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Author: Laurence Green

The Burning (El Ardor)

Film

Laurence Green finds Pablo Fendrick’s modern Western to be a beautifully shot but ultimately cliched movie.

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Oresteia

Theatre

2500 year-old epic trilogy gets a modern makeover in Robert Icke's powerful reimagining of Aeschylus's The Oresteia (Almeida Theatre),...

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The Look of Silence

Film

Laurence Green reviews Joshua Oppenheimer's intimate, philosophical and utterly riveting documentary about Indonesia's anti-communist...

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Temple

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Steve Waters’s new play Temple at the Donmar, a fictional account of the events during Occupy London movement in 2011.

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The Beaux Stratagem

Society & Politics

Laurence Green finds a deliciously modern comic sensibility and mischievous feminist agenda in George Farquhar's 1707 play The Beaux...

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Queen and Country

Society & Politics

John Boorman's Queen and Country is beautifully shot portrait of 1950s Britain and a perfect companion piece to his much-loved Hope and...

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High Society

Theatre

Laurence Green predicts Cole Porter’s classic feel-good musical High Society will be among the summer’s biggest theatrical hits.

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Hay Fever

Theatre

Felicity Kendal returns to West End as Judith Bliss in the revival of Noël Coward's Hay Fever at Duke of York's Theatre....

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The Tribe

Society & Politics

A bleak vision of a society gone to pot is part thriller, part bad dream. Performed, with no dialogue, by a superb deaf cast, this is an...

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The Father

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews, The Father, a fascinating and totally unsentimental drama exploring the effects of dementia, featuring an outstanding performance by Kenneth Cranham.

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Carmen Disruption

Society & Politics

Laurence Green takes in an ambitious contemporary reworking of Bizet's opera but, for all its promise, finds it to be resolutely...

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Everyman

Theatre

Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a commanding performance as the hedonistic Everyman in the Carol Ann Duffy's updated adaptation of the...

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The Audience at the Apollo Theatre

Theatre

Peter Morgan’s hit play The Audience returns to the West End with Dame Kristin Scott Thomas as Queen Elizabeth II.

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The Merchant of Venice

Society & Politics

Laurence Green watches an absorbing production of The Merchant of Venice with Jonathan Pryce in magnetic form as the money lender Shylock....

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Bugsy Malone

Theatre

Laurence Green had an enjoyable evening with the stage production of Alan Parker's musical gangster film Bugsy Malone at the Lyric....

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A Mad World My Masters

Theatre

Take a Jacobean satire update it to seedy 1950s Soho and the result is Sean Foley’s RSC production of Thomas Middleton’s 1605 comedy A Mad World My Masters at the Barbican Theatre and then on tour.

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Ah, Wilderness

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews the revival production of Eugene O'Neill's comedy Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic Theatre....

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Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

Theatre

Lyndsey Turner's grand scale revival of civil war set drama, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, provides a timely nod to failed hope and the...

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Gypsy

Society & Politics

A knockout performance from Imelda Staunton lights up Jonathan Kent’s revival of the classic musical Gypsy at The Savoy Theatre says Laurence Green.

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The Twits

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews the stage production of Roald Dahl's The Twits at The Royal Court Theatre....

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Oppenheimer

Society & Politics

Laurence Green watches Tom Morton-Smith's Oppenheimer and finds an impeccably performed production that will leave you shaken and stirred....

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The Three Lions

Theatre

If you ever wondered what happens when a footballer, a prince and a Prime Minister were in a hotel room together, then William Gaminara’s timely comedy The Three Lions (St. James’s Theatre) provides the answer.

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Mommy

Film

Anne Dorval and Antoine Olivier Pilon give 'knockout performances' as a mother and son trying to re-establish a relationship in Xavier...

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The Broken Heart

Theatre

Laurence Green on the revival of John Ford's 17th century tale of obsessive passions and vengeful schemes, The Broken Heart. ...

