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Michael Billington

The Vertical Hour review timely revival for David Hares Iraq inquiry

Park theatre, LondonThe clash between political belief and personal psychology sometimes labours its points but is wittily explored by a cast led by Peter Davison Continue reading...

An Enemy of the People five-star review like a rowdy version of Question Time

Thomas Ostermeier involves the audience to thrilling effect as Ibsen's drama scales new heights of excitement and fascination.

Teh Internet Is Serious Business review a high-speed hacktivist adventure

Tim Prices play about two hackers is tumultuous, energetic and ultimately touching in its vision of a global network of young people dedicated to challenging the status quo.

Evita review shout it loud, showgirl dictatorship is back with a bang

Madalena Alberto skilfully avoids sentimentality in reviving the musical life of Argentinas favourite dictators wife, though sound issues blunt the sharpness of Tim Rices lyrics.

Albion review raucous but uninsightful look at extremism

Chris Thompsons karaoke-interspersed play about the rise of an rightwing group doesnt penetrate English fascisms dismaying ordinariness.

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.