Paul Taylor

The James Plays, National Theatre, review: The most-elating things you'll see all year

Laurie Sansom's thrillingly authoritative production of Rona Munro's brilliant, myriad-minded and mood-ranging trilogy of plays about three Stewart kings in the turbulent 15th  century opened at the Edinburgh Festival during the run-up to the referendum

Rudy's Rare Records, Hackney Empire, review: Lenny Henry is absurdly likeable

Doreen (superb Lorna Gayle) who is the black Miss Adelaide figure in this wonderfully winning joint production with Hackney Empire, is devoted to the titular Rudy, the ageing Jamaican proprietor of a Handsworth rare record shop. 

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, John Lahr: A dazzling biography

John Lahr, award-winning author and chief theatre critic emeritus of The New Yorker can be discerned through a side window of the door of the London club where we have planned to meet.

Fully Committed, Menier Chocolate Factory, review: A brilliantly funny tour de force

The Menier Chocolate opened for business ten years ago, under the creative partnership of David Babani and Danielle Tarento.

The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s Globe, London: As enchanting as it is hilarious

Blanche McIntyre makes a formidable debut in this special space with a production of The Comedy of Errors that is as enchanting as it is hilarious. 

Little Revolution, Almeida, theatre review: Unintentionally self-indulgent

This is the second high-profile verbatim piece about the riots that erupted in the summer of 2011. It's compiled, edited and shaped by Alecky Blythe, who rightly Olivier award-nominated for her book for the ground-breaking musical London Road which, in fo

Regeneration, Royal and Derngate, Northampton - review: Gutting and unmissable

Though I was raptly absorbed throughout by this superb stage version of Pat Barker's award-winning First World War novel (cannily adapted by Nicholas Wright and powerfully directed by Simon Godwin) I found myself unable to sit still and kept shifting posi

Dogfight: offensive or outspoken?

In recent times, there hasn't been a show that has polarised critical opinion as extremely as Dogfight, the Pasek and Paul musical, set in San Francisco in 1963, about a bunch of marines on their last night of shore leave before heading off to Vietnam.

Pitcairn, Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre, review: Lucid and hard-edged

Richard Bean is so prolific a dramatist that he makes Ernie Wise look as constipated as E.M. Forster.

Hay Fever, Theatre Royal Bath, review: Stylish, well-cast and extremely entertaining

With whom would you rather spend the weekend? Chez George and Martha on campus in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Or at the Cookham country retreat of the Bohemian Bliss family in Noel Coward's Hay Fever?