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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

‘A significant step forward’: In the Heights plays its part in the evolving genre of movie musicals by Maryam Philpott

As a modern movie musical, In the Heights employs many of its shot, direction and choreographic techniques to create a swirling visual experience that immerses the audience in the story.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

‘Fagon’s astoundingly contemporary drama feels significant’: DEATH OF A BLACK MAN – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Alfred Fagon’s fascinating two act drama opened at the venue in 1975 and while some of its gender attitudes may have dated, so much of Death of a Black Man feels as fresh and challenging n…

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

‘A West End stage is exactly where this story belongs’: CRUISE – Duchess Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Duchess Theatre, London – 13 June 2021 As theatres reopen, the long influence of digital forms is already making itself felt. Jack Holden’s new play Cruise premiered online last month vi…

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

‘A tense & gripping two-hander’: THE BARN – Turbine Theatre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

The Barn is a gripping two act piece whose perfect storm of story, tone and character will be a must-see on stage before too long.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

‘Ridley excels at these forensic character studies’: TARANTULA – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Tarantula isn’t perfect and is certainly too long but Ridley’s latest twin works have been ideally suited to the nature of hybrid theatre, utilising the intimate and seemingly one-to-one…

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

‘Offers a faithful reading with some contemporary resonance’: THE WINTER’S TALE – RSC / BBC Lights Up Festival (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

The Royal Shakespeare Company joins forces with BBC4 for the world premiere of A Winter’s Tale, a production intended for the 2020 stage and all but lost to theatre history.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

‘Not all subterfuge & double jeopardy’: A SPLINTER OF ICE – Original Theatre Company (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

A Splinter of Ice moves away from a basic biography by mirroring its spy subjects and never allowing the audience to be quite sure which of its many faces is the real one.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

‘Manages to be inherently theatrical & a successful movie experience’: ROMEO & JULIET (National Theatre / Sky Arts) by Maryam Philpott

National Theatre and Sky Arts’ hybrid theatre and film production of Romeo & Juliet has been a fascinating experiment resulting in a smart, interesting and entirely collaborative piece…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

‘Celebrating the breadth & creativity of the theatre industry’: THE MEANING OF ZONG / AFTERPLAY – BBC Sounds by Maryam Philpott

The Meaning of Zong and Afterplay showcase the power of audio drama to transport an audience’s imagination and to see the familiar a little differently. With light at the end of the t…

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

‘The creativity & visual style really impress’: ASSEMBLY – Donmar Warehouse (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Assembly, the first production from the Donmar Local company, shows a lot of promise, combining an enthusiastic group of performers with a creative team eager to explore technical boundaries…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

‘A significant achievement of this third lockdown’: Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

When we left 1 and A in Episode 14 of Athena Stevens’ Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels they were both in some kind of moral and emotional jeopardy, and it seemed appropriate on Intern…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

‘You’ll be eager to find out what happens next’: Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels has already become a gripping anatomy of relationships and the attempts to manipulate two quite different women.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

‘Offers very human portraits of great writers’: LITTLE WARS (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

With a charitable donation for every digital ticket sold going to Women for Refugee Women, Little Wars is still an all too rare experience – a play that puts women at its centre without fo…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

‘Engaging insights into living with & exploring the nature of disability’: Unlimited Festival – Southbank Centre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Festivals are a vital part of the theatre ecosystem, a place to try out new material, explore form and style while giving a valuable platform to all kinds of performance. These activities ha…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

‘Will be just the kind of theatre magic we’ve all been waiting for’: SWINGIN’ THE DREAM – RSC (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

The RSC, Young Vic and Theatre for a New Audience have a difficult but fascinating task ahead in re-creating lost work Swingin’ the Dream that honours the original while offering something…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

‘Atmospheric & absorbing short drama’: THAT DINNER OF ’67 – BBC Radio 4 by Maryam Philpott

With director Stanley Kramer’s making of the groundbreaking film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner as its subject matter, Tracy-Ann Oberman and David Spicer’s new radio drama has a compelli…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

‘Makes a virtue of its scratch staging’: SUNSET BOULVARD IN CONCERT – Leicester Curve (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Curve Leicester’s Sunset Boulevard certainly offers ‘new ways to dream,’ proving a beautiful and fitting finale to a year of considerable change for theatre.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

‘Will put a warm glow in your heart’: THE NUTCRACKER – Birmingham Royal Ballet (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Integral to the festive Birmingham experience, the chance to watch this delightful production of The Nutcracker from home is a rare silver lining in an otherwise troubled month for the perfo…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

‘Will only go from strength to strength as the run continues’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Old Vic (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Andrew Lincoln brings a real gravitas to proceedings in A Christmas Carol, anchoring the production and delivering a performance of variety and skill that will leave you hoping he returns to…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

‘Sparkles with ghostly Christmas chill’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Bridge Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Filled with a real love of Dickens’ words as well as his characters the Bridge Theatre has found a fresh and exciting way to tell the familiar tale of A Christmas Carol and give Scrooge’…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

‘Joseph Potter is more than a match for this quick-fire writing’: THE POLTERGEIST – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Philip Ridley’s play The Poltergeist made an intimate transition to the screen and will be unmissable as soon as live performances can be scheduled.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

‘A triumph of ingenuity & responsiveness’: 15 HEROINES – Jermyn Street Theatre (Online theatre) by Maryam Philpott

15 Heroines is an impressive and energised reworking of Greek myth that leaves the audience keen to find out more about each of these women and their remarkable lives. Being a woman in …

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Monday, November 2, 2020

‘Feels like a statement of intent’: CRAVE – Chichester Festival Theatre by Maryam Philpott

A Sarah Kane play is by no means a safe option for any theatre looking to attract audiences back to its auditorium, but this bold and intriguing production of Crave at Chichester Festival Th…

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

‘Has an intimacy redolent of Graham’s earlier works’: BUBBLE – Nottingham Playhouse (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

One of the highest profile events in Nottingham Playhouse’s Unlocked Festival was Bubble, a hybrid production, performed in-house and live streamed over the weekend to a potential internat…

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Monday, October 12, 2020

‘Puts musical theatre at the top of the theatrical agenda’: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD – London Palladium by Maryam Philpott

This incredible concert version of Songs for a New World serves as an all-to-brief reminder of how it feels to listen to live music in an enclosed, traditional theatre space, responding to e…

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Monday, October 5, 2020

‘Character investment is strong from the beginning’: AFTER YOU – TONIGHT AT THE LONDON COLISEUM (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

After You is a brief but well constructed story about musical theatre’s favourite theme – love – but is less the straightforward tale of boy meets girl who live happily ever after. It …

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

‘A story predicated on equality, mutual support & finding your own path’: ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS – Bristol Old Vic (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Romantics Anonymous is a story predicated on equality, mutual support and finding your own path as individuals (and as a couple) rather than waiting for someone else to come and save you fro…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

‘Hytner has envisaged both stories with considerable care’: THE SHRINE / BED AMONG THE LENTILS – Bridge Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The Bridge Theatre’s most savvy decision is in teaming The Shrine with Bed Among the Lentils, placing together two of our finest actors who effortless and regularly transition between stag…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

‘A play we are sure to see again & again’: THREE KINGS – Old Vic (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Good things come to those who wait, an axiom that applies in duplicate to Stephen Beresford’s latest play Three Kings screened via the Old Vic’s innovative In Camera series for just five…

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

‘Hare allows much more of his own personality to emerge’: BEAT THE DEVIL – Bridge Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The first short play is Beat the Devil in which David Hare stakes first claim to what will surely be a new genre or at least a familiar theme in the coming months – the Covid monologue.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

’An exhilarating return to live performance’: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: THE CONCERT – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre may say concert on the poster but there is singing, dancing, performing and storytelling nine shows a week.

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