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Michael Billington

Toast review Bread-factory drama brings out the best in Bean

Park theatre, LondonRichard Bean vividly captures the blitz spirit of earning a crust, with strong performances from Matthew Kelly, Simon Greenall and John Wark Continue reading...

Pitcairn review what happened after mutiny on the Bounty

Richard Bean has hit upon a good subject: Fletcher Christian's attempt to create a utopia in Pitcairn after the famous mutiny on the Bounty in 1789.

Hay Fever review hysteria rules as Felicity Kendal does Coward

This faithful revival of Noël Coward's durable comedy of bad manners is smartly performed by Kendal and Michael Simkins Continue reading...

Bad Jews review scalding rhetoric between hissing cousins

Joshua Harmon's provocative play raises questions about what it means to be Jewish in today's global culture.

Sommer 14: A Dance of Death review engrossing and controversial war play

The German writer Rolf Hochhuth blames Winston Churchill for the sinking of the Lusitania in this skilful and provocative piece.

Edinburgh festival 2014 review: The War art theatre with a vengeance

The staging is ingenious, the music fiercely eclectic, but it's hard to make out the central ideas in Vladimir Pankov's hyper-stylised first world war spectacular Playwright breaks Russian silence around first world war with epic drama.

Thérèse Raquin review Pippa Nixon seems destined for stardom

Theatre Royal, BathEmile Zola's feverish, intense novel is exactly realised in this ultra-theatrical production Continue reading...

The White Devil review putting the patriarchy on trial

The Swan, StratfordMaria Aberg update of the Webster play foregrounds its gender politics but ultimately loses as much as it gains Continue reading...

My Night With Reg review fine revival for caustic study of gay manners

Donmar Warehouse, LondonKevin Elyot's breakthrough 1994 piece is well played, catching the secret fears and surface buoyancy of a group of companions 'His subject was the longing for love': Kevin Elyot obituary Continue reading...

Dessa Rose review too complicated for its own good

Trafalgar Studios, London Ahrens's treatment of race relations is more exhausting than spiritually enlightening Continue reading...