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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘Engaging but formulaic’: THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL – Touring ★★★ by Anne Cox

The House on Cold Hill is a pleasant enough way to spend the evening but is rather dated and no different than dozens of other haunted house mysteries that have appeared over the years.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

INTERVIEW: Joe McFadden faces his worst nightmare in Peter James’ The House on Cold Hill by Anne Cox

BAFTA-nominated actor and winner of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing 2017, Joe McFadden stars in the touring production of The House on Cold Hill, Shaun McKenna’s stage adaptation of Peter J…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

‘Does a spectacular job of bringing this musical to the stage’: QUEEN OF THE MIST – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Pint of Wine Theatre Company has done a spectacular job of bringing the compelling chamber musical Queen of the Mist to the stage.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘Enthralling, unmissable two-hander’: KUNENE & THE KING – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon by Anne Cox

Casting Antony Sher as a white, South African, Shakespearean actor in John Kani’s ferocious, funny and emotive new play Kunene & the King couldn’t be more perfect – for all the obv…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

‘David Mamet’s razor-sharp dialogue is never better’: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – Touring ★★★ by Anne Cox

Mark Benton gives a compelling turn as a desperate salesman on the edge in Sam Yates’ revival of David Mamet’s riveting, prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross, now touring.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

‘Absolutely enthralling’: THE LIFE I LEAD – Park Theatre & Touring ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Writer James Kettle unearthed actor David Tomlinson’s story, collaborating with comic and actor Miles Jupp to create a wonderful, very emotional and exceptionally funny, one-man show calle…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

‘Riveting, thought-provoking drama’: THE RUBENSTEIN KISS – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Anne Cox

There couldn’t be a better time to revisit James Phillips’ 2006 debut play The Rubenstein Kiss and its story of idealism, especially in the current climate of global and national uncerta…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

‘No walking on egg shells here’: ADMISSIONS – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Joshua Harmon doesn’t beat about the bush when tackling difficult questions about diversity and equality in Admissions, a biting new comedy that couldn’t be more relevant, especially to …

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘A stunning piece of theatre’: BETRAYAL – West End by Anne Cox

Jamie Lloyd’s terrific Pinter season, at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, climaxes with a revival of Betrayal, arguably one of the writer’s more personal pieces and one of his most inno…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Prenger is priceless’: ABIGAIL’S PARY – Touring ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Mike Leigh’s classic Abigail’s Party is back in the theatre with its irrepressible hostess, Beverly Moss, handing out gin and tonics and cheesy-pineapple nibbles to the sounds of Demis R…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

‘Three-hander features some fine performances’: A LESSON FROM ALOES – Finborough Theatre by Anne Cox

Athol Fugard’s blistering drama, A Lesson From Aloes, which proved so contentious that it was almost banned in the 1970s, has been revived to coincide with the 25th anniversary year of the…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

‘Touching, funny & heart-rending’: A SONG AT TWILIGHT – Touring ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight may be billed as a comedy but this story of one man’s fear of mortality and exposure, is tinged with tragedy. The Theatre Royal Bath’s polished produc…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

‘Beautifully acted & stylishly staged’: THE REMAINS OF THE DAY – Touring by Anne Cox

Neither Kazuro Ishiguro’s prize-winning novel, or the acclaimed film adaptation, of The Remains of the Day prepares you for the profound tragedy felt after seeing this heart-rending story …

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Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Moody, visceral & absorbing revival’: JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Stephen Adley Guirgis doesn’t pull any punches with his tough, uncompromising prison drama Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic Theatre.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘Eventually leaves the audience fairly replete’: CAROLINE’S KITCHEN – Touring ★★★ by Anne Cox

Playwright Torben Betts has come up with a new recipe for his haute cuisine comedy, Caroline’s Kitchen, tinkering with the ingredients to create a new dish about depression and discontent …

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Monday, February 11, 2019

‘Finishing on an undisputed high’: PINTER SEVEN – West End ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Pinter at the Pinter reaches its climax with Pinter Seven featuring an enigmatic and occasionally baffling radio play, A Slight Ache, and a real highlight in an already remarkable season, Th…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

