A hugely inventive black comedy about a fading Hollywood star Riggan Thomson (Keaton), who is struggling to mount a Broadway play while suffering a midlife meltdown. As opening night looms, the lead actress (Watts) brings in her lover, Mike (Norton), an egotistical ‘method’ actor who further disrupts an already unstable production. The camera twists and turns around the maze-like corridors of a Broadway theatre at whirlwind pace, driving the story forward as Riggan battles to resurrect his family, his career, and himself. Endlessly creative, often hilarious and featuring a career-best performance from Keaton, Birdman is a dazzling display of virtuoso cinema.
01588 630321/ 638038; www.sparctheatre.co.uk
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