Our ex­perts round up the best plays and mu­si­cals

The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Film Theatre -

CRIT­ICS’ CHOICE Man and Su­per­man He has given us mighty Volde­mort, played Ham­let, too. Th­ese seis­mic roles are but mole­hills, though, be­side the moun­tain­ous part Ralph Fi­ennes is ven­tur­ing to scale at the Na­tional: John Tan­ner in Ge­orge Bernard Shaw’s rarely re­vived, su­per­sized drama, Man and Su­per­man. Tan­ner has his se­ri­ous, rev­o­lu­tion­ary-minded say on the op­po­site sex, BEST OF THE REST Closer Pa­trick Mar­ber’s dis­sec­tion of his char­ac­ters’ un­set­tling anx­i­ety, amoral­ity and re­luc­tant ro­man­ti­cism, and the el­e­gant bru­tal­ity of his play’s lan­guage and sex­ual mores, seemed a dis­turb­ing re­flec­tion of their time. Al­most two decades on, the shock value has slightly eroded to leave the play’s in­tri­cate, lu­dic struc­ture in­ter­est­ingly ex­posed in David Le­veaux’s re­vival. DC Don­mar Ware­house, Lon­don WC2, un­til Apr 4; 0844 871 7624, don­mar­ware­house.com How to Hold Your Breath Max­ine Peake stars in a new play over which the shadow of Mar­lowe’s Doc­tor Faus­tus looms be­liev­ing they’ve so much power – in na­ture, so­ci­ety and mar­riage – that men who sub­mit to them are slaves. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing to see how far, or lit­tle, we’ve trav­elled in 100 years. Fi­ennes’s tri­umph is to pre­vent Tan­ner be­com­ing a con­ceited bore and max­imis­ing his twin­kling charisma. Has he ever been more com­mand­ing? Do­minic Cavendish Na­tional Theatre, Lon­don SE1, un­til May 17; 020 7452 3000, na­tion­althe­atre.org.uk large. It cen­tres on a stylish “cus­tomer re­la­tions” ex­pert who’s seized by a wak­ing night­mare that be­gins with a fling with a de­mon that or­ches­trates the so­cial and eco­nomic col­lapse of Europe to bring about her ruin. Does this sound lu­di­crous? Zin­nie Har­ris’s in­ge­nious play works on mul­ti­ple lev­els – in­clud­ing, at a time of eu­ro­zone woes, a top­i­cal one. DC Royal Court, Lon­don SW1, un­til Mar 21; 020 7565 5000, roy­al­courtthe­atre.com BOOK NOW Death of a Sales­man In Gre­gory Do­ran’s re­vival of Arthur Miller’s gem, Antony Sher plays dis­il­lu­sioned Willy Lo­man and Har­riet Wal­ter his wife. RSC, Stratford upon Avon, Mar 26 un­til May 2; 0844 800 1110, rsc.org.uk

Su­per Shaw: Indira Varma gets to grips with Ralph Fi­ennes

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