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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

The House of Shades, Almeida Theatre review - Anne-Marie Duff blazes in Beth Steel's excoriating new drama by Rachel Halliburton

Inter-generational story from a Northern mining town melds naturalism and tragedy Anne-Marie Duff blazes across the stage like a meteorite in Beth Steel’s excoriating drama about the chang…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

The Breach, Hampstead Theatre review - profoundly uncomfortable work that burns like ice by Rachel Halliburton

Naomi Wallace's writing is brave and uncompromising Jude is the kind of girl that no-one would want to mess with – she can dance like a demon to Eric Clapton, skewer an ego in seconds and …

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe review – a perfect piece of escapism for our uncertain summer by Rachel Halliburton

This production carries as much emotional heft as it exudes riotous comedy Lucy Bailey’s joyous, visually ravishing Much Ado About Nothing opens on a sombre note. On stage there is laughte…

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Punchdrunk's The Burnt City, One Cartridge Place review - thrilling, discombobulating vision of an ancient world by Rachel Halliburton

You go into a dimension where you operate through instinct as much as intellect Punchdrunk’s latest epic undertaking may be inspired by the legend of Troy, but this is nothing less than a …

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Monday, April 18, 2022

The 47th, Old Vic review - ambitious Trump satire doesn't quite hit its target by Rachel Halliburton

★★★ THE 47TH, OLD VIC Mike Bartlett's ambitious Trump satire doesn't quite hit its target As a playwright, how do you handle an arse-fixated arch-disrupter? Megalomania is inherently …

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Scandaltown, Lyric Hammersmith review - Restoration-comedy-style take on 21st Century shamelessness by Rachel Halliburton

Mike Bartlett's raucous chronicle of London in the age of Boris Johnson If Nero fiddled while Rome burned, then Boris Johnson has played the whole sodding orchestra. Between the parties, the…

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Persuasion, Alexandra Palace Theatre review - graphic-novel-style Austen by Rachel Halliburton

The soundtrack features musicians ranging from Robyn and Dua Lipa to Cardi B Jane Austen’s waspish vision revealed the vanities, delusions and cynical financial calculations that underpinn…

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Monday, March 7, 2022

Small Island, National Theatre review - visually ravishing tale with an epic sweep by Rachel Halliburton

Director Rufus Norris uses the Olivier's revolving stage like a virtuoso With its violent storms, bombed out cities and stories of families ripped apart by war, Small Island feels very much …

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Monday, February 28, 2022

Uncanny Valley, BAC review – fascinating robotic lecture on aspects of the self by Rachel Halliburton

The author Thomas Melle had his animatronic double created for this intelligent show It’s the vulnerability of the robot that strikes you in this subtle, intelligent production from the Ge…

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Hamlet, Shakespeare's Globe review - melancholy mash-up lacks chemistry by Rachel Halliburton

Scattergun subversion is undermined by psychological miscalculations Hamlet isn’t often played for laughs. When David Tennant took the comedic approach in the RSC’s 2008 production, it w…

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Best of Enemies, Young Vic review – fast-paced portrait of a clash between two titanic egos by Rachel Halliburton

A vivid and witty recreation of politics in the late Sixties No playwright has a scalpel as sharp as James Graham’s when it comes to dissecting politics; he has a brilliance and edge that …

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Book of Dust, Bridge Theatre review – as much intelligence and provocation as fleet-footed fun by Rachel Halliburton

The stage magic is both ingenious and beguiling It’s been seventeen years since Nicholas Hytner first directed Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, ambitiously wh…

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Life of Pi, Wyndham's Theatre review - visually ravishing show uplifted by astonishing puppetry by Rachel Halliburton

Despite its deceptive lightness, at heart this is a dark terrifying story When the Canadian Yann Patel went to India as a young adult backpacker he fell in love – not with one person but w…

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Four Quartets, Harold Pinter Theatre review - brilliant Fiennes breathes air and physicality into Eliot's work by Rachel Halliburton

His earthy informality instantly anchors the philosophy Words flow like water in TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, shimmering with allusion, swirling and eddying with the ideas and fractured philo…

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Little Women The Musical, Park Theatre review - broad brush comedy redeemed by a talented cast by Rachel Halliburton

Musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott classic is enjoyable but undemanding Louisa May Alcott did not think she could write a successful book for girls. After her publisher suggested this …

