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Terrorism is no laughing matter but Martin McDonagh actually makes it both funny and thought-provoking by satirising the more demented forms of political extremism in his biting, blood-strewn 1994 comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

  Terrorism is no laughing matter but Martin (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) McDonagh actually makes it both funny and thought-provoking by satirising the more demented forms of political extremism in his biting, blood-strewn 1994 comedy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which returns to the West End (Noel Coward Theatre) in a gripping new production, directed […]
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“Jonathan Hacker’s latest documentary provides a revelatory insight into the daily life of jihadis at war and makes us question the nature of good and evil” writes Laurence Green.

The dark side of the human soul is exposed in Jonathan Hacker’s eye-opening documentary Path of Blood (released nationwide on the 13th of July) In 2001, in the rubble of Tora Bora, Osama Bin Laden orders his most senior lieutenants to return to his homeland of Saudi Arabia and launch a revolution. Their aim: to […]
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Peter McGahan looks at how to grow your pension but cautions there is no point having a tax efficient saving if you squander on higher charges and poorer performance.

As we’ve covered before, the impact of tax can be a considerable brake to your finances. In a standard working week, a basic rate taxpayer works all day Monday to pay the taxman, and it’s late Tuesday afternoon before a higher rate taxpayer sees the light of day. This is before we include other forms […]
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Stately and slow-paced first half inhibits Doris Hare’s play about a monumental folly that became a temple of opera on the Sussex Downs. Laurence Green reviews.

The personal and the political are fused together in Doris Hare’s new play The Moderate Soprano, first seen at the Hampstead Theatre and now in the West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre, which is based on fact and described as ‘Glyndebourne’s original love story’. The two great passions in John Christie’s life were […]
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Laurence Green can’t escape the feeling that Moliere’s wit and wisdom has been squandered in an attempt to give Tartuffe a 21st century relevance.

I had high hopes for Gerald Garutti’s reimagining of Moliere’s 17th century satire Tartuffe (Theatre Royal Haymarket) but in the event it turns out to be a major disappointment. The action has been updated to present day Los Angeles. French media tycoon Orgon has relocated to Tinseltown with his family, his heart set on becoming […]
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This new, updated production of August Strindberg’s 1888 tragedy, Miss Julie, promises more than it fulfils, writes Laurence Green.

There seems to be a phobia on the part of today’s theatre directors to needlessly update classical dramas as a matter of course but in the process the reworked version loses its power and subtlety. Such a case is Carrie Cracknell’s new production of Julie (NT’s Lyttleton auditorium), adapted by Polly Stenham from August Strindberg’s […]