Andrew Scott’s sublime attention to detail in Sea Wall has an  hypnotic effect.   Photograph: Ken Cummins
Review: Sea Wall

Simons Stephens’ Sea Wall is built on the awesome power of the unknown, and in Andrew Scott’s mercurial hands it will seduce and d(...)

Andrew Scott: ‘Ever since I’ve done Sea Wall it has influenced all of the work I’ve done. That relationship with the audience, that idea of it being live.’ Photograph: Kevin Cummins

He stole the show in Sherlock and is about to break into Bond – but it’s Sea Wall that has had the biggest impact on his work

Backstage at 24 Hour Plays: stage managers work out lighting and musical cues during tech rehearsals. Photograph: Peter Crawley

It’s not actors whose way you need to stay out of behind the scenes at a theatre but stage managers, the key crew who subtly cra(...)

Gina Moxley (Helena) and Barry McGovern (Demetrius) in  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

Shakespeare isn’t getting any younger, and here his Midsummer action finds itself wandering the halls of a nursing home

David Ireland drops more than a few depth charges in one of the best pieces about conflict in “post conflict” Northern Ireland ye(...)

Shaun Dingwall (centre) and Katie McGuinness are competing influences on comic Brian Doherty

In Owen McCafferty’s new play, four stand-up routines form an anatomy of a sell-out

Marty Rea in The Caretaker at the Gate Theatre. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Rea grew up painfully shy in west Belfast before training at Rada. He cuts a confident figure now, an actor for whom ‘grand’ is ne(...)

Michael Feast and Garrett Lombard in The Caretaker. Photograph: Pat Redmond

Toby Frow’s production of Pinter’s 1960 play sticks too scrupulously to the text

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