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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

‘An under-appreciated 20th-century classic?’: ABSOLUTE HELL – National Theatre by Not Exactly Billington

I was thrilled that a new generation (myself included) could get an opportunity to see the play and experience a plethora of luscious characters that are frightened of their selves as much a…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

‘For its sexy design, its novelty & its ambition, it is oddly enjoyable’: TARTUFFE – West End by Not Exactly Billington

Gérald Garutti’s production of Molière’s Tartuffe hasn’t convinced me that it’s the finest play in the French canon. Yet, for its sexy design, its novelty, and its ambition, it is …

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

‘They take the humour to another level’: FLEABAG – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Now, Soho Theatre and DryWrite (the latter of which is run by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones) are taking Fleabag on the road again, handing down the performing reins to Maddie Rice.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

‘Where the play flounders, the production remains enjoyable & stylish’: LOVE FROM A STRANGER – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Here, Agatha Christie’s and Frank Vosper’s 1936 play is in the assured hands of Lucy Bailey in a production for the Royal & Derngate. Where the play flounders, the production remain…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘How difficult it is to re-create the nostalgia of childhood favourites’: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – West End by Not Exactly Billington

In summary, stage adaptations of films should be justified by bringing something new to a well-known story, and Strictly Ballroom misses the mark on this point.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

‘Several moments of musical ecstasy’: AN OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

This new musical adaptation of An Officer and a Gentleman, receiving its world premiere at Curve, makes no apologies for embracing the melodrama of the movie. In doing so, it delivers a poli…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

‘Embraces silence & precision’: THE YORK REALIST – Sheffield by Not Exactly Billington

Robert Hastie once said that the director’s role is “to provide the clearest conduit between a writer and an actor”. Such an approach, effectively of getting in the way as little as po…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

‘Nothing but praise for the central performances’: KISS OF THE SPIDER MAN – Menier Chocolate Factory by Not Exactly Billington

While Puig’s masterpiece Kiss of the Spider Woman doesn’t quite work when fleshed into a physical entity, I am reminded of the unique and all-conquering power of the human imagination, a…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

‘The greatest Dahl adaptation to date’: MATILDA THE MUSICAL – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Matilda is THE family musical of this generation and a must-see for musical theatre aficionados for Minchin’s score alone. The fun and mischief are infectious and I can’t remember the la…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

‘A world of utterly engrossing characters’: THE INHERITANCE – Young Vic by Not Exactly Billington

As well as being a damn clever meditation on the creative process, the writing in The Inheritance is also emotionally searing, nuanced and consistent, never glib or rushed.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

‘A watershed moment not only in musical history but in cultural history’: HAMILTON – West End by Not Exactly Billington

Has there ever been a more hotly anticipated new musical? A rhapsodic biography of America’s ‘forgotten’ founding father, Hamilton has whipped up a hurricane (pardon the pun) of frenzy…

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