All articles by: Aleks Sierz

Theatre: Local heroes in Brexit Britain

Published: February 5, 2018
Written by Aleks Sierz

Booby’s Bay, Finborough Theatre, London. Huck Trebillcock has his head in the clouds. He’s a former fisherman, now an unemployed rebel who yearns to be a local hero.

Theatre: Puckish sprite and savage god

Published: January 27, 2018
Written by Aleks Sierz

Rita, Sue and Bob Too Royal Court, London   East King’s Head Theatre, London   Modern classics are one of the joys of British theatre. And, to judge also from …

Theatre: Manners, ideas and fun

Published: January 15, 2018
Written by Aleks Sierz

Misalliance Orange Tree Theatre, London George Bernard Shaw was a theatrical superman. A critical attack dog, as well as a creator of problem plays both pleasant and unpleasant, he invented …

Theatre: Blood and relevance

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

The Secret Theatre Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London Daisy Pulls It Off Park Theatre, London History is a good place to talk about our contemporary concerns. And British theatre loves plays …

Theatre: Power and pertinence

Published: December 7, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

­­­The Suppliant Women Young Vic, London Poison Orange Theatre, London Plays from far away, whether in terms of distance or time, can sometimes shine a bright light on our current …

Theatre: Still significant and fun

Published: November 21, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Insignificance Arcola Theatre, London Trestle Southwark Playhouse London Away from the bright lights of the West End of London, far from the tourist hubbub, there are many theatres that do …

Theatre: States of the nation

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Saint George and the Dragon National Theatre, London Labour of Love Noël Coward Theatre, London In Bertolt Brecht’s Life of Galileo (1943), there’s a typically didactic exchange. Andrea, the great …

Theatre: Scandalous memories

Published: October 21, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

A Day by the Sea Southwark Playhouse, London Some plays would by now be completely forgotten if not for a scandal that makes them memorable. NC Hunter’s A Day by …

Theatre: Thrilling history now

Published: October 12, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Prism Hampstead Theatre, London Jane Eyre National Theatre, London British audiences love plays set in the past, and this week there are a couple which will thrill anyone who loves …

Theatre: Driven to memorise

Published: September 24, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

The Knowledge Charing Cross Theatre, London The black cab is such an iconic symbol of London that it’s easy to forget that inside every taxi there’s a human being who …

Theatre: Tale of torment is a treat

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Bodies Royal Court, London Surrogacy is an emotionally fraught subject. And one that is pregnant with meaning. The arrangement by which one woman gives birth to another’s baby challenges traditional …

Theatre: The Sun’s irresistible rise

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Ink Almeida Theatre, London The recent general election result proves that the power of the right-wing press has diminished considerably in the digital age, but there was a time when …

Theatre: Entertaining alienation

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Gloria Hampstead Theatre, London Punts Theatre 503, London The subject here is alienation, at work and in the home. In contemporary society, office work seems to symbolise a life of …

Theatre: Rural epic, urban vigour

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Common National Theatre, London Barber Shop Chronicles National Theatre, London History is a tricky harlot. She is bought and sold, fought for and thrown over, seduced and betrayed – and …

Theatre: Humane, fabulous fun

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

An Octoroon Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond This is phenomenal. And pretty wild. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon is the most intelligent, theatre-savvy play in London today: it is a satire on …

Theatre: Chaos of global politics

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Occupational Hazards Hampstead Theatre, London   The Pulverised Arcola Theatre, London   At a time when everyone is talking about globalisation, plays about the international reach of European countries are …

Theatre: Stars eclipsed by limpness

Published: May 10, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

The Philanthropist Trafalgar Studios, London   One good reason to visit the theatre is to see stars in the flesh. And some of the biggest celebs are familiar to us …

Theatre: Filth is turned into gold

Published: April 11, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Filthy Business Hampstead Theatre, London   Love in Idleness Menier Chocolate Factory, London   Are we living in a golden age of acting? All across London, in play after play, …

Theatre: Splitters are a hit, Brexit isn’t

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Limehouse Donmar Warehouse, London   My Country: A Work in Progress National Theatre, London   Politics is so appalling at the moment that playwrights, whenever they’re inspired to tackle the …

Theatre: Killer drama by crown prince

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Killer Shoreditch Town Hall, London One of the reasons that Philip Ridley is the crown prince of imaginative playwriting is that he came at theatre from leftfield. In the 1980s, …