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Theatre review of the year 2018

Laurence Green selects his top 10 theatre productions from a year which saw a resurgence of quality musicals and some memorable reworked classics.

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11th Dec 2018
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Switzerland

A twisting, chilling tale filled with razor-sharp dialogue as Phyllis Logan plays the esteemed crime novelist Patricia Highsmith in Joanna Murray-Smith's Switzerland at the Ambassadors Theatre. Laurence Green reviews.

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4th Dec 2018
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The Wild Pear Tree

A sobering, beautifully shot film of dashed hopes and inter-generational relationships (directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan) that implants itself on the mind. Laurence Green reviews.

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3rd Dec 2018
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Hadestown

Laurence Green finds Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown to be a tightly choreographed and genuinely inventive show that pitches romanticism against pragmatism and idealism against cold reality.

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27th Nov 2018
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Don Quixote

Andrew Jackson's RSC production of Don Quixote is overlong but achieves genuine poignancy while the clanky-armoured, straggly-haired David Threlfall looks born to play the role of the eccentric knight.

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19th Nov 2018
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ear for eye

Debbie Tucker's 'ear for eye' is a dense and at times, deliberately alienating vision of race, language and power structures which dispenses with a traditional story line to concentrate on ideas, writes Laurence Green.

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12th Nov 2018
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Wise Children

Wise Children is a love-letter to the theatre, but Emma Rice's production at the Old Vic became submerged under a welter of confusion.

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12th Nov 2018
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The Wild Duck

The brutality of truth-telling is explored by Ibsen in his 1884 classic The Wild Duck, which returns to the London stage in a stripped-down, ponderous production, directed by Robert Icke, at the Almeida Theatre. Laurence Green reviews.

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7th Nov 2018
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Company

Marianne Elliott puts marriage under a contemporary microscope in this enjoyable re-imagining of Sondheim's Company. Indeed, this is company you should definitely keep, writes Laurence Green.

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31st Oct 2018
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Highlights of bfi London Film Festival 2018

Laurence Green rates his top picks from bfi London Film Festival 2018 including the brilliant semi-autobiographical Roma by Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron.

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26th Oct 2018
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The Height of the Storm

Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins star in this compassionate, deeply moving play that teases the mind, while touching the heart. Laurence Green reviews The Height of the Storm.

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17th Oct 2018
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BFI London Film Festival 2018

Laurence Green picks out his top choices ahead of the BFI London Film Festival 2018 including Jon Baird's Stan & Ollie.

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9th Oct 2018
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Antony & Cleopatra

Antony & Cleopatra is both epic and intimate with shining performances from Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as the titular leads showing that passion and politics are best kept apart. Laurence Green reviews.

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3rd Oct 2018
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Foxfinder

In spite of its early promise Foxfinder is a play that loses its momentum and becomes a laboured parable about the need to seek out scapegoats for society’s ills, writes Laurence Green.

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25th Sep 2018
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Dance Nation

Clare Barron's award-winning Dance Nation is a frank and honest portrayal of adolescence, writes Laurence Green.

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24th Sep 2018
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Six

An exuberant, vivacious, highly original musical that is simply a joy to watch from start to finish! Laurence Green enjoys Six. a punkish romp with the wives of Henry VIII.

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5th Sep 2018
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BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee does more than control his anger, he refines it with riotous wit, without losing the power to shock or surprise us in his new film BlacKkKlansman writes Laurence Green.

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30th Aug 2018
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Edinburgh International & Fringe Festival 2018

Laurence Green picks through another packed programme of delights to reveal the highlights of this year's EIF and Fringe festivals.

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16th Aug 2018
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The Importance of Being Earnest

Laurence Green enjoys one of the most immaculately crafted stage comedies of all time as The Importance of Being Earnest concludes a year-long celebration of the work of Oscar Wilde.

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9th Aug 2018
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A Monster Calls

Packing an enormous emotional punch, A Monster Calls is a tale that confronts the worst of griefs,but leaves its audience with an uplifting and positive message about loss, writes Laurence Green.

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3rd Aug 2018
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Spamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Spamilton is a clever and entertaining send up of last year's Broadway and West End smash, Hamilton. Laurence Green reviews.

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1st Aug 2018
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The Lehman Trilogy

An absorbing saga of riches and ruin provides an unforgettable cross-section of the roots of capitalism. A five-star triumph from the National, writes Laurence Green.

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23rd Jul 2018
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The King and I

The King and I, the 60-year-old Rogers and Hammerstein classic redressed with gorgeous sets and needle sharp choreography, is a sensory treat writes Laurence Green.

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11th Jul 2018
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Daisy Pulls It Off

An entertaining show which celebrates with a sly wit and a big heart, an arguably sweeter, more innocent era, writes Laurence Green.

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28th Jun 2018
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Pressure

David Haig's debut play expertly combines elements of excitement, drama and self doubt as crucial decisions are made in the hours leading up to the pivotal D-Day landings.

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25th Jun 2018
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Translations

Brian Friel's Translations is a cracking production of a great play which couldn’t be better timed, writes Laurence Green.

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15th Jun 2018
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A Cambodian Spring

Chris Kelly's award-winning documentary A Cambodian Spring examines the chaotic and often violent land development that is shaping modern-day Cambodia. Laurence Green reviews.

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5th Jun 2018
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Red

Alfred Molina is 'stunning' as American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko in Michael Grandage's Red. Laurence Green reviews.

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30th May 2018
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An Ideal Husband

Laurence Green finds real pleasure watching Oscar Wilde's Rolls-Royce of English comedies, An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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21st May 2018
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Nightfall

A rural farm is the backdrop for Barney Norris's slow burn study in grief, heartbreak and betrayal. Laurence Green reviews.

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18th May 2018
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