Proper theatre, sure footed, layered, with a moving love story at its heart
Author: Mark Courtice
Ten Soldiers by Rosie Kay: Rosie Kay Dance Company on line, Part of Army at the Virtual Fringe 2020: Until 19th August 2020. *** Mark Courtice
What's dance got to do with the Army, and what's the Army got to do with dance?
Jekyll and Hyde Drew McOnie, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson: Old Vic on line until 12th August 2020: 3***. Mark Courtice
Dance shocker is gruesome fun - but not subtle
Dadderrs The Lockdown Telly Show: by Frauke Requardt & Daniel Oliver: The Place on line until 21st August 2020 *** Mark Courtice
11short episodes, meandering, but moreish.
Traces of Antigone by Christina Ouzounidis, ODT Ensemble at Electric Dreams Festival on line until 30th July 2020 **** Mark Courtice
Rich and suggestive performance, wild, enthralling, and often mad.
Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran Co-created by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley: Electric Dreams Festival online: various dates until 14th August 2020. **** Mark Courtice
Intelligent, clever and ambitious show explores politics, history, economics and ecology.
My White Best Friend (and Other Letters Left Unsaid): Co-curated by Rachel De-Lahay and Milli Bhatia: Royal Court at Home: Until 17th July 2020: ****4 Mark Courtice
A most important and urgent evening mixes the personal and political
An intriguing meditation on hearing loss is meandering and sinuous but often sharply surprising
The Deep Blue Sea by by Terence Rattigan: National Theatre at Home online until 16th July 2020. *** Mark Courtice
There's a wonderful performance at the heart of this production
Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Drama, Lyric Theatre Belfast, on BBC iPlayer until 25th June 2021. **** Mark Courtice
7 short plays from Northern ireland. Big hearted writing with performances to match
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, Donmar Warehouse on National Theatre at Home to 11th June 2020. *** Mark Courtice
Stripped down and dark, it's all about the characters.
What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton: Curve Theatre, The Show Must Go Online; until the end of lockdown 2020. 4****. Mark Courtice
Joe Orton still has got what it takes - to shock and amuse
Caretaker by Hester Chillingworth, Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London until the end of lockdown 2020. 4**** Mark Courtice
Brilliantly current response to lockdown – not much happens but there’s a lot going on.
Ingenious recreation of a renaissance scandal is very good; upsetting, direct, furious and brave.
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare: National Theatre at Home until 30th April 2020. 4****. Mark Courtice
Funny, moving and very well acted - a reminder of why our theatres matter.
Crongton Knights, By Alex Wheatle, adapted by Emteaz Hussain: Pilot Theatre webcast until 9th May 2020. 4**** Mark Courtice
Alex Wheatle’s Young Adult novel is given a wonderfully energetic, fluid production.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, adapted by Arthur Pita: Royal Opera House on line to 17th May 2020: 5***** Mark Courtice
Kafka’s frightening story turned into astonishing theatre
Drawing the Line by Howard Brenton: Hampstead Theatre at home and The Guardian to April 19th 2020. 3***. Review Mark Courtice
Howard Brenton’s knotty play definitely gives us something else to think about.
Jane Eyre: based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte: National Theatre at Home to 15th April 2020. 5*****. Mark Courtice
A wonderful, creative treat for the lockdown
2014 play seems a bit old-fashioned now, but some interesting performances and skilled direction