All articles by: Aleks Sierz

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, …

Theatre: Revolution is back in season

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

The Lower Depths   Arcola Theatre, London Anniversaries are slippery things. This year is the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917, but which of the two upheavals of that …

Theatre: Critical corrective and humanistic vision

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Us/Them National Theatre, London How do you stage appalling real-life events? I mean, without either being too luridly voyeuristic or too matter-of-factly journalistic? Maybe an oblique approach is the answer. …

Theatre: Love, but not all you need

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by Aleks Sierz

Love London The trouble with political theatre today is that it doesn’t have enough politics. Look at James Graham’s This House (currently at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End). …

Theatre: Monstrous power and fury

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Underneath Soho Theatre, London Our culture adores the beautiful, and is fascinated by the ugly. Especially the monstrous. In Pat Kinevane’s third solo play for Fishamble, the Dublin-based new play …

Theatre: Laughs and cruel truths

Published: December 3, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Tonight with Donny Stixx Bunker Theatre, London Dead Funny VaudevilleTheatre, London Black humour seems to be the flavour of the month. Two plays, one a recent revival, the other from …

Theatre: Back to crisis decade

Published: November 18, 2016
Written by Aleks Sierz

Magnificence Finborough Theatre, London Where Do Little Birds Go?   Old Red Lion Theatre, London What we remember as the 1960s didn’t really get started until the early 1970s. So …