Read more about the article REVIEW: The House of Shades, Almeida Theatre (2022)
THE HOUSE OF SHADES by Beth Steel ;
Director Blanche McIntyre ;
Set Designer Anna Fleischle ;
Costume Designer Liam Bunster ;
Lighting Designer Richard Howell ;
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke ;
Video Designer Isaac Madge ;
Movement and Intimacy Director Polly Bennett ;
Casting Director Annelie Powell ;
Associate Set Designer Liam Bunster. ;
Dialect Coach Esi Acquaah-Harrison ;
Fight Director Kevin McCurdy ;
Costume Supervisor Natasha Prynne ;
Associate Fight Director Sam Behan ;
Assistant Director Emily Ling Williams ; Almeida Theatre ; London, UK ; 7th May 2022 ; Credit and copyright: Helen Murray ; www.helenmurrayphotos.com Cast ;
Gus Barry ;
Anne-Marie Duff;
Beatie Edney;
Kelly Gough ;
Michael Grady-Hall ;
Emily Lloyd-Saini ;
Carol Macready ;
Stuart McQuarrie ;
Mark Meadows ;
Daniel Millar ;

REVIEW: The House of Shades, Almeida Theatre (2022)

Anne-Marie Duff plays the matriarch of the family over half a century.  She has born three children with the youngest Laura (Emma Shipp) still at school. Her husband Alistair is a trade union shop steward and tells us that in 1965 half the working population are in a trade union.  In 2017 this percentage had fallen by more than half to 23.3%. In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher has demolished trade union power with legislation against secondary picketing and the defeat of the miners’ strike in 1984/5. 

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Angel Coulby as The Girlfriend and Paul McGann as Man 2 (Photo: The Other Richard)

REVIEW: The Forest, Hampstead Theatre (2002)

Florian Zeller gets us lost in The Forest  ”I'm listening.  Do you always tell the truth?" Man in Black  Angel Coulby as The Girlfriend and Paul McGann as Man 2 (Photo:…

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Read more about the article REVIEW: Hamlet, Young Vic (2021)
Cush Jumbo as Hamlet (Photo: Helen Murray)

REVIEW: Hamlet, Young Vic (2021)

Cush Jumbo's soliloquies are deep and thoughtful, every word heard as they should be.  This is the third time I recall the Young Vic choosing an excellent Hamlet but giving him a problematic production.  There was Peter Brook's curtailing Adrian Lester's Hamlet to just Hamlet's lines in the play.  There was Ian Rickson's setting of Martin Sheen as Hamlet in a psychiatric ward with Gertrude as a fellow patient and Claudius as the consultant psychiatrist.  We walked through an installation of the back of a hospital with a dispensary before seeing the play.  The last really successful, all round Hamlet I remember at the Young Vic was Paul Rhys's 1930s European royalty in 1999.

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