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Thursday, February 22, 2018

This isn’t a dig at Rufus, but if I ran the National Theatre… by Victoria Sadler

Now, straight off the bat, this isn’t a dig at Rufus. No, that’s not what this blog is about. Rather, it’s some comparably small suggestions that I think could bring about real meaning…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

‘Absolutely superb’: GIRLS & BOYS – Royal Court Theatre by Victoria Sadler

The fact that we still have men today who think male violence is “a complex issue” shows that Dennis Kelly’s play Girls & Boys – with men firmly in its sights – remains desper…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

No more trap door: Women don’t have to justify their place at the table by Victoria Sadler

Like many others, I have my hopes, even expectations, on the change that women may bring. But this is not for me to burden women creatives with. They already have enough of a challenge as it…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

‘Mixed results’: OUT OF LOVE/BLACK MOUNTAIN – Orange Tree Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Paines Plough has taken up residency at the Orange Tree Theatre this month with three plays running in rep. I caught up with two of the plays, Elinor Cook’s Out of Love and Brad Birch’s …

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Friday, February 9, 2018

‘Seduced by the intensity of its darkness’ – GUNDOG – Royal Court Theatre by Victoria Sadler

There is nothing about Gundog at the Royal Cout that will make you feel good about where we are today. It is a dark and disturbing tale about the state of play in modern rural Britain. That …

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

‘Deeply morose’: HEDDA GABLER – Touring by Victoria Sadler

Look, I appreciate it’s never rainbows and sunshine in Hedda Gabler but, even by Ibsen’s standards, this National Theatre production is intense and deeply morose.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

‘Substance as well as style’: COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES – Southwark Playhouse by Victoria Sadler

Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties at the Southwark Playhouse was as funny, uplifting and as life-reaffirming as I’d hoped – a glorious blend of cabaret, drag and theatre that, alon…

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Friday, February 2, 2018

What’s made Victoria’s #TopTen shows for February 2018? by Victoria Sadler

Well, we’re truly into 2018 now and there’s plenty to see. From anarchic punk riot to classic mysteries, from Shakespeare to Dylan, and from troubled masculinity to a woman’s battle wi…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

‘Genius does not always come in pressed & clean packages’: AMADEUS – National Theatre by Victoria Sadler

There is so much to admire in this revival that it’s hard to know where to start first. Let’s go with Lucian Msamati. I maintain that he was cruelly robbed of at least acknowledgement an…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

‘Dangerous and depressingly familiar’: #MARY STUART – West End @MaryStuartPlay @dukeofyorksLDN by Victoria Sadler

Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson are both extraordinary in Mary Stuart at the Duke of York’s Theatre, but the level of sexualisation, sexual violence and assault in the depiction of these…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

‘Beguiling, haunting and mesmerising’: JOHN – National Theatre by Victoria Sadler

I was completely swept up in the curious little world of John at the National’s Dorfman Theatre. In Annie Baker’s rich, multi-layered, intricate writing.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

‘Will lift even the gloomiest of evenings’: #ntBeginning – West End @Ambtheatre @deldridgewriter by Victoria Sadler

David Eldridge’s Beginning at the Ambassadors Theatre is one of the best productions on in London, right now, and such an uplifting, life-reaffirming play that will lift even the gloomiest…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

‘Keeps us captivated’: WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS – Jermyn Street Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Woman Before a Glass at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, places the focus on Peggy Guggenheim – a pivotal figure in the 20th century art scene – and is a hugely enjoyable show that demonst…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

‘Actually, there is a grey area’: RITA, SUE & BOB TOO – Royal Court Theatre by Victoria Sadler

For me, it’s this ongoing decision to keep Rita, Sue and Bob Too performed as a comedy more than a drama that is at the heart of its problem. This should be a play of tiny tragedies.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

‘Ultimately galvanising & uplifting’: MY MUM’S A TWAT – Royal Court Theatre by Victoria Sadler

This play brims with warmth and humour by focusing more on resilience and acceptance, than abandonment and loss.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

‘Its ordinariness drew me in’: LOBSTER – Theatre503 by Victoria Sadler

There is much to enjoy in this close quarters examination of one short-lived relationship from the highs of its beginning, to the regrets and recriminations that marks its end.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

MISALLIANCE – Orange Tree Theatre ‘A Sparky, Feisty Comedy’ by Victoria Sadler

Hypatia Tarleton (Marli Siu) is a young woman in demand. She’s beautiful and intelligent, spirited and a little fiery. And her father is also filthy rich.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Victoria’s Top Ten for January 2018 by Victoria Sadler

So, how was your Christmas then? If you’re like me, your thoughts will already be turning to 2018 and all those good intentions you’re going to put into practice.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Looking back: Victoria’s top 10 London shows of 2017 > #theatre2017 #YearInReview by Victoria Sadler

I’m not usually crazy about rankings and hierarchy in the creative arts so, please, see this as more of a summary of all the shows that really shook me. Except for the Number One. I’m al…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

‘The darkest of Christmas shows’: GRIMLY HANDSOME – Royal Court Theatre by Victoria Sadler

The play is performed in The Site, round the back at the Royal Court, a place you enter after walking through various staged abstract scenes – a lot filled with Christmas trees, a run-down…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

‘A tsunami of politics & rhythm… astounding’: HAMILTON – WestEnd by Victoria Sadler

I am no Hamilton aficionado. I knew remarkably little about the show before I sat down in my seat in the Grand Circle. I didn’t even know a single song, let alone have the cast recording o…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

‘Theatre design of the highest order’: FOLLIES – National Theatre by Victoria Sadler

I know I’m late to the party with Follies but what can I do? Such was the demand for tickets that I only finally saw it a few days ago. But, my god, was it worth the wait, or what.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

‘One of the shows of the year’: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – National Theatre by Victoria Sadler

It is a rare occurrence indeed to see an audience as happy, as involved, and as diverse as the one that sat with me to watch Barber Shop Chronicles at the NT. What a glorious show. Such dyna…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

What’s made Victoria’s #TopTen shows for December 2017? by Victoria Sadler

What's made Victoria Sadler's top ten theatre recommendations for new shows in December 2017? Well, Hamilton, of course. But also The Twilight Zone, Parliament Square, Misalliance, How to Wi…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

POISON – Orange Tree Theatre by Victoria Sadler

An anguishing set of circumstances have brought a separated couple back together – temporarily – after nine years without having set eyes upon each other. For it was nine years ago that …

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Friday, November 3, 2017

THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE – Hampstead Theatre by Victoria Sadler

We are in a fictional London suburb during World War Two, a boarding house, to be exact, in a town based, quite evidently, on Henley-on-Thames. The place is filled with the elderly – widow…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

What’s made Victoria’s #TopTen shows for November 2017? by Victoria Sadler

Can you believe it? The list of my ‘shows to see’ is so packed with fantastic openings that there is no space for the two biggest shows out there – Follies and Network, both at the Nat…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

THE END OF HOPE – Soho Theatre by Victoria Sadler

What a relief to find a show that’s smart and funny – laugh out loud funny, by the way – yet relevant insightful, and with complex, nuanced characters. And only an hour long! So, take …

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

EVERY BRILLIANT THING – Orange Tree Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Oh my. Every Brilliant Thing is wonderful. It has the biggest heart and the biggest laughs. It is affecting and funny; it is heartfelt and touching. I cannot imagine that you will ever see a…

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

This is NOT a review of The Winter’s Tale but thank god for Judi Dench by Victoria Sadler

I had tickets to see The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick. I got them pretty sharpish when they were released – obvs Kenneth Branagh a pretty big draw as actor and director. Almost as big a …

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Belarus Free Theatre: “The Soviet Union is still with us; it’s just shifted shape” by Victoria Sadler

Art matters. And it’s hard to think of a theatre company that has proved that more than Belarus Free Theatre (BFT). Now about to celebrate their tenth anniversary, BFT has persisted agains…

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