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Production shot of Stephen Tompkinson as Scrooge and Michael Rouse as marley in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic London

A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic – review

Stephen Tompkinson's Scrooge is pitch perfect Click here to watch the review on YouTube As you'd expect from writer Jack Thorne, who wrote Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and director Matthew Warchus who directed Matilda The Musical), their adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is both magical and ...
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Production shot of Hugh Dennis and John Marquez in The Messiah, directed by Patrick Barlow

The Messiah starring Hugh Dennis – review

Patrick Barlow's The Messiah is heavenly  Click here to watch The Messiah reviewed on the YouTube channel One Minute Theatre Reviews I wouldn’t say The Messiah, written and directed by Patrick Barlow, does justice to the nativity story but it certainly provides great Christmas entertainment. It’s a tale of hubris ...
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Production photo of Tom Burke in Don Carlos- 2018 production

Don Carlos starring Tom Burke – Review

Tom Burke is mesmerising in this powerful production Schiller’s 1787 play about about love, freedom and a revolt against totalitarianism is given a powerful, grippiing production by actor Tom Burke and director Gadi Roll's new theatre company Ara. The plot concerns King Phillip II of Spain and his son Don Carlos in ...
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Production shot of Jim Broadbent in Martin McDonagh's A Very Very Very Dark Matter at Bridge Theatre London

A Very Very Very Dark Matter starring Jim Broadbent – Bridge Theatre

Jim Broadbent excels in Martin Mcdonagh's latest black comedy  A Very Very Very Dark Matter, Martin McDonagh's latest black comedy, is very very very dark and also very very very funny. The lead character is the Danish fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen is portrayed as an egocentric idiot. It ...
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Production shot of Sian Brooke and Alex Hassell in I'm Not Running at National Theatre London

I’m Not Running by David Hare with Siân Brooke

David Hare's new play is contrived, predictable & flat  When the National Theatre announces a new season, it's always a challenge to decide which events to spend one's time and money on. But a new play by one of our greatest living playwrights David Hare starring a fine actor like ...
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Production shot from The Height Of The Storm by Florian Zeller with Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce

The Height Of The Storm by Florian Zeller – review

Jonathan Pryce & Eileen Atkins shine in confusing drama Florian Zeller'sThe Height Of The Storm is confusing. If you're going to see it, it's good that you know this because otherwise, like me, you'll spend the whole evening trying to work out what's going on instead of simply enjoying a ...
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Production photo from The Humans at Hampstead Theatre

The Humans – Hampstead Theatre – Review

The Humans exposes the fears at the heart of a modern family I love a family drama and they don't come better than this. The Humans by Stephen Karam won four Tony awards when it was on Broadway. Now the original production directed by Joe Mantello has been imported with the same cast. As ...
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Production shot from Women In Power at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

Women In Power – Nuffield Southampton – review

Bawdy fun as women turn the tables on men Women In Power at the Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ city venue is a new version of Aristophanes' Assemblywomen. It sticks pretty closely to the original story in which women take over the government from the weak and incompetent men. Aristotle was having a ...
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Production photo of Clare Burt in Flower For Mrs Harris at Chichester

Flowers For Mrs Harris – Chichester – Review

A few blooms but no bouquet for a dull production Flowers for Mrs Harris, a musical based on a Paul Gallico story and directed by Daniel Evans, is set in East London just after the end of the second world war. In a world of rationing and drabness, Mrs Harris ...
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Production shot of Julian Howard McDowell, Colin Elmer and Clive Greenwood in the theatre tour of The Goon Show

The Goon Show – Tour – review

The Goons- Still crazy after all these years The Goon Shows are classic radio comedy. Many of us have caught up with them through the eternal repeats on Radio Four Extra. Part of the appeal is the imagination that radio encourages you to exercise. That makes it quite a challenge ...
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Production shot from michael Frayn's Copenhagen at Chichester Festival Theatre showing Paul Jesson, Patricia Hodge and Charles Edwards

