This is the blog for One Minute Theatre Reviews, a YouTube channel featuring quick, to-the-point reviews by Paul Seven Lewis and the podcast Theatre News Weekly with the latest news and reviews from the world of London and UK theatre .
Please send theatre news and review invitations to paul@oneminutetheatrereviews. co.uk
On YouTube I keep my reviews to one and a bit minutes in length. I say what the show is about, what the production is like, pick out one or two outstanding moments and say whether I liked it or was disappointed. You’ll also find some longer videos about theatre including ‘5 Plays That Shocked British Theatre’ and ‘5 Reasons The Critics Hated Macbeth’.
On this website, I expand my reviews. Whether they’re still one minute depends how fast you read! You’ll also find my podcasts with reviews and previews.
My favourite leisure activity is going to the theatre. I’ve loved it since I was bewitched by watching a school play as a small child. I still find seeing people live in front of me acting out stories a magical experience.
I’ve been going to theatre all my life and reviewing for quite a bit of it, including stints for The Guardian and The Stage as well as regional newspapers.
Like all art, theatre helps us understand how other people feel but I find that, unlike cinema and television, its scale and pace is totally human.
I have always preferred theatre that challenges rather than reinforces my views and expectations. I am a regular at the Royal Court and Young Vic. I don’t know what I’d do without the National Theatre.
Fundamental to the theatrical experience is acting. Sets can be an important part of the drama but I am very happy with a bare stage. I seek out great performers like Imelda Staunton and Rory Kinnear, to name two of my favourites.
I still remember the wide-eyed excitement I felt when I went to the theatre as a child. Perhaps that’s why I have a particular love of musicals. With their combination of the direct emotional appeal of music and dance and the drama of acting, they often come closest to the immersive theatrical experience I felt all those years ago.
Best production I ever saw? Probably A View From The Bridge directed by Ivo van Hove with Mark Strong and Nicola Walker at Young Vic. I also have a strong memory of Complicité’s The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol. Best musical? Guys & Dolls at the National Theatre. Best comedy? Noises Off which I first saw in the early 80s. Best acting performances? In the last few years, Mark Rylance in Jerusalem, Imelda Staunton in Gypsy, Billie Piper in Yerma, Bryan Cranston in Network and many more. Going back, David Warner‘s Hamlet and Alec Guinness in Habeas Corpus stick in my memory.
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