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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Much Ado About Nothing, National Theatre review - Shakespeare’s comedy goes Hollywood musical by Helen Hawkins

Simon Godwin delivers an unexpectedly conventional production, larky and fluffy After gender-flipping the National’s Malvolio, the director Simon Godwin might have been expected to be equa…

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Favour, Bush Theatre review - Ambreen Razia's punchy new tug-of-love drama by Helen Hawkins

A brilliant balance of raucous comedy and immense pathos Where should Leila live — Ilford or Kent? It doesn’t sound like an earth-shattering decision for a 15-year-old to make, but the s…

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The False Servant, Orange Tree Theatre review - Marivaux's cruel comedy gets a modern spin by Helen Hawkins

An entertaining but not quite convincing makeover for a tricky play There probably isn’t a more able translator of vintage drama than Martin Crimp, the playwright whose 2004 version of Pie…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

House of Ife, Bush Theatre review - an Ethiopian-British family struggle to decide where 'home' is by Helen Hawkins

Playwright Beru Tessema makes a striking stage debut We are in a room in a simply decorated house in northwest London, where an Ethiopian-British family is gathering for a funeral “tea”…

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Oklahoma!, Young Vic review - a stunning, stripped-down version of the classic musical by Helen Hawkins

Rodgers and Hammerstein revival goes to the dark heart of the story No surreys, fringes or corny chap-slapping: the Rodgers and Hammerstein revival that has arrived at the Young Vic from New…

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Wolf Cub, Hampstead Downstairs review - haunting solo play about the American nightmare by Helen Hawkins

Ché Walker directs his savage play, with a stellar turn from Clare Latham Ché Walker claims he wrote Wolf Cub, now in the Hampstead Downstairs studio space, in a two-day blitz prompted by…

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Clybourne Park, Park Theatre review - excellent revival of Bruce Norris's award-winner by Helen Hawkins

The 2010 satire about race and the realities of real estate remains blistering Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park arrived at London’s Royal Court like a blazing comet in 2010, a bold kind of …

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Friday, March 11, 2022

Our Generation, National Theatre review - Alecky Blythe captures the world of teenagers today by Helen Hawkins

An epic undertaking about British teenage life, beautifully performed Do you happily binge four hours of mind-candy TV in one sitting? Alecky Blythe’s latest verbatim play, Our Generation …

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Never Not Once, Park Theatre review - disappointing UK debut for a feminist award-winner by Helen Hawkins

Carey Crim's play leaves the issues it raises sadly undramatic Carey Crim’s 2017 play arrives from the US at north London's Park Theatre trailing a feminist playwriting award for its disse…

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

The Forest, Hampstead Theatre review - puzzling world premiere from Florian Zeller by Helen Hawkins

The author of 'The Father' plays unsatisfying games with the audience If Florian Zeller isn’t a Wordle fan, I’d be very surprised. As with the hit online game, the French playwright lik…

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Folk, Hampstead Downstairs review - thoughtful play about folklorist Cecil Sharp by Helen Hawkins

Nell Leyshon's play-with-music asks questions of a legacy Cecil Sharp, heritage hero or imperialist appropriator? If you attended school in the first half of the 19th century, you would have…

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Monday, December 20, 2021

Spring Awakening, Almeida Theatre review - must-see revival for Tony-winning musical by Helen Hawkins

A triumphant musical about teenage angst When Berliners sat down to watch Franz Wedekind’s debut play Fruhlings Erwachen – Spring Awakening – in 1906, they had little inkling of the k…

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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Habeas Corpus, Menier Chocolate Factory review - grappling with Alan Bennett's anti-farce by Helen Hawkins

Has director Patrick Marber boobed this time? In his 1973 play Habeas Corpus, now revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory under the direction of Patrick Marber, Alan Bennett had his way with…

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Straight White Men, Southwark Playhouse review - an exciting Korean-American playwright arrives in the UK by Helen Hawkins

Hilarious and probing satire from Young Jean Lee The Korean-American writer Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, currently enjoying its UK debut at Southwark Playhouse, is presented with…

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Monday, November 15, 2021

little scratch, Hampstead Downstairs review - a maverick director surpasses herself by Helen Hawkins

Katie Mitchell hits a new career high Katie Mitchell’s desire to bust the boundaries of theatre has taken a brilliant turn. Over her long and distinguished career as a director she has be…

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Brian and Roger: A Highly Offensive Play, Menier Chocolate Factory review - not for the squeamish by Helen Hawkins

The Menier opens its new second stage with this podcast-turned-play What counts as offensive in these days of cancel culture? Ham-fisted pronoun usage? Culturally appropriated hairstyles? To…

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Monday, October 18, 2021

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Lyric Hammersmith review - matchless revival of a contemporary classic by Helen Hawkins

Martin McDonagh's breakthrough play dazzles anew “You can’t kick a cow in Leenane without some bastard holding a grudge for 20 years,” sighs Pato Dooley (Adam Best) prophetically; he h…

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

curious, Soho Theatre review - a young playwright puts herself centre-stage by Helen Hawkins

Can a runaway slave help a black actress love the theatre more? Jasmine Lee-Jones has a hard act to follow - namely, herself. Her award-winning 2019 debut play, seven methods of killing kyli…

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Lava, Bush Theatre review - poetic writing, mesmerically performed by Helen Hawkins

Debut work from Benedict Lombe is a red-hot poem of protest What’s in a name? In Benedict Lombe’s incendiary debut play at the Bush Theatre, the answer to this question encompasses a wh…

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Monday, June 14, 2021

After Life, National Theatre review - thanks for the memories by Helen Hawkins

Intriguing, inventive play from Jack Thorne and Headlong Limbo, in Jack Thorne’s latest play, is a room lined ceiling-high with drawers, a sort of morgue rebooted as a vast filing system. …

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