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Friday, October 22, 2021

The Shark Is Broken, New Ambassadors Theatre review - how Spielberg's first blockbuster almost didn't happen by Rachel Halliburton

This shark-tooth-sharp comedy provides a behind-the-scenes glance at "Jaws" Jaws was the Moby Dick of late 20th century capitalism, a fantasy about fear and the unknown for a society that ha…

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Love and Other Acts of Violence, Donmar Warehouse review - snappy and tightly intelligent but flawed by Rachel Halliburton

How do traumas from former generations affect how we behave in the present? This is simultaneously a love story and an archaeology of hate, a sparky, spiky encounter between two individuals …

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Metamorphoses, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - punchy, cleverly reworked classic by Rachel Halliburton

Any figure in Roman mythology today would be at the pointy end of cancel culture Ovid was exiled – or to put it in twenty-first century terms, ‘no-platformed’ – by an indignant Emper…

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Indecent, Menier Chocolate Factory review - cabaret-style depiction of a rapidly changing world by Rachel Halliburton

An intriguing if flawed evening, boosted by ebullient ensemble work Indecent is a play wrapped inside a news story about stigma. Playwright Paula Vogel was at Cornell University when she s…

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied Tunisia, Almeida Theatre review - flawed theatre but a great experiment by Rachel Halliburton

Playwright Josh Azouz's absurdism owes as much to Sacha Baron Cohen as to Beckett An ageing Nazi, stuffed into a slightly too tight white linen suit, sits at the opposite end of the dining …

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Mr and Mrs Nobody, Jermyn Street Theatre review – as comfortable as afternoon tea with jam puffs by Rachel Halliburton

Edward Baker-Duly seems to have sprung fully formed from the pages of 'Punch' If you’re looking for a distraction from the apocalyptic headlines that seem to be the norm right now, then it…

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe review - unsatisfactory mix of clumsy and edgy by Rachel Halliburton

Too many of the messages seem reductive and irrelevant "It is dangerous for women to go outside alone," blares the electronic sign above the stage of the new Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare'…

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Bach & Sons, Bridge Theatre review - humorous and deeply intelligent by Rachel Halliburton

Raine beautifully evokes how music captures the mess of life In John Eliot Gardner’s magnificent wide-ranging biography of Bach, Music In The Castle of Heaven, he tells the story of the co…

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Death of a Black Man, Hampstead Theatre review - blistering theatre with an unflinching vision by Rachel Halliburton

Uncomfortable truths beneath the poisoned patter This blistering, fearless play about an 18-year-old black entrepreneur on the King’s Road raises a myriad of uncomfortable questions that r…

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's Globe review - a blast of colour from our post-vaccine future by Rachel Halliburton

A production that revels in the joyously absurd while hinting at the play's darker edges A little less than two years after Sean Holmes’s kick-ass Latin American carnival-style A Midsummer…

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Money, Southwark Playhouse online review - ethical dilemmas for the Zoom generation by Rachel Halliburton

A vivid and credible production that is also limited by its form To accept or not accept a donation: that’s certainly the burning political question of the moment.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Dream, RSC online review - gaming version unleashes revolutionary potential by Rachel Halliburton

Co-production with Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra brings Shakespeare's metaphor to life Which of Shakespeare’s plays is most plagued …

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Monday, February 22, 2021

The Color Purple - at Home, Curve online review – life-affirming musical retelling of Alice Walker's novel by Rachel Halliburton

Celie learns how to live from the strong, rebellious women she encounters This production of The Color Purple is an extraordinary testimony to the fact that many of the twentieth century’s…

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

All On Her Own, Stream.Theatre online review - a vivid monologue on bereavement by Rachel Halliburton

The tilt between our actual selves and our idealised selves will never cease to be an existential tension This stunningly delivered online monologue from a bereaved widow to her husband feel…

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Nine Lessons and Carols, Almeida Theatre review – spiky portrayal of a world turned upside down by Rachel Halliburton

Skilfully interwoven accounts of a life in which togetherness is forbidden How do you create a secular version of the Nine Lessons and Carols? The original can feel like a formulaic trot thr…

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Wise Children review – ravishing vision of Chagall's early life by Rachel Halliburton

An ingenious depiction of the artist's gravity-defying love One of Marc Chagall’s last commissions was for a stained-glass window in Chichester Cathedral, which channelled his characterist…

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