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Michael Coveney: Old Russia in Prince Igor, new England in David Hare
By Michael Coveney · 3 Apr 2014 · London

The Coliseum's visiting Russian production evokes some eerie memories for our chief critic

Michael Coveney: I Can't Sing about Harry Hill or Mike Leigh, but David Hare's brilliantly off-message
By Michael Coveney · 24 Mar 2014 · London

Harry Hill's X Factor musical is currently in press previews, while David Hare returns to the small screen with Bill Nighy

New plays from Tom Stoppard and David Hare in Nicholas Hytner's final National Theatre season
By Theo Bosanquet & Rosie Bannister · 20 Mar 2014 · London

The artistic director of the Southbank venue has today announced the final year of programming under his leadership

Michael Coveney: Lucy Kirkwood collects another big prize for Chimerica
By Michael Coveney · 7 Mar 2014 · London

Kirkwood's latest award continues a fine tradition of playwrights lauding each other's work

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in David Hare's Skylight at Wyndham's Theatre from June
By Rosie Bannister · 14 Feb 2014 · London

Stephen Daldry will direct the production, which also sees film actor Matthew Beard making his stage debut, which opens at the Wyndham's on 18 June

Catherine Love: Great gala, but where were the women writers?
By Catherine Love · 4 Nov 2013 · London

The lack of women playwrights showcased by the National Theatre's 50th anniversary gala was troubling

Read Nicholas Hytner's introduction to the NT 50th anniversary gala
By Nicholas Hytner · 4 Nov 2013 · London

The National Theatre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with a star-studded gala on Saturday, has 'always been about who works here', said artistic director Nicholas Hytner in his programme introduction

Michael Coveney: From Hare to Eternity - playwright knocks musicals as Rice preps for premiere
By Michael Coveney · 21 Oct 2013 · London

This week's big opener in the West End is Tim Rice's screen-to-stage musical From Here to Eternity - but it doesn't look like David Hare will be attending

Michael Coveney: Hare and Wilton trumpet the National, with more notes for Norris
By Michael Coveney · 16 Oct 2013 · London

A platform discussion as part of the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations prompts some big questions for our chief critic

Michael Coveney: Ghosts walk abroad as National and RSC bring up their bodies
By Michael Coveney · 19 Aug 2013 · London
On 22 October the National Theatre will be exactly 50 years old. On that date in 1963, Peter O'Toole opened in a so-so production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, soon joined in the ...

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