‘Acutely observed & intriguing play’: HOME, I’M DARLING – West End ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Losing your job can affect people in different ways but Judy Martin retreats into a 1950s Twilight Zone in Laura Wade’s surreal, bittersweet, comedy Home, I’m Darling which opened this w…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

‘A fascinating tale ambitiously told’: TARO – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Gentleman Jack and Taro, both written by Ross McGregor, artistic director of Arrows & Traps Theatre Company, celebrate wildly different women but, at their heart, they share a common th…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘Heartfelt & hopeful’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Violet is heartfelt and hopeful, the songs are infectiously good with a mix of hillbilly, honky-tonk, gospel and traditional country, and the show features powerful performances from the ent…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

‘Absorbing & intense’: ROSENBAUM’S RESCUE – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Absorbing and intense Rosenbaum’s Rescue questions our beliefs and memories, and offers a radical new version of one country’s wartime experiences.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

‘A jumble of thoughts and ideas thrown up in the air’: STOP & SEARCH – Arcola Theatre by Anne Cox

What I watched in Stop & Search has less to do with stop and search and more a jumble of thoughts and ideas thrown up in the air and left to sort themselves out into some semblance of a…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

‘Themes as relevant now as when the plays were written’: PINTER FIVE & SIX – West End by Anne Cox

There are no balloons or party poppers but a good time is guaranteed with Party Time and Celebration, a standout Pinter Six from the consistently strong Pinter at the Pinter season in London…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

‘Complex, urgent & moving’: SWEAT – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

If you want to understand why working-class Americans voted for Donald Trump or even why people in Sunderland voted for Brexit then look no further than Lynn Nottage’s complex, urgent and …

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

‘Felt that I was trapped in a theatrical microwave oven’: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND – Almeida Theatre by Anne Cox

Borrowing a technique from American long-form TV drama, The Tragedy of King Richard The Second begins in medias res. The wonderful Simon Russell Beale steps forward, ashen-faced, to deliver …

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

INTERVIEW: Jonathan Maitland on the nightly rewrites required for The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson at the Park Theatre by Anne Cox

Journalist and playwright Jonathan Maitland will be kept on his toes rewriting his latest play, The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, nightly to ensure it keeps up with the politician’s ev…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

‘Packed with cracking Irish humour & good performances’: CHASING BONO – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Neil McCormick’s autobiography has now been turned into an engaging new musical play, Chasing Bono, which has opened at London’s Soho Theatre.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Rivalry, Riots & Romance in the Age of Garrick: Norman S Poser writes about The Birth of Modern Theatre by Anne Cox

Former law professor, author and academic Norman S Poser is spending his retirement writing about his two passions, the Georgian era and English theatre, and, in particular, the life and tim…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘Fails to entirely convince’: DOCTOR FAUSTUS – Shakespeare’s Globe by Anne Cox

Paulette Randall’s gender-swap, colour-blind, version of Christopher Marlowe’s fiendish morality tale Doctor Faustus succeeds in ticking a lot of trendy boxes but fails to create innovat…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

‘There’s something not quite right’: TRUE WEST – West End ★★★ by Anne Cox

Sibling rivalry and dysfunctional families are at the heart of Sam Shepard’s True West, a black comedy that has emerged from an initial drubbing Stateside with a revival in the West End.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘Let the warmth of saccharine-coated sweetness work its magic’: PLAID TIDINGS – Bridge House Theatre ★★★ by Anne Cox

The twist in Plaid Tidings at London’s Bridge House Theatre is, of course, that the stars are dead, killed in a car crash. But when has a trivial mishap like that ever stopped a group from…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘Heart-warming & utterly delightful’: JEANNIE – Finborough Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

It has been nearly 80 years since Aimée Stuart’s enchanting and whimsical comedy, Jeannie, has been performed in London so thank god for the Finborough Theatre in staging a revival.

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