Tag Archives: Almeida Theatre

Jonathan Pryce to play ‘King Lear’ at the Almeida

By Ray Bennett Great news from London’s Almeida Theatre: Jonathan Pryce will perform “King Lear” there in a production directed by Michael Attenborough that will run Aug. 31 to Nov. 3. Also next year, the Almeida will have Federico Garcia … Continue reading

Posted in News, Theatre | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

THEATRE REVIEW: David Eldridge’s ‘The Knot of the Heart’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – An engrossing story of middle-class drug addiction with a committed performance by Lisa Dillon, David Eldridge’s new play The Knot of the Heart suffers from being too middle class for its own good. Dillon plays … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THEATRE REVIEW: Gina Gionfriddo’s ‘Becky Shaw’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Anyone who thinks there’s a huge gulf in the sense of humor of American and British audiences should have been at London’s Almeida Theatre where the first night audience for Gina Gionfriddo’s off-Broadway play “Becky … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Master Builder’ at the Almeida

By Ray Bennett LONDON – When conscience and vanity come wrapped up in a package as enticing as Gemma Arterton, it’s no wonder that Stephen Dillane is mesmerized in the title role of Henrik Ibsen’s metaphoric fable “The Master Builder” … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

West End theatre thrives on excellence and originality

By Ray Bennett LONDON – If all the world’s a stage, then it never has been more true than in the British capital right now. The nation’s economy is in dire straits, but that hasn’t stopped theatergoers from flocking to … Continue reading

Posted in Comment, News, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘The Last Days of Judas Escariot’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — An appeal in the case of the apostle who ratted on the messiah in the story of Jesus Christ becomes an electrifying examination of faith and redemption in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s excoriating play “The Last … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THEATRE REVIEW: Catherine Storr’s ‘Marianne Dreams’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Known for provocative productions, the Almeida Theatre has taken a typically adventurous approach to its first seasonal show for youngsters, “Marianne Dreams,” based on the 1958 novel by English writer Catherine Storr. A fable about … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Period of Adjustment’ by Tennessee Williams

By Ray Bennett LONDON – “Period of Adjustment” was a rare stab at comedy by Tennessee Williams but whatever humor there might be in the dialog is lost in the Almeida’s current revival, which depends on exaggerated Southern accents for … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THEATRE REVIEW: Stage version of the movie ‘Festen’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Thomas Vinterberg’s “Festen,” a deeply affecting 1998 Danish film about the birthday party from hell, has been adapted into an emotionally shattering play in the hands of London’s Almeida Theatre Company. Dramatized by David Eldridge … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THEATRE REVIEW: John Barry and Don Black’s ‘Brighton Rock’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Composer John Barry and lyricist Don Black have laboured long and hard to make a musical out of Graham Greene’s 1938 crime novel “Brighton Rock,” but the challenge has turned out to be beyond them. … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Reviews, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment