Paul Seven Lewis of one Minute Theatre Reviews

Andrew Scott in Sea Wall – film review

Andrew Scott unforgettable in Simon Stephens' astounding play ★★★★★ If you’ve seen Andrew Scott as Moriarty in Sherlock or the hot priest in Fleabag or Hamlet or in Present Laughter, you know he’s a great actor. After seeing this, you may well think he is the greatest actor we have ...
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A Separate Peace with David Morrissey & Jenna Coleman - review

A Separate Peace with David Morrissey & Jenna Coleman – review

Live reading of Stoppard zooms off the page ★★★★ The Remote Read is an exciting project born out of the coronavirus lockdown. The producers Curtain Call are intending to bring together actors in their own homes via Zoom for live performances of plays. The first was A Separate Peace which ...
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Production photo of The Importance Of Being Earnest from Classic Spring Theatre

Oscar Wilde Season on Marquee TV – review

★★★ I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth because it is great to have the opportunity to see all four of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedies in stage productions. Unfortunately, good as they are, these Classic Spring Theatre Company versions really don’t work that well on film, ...
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Production photo of Adrian edmonson in the RSC production of Twelfth Night

RSC’s Twelfth Night on Marquee TV

Adrian Edmonson's comic turn stands out in Shakespearean farce ★★★★ In case you get confused with Shakespeare’s comedies, Twelfth Night is the one with a woman disguised as a man and much mistaken identity. That doesn’t narrow it down that much? Okay, it’s the one with the shipwreck at the ...
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Theatre To Watch At Home - a guide

Theatre To Watch At Home – a guide

Theatre shows available online and where to find them If you're missing your trips to the theatre during this coronavirus lockdown, here's a comprehensive guide to recordings of live theatre shows that you can watch at home from the comfort of your sofa. The list will be updated regularly. (Latest ...
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Production photo of Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the stage show of Fleabag at Wyndham's Theatre London

Fleabag stage show online – review

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterclass in scriptwriting and acting ★★★★★ Last year Phoebe Waller-Bridge performed her original stage show Fleabag for the last time. Now she has generously made the NTLive recording available on demand online with the proceeds going to charity This is the show that was first seen at the ...
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One Man Two Guvnors - NTLive - review

One Man Two Guvnors – NTLive – review

James Corden's finest moment on stage not quite captured on film ★★★★★ (National Theatre production) ★★★ (NTLive recording) I saw One Man Two Guvnors at the National Theatre back in 2011 and would have given it five stars if I'd been posting reviews back then. It is a love letter ...
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Production photo of Stephen Rea in Cypress Avenue at Royal Court Theatre in London 2019

Cyprus Avenue starring Stephen Rea at Royal Court – review

Stephen Rea triumphs as psychotic bigot ★★★★ With theatres closed and all of us staying at home due to the coronavirus threat, I thought it might be a good idea to look at some of the theatre shows that were recorded live and are now being made available online or ...
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Production photo of Leda Douglas in Creation Theatre's The Time Machine at The London Library in March 2020

The Time Machine at London Library – review

An entertaining evening full of fun and frightening facts but light on drama ★★★ The Time Machine offers an opportunity to tour the magnificent London Library. This 180-year-old private lending library is housed in a grade II listed building in Mayfair. It has had among its members Alfred Lord Tennyson, ...
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Production photo of Emmet Byrne and Lily Nichol in Lorca's Blood Wedding retold by Barney Norris at Salisbury Playhouse

Lorca’s Blood Wedding at Salisbury Playhouse – review

Barney Norris brings home the power of love ★★★ Wiltshire becomes a metaphor for today's Britain in Barney Norris' retelling of Lorca's Blood Wedding at Salisbury Playhouse. The blood feud of the original is replaced by laddish drunkenness and Mediterranean passion by English reticence in which ‘Sorry’ is the most used ...
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Production photo of MC Jammz, Stacy Abalogun, Kirubel Belay and Debris Stevenson in Poet In Da Corner at Royal Court Theatre in London

