Rachel Coombes

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Rothko revealed: a review of 'Red' at Wyndham's Theatre

“What do you see? … Be specific, be exact…” barks Mark Rothko (Alfred Molina), to his new studio assistant Ken …

By Rachel Coombes

Friday, 4 May 2018

Scandal in Soho: review of Absolute Hell at The National

The chequered history of Rodney Ackland’s Absolute Hell has granted it a level of notoriety which does not stand up to scrutiny …

By Rachel Coombes

Friday, 20 April 2018

The enduring appeal of the opera Stalin banned

Stalin couldn’t stand Shostakovich’s second opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: when the dictator heard it performed in 1936 it was …

By Rachel Coombes

Friday, 13 April 2018

Glyndebourne is more than just snobs on the lawn

The Moderate Soprano runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre until June 30 Following an acclaimed run at Hampstead Theatre …

By Rachel Coombes

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Riotous exuberance: a review of Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe at ENO

The arts scene might be solely interested in cultural earnestness and agenda-pushing at the moment, but judging by the packed-out …

By Rachel Coombes

Friday, 9 February 2018

The power of 'slow theatre': a review of John at The National

There is something strangely absorbing about the quotidian human exchanges staged in all their mundanity. Annie Baker’s new play ‘John’ …

By Rachel Coombes