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Game

Society & Politics

Sacha Wares directs a queasily funny, invasive and unnerving tale in which the audience join the players as complicit voyeurs.

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Man and Superman

Theatre

Laurence Green had an enjoyable evening with Simon Godwin's revival of George Bernard Shaw's classic Man and Superman at the National...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and finds it to be "a musical to treasure with a dazzling array of unforgettable...

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Closer

Society & Politics

Laurence Green reviews the revival production of Patrick Marber’s comedy about love and lust at the Donmar Warehouse.

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Di and Viv and Rose

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Anna Mackmin's exploration of friendship and finds a bittersweet comedy that promises more than it fulfils. ...

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The Ruling Class

What's on

Laurence Green enjoys a wildly entertaining production of Peter Barnes's biting satire The Ruling Class....

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The Hard Problem

Society & Politics

Laurence Green reviews the latest play from Tom Stoppard, The Hard Problem, after a nine year absence.

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Taken at Midnight

Theatre

Penelope Wilton gives a stand out performance in Taken at Midnight and engrossing reminder of the terrible price paid by those who dared...

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Dara

Society & Politics

A play which has its root in the past but resonates in the present is how you could describe Nadia Fall's timely production of Dara...

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La Maison de la Radio

Film

Laurence Green savours an amusing and eccentric insight, laced with Gallic individuality, into the daily workings of the broadcaster Radio France

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Theatre

Laurence Green sees a madcap musical that doesn't cut very deep but certainly provides an entertaining evening in the theatre....

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Kooza

What's on

If it's thrills and spills you seek, you will not be disappointed with the new Cirque du Soleil's Kooza at Royal Albert Hall....

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City of Angels

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Josie Rourke’s revival of City of Angels at The Donmar Warehouse.

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Golem

Theatre

Theatre company 1927's latest production Golem blending original animation, entrancing music and live performance in a superb satire on our...

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Visitors

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Visitors, Barney Norris's feature about ageing, a play that is by turns funny, tender and desperately sad....

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Theatre review of 2014

Theatre

Laurence Green picks his top 10 theatre productions over the past 12 months.

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Far Away

Theatre

One woman's search for the truth in senseless world provides the theme of Caryl Churchill's intriguing but perplexing short play Far Away...

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The Face of Love

Film

Widowed Annette Bening finds love again but will her daughter accept her choice? Laurence Green reviews The Face of Love...

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Made in Dagenham

Theatre

An uplifting new musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right is how you could describe Rupert Goold’s new stage production Made in Dagenham (Adelphi Theatre), inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie.

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Memphis

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys a roof-raising musical charting the birth of rock n roll and the troubled history of race in the USA....

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Understanding migraine triggers

Health

Migraine episodes can be hugely debilitating but identifying them is not always easy as there are so many potential factors. Read our guide...

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The Cherry Orchard

Theatre

Not a definitive performance … but an entertaining and though provoking evening at the theatre says Laurence Green.

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Electra

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys the stage production of Sophocles's tragedy, Electra, at the Old Vic Theatre....

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London Film Festival 2014

What's on

Laurence Green takes his pick from a rich tapestry of cinematic treats at this year's BFI London Film Festival...

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Little Revolution

Theatre

Laurence Green says Little Revolution fails to deliver enough sense of tension or menace in its portrayal of the London riots of 2011.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Traverse Theatre

Theatre

Laurence Green visited the Traverse Theatre during Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 for some of the best new drama and shows....

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My night with Reg

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Kevin Elyot's ground breaking 1994 play: My night with Reg...

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The Nether

Theatre

Laurence Green sees a dystopian vision of the future in Jennifer Haley’s dark new play The Nether at the Royal Court Theatre

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Shakespeare in Love

Theatre

Laurance Green enjoys the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film at the Noel Coward Theatre....

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Daytona

Theatre

Laurence Green finds Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer "a joy to watch" in Oliver Cotton's ultimately uneven new play, Daytona....

