THEATRE REVIEW: Peter Gynt starring James McCardle at the National Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? National Theatre  RUNTIME: 215 minutes (including 2 intervals)

WHEN? 3/7, opens 9/7 and runs to 8/10/19

Peter Gynt is David Hare’s Scottish update of Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play Peer Gynt which draws on a Norwegian fairy tale to examine the value of his hero’s life as we join him on his journey through it.

  • Read on for reasons including why this marathon musical version of Peer Gynt fails to grip

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THEATRE REVIEW: A German Life starring Dame Maggie Smith

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHERE? Bridge Theatre RUNTIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 6/4, opens 12/4, runs to 11/5/19

Brunhilde Pomsel was a secretary in 1930s Berlin who worked for Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels and this new play is based on testimony she gave shortly before her death in 2016.

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Height Of The Storm starring Dame Eileen Atkins & Jonathan Pryce

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Wyndhams Theatre RUN TIME: 80 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: 6/10, press night 9/10, runs to 1/12/18

French playwright Florian Zeller is interviewed in the programme and declares: ‘For me, theatre is above all the place for questions and not answers – for doubt more than certainty and conviction.’

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