Claire Armitstead

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Reviews (7)
The Guardian (UK)

Anupama Chandrasekhar artfully unpicks the forces of history with a tale of violence and colonialism that echoes into today. It needs a powerful actor to hold the centre as Godse, and in Shubham Saraf it gets one. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Though the sentimental ending goes on a bit, this is a genuine rarity – a show that enthrals all generations without patronising any. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack perform the central roles with magnetic force in this frenetically comic adaptation...Ferrante’s...list of characters is further complicated by a doubling that leads to a few baffling interpretations.' Full Review

The Grinning Man
West End
The Guardian (UK)

As one would expect from the creators of War Horse, the puppetry is miraculous... Full Review

The Animal Kingdom
The Guardian (UK)

In a series of gripping group therapy scenes, we find out about the family breakdown that has brought student Sam to this place, but it’s not until the final stretch that anyone puts a name to what he has done. Full Review

Pink Lemonade
Shepherds Bush
The Guardian (UK)

...Johnson pours heart, body and soul into a tale of hard-won transformation...Despite its rude physicality, there is a delicacy in this essay on the queer body in space, which is finely orchestrated by director Emily Aboud. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Watching his painful story flicker through the bonhomie felt uncomfortably like accompanying a once-bullied child to a jolly reunion of a class you weren’t in. Full Review