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Forbidden Broadway

Theatre

Laurence Green watches Gerard Alessandrini’s merciless satire on musicals but finds it comes up short on wit and imagination.

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Bakerfield Mist

Theatre

Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in Bakerfield Mist, which Laurence Green finds a witty, joyful and rewarding experience....

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Miss Saigon

Theatre

Laurence's Connor's stunning revival of Miss Saigon has cinematic fluency and is proving to be one to the most popular shows in town....

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The Pajama Game

Theatre

Laurence Green finds the new production of The Pajama Game to be a buoyantly blissful blend of romance and comedy.

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Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington – A perfect escape!

Around The UK

Travel editor David Powell continues his series of inspirational breaks in the UK with a visit to Lymington situated right by the Solent...

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Good People

Theatre

Laurence Green finds humour, punch and poignancy in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People - "not just a good play but a very good one"...

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Relative Values

Theatre

Trevor Nunn’s stylish revival of Noel Coward’s comedy Relative Values comes to the Harold Pinter Theatre.

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I Can’t Sing

Theatre

Spoof musical of the hugely popular ITV talent show The X Factor now arrives at the London Palladium....

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Theatre

Laurence Green says the new musical version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is 'great fun' as he heads off into the night with a smile on his...

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Fatal Attraction

Theatre

The current trend in the commercial theatre to turn hit films into plays continues apace with Trevor Nunn’s slick, shallow production of Fatal Attraction (Theatre Royal, Haymarket).

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Blithe Spirit

Theatre

Angela Lansbury makes triumphant return to West End in Blithe Spirit at Gielgud Theatre. Laurence Green reviews....

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Versailles

Theatre

Versailles is an an intelligent, impressive drama that marks a worthwhile addition to the current debate about the legacy of the First...

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The Full Monty

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys a night of The Full Monty at London’s Noel Coward Theatre.

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1984

Theatre

George Orwell's chilling and unsettling work, 1984, is still relevant in this absorbing adaptation at the Almeida Theatre....

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Quidam

Theatre

Cirque du Soleil are back with a show that lets your imagination take flight. Laurence Green is thrilled by Quidam....

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Stephen Ward

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre), directed by Richard Eyre.

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Fortune’s Fool

Theatre

A scathing satire of 19th century Russian Society is provided by Ivan Turgenev in his unjustly neglected explosive family drama Fortune's...

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Eric and Little Ern

Theatre

An affectionate tribute is paid to one of the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen in Owen Lewis's production of Eric and...

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Let the Right One In

Theatre

John Ajvide Lindqvist’s chilling vampire drama Let the Right One In is brought to the Royal Court stage in a thought-provoking adaptation by Jack Thorne.

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From Here to Eternity

Theatre

Tim Rice's musical adaptation of James Jones' wartime classic is first rate says Laurence Green....

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The Commitments

Theatre

The hugely popular novel and film hits the stage and a bum note as Laurence Green reviews The Commitments at London's Palace Theatre....

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Ghosts at Almeida Theatre

Theatre

Laurence Green sees a masterly production of Henrik Ibsen’s tale of moral cowardice, patriarchy, class and hypocrisy.

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London Film Festival 2013

Film

Laurence Green picks his top films from the first week of the London Film Festival....

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Chimerica – reviewed

Theatre

Chimerica is epic theatre on an intimate scale that leaves a truly lasting impression says 50connect theatre critic Laurence Green. ...

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys a delectable treat for young and old alike at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

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Sweet Bird of Youth

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys an absorbing production of Tennessee Williams' 1959 drama Sweet Bird of Youth...

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Theatre: The Victorian in the Wall

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews The Victorian in the Wall and finds an initially promising piece which sadly fails to live up to expectations...

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Passion Play – reviewed

Theatre

Laurence Green finds excessively arty and uninvolving drama at The Duke of York’s Theatre

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Theatre review: Untold Stories

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys an invigorating evening of wit and wisdom from Alan Bennett at the Duchess Theatre. ...

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