Copenhagen – Chichester Festival Theatre

Copenhagen by Michael Frayn at the Minerva is rich in possibilities Click here for the YouTube review of Copenhagen in Chichester on One Minute Theatre Reviews So what is Copenhagen about? Ostensibly it’s about what happened at a mysterious meeting that took place in the Danish capital during World War ...
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Production shot of Rhys Ifans in Exit The King by Eugene Ionesco adapted by Patrick Marber at National Theatre London

Exit The King starring Rhys Ifans at National Theatre

Rhys Ifans is dying to be funny  Click here to watch my review of Exit The King starring Rhys Ifans on the YouTube channel One Minute Theatre Reviews Exit the King is about how we come to terms with the shocking fact that we’re all going to die. As a ...
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Production shot of Allelujah by Alan Bennett at Bridge Theatre

Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! at Bridge Theatre – review

Allelujah! written by Alan Bennett, directed by Nicholas Hytner at Bridge Theatre London. Click here for the review of Allelujah! by Alan Bennett on the YouTube channel One Minute Theatre Reviews Much as I loved many of the Nicholas Hytner era productions at the National Theatre, not least his collaborations with ...
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Production photo of Aidan Turner in The Lieutenant Of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh, directed by Michael Grandage

Aidan Turner in The Lieutenant Of Inishmore

Aidan Turner is hilarious in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant Of Inishmore Watch the review of The Lieutenant Of Inshore by One Minute Theatre reviews on YouTube Mad Padraic is an Irish terrorist in the time of The Troubles, he’s too violent and unpredictable even for the IRA. But he loves ...
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Production photo of Kaisa Hammarlund and cast in Fun Home at Young Vic

Fun Home – Young Vic – review

Fun Home is a perfect musical Click here to see the YouTube review of Fun Home on One Minute Theatre Reviews Fun Home is a perfect musical- a joyous story driven by mystery and tragedy; songs with clever lyrics and catchy tunes that give an extra depth to the tale; ...
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Production photo of Isango Ensemble in SS Mendi Dancing The Death Drill at Nuffield Southampton Theatres

SS Mendi: Dancing The Death Drill – Isango Ensemble – Nuffield Southampton Theatres

Isango Ensemble's SS Mendi is Powerful Theatre Watch the YouTube review on One Minute Theatre Reviews As shocking fact is laid upon shocking fact, it becomes hard to judge SS Mendi- Dancing The Drill Of Death as a piece of theatre, such is one’s outrage at how the British behaved towards ...
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Clare Burt in RSC's Miss Littlewood, Photo by Topher McGrillis

Miss Littlewood – RSC Stratford – review

Royal Shakespeare Company's Miss Littlewood does her proud Click here to watch Miss Littlewood reviewed on the YouTube channel One Minute Theatre Reviews On the face of it Miss Littlewood at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon is a celebration of the theatrical revolutionary Joan Littlewood. Actually Sam Kenyon's marvellous musical is a ...
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Production photo of Vanessa Kirby in Julie at the National Theatre

Vanessa Kirby in Julie at National Theatre

Vanessa Kirby is electric but Julie fails to shock Click to watch the review of Vanessa Kirby in Julie on One Minute Theatre Reviews on YouTube Polly Stenham said in an interview that she wanted her new play to show the 'dark heart of liberalism' and to 'go for the ...
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Lex Shrapnel and other members of the cast in The Country Wife at Chichester Festival theatre. Photo- Manuel Harlan

The Country Wife at Chichester Festival Theatre

Was it a mistake to modernise The Country Wife? Click here to go to see The Country Wife reviewed at One Minute Theatre Reviews on YouTube  Some of London’s high class women want sex but not with their unattractive, sometimes abusive husbands. A young man wants sex without commitment so ...
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Photo of Orlando Bloom in Killer Joe at Trafalgar Studios. Photo by Marc Brenner

Orlando Bloom in Killer Joe – review

Orlando Bloom triumphs in Killer Joe at Trafalgar Studio 1 Click here to watch review on One Minute Theatre reviews on YouTube This is the sort of night at the theatre I live for. Killer Joe was written by Tracy Letts, an actor who understands how theatre works and how ...
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