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The Cane
15 Dec
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: THE CANE at the Royal Court

THE CANE, my friend Mark Ravenhill’s first major play in 10 years, is about teachers.

Nicola Walker plays Anna, now an adviser for academy schools visiting her ex-teacher mother (Maggie Steed) and father (Alan Armstrong) as his hopes of a retirement celebration are thwarted by the revelation that he used to cane pupils back when it was legal.

The CaneMaggie Steed (Maureen) and Nicola Walker (Anna) in The Cane at the Royal Court. Photo credit Johan Persson.

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The Tell Tale Heart
15 Dec
News
Phil Willmott

It’s Time for Our Fifty Something Playwrights to Come Down from the Attic!

In an interesting week of theatre-going it’s been fascinating to see new plays by Anthony Neilson (THE TELL-TALE HEART at the National Theatre) and by Mark Ravenhill (THE CANE, at the Royal Court) on successive nights.

The Tell Tale HeartDavid Carlyle in The Tell-Tale Heart at the National Theatre. Photo credit Manuel Harlan.

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The Tell-Tale Heart - National Theatre
12 Dec
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: THE TELL-TALE HEART at the National Theatre

The Tell-Tale Heart - National Theatre Jolly Christmas music and cascading snow flakes greet you as you enter the National Theatre’s smallest auditorium for this alternative seasonal show. But anyone who knows the playwright/Director Anthony Neilson’s work will realise the bonhomie isn’t going to last long.

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Paul Merton - Aladdin
12 Dec
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: Paul Merton in ALADDIN at The New Wimbledon Theatre

Paul Merton - Aladdin The New Wimbledon Theatre can feel cold and cavernous so the first thing I’d like to say is what an unusual delight it was to see how warm, welcoming and smiley the front of house staff were. It really contributed to a fun and festive pre-show atmosphere.

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True West
10 Dec
News
Phil Willmott

Take a Chance on Harington and Flynn in TRUE WEST

True West Reviews have been mixed for Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn in TRUE WEST, Sam Shepard's 1983 play about two warring brothers. They’ve ranged from 4 stars to 1 so your enjoyment may be based in how big a fan you are of the two stars.

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