Theatre News from The Guardian & The Telegraphic newspaper in the U.K.

The Girl on the Train review – bestseller moves at the pace of a milk train
West Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsUnconvincing plotting and a tension-free narrative hamper this adaptation of Paula Hawkins’s novelA woman is missing. In a room, a detective quizzes two people. Each offers a...
Richard Eyre: ‘Take it easy? Why would I… I’m only 75’
The acclaimed director talks about adapting King Lear for TV with Anthony Hopkins, accidentally making a French film and dealing with depressionDevon-born director Richard Eyre, 75, has worked across film,...
The week in theatre: Red; Effigies of Wickedness – review
Wyndham’s; Gate, LondonMark Rothko’s work and mind are brilliantly evoked in a revival of John Logan’s 2009 play. And Weimar Germany is defiantly alive and kicking… Red: for rage and...
Sancho play portrays slave who became first black British voter
Single-hander written by Paterson Joseph tells how son of slaves overcame prejudiceIt began as a quixotic project three years ago in local theatre. Now the story of the man who...
A hack dressed up as Widow Twanky: welcome to culture wars, UK style | Rachel Cooke
If Rod Liddle’s bizarre Palladium show was a sign of Brexit times, we should stop despairingIn the days and weeks after the general election last summer, many commentators began talking...
Trevor Noah review – what if Harry and Meghan had 'a real black wedding'?
O2 Arena, LondonThe royal couple get a cheerful ribbing from the Daily Show host in a set that’s a delight – even to huffy republicans What a gift to Trevor...
Bridget Christie review – gleeful in trashing the label that defined her
Brighton DomeAward-winning standup serves up ruthless self-mockery in a show that is playful and pugnacious in equal measure Lying, says Bridget Christie, has been tainted by association with Trump, Putin...
The Girl on the Train review – bestseller moves at the pace of a milk train
West Yorkshire Playhouse, LeedsUnconvincing plotting and a tension-free narrative hamper this adaptation of Paula Hawkins’s novelA woman is missing. In a room, a detective quizzes two people. Each offers a...
The week in theatre: Red; Effigies of Wickedness – review
Wyndham’s; Gate, LondonMark Rothko’s work and mind are brilliantly evoked in a revival of John Logan’s 2009 play. And Weimar Germany is defiantly alive and kicking… Red: for rage and...
Ignition dance festival review – sparks are flying
Lyric Hammersmith, LondonThe annual festival of new work saw the fruits of previous commissions from the likes of Salah El Brogy, Sally Marie and Dane Hurst Monday saw the opening...
Olivier awards rename best director prize after omitting Peter Hall tribute
Theatre gala organisers apologise for ‘serious error’ in leaving the influential director out of this year’s In Memoriam segment Organisers of the Olivier awards have said they will rename future...
Behind the scenes at the Olivier awards – in pictures
Guardian photographer David Levene was backstage at Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, south-west London Continue reading...
'It’s very difficult to be mad as hell': the Olivier awards' best quotes
Highlights from the speeches given by Bryan Cranston, Jez Butterworth, Sheila Atim and others at the 2018 Oliviers Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards Bryan Cranston (best actor,...
Theatreland stars turn out for Olivier awards – in pictures
London’s Royal Albert Hall hosts the UK’s most prestigious theatre awards Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards Continue reading...
Revolutionary musical Hamilton takes home seven Olivier awards
Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, the National Theatre and Bryan Cranston also come up trumps Hamilton, the stage juggernaut that is arguably the most popular and influential musical for a generation,...