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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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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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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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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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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Fairview: Powerful comedy about race

Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury at the Young Vic 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 ...
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& 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 – 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 of ...
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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 Michael ...
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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 plus ...
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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? Will ...
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Evita at the Open Air Theatre

Has Evita ever looked or sounded better?  I doubt whether Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita has ever looked or sounded better. As you enter the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, you're presented with a set that looks like bleachers or maybe a staircase which rises from the front ...
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Juliet Stevenson in The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre

Juliet Stevenson outstanding in Robert Icke's exposure of populism Dr Wolfe, played by Juliet Stevenson, prides herself on being logical and making medical decisions based on facts in a world of irrationality. Hildegard Bechtler’s stark set is quite a contrast to the detailed oppressiveness of her design for Rosmersholm. Here ...
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Hansard starring Lindsay Duncan & Alex Jennings – review

Hansard in the Lyttelton Theatre of the National Theatre is what I love about theatre. Forget video screens, background music, special effects. Simply two great actors live on stage telling a story to a live audience. For ninety unbroken minutes this couple bickers and takes swipes at each other until ...
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Andrew Scott in Present Laughter – review

Present Laughter at The Old Vic is one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen. Andrew Scott is the leading contender for the best actor of his generation ...
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Kiss Me, Kate at The Watermill – review

While I have small reservations about this production, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable evening’s entertainment ...
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Gielgud Theatre – Insider Guide

The Gielgud is one of the nicest theatres in the West End The Gielgud Theatre was known as The Globe for most of its 113 year history. In 1994, after a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe was built on the South Bank, iit was renamed in honour of Sir John Gielgud ...
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the end of history at Royal Court – review

Lesley Sharp and David Morrissey provide laughter and emotion in Jack Thorne's family drama It's a world away from Jack Thorne and John  Tiffany's last collaboration- Harry Potter And The Curse Child- but the end of history is another moving drama about parent child relationships. The title may refer to a ...
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David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat with John Malkovich – reviews round-up

Bitter reviews for David Mamet's Bitter Wheat at The Garrick Even recruiting John Malkovich, one of the finest stage actors of his generation to make a rare West End appearance couldn’t sweeten the critics’ reactions to David Mamet's Bitter Wheat: “a flabby, cynical and pointless effort” cried Tim Bano in The ...
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Prism starring Robert Lindsay – review

A Masterclass in Playwriting and Acting Prism at Hampstead Theatre (touring autumn 2019) is a double pleasure. It marks a welcome return for Terry Johnson, author of Dead Funny, Hysteria and Insignificance with his first full length play in ten years. And it gives Robert Lindsay the chance to get his teeth into a role worthy ...
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