THE PRISONER’S DILEMMA: David Edgar The Other Place, Stratford Upon Avon: Tkts 01789 403403 Runs: 2h 45m, in rep till 13th Oct 2001 Review: Rod Dungate, 18th September 2001 A detailed and totally absorbing look at international conflict resolution: debate flies round The Other Place on tongues of fire.
York HAPPY JACK by John Godber Theatre Royal Studio, York In rep to 3 November 2001 Runs 1hr 30min One interval TICKETS 01904 623568 Review Timothy Ramsden 22 September A new intimate performance space launched with affecting Godber revival.
London CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Tennessee Williams Lyric Theatre Runs 3hr 5mins Two intervals TICKETS 020 7494 5045 Review Timothy Ramsden 19 September 2001 Every nuance caught in this strong revival of Williams’ classic story of soul-bearing among the plantation-owning classes.
Manchester UNCLE VANYA by Anton Chekhov, translated Michael Frayn Royal Exchange Theatre To 20 October 2001 Runs 2hr 40mins One interval TICKETS 0161 833 9833 Review Timothy Ramsden 10 September A light touch too often ends up heavy-handed in this anniversary production by one of England's finest theatre companies.
London BLACK LOVE by Michael Harvey Black Arts Development Project, Leicester Haymarket, 25-29 September 2001 Running time: 1hr 40mins One interval TICKETS 020 7242 7040 (Cochrane); 0116 253 9797 (Haymarket) Review EK Hudson 5 September 2001 at Library Theatre, Manchester. How deep is your love?
Watford HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES by Alan Ayckbourn Palace Theatre to 22 September 2001 Runs 2hr 40min One interval TICKETS 01923 225671 Review Timothy Ramsden 12 September Richard Beecham's lively production revisits the land of flares, its observation of middle-class ways fascinatingly contrasting Ayckbourn's recent plays with their wider scope, deeper focus and comment on modern life.
Derby LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL: Lanie Robertson Playhouse: Tkts 01332 363275 Runs: 1 ¾ hours, No interval, till Sat 22nd September 2001 Review: Rod Dungate, 11th September 2001 Has the power to change you - a human being virtually disintegrating in front of you, the effect is unnerving
Birmingham HAMLET: William Shakespeare Birmingham Rep Theatre: Main House Reviewed: Rod Dungate, 20th September 2000 Huge and elegant production, marvellous staging, relationships as engaging as they are destructive
Sheffield MAPPING THE EDGE by Amanda Dalton, Bernardine Evaristo, Alison Fell WilsonWilsonCompany Crucible Studio & beyond to 22 September 2001 Runs 2hr 50min No formal interval TICKETS 0114 249 6000 Review Timothy Ramsden 7 September 2001 A sites-specific work that interlaces three stories spanning a century to build a picture of continuity and change in a city's human faces.
Royal National Theatre HOWARD KATZ by Patrick Marber Cottesloe Theatre In rep to 6 October 2001 Runs 2hr 15min One interval TICKETS 020 7452 3000 Review Timothy Ramsden 11 September Midlife crisis drama doesn't have the fire Marber caught in earlier plays.
Birmingham Twelfth Night: William Shakespeare Birmingham Repertory Reviewed: Rod Dungate 14th September 2000 For these young people to fall in and out of love is the most natural thing in the world
Royal National Theatre CLOUDSTREET by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo, from Tim Winton's novel. Company B Belvoir and Black Swan Theatre Olivier Theatre to 22 September 2001 Runs 5 hrs 20 mins. Two intervals (45mins + 20 mins) TICKETS 020 7452 3000 Review Timothy Ramsden 6 September A bold invigorating adaptation that is utterly theatrical and holds the attention through its necessarily long span.
Chichester THREE SISTERS by Anton Chekhov translated by Brian Friel Chichester Festival Theatre In rep to 29 September 2001 Runs 3 hrs One interval TICKETS 01243 781312 Review Timothy Ramsden 5 September Lively, intelligent production that falls short of revelatory.
London SLIDING WITH SUZANNE by Judy Upton Out of Joint Theatre Company, Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs to 22 September 2001 then tour Runs 2 hrs 10 mins One interval TICKETS 020 7565 5000 (Royal Court performances only) Review Timothy Ramsden 4 September Intense scenes of emotional volatility don't quite add up. You come out of bad musicals humming the set. You could come out of this play eating it. One setting, anyway, a late night convenience store where Monica …
Birmingham LIFE x 3: Yasmina Reza, Trans Christopher Hampton Runs: 1 hr 20 mins, No interval, tours till 17th Nov (see below) Review: Rod Dungate, 3rd September @ Bham Rep A delicate play: the company of four dance their way through the dialogue with consummate ease and grace On the face of it LIFE x 3 looks like a very slight piece, but as we all know, appearances can be deceptive. In her play Yasmina Reza sets out to analyse …
BACK TO METHUSELAH: George Bernard Shaw RSC: The Other Place Runs: 4 ¼ hours Review: Rod Dungate, 5th September 2000 Entertaining hobby horses Back to Methuselah is Bernard Shaw very much on his hobby horse, or perhaps more correctly, hobby horses. The five sections which constitute Methuselah follow an ambitious plan, they stretch from 4004 BC to 31, 920 AD, but were never meant to be performed in one evening. Within them, Shaw sets out his thinking on the effectiveness …
Derby AIN'T MISBEHAVIN', devised Richard Maltby, Jr Derby Playhouse: Tkts 01332 363275 Runs: 2 hrs, one interval, till 8th September 2001 Review: Rod Dungate, 1st September A classy performance that challenges you to sit still No story - a whole string of terrific Fats Waller numbers put over by a talented and classy group of actor-singers. Sophisticated and gutsy, they are completely at home in Derby but wouldn't look out of place (as in the second half) LOUNGING AT THE …
Edinburgh International Festival 2001 THE SEAGULL: by Anton Chekhov, translated into German by Ilma Rakusa Burgtheater, Vienna at King's Theatre, Edinburgh To 1 September Runs 3hrs 5mins One interval TICKETS 0131 473 2000 Review Timothy Ramsden 30 August This is a class act: Luc Bondy's production breathes the kind of life with which Chekhov's first great interpreter Stanislavski astonished Moscow audiences a century ago. He did so through a wealth of lifelike detail. And that's here in Jutta Lampe's old-style …
Edinburgh International Festival 2001 Review: Timothy Ramsden THE NOTEBOOK and THE PROOF Royal Lyceum Theatre De Onderneming, Antwerp 20-25 August. Performing in English De Onderneming ('The Enterprise') offer two 90 minute minimalist plays drawn from a novel trilogy by Hungarian Agota Kristof. War-torn central Europe is the unsettled background for both. The Notebook, about twin brother evacuees, would be the more conventional were it not for the narrative performance style. The four performers (Robby Cleiren, Gunther Lesage, Ryszard Turbiasz and …