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How to Kill a Great Theatre: The Tragedy of the Volksb├╝hne

20 May 2017

  Almost two years ago, the Berlin government announced that Frank Castorf’s contract as the artistic director of the Volksbühne would not be renewed after the end of...

Three Sisters (Chekhov/Stone; dir. Simon Stone) Theater Basel/Theatertreffen, May 2017

7 May 2017

When Simon Stone “overwrote” Lorca’s Yerma at the Young Vic last year, I was impressed — partly because he did so on a set that toyed with the apparent naturalism...

Why Matt Trueman is Wrong about Roman Tragedies

25 March 2017

I saw Ivo van Hove’s Roman Tragedies on Sunday. There is no doubt that the work is a significant achievement, an evening of towering ambition and awe-inspiring commitment, a display...

Hamlet (Shakespeare; dir. Robert Icke) Almeida, London; Mar. 2017

22 March 2017

Robert Icke’s Hamlet is so absolutely stacked with ideas and original takes that someone could produce an annotated edition of the play based on it. After a single viewing, I...