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Michael Billington

The Roaring Girl review 'Spirited start to the RSC's heroines season'

The RSC has had the bright idea of giving the new Swan season thematic unity by choosing four plays with strong female protagonists.

Oh My Sweet Land review Stunning reportage that gives Syria conflict human face

Ancestral memory and a labyrinthine quest intertwine in this extraordinary piece set in Paris and the Middle East.

Relative Values review done up to the nines and still rancid with snobbery

I can't imagine Noël Coward's 1951 light comedy being much better done than it is here.

King Charles III a flawed premise but royally entertaining

Mike Bartlett has written a speculative play about the future of the monarchy that has the courage to ask serious questions Mike Bartlett has written a speculative play about the future of the monarchy.

Birdland review Ceaselessly inventive critique of rock stardom

No one will be surprised to learn, from Simon Stephens's new play, that the mega-fame and virtually limitless money that accompany rock stardom have a destabilising effect on the pysche.

A Small Family Business review revival sells Ayckbourn short

Olivier, London Nigel Lindsay hits the right note, but this production lacks the farce that unlocks the pain within Alan Ayckbourn's fable Ayckbourn: 'I've never been a political writer: I'm a social writer' No play of the 1980s pins down better than

Bomber's Moon review 'Observant realism fades to dodgy metaphysics'

Park theatre, London William Ivory's tribute to the men of RAF Bomber Command is a highly accomplished look at faith and wartime memories if overly contrived There's a patent sincerity to William Ivory's new play. It is clearly intended as a tribute to

Kingston 14 review Goldie dominates in study of police corruption

Roy Williams has returned to the theatre where he started his career and produced a compelling drama Roy Williams, who has written many fine plays, including Fallout and Sucker Punch , has returned to the theatre where he started his career in 1996. H

The Dead Dogs review - 'Violent undercurrents on the Norwegian coast'

The Print Room, London Jon Fosse's tale of one man's grief over the loss of his dog is well-acted, yet the play lacks dramatic tension In the past, I've eagerly championed the work of the Norwegian dramatist Jon Fosse , even when it has been critical

Two Into One review - 'An orgy of door-slamming'

Menier Chocolate Factory, London Ray Cooney's production achieves the correct delirious momentum and gets good performances from everyone, including the playwright When I first saw Ray Cooney's play in 1984, I dubbed it a "classic farce". Encountering