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Michael Billington

Fred and Madge review Joe Ortons first pot shot at conformity falls short

Hope theatre, LondonThis previously unperformed slice of domestic surrealism offers only glimpses of the writer Orton would become Premiere of Joe Ortons lost first play tells bitter tale of early years on council estate Continue reading...

Doctor Scroggys War review Howard Brenton explores horror of combat

Fact and fiction are intertwined in an affecting drama about a first-world-war soldiers treatment by the pioneering plastic surgeon Harold Gillies.

Enda Walsh: 'Pure theatre animal' explores solitude and the void below

Lauded Irish playwright and screenwriter mixes physical comedy and verbal energy to delve into the subtext of lonely lives Continue reading...

The Wolf from the Door review brutal whismy mars middle-England road trip

Rory Mullarkeys play about overthrowing the establishment has its moments, but doesn't achieve the Swiftian irony it aims for.

Hamlet review Maxine Peake stresses character with a caustic Prince

A mixed production that even at three-and-a-half hours omits a good deal, but goes out of its way to avoid cliche.

The Flouers OEdinburgh review a lively slice of post-union Scottish satire

Finborough, LondonSet in 18th-century Edinburgh, Robert McLellans 1948 comedy gets a lively English premiere even if its hard to know what the play proves.

King Charles III review a 21st-century Shakespearean tragedy

Tim Pigott-Smith gives the performance of his career in Mike Bartletts intelligent meditation on the pressures and purpose of monarchy today.

The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd review a cracking DH Lawrence revival

Orange Tree, RichmondPaul Miller gets off to a fine start as the Orange Trees new director with this intense version of Lawrences hard-hitting working-class tragedy.

Juno and the Paycock review classic with the twinkliness stripped away

Bristol Old VicThis powerful production with Naimh Cusack is a stark portrait of a divided house and country Continue reading...

Rudys Rare Records review Lenny Henrys reggae romp has the audience roaring

Birmingham RepStuffed with gags and overflowing with an easygoing, laid-back liberalism, this comedy about a vinyl-shop owner fighting developers has the feel of a stonking hit.