THEATRE

Sabrina Mahfouz interview

The National, May 2017 Sometimes a book arrives at exactly the right time. The day after the suicide bombing in Manchester, I’m talking to Sabrina Mahfouz, the editor…

Anna Karenina at Royal Exchange

The Stage, March 2014 At the crucial moment when Anna Karenina (Ony Uhiara) is swept off her feet at a ball by the dashing Vronsky (Robert Gilbert), the…

Much Ado About Nothing at Royal Exchange

The Stage, April 2014 The most recognisably modern of Shakespeare’s comedies, Much Ado About Nothing’s warring would-be couples who turn out to love each other really is a…

Twelfth Night At Octagon Theatre

The Stage, March 2014 In the programme to this inventive production of Twelfth Night, director David Thacker does a quick bit of mental arithmetic. Incredibly, this is his…

The Seagull at The Lowry

The Stage, February 2014 Anton Chekhov used his 1896 tragicomedy to ponder the future of theatre. So there’s something pleasingly apt about The Seagull being Library Theatre Company’s…

Blindsided at Royal Exchange

The Stage, January 2014 There is a moment in the second half of Simon Stephens’ disquieting new play that just about sums up the atmosphere his perplexing characters…