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Sunday, January 6, 2019

‘You’ll want to accept an invitation to this wonderful Pinter party’: PINTER SIX – West End by Maryam Philpott

The purpose of Jamie Lloyd’s still and contained approach is extremely well and atmospherically realised by a top-notch cast who bring such clarity to Pinter Six’s social commentary.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

‘The theatre gift that keeps on giving’: PINTER FIVE – West End by Maryam Philpott

The collective works that make-up Pinter 5 feel as insightful and meaningful as any of the Pinter at the Pinter anthologies that have come before.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

‘A beautiful piece of writing’: SWEAT – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat comes to London for the first time, examining the personal and local consequences of a firm’s strategic decision to change the way it ope…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘It never quite unites as tidily & explosively as it promises to do’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End by Maryam Philpott

Caroline or Change has a lot going for it and three potentially interesting plot lines that should fully engage, yet it never quite unites as tidily and explosively as it promises to do, the…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘Engaging & powerful three-hander’: THE CANE – Royal Court Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Mark Ravenhill’s fascinating new play The Cane at the Royal Court Theatre examines the issues of culpability for small-scale endorsed acts of violence and the nature of justice.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘You gain in a proximity to the action denied even to the front row’: NT Live screening – The Madness of King George III by Maryam Philpott

The revival of Alan Bennett’s 1991 classic The Madness of King George III at Nottingham Playhouse couldn’t then be more relevant, a play that speaks to our interest in the people who gov…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

‘A fine tribute to a writer of psychological fiction’: SWITZERLAND – West End by Maryam Philpott

At the Ambassadors, Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play Switzerland arrives in the West End for the first time, putting Patricia Highsmith in the spotlight with an intriguing duologue about the…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘The right balance of spectacle & story’: HADESTOWN – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Now the National Theatre has a vibrant production of the musical Hadestown which premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2016.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘A version that may well change the musical forever’: COMPANY – West End by Maryam Philpott

Marianne Elliott brings Company to the West End with a production that may well change the musical forever.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

‘A daring endeavour that is richly rewarding’: MEASURE FOR MEASURE – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

In a year of revelations about the abuse of power and sexual misconduct, the timing couldn’t be better for Measure for Measure at the Donmar Warehouse, an intriguing tale of blackmail, mor…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

‘Very much a work in progress’: SKETCHING – Wilton’s Music Hall by Maryam Philpott

James Graham’s new show Sketching attempts a purer form of anthology, blending stories from eight competition winners to co-create a patchwork of London life.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

PINTER TWO – West End by Maryam Philpott

Pinter Two is a complete change of tone from its companion collection, moving from social politics to more familiar Pinter territory, relationship politics.

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‘An examination of power & how rapidly it can be corrupted’: PINTER ONE – West End by Maryam Philpott

By emphasising the common themes in Pinter One and the topicality of their subject matter, this a very strong start for the Pinter at the Pinter season.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

‘Delivers on so much of its promise’: Antony & Cleopatra – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

After a genuinely exhilarating Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre a few months ago, Shakespeare’s subsequent tale Antony and Cleopatra has arrived at the National starring Ralph Fiennes a…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

‘When Barron focuses on character, she creates plenty of meaningful exchanges’: DANCE NATION – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

With plenty of influences from across film, there’s still a lot to take from Clare Barron’s play, and as annual dance fever arrives in the UK once again and mingles with a year of female…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Running Wilde: How to manage a theatre season by Maryam Philpott

As Classic Spring’s year-long Oscar Wilde season comes to a close, its timely to reflect on what it has achieved. Did the season really add anything to our perception of Oscar Wilde and hi…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Could Allelujah!’s transfer from stage to screen change our perception of the production? by Maryam Philpott

Screening Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! on the big screen may well alter the viewer’s perspective, placing it within the tradition of television and film drama that lends itself to the cliff…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

‘In a summer of great Irish drama, this feels unsatisfactory by comparison’: ARISTOCRATS – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

There’s little for the cast to improve because the faults in Aristocrats lie with Friel. This production draws-out all of the core themes but cannot overcome the play’s reliance on heavy…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

‘Doesn’t gets to grips with the dark forces at the heart of the play’: OTHELLO – Shakespeare’s Globe by Maryam Philpott

The return of Mark Rylance to The Globe main stage is the lynchpin of Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director and luring her predecessor back to play Iago in a new version o…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

‘Once in a while, you know you’re in the presence of greatness’: KING LEAR – West End by Maryam Philpott

Stand-out performances in any era are often only judged so in retrospect and modern theatre offers much that will be remembered. But once in a while, you know you’re in the presence of gre…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

‘Patrick Marber directs with skill in an engaging production’: EXIT THE KING – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Patrick Marber’s engaging production of Exit the King builds on the central strangeness of Ionesco’s work, attempting to break down our ongoing battle with the idea of death and why no o…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

‘A rare & beautifully-made theatrical triumph’: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The Lehman Trilogy is a substantial achievement, a beautifully balanced depiction of the role of one family in a much wider history of America.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

‘Beautifully pitched revival’: THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE – West End by Maryam Philpott

This version of The Lieutenant of Inishmore is an impressive technical accomplishment supported by very fine performances from the ensemble, that has plenty of layers to unpick.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

‘A first-rate version of Treadwell’s finest work’: MACHINAL – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Machinal is the type of production that only the Almeida seems able to produce, with an inventive vision that simultaneously draws you into the story while still keeping you at arm’s lengt…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

‘An enjoyable & distinct adaptation’: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

A hundred years since the birth of novelist Muriel Spark, her 1961 tale The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie has been adapted for the Donmar Warehouse by Blackbird playwright David Harrower and dir…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

‘Bears the marks of slightly unsatisfactory imitation’: JULIE – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

While Polly Stenham retains plenty of Strindberg’s purpose, Julie doesn’t go quite far enough in remoulding the political and psychological shape of its characters for the 21st century.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

‘A much-needed success for the National’: TRANSLATIONS – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

As Ireland moves into a new era, Brian Friel’s play remains at the heart of debate – how can a country maintain its essence while embracing the modern world?

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

‘It’s also time to let Wilde free’: AN IDEAL HUSBAND – West End by Maryam Philpott

In an otherwise charming and chic production, it can only be a shame that Classic Spring didn’t decide to take a risk with this interpretation of An Ideal Husband.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

‘This engaging debate & conversation is pure joy’: RED – West End by Maryam Philpott

Michael Grandage’s revival of Red may only be 90 minutes, but there is no sense of rush here, and instead the play – much like Mark Rothko’s creations – is given room to breath, to s…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

‘Fascinating examination of power in the entertainment industry’: MOOD MUSIC – The Old Vic by Maryam Philpott

Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music is set in the music industry and examines the complex and tricky personalities whose deep and longstanding knowledge of how the ‘business’ works means…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

‘Only half the production really delivers’: THE WRITER – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The Writer is and should be a show that will divide audiences, but while the piece is pointed social commentary, it also has dramatic flaws that start to put out its own fire.

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