• Florian Zeller family plays: Kenneth Cranham in The Father, Gina McKee in The Mother
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    A Florian Zeller hat trick: The Father, The Mother and The Truth

A Florian Zeller hat trick: The Father, The Mother and The Truth

Is Florian Zeller the new Yasmina Reza?

Certainly, he’s the most successful French playwright to hit English shores since Reza, whose 1990s hits – Life x 3, The Unexpected Man and, of course, the long-running (eight years in the West End), starry cast-rotating Art – were followed more recently by 2006’s God of Carnage in […]

  • The cast of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen
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    Critics’ Circle Award winners: Are they the only ones that make sense anymore?

Critics’ Circle Award winners: Are they the only ones that make sense anymore?

The annual best of lists are always a good indication of who’s likely to triumph at the Critics’ Circle Awards, which were presented this afternoon at the Delfont Room in the West End’s Prince of Wales Theatre. Understandably so as it’s critics who, by and large, draw up those lists and critics only – […]

  • Lia Williams and Angus Wright in Duncan Macmillan's reimagining of Oresteia
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    Year in Review: The best of the best of #theatre2015 round-ups

Year in Review: The best of the best of #theatre2015 round-ups

After my two-week Christmas roadtrip in the US, I’m finally back at my desk and able to catch up on all the 2015 UK theatrical year round. Have you been keeping up in my absence?

Fear not either way, because once again – and as promised on Twitter – I’ve rounded up the round-ups to […]

Don’t forget: Memory play The Father affects us all

UPDATED January 2016: The Father is returning to London for a second limited West End season, running at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited season from 24 February to 26 March 2016. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.
It’s the last chance this week to catch the French playwright Florian Zeller’s mind-bending play The Father, in which […]

Photos: Final Father post-show panel on Women in the Arts

All good things must come to an end. Last night was the third and final post-show panel discussion in the series that I’ve programmed and hosted around Jagged Fence’s new production of The Father, starring Alex Ferns. While I’m sad the series has finished (it was such invigorating fun!), I’m happy to say that […]

  • The Father's leading man Alex Ferns wants to talk at the post-show panel on equal parenting
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    Photos and podcast: Equal parenting, Fathers4Justice and Strindberg’s The Father

Photos and podcast: Equal parenting, Fathers4Justice and Strindberg’s The Father

I’m still reeling after the thrillingly heated and thought-provoking panel discussion I hosted last night at Trafalgar Studios 2. This was the second in a series of post-show events I’ve programmed around issues and themes raised in Jagged Fence’s explosive new production of Strindberg’s The Father, starring Alex Ferns.

We set a high benchmark with last […]

  • Feminism Today panelists: Laurie Slade, Polly Toynbee, Tim Robey, Polly Neate, Natalie Collins  and Caroline Criado-Perez, with chair Terri Paddock. © Peter Jones
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    Photos and podcast: Feminism, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Father

Photos and podcast: Feminism, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Father

How far have we come with feminism since August Strindberg was writing in the 1880s? “About halfway,” said Polly Toynbee on Monday night at Trafalgar Studios, in the first of a series of post-show panel discussions I’ve programmed and am hosting around Jagged Fence’s explosive new production of Strindberg’s The Father, starring Alex Ferns and […]

  • The Curtain Up presenters and poster boys Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews on London's Resonance FM
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    Curtain Up podcast on MyTheatreMates and The Father: When projects converge

Curtain Up podcast on MyTheatreMates and The Father: When projects converge

I had a curious but highly enjoyable afternoon this past Friday, when I dropped in on lovely chappies Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews, presenters of the weekly Curtain Up show on London radio station Resonance FM.

Initially, I’d been invited in to talk about the launch of the My Theatre Mates website as well as the […]

  • Robert Wilfort and Alex Ferns in The Father. Photos: Simon Annand
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    You’re invited: Join my post-show panel debates at The Father

You’re invited: Join my post-show panel debates at The Father

Updated 1 April: New speakers now added for “Women in the Arts” debate on Tuesday 7 April – London Evening Standard chief arts correspondent Louise Jury and writer-director-feminist Fiona Laird …

I just love a good post-show Q&A and, frankly, I miss doing them as often as I used to in my WhatsOnStage days. My firm belief is that a […]