Whose grief is it anyway?
THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM
In this portrait of a family contending with grief and loss, from the prolific French author Florian Zeller (The Father), it isn’t clear who is grieving for whom. The sustained enigma threatens to be simply bemusing, but acquires poignancy owing to two intensely felt performances from Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins (pictured) as the inseparable couple, a writer and his wife. Wyndham’s Theatre, London WC2 (0844 482 5120), until Dec 1
Kwame Kwei-Armah launches his tenure at the Young Vic with an exuberant rendering of Shakespeare’s gender-switching comedy. This version, first seen in New York, cuts down the text, throws in songs and moves the action to Notting Hill. Not all of it works, but it’s propelled along with infectious gaiety. Young Vic, London SE1 (020 7922 2922), until Nov
I’M NOT RUNNING
The good news is that David Hare, that big beast of British theatre, is back on his home turf: presenting an original stage drama about our political life at the National. The bad news is that Neil Armfield’s expertly directed, stylishly designed production – starring Sian Brooke as an independent MP who may or may not run for the Labour Party leadership – is schematic and underpowered. National’s Lyttelton Theatre, London SE1 (020 7452 3000), until