Poet In Da Corner at The Royal Court – review

Exciting drama from Grime poet Debris Stevenson ★★★★★ Poet in Da Corner is the semi-autobiographical tale of Debris Stevenson and how she was inspired by grime music to become a poet. Although the word ‘grime’ suggests ‘grim’, in fact it’s not. It’s an uplifting, exhilarating story of an adolescent woman struggling with her ...
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Production photo of Dylan Mason and Amara Okereke in Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend at The Menier Theatre in London

Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend at the Menier – review

Janie Dee leads delightful revival of The Boy Friend ★★★★ Even when it was first performed in 1954, Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend appeared to hark back to a bygone era, a time of flappers and musical comedies, that preceded the then modern muscular realist musicals like Oklahoma! That it still ...
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Exterior shot of The Garrick Theatre in London

The Garrick Theatre – a guide

Small but Beautiful Theatre Located in the heart of the West End, The Garrick Theatre is 130 years old. It’s named after the 18th century’s most famous actor David Garrick. It is now part of the Nimax group of theatres. The style is what the Grade 2 listing calls ‘eclectic ...
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Production photo from Dial M For Murder touring production showing Christopher Harper, Sally Bretton, Michael salami & Tom Chambers

Dial M For Murder – tour – review

Tom Chambers stars in tour of vintage crime drama ★★★ I suspect Dial M For Murder seemed more thrilling when it was first performed seventy years ago. The latest touring production, which I saw on the opening night at Richmond Theatre, doesn’t exactly have you on the edge of your seat, certainly ...
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Production shot of Fairview at Young Vic featuring Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Rashan Stone & Nicola Hughes

Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury at the Young Vic – review

Fairview: Powerful comedy about race ★★★★ WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. Invited critics were asked not reveal twists but it’s impossible to review why this play is so powerful without saying how and why. I paid for my ticket so I feel free to discuss the whole play. ‘What are ...
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Photo of Miriam-Teak Lee and cast in the musical & Juliet featuring songs by Max Martin

& Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre – review

Max Martin's songs power a musical triumph ★★★★ Watch the review of & Juliet on YouTube I’m pretty sure I’m not the target demographic for & Juliet but I loved it. It's a jukebox musical which is an art form usually well down the West End hierarchy. It features the work ...
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BREAKING THE CODE by by Hugh Whitemore ; Directed by Christian Durham ; Set & Costume Designer James Button ; Lighting Design by Chris Davey ; Sound & Music by Michael Scott ; Voice and Dialect Coach: Sian Radinger ; Casting Director: Gabrielle Dawes CDG ; Salisbury Playhouse ; Wiltshire Creative ; Salisbury, UK ; 5 October 2019 ; Credit and copyright: Helen Murray

Breaking The Code – Salisbury Playhouse

Turing play still packs a punch ★★★ We know a lot more about Alan Turing, the subject of Breaking The Code, than we did when Hugh Whitemore wrote the play in the mid 1980s. His once secret work on breaking the Enigma code during World War Two, possibly saving millions ...
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Noises Off by Michael Frayn at The Garrick Theatre 2019

Noises Off at The Garrick – review

If you've never seen Noises Off, You Really Should ★★★★★ When I saw the first production of Noises Off back in 1982, I laughed so much I was fighting for breath. If I didn’t laugh quite so uncontrollably on this occasion, it’s only because it’s the fifth time I’ve seen ...
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Production photo of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at The Watermill Newbury UK

Assassins at The Watermill – review

Production of Sondheim's musical hits the target ★★★★ Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins is one of his lesser known musicals. Having seen this production of it at The Watermill, I understand why. There’s no story, no engagement with the characters and, like the would be assassins, it's hit and miss. On the ...
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The Watsons at The Menier Chocolate Factory

The Watsons at The Menier Chocolate Factory

Laura Wade's play is funny, thought-provoking and exhilarating ★★★★★ The Watsons starts as a fairly conventional adaptation of a Jane Austen story taking place on a lovely white set by Ben Stones. Emma needs a husband and the question is, which of the three contenders will she end up marrying? ...
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