LLLC Recommends: Shows Marking the Centenary of World War One

Here are five shows that Love London Love Culture recommends to mark the centenary of World War One this November….  1. The Wiper Times, Arts Theatre: telling the story of a group of soldiers who started The Wipers Times newspaper during WWI to help raise the morale of troops fighting in Europe, it is a funny… Read More

Review Round Up: Antony and Cleopatra, National Theatre

Sophie Okonedo and Ralph Fiennes star in Simon Godwin’s production of Antony and Cleopatra at the National Theatre. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…  The Guardian: **** “Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo are at the top of their game as the self-deluded lovers, and director Simon Godwin proves yet again that he combines a contemporary… Read More

Review Round Up: The Prisoner, National Theatre

Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne co-direct this piece about what it means to be free. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…  The Arts Desk: ” If nothing else, The Prisoner offers an austere 70 minutes of quiet, thoughtful, slow-moving theatre amid the frenzied energy and garish colours of so much theatre at large elsewhere. But it’s a… Read More

Review Round Up: Home, I’m Darling, National Theatre

Tamara Harvey’s production arrives at the National Theatre following a run at the Theatre Clwyd. Here’s what the critics are making of its London run… Ham & High: **** “While Parkinson on comic form delivering dry observation about the absurdity of modern mores, Wade neatly skewers the artifice of Judy’s 50s fantasy and the kind of… Read More

REVIEW: War Horse, New Victoria Theatre

The National Theatre production based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved book is stunningly beautiful to watch.  Thoughtfully and sensitively adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, Michael Morpurgo’s wonderful story about friendship, growing up and the pain and suffering war causes is vividly brought to life in Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris’s heartfelt production. As the… Read More

Review Round Up: Exit the King, National Theatre

Patrick Marber directs Rhys Ifans in this new production of Exit the King. Here Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews… Somewhere in Europe the kingdom is disintegrating. It’s the last day of King Bérenger’s life. Queen Marguerite is preparing for the end and Queen Marie is in denial. The King is 400 years… Read More

Review Round Up: The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre

Sam Mendes directs this production of Stefano Massini’s play starring Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley. Here Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews… The Guardian: ***** “The joy of Mendes’s impeccable production lies in watching the actors at work as they switch genders and ages to evoke multiple characters.” There Ought to… Read More

Review Round Up: Julie, National Theatre

Carrie Cracknell directs Polly Stenham’s contemporary adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic play. But what have critics been making of it?  The Guardian: ** “These actors do sterling work but in Stenham’s version I never felt that the tragic outcome was dictated by an inexorable dramatic force.” WhatsOnStage: **** “Even so, it’s too polished, too glossy for… Read More

NEWS: Details of River Stage 2018 Announced

Returning for its fourth year, details of the 2018 River Stage Festival have been announced ahead of it opening on the 13th July.  This free outdoor festival organised by the National Theatre returns to the London South Bank from July, filled with five weekends of of live music, DJ’s, family workshops, club nights and theatre from… Read More

First Look at…Julie, National Theatre

Production images have been released for Carrie Cracknell’s production of August Strindberg’s Julie. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect.  Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean. It descends… Read More