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THEATRE REVIEW: Derek Jacobi in ‘King Lear’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – It’s always an event when a great actor decides finally to take on “King Lear” and, at 72, stage veteran Derek Jacobi, also known for film roles and TV series such as “I, Claudius” and … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Howard Brenton’s ‘Danton’s Death’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – A guillotine towers over the stage at the end of the National Theatre’s production of “Danton’s Death” as several French revolutionaries are executed. It’s a terrific illusion and it’s just a shame no blade was … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: John Logan’s ‘Red’ at the Donmar

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Passion can be difficult to explain and harder to re-create, especially when the passion is for abstract art. But passionate acting and design just about make a success of John Logan’s new play, “Red,” that … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Jude Law in ‘Hamlet’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Anyone who expects a fey and fragile prince from Jude Law in the Donmar’s new West End production of “Hamlet” is in for a surprise as he renders the troubled Dane as rugged and fit, … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Kenneth Branagh in ‘Ivanov’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Anton Chekhov wrote “Ivanov” when he was a mere 27, and it shows, and so the Donmar Warehouse’s West End production benefits enormously from having the play re-imagined with the expertise and wisdom of playwright … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW BRIEF: Peter Gill’s ‘Small Change’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Peter Gill’s play “Small Change,” a tale of two men’s boyhood friendship and their missed opportunity for love in a working-class area of Wales in the 1950s, has evocative moments but is rendered in a … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Othello’ at the Donmar Warehouse

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Audiences who flock to see “Othello” at the Donmar Warehouse because of stars Ewan McGregor and Chiwetel Ejiofor will not be disappointed, but it’s Shakespeare’s women who steal the show. Kelly Reilly and Michelle Fairley … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Frost/Nixon’ at the Donmar

By Ray Bennett LONDON – President Richard Nixon had a great many enemies, real and imagined, but the one that finally did him in was television, as playwright Peter Morgan shows in his insightful and entertaining new play “Frost/Nixon” at … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: Elena Roger in ‘Evita’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Fans of the 1980s musical “Evita” who feared the long-running West End and Broadway hit had been sunk forever by the Madonna film version will be delighted to hear that it has re-emerged in a … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘Grand Hotel: The Musical’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Few places can match the buzz and excitement of a big city hotel lobby and that electric air of expectation is fully caught in the opening number of Michael Grandage’s scintillating restaging of “Grand Hotel: … Continue reading

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