‘The biggest, most challenging and most rewarding acting job I’ve had yet’: Kiran Landa on The National Theatre’s War Horse

Could you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m an actress from Nottingham, which is also where I trained as an actor at the Television Workshop and where I went to university to read English at the University of Nottingham. After my undergraduate degree, I went to Oxford University to do a PGCE in English and […]

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Review: The Deep Blue Sea

The National Theatre’s production of Terrence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea is an emotionally overwhelming and thought-provoking play. Set in London during the 1950s, it follows the love triangle of Hester Collyer, her husband Lord Collyer and boyish war hero, her ‘darling Freddie’. On the surface, the play follows the turmoil of a toxic relationship […]

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Review: Medea

  ✮✮✮✮✮ When confronted with a production of this calibre – so absorbingly relevant, so in tune with our society’s downward-spiralling patterns of destruction – it can come as a shock to remember that Medea was written by a man, Euripides, in the 5th century BC, to be performed by men for an exclusively male […]

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The view from the cheap seats

  Hilary Mantel adaptation Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies has been a smash-hit with the critics, garnering four and five stars with the Telegraph and Guardian respectively. The Guardian also features an interview with lead actor Ben Miles, who refers to Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell as the ‘first working-class hero.’ Speaking of which… The director of the […]

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DEBATE: This house would support state funding of drama and the arts

PROPOSITION: Tommo Fowler makes a play to get state sponsoring for the stage Theatre can be roughly split into two categories: commercial and subsidised. Commercial theatre fuses art with the rampant Capitalist machine, while its subsidised cousin relies upon state handouts partially bankrolled by the hundreds of thousands of people who probably have no interest […]

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