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Production shot of Leanne Best, Martha Plimpton and Clare Perkins in the Donmar production of Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre

Sweat at The Gielgud – review

Sweat- an important visceral play by Lynn Nottage. There is so much I could say about this play but I want to concentrate on the central story which concerns the deindustrialisation that happened in the US in the early 21st century. It's something we in the UK are only too ...
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Production photo of Roger Allam in Rutherford And Son at the National Theatre London

Rutherford And Son – National Theatre – review

Roger Allam shines in dull play Much is being made by the National Theatre of how this play and its author Githa Sowerby are not that well known and that if she had been a man, it would have been a different story. She would have stood alongside Bernard Shaw ...
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Production photo of James Nesbitt, Scott Folan, Kirsty MacLaren & Clare Burt in This Is My Family at Chichester Festival Theatre in May 2019

This Is My Family – review

Sheila Hancock and James Nesbitt are the leading lights and Kirsty MacLaren shines There’s a lot to like in This Is My Family which is directed by Daniel Evans with a light comic touch. This is the second of CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans' 'greatest hits' from his days at the Sheffield ...
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Production photo of hayley at well in Rosmersholm at Duke Of York's theatre in London May 2019

Rosmersholm with Hayley Atwell & Tom Burke – review

Avengers star Hayley Atwell is forceful co-star with Tom Burke   Rosmersholm is about wanting to pursue passion and change but being held back by the past – the political system, religion, inhertitance. At the beginning, everything is covered in dustsheets in this stately home- Rosmersholm. The walls show signs ...
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Production shot of Maggie Smith in A German Life at The Bridge Theatre

Maggie Smith in A German Life – review

Downton Abbey star in clever one woman play by Christopher Hampton The set comprises a small living room with an old lady sitting on a chair alone on a thrust stage talking to the audience. She never stands up. For 100 minutes we listen, I mean really listen. The lady ...
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Production shot of Anne-Marie Duff in Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo by Johan Persson

Anne-Marie Duff in Sweet Charity – Donmar – Review

Anne-Marie Duff adds Wow Factor to excellent production of Sweet Charity Sweet Charity with book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. This would be an excellent production with any musical star but Anne-Marie Duff adds a wow factor. She may not be as good a ...
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Production shot of Handbagged at Salisbury Playhouse

Handbagged – Regional production – Review

Handbagged by Moira Buffini in a new production directed by Jo Newman Handbagged takes us through the major events of Margaret Thatcher’s reign as British prime minister. I use the word ‘reign’ deliberately because the story is told through a series of meetings between an increasingly regal Thatcher (Eve Matheson) ...
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Production photo showing Katherine Manners in The Mirror Crack'd Photo Credit: Helen Murray

Agatha Christie: The Mirror Crack’d – Touring production – review

Rachel Wagstaff's triumphant adaptation of classic Christie whodunit Watch the YouTube review of The Mirror Crack'd- The Wales Millennium Centre and Wiltshire Creative touring production of Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd, adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff,  received its premiere at Salisbury Playhouse. This could have a standard Agatha ...
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Production shot of Lily James & Gillian Anderson in All About Eve directed by ivo van Hove at Noel Coward theatre London

All About Eve starring Gillian Anderson & Lily James

All About Eve directed by Ivo Van Hove at the Noel Coward Theatre London Watch the YouTube review of All About Eve here You may well know the story. After all, the film All About Eve is a classic. Scripted by Joseph L Mankiewicz, it tells of a young would-be actor ...
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Production shot of Come From Away

Come from Away – Phoenix Theatre – review

Come From Away, a musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein at the Phoenix Theatre in London 9/11 was a tragic event carried out by evil people.  The musical  Come From Away is a kind of antidote, reminding us that most people are basically good and generous. I’d forgotten but, ...
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Production shot of Lauren Ward & Sharon D Clarke in Caroline, Or Change

Caroline, Or Change – Playhouse Theatre – review

Tony Kushner & Jeanine Tesori's great musical Click here to watch my video review of Caroline, Or Change on One Minute Theatre Reviews YouTube channel I managed to miss Caroline, Or Change when it was launched at Chichester, and again when it moved to Hampstead Theatre. Now that it’s transferred ...
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Production shot of Alun Armstrong and Nicola Walker in The Cane at Royal Court Theatre

The Cane – Royal Court – with Nicola Walker

Magnificent cast featuring Nicola Walker, Maggie Steed and Alun Armstrong Click here to watch the review on YouTube A much loved teacher is about retire but his home is under siege by children from his school. His estranged daughter comes to visit her parents. His regular use of the cane ...
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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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