida last night, was written in the early 20th century.

          • Thu 02 Oct 2008 10:26


            It is a rare occasion that former Royal Shakespeare Company director Terry Hands makes a London appearance these days. For the last decade he has been Chief Executive and Director of Clwyd Theatr Cymru, concentrating on making that company the pre-eminent producing company in Wales.

          • Wed 01 Oct 2008 10:27


            If Strindberg’s tale of obsession, manipulation and the effects of love had been written today, Owen Teale’s Gustav would probably have been labeled a stalker, a man driven by one overwhelming desire.

          • Tue 30 Sep 2008 11:18

            Girl With A Pearl Earring

            Inspired by Dutch artist Vermeer’s painting of the same name, Tracy Chevalier’s novel Girl With A Pearl Earring was a best-seller and went on to be adapted into a film. Now Adrian Dunbar takes on the role of Vermeer in this new stage adaptation of Chevalier’s fictional account of the inspiration behind the painting.

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          • Thu 25 Sep 2008 10:19

            The Walworth Farce

            Following the recent opening of Six Characters In Search Of An Author in the West End, which sees reality and fiction firmly blurred, Enda Walsh’s dark comedy The Walworth Farce is a tale of a man deliberately trying to blur those lines in his life by creating a play.

          • Wed 24 Sep 2008 11:17

            The Girlfriend Experience

            It is a touch uncomfortable wandering through the living room of a Bournemouth brothel, but if you didn’t know any better, the clothes strewn everywhere – plain bras on the backs of flock sofas – could be in any slightly disorganised basement flat.

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