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New plays by Martin McDonagh and David Hare—the best theatre in October 2018

Plus a gender bending Troilus and Cressida at the RSC

By Michael Coveney   October 2018
Troilus and Cressida at the RSC

Troilus and Cressida at the RSC


A Very Very Very Dark Matter Bridge Theatre, London, 12th October to 6th January

Jim Broadbent, an expert in making sinister funny, plays Hans Christian Andersen in Martin McDonagh’s new play, so it’s a fair bet the portrayal will be different from Danny Kaye’s child-friendly troubadour in the 1952 movie. There’s a dark secret in the attic of his Copenhagen townhouse, and it’s not Thumbelina. McDonagh’s on a roll after Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Nicholas Hytner, who…

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