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Monday, October 11, 2021

‘A telling reminder of this country’s involvement in the slave trade’: THE LONG SONG – Chichester ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Chichester Festival Theatre’s premiere of Andrea Levy’s moving saga, The Long Song, doesn’t hit a wrong note both as a telling reminder of this country’s involvement in the slave tra…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘Shocking, foul-mouthed, ferociously brutal & brilliantly played’: SING YER HEART OUT FOR THE LADS – Chichester ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Roy Williams’ incendiary 2002 play, Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, which attacks grass roots racism with all the finesse of a vintage Vinnie Jones tackle, is back and spewing vitriol in …

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

‘Out of step & time’: BIG THE MUSICAL – West End by Anne Cox

Big, the film, holds a special place in everyone’s hearts but this musical version is out of step and time.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

‘Well-plotted & tense political noir’: THE STRANGE CASE OF JEKYLL & HYDE – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre & Touring ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Ross McGregor, artistic director and powerhouse behind Arrows & Traps Theatre Company, has captured the zeitgeist with his modern, political adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s The …

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

‘It’s very easy to see all sorts of contemporary parallels’: Director Paul Miller on Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre by Anne Cox

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Macbeth, led by John Simm and Dervla Kirwan as the corrupted couple, marks a homecoming for director Paul Miller.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

‘Deeply unsettling’: THE WEATHERMAN – Park Theatre ★★★ by Anne Cox

The Weatherman, Eugene O’Hare’s full-length debut play opens with brief sunny spells but it’s clear that the forecast is for a stormy and changeable production.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

‘An enthralling glimpse into America’s tawdry past’: 8 HOTELS – Chichester by Anne Cox

There are probably not many people left alive who remember the controversial coast to coast US tour of Othello from 1944. It was remarkable for two reasons. Singer and political firebrand, P…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

‘A lot going for it if you’re in the loop’: THE ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE – Park Theatre ★★★ by Anne Cox

While it would probably go down well at, say the Edinburgh Fringe, The Actor’s Nightmare’s maverick style and piecemeal production, not to mention a reliance on a clued-up audience, make…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

‘Electrifying revival’: EQUUS – Trafalgar Studios by Anne Cox

Peter Shaffer’s shocking, disturbing and provocative thriller Equus has galloped back into the West End this week with an electrifying revival from Ned Bennett.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

‘Lacks emotional power’: CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN – Harold Pinter Theatre by Anne Cox

The stage adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis De Bernières’ award-winning book about love in the war-torn Island of Cephalonia, has come to London’s West End after a succe…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘Timely & riveting adaptation’: MEASURE FOR MEASURE – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Gregory Doran’s timely and riveting adaptation of Measure for Measure is filled with laugh-out-loud humour, but there is also a bleaker side to it that makes it very much a play for today.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

‘Has stood the test of time with remarkable ease’: NOISES OFF – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★ by Anne Cox

The ‘technical difficulties’ that unexpectedly halted the opening night of Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith brought the house down. They couldn’t have been funnier than if they’d …

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Friday, June 28, 2019

‘A revitalised & hysterically funny comedy’: PRESENT LAUGHTER – The Old Vic ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Noël Coward would have thoroughly approved of Andrew Scott’s gloriously outrageous turn as ageing matinée idol, Garry Essendine, in The Old Vic’s reinvention of Present Laughter.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘Saunders is outrageously good but then so are the rest of the cast’: BLITHE SPIRIT – Bath ★★★★ by Anne Cox

If I could look into Madame Arcati’s crystal ball I think I would see a West End transfer on the cards for Richard Eyre’s playful production of Blithe Spirit.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

‘Jaded view of a Britain that has lost its way’: PLENTY – Chichester ★★★ by Anne Cox

Ultimately, all eyes are on Rachael Stirling in Plenty and she stylishly carries this story of disillusionment to its inevitable, if uncertain, conclusion.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

‘Riveting piece of theatre’: THE POPE – Northampton ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Anthony McCarten has put together a top-notch drama in The Pope which is brought to life by the outstanding performances of gifted character actors, Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘Playing her is like an actors’ playground’: Craig Revel Horwood takes Miss Hannigan on tour in Annie by Anne Cox

Strictly ’s meanest judge, Craig Revel Horwood, sashays into Milton Keynes Theatre next month with a perfect score of terrific reviews for his performance as the gin-sozzled, tyrannical Mi…

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘Nails the seething resentment of today’s elderly’: BENEATH THE BLUE RINSE – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Beneath the Blue Rinse, running at London’s Park Theatre – along with a Glover short called The Answer – is a morality tale where the elderly get their own back on a society that would…

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

‘Beautifully well-observed character study of a dynasty under threat’: RUTHERFORD & SON – National Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Githa Sowerby used her own upbringing as the daughter of a Tyneside glass-making family for her breakthrough play, Rutherford and Son, but whether her father was as cold, insensitive and bul…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

‘A triumph, both artistically & theatrically’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Amelie The Musical oozes Gallic charm from Daniel Messé’s evocative music to the enchanting performance of its luminous star, Audrey Brisson.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

‘I call it my Happy Lord of the Flies’: Wise Children’s Emma Rice talks about the inspiration for her Malory Towers musical by Anne Cox

The halcyon days of school and the opportunities it afforded her mother has led Wise Children artistic director Emma Rice to adapt Enid Blyton’s classic boarding school story, Malory Tower…

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Meet the cast of Driving Miss Daisy at York Theatre Royal led by Paula Wilcox & Maurey Richards by Anne Cox

York Theatre Royal is behind the wheel for a new production of Alfred Uhry’s award-winning comedy-drama Driving Miss Daisy which takes to the stage next month with Maurey Richards steering…

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Friday, May 10, 2019

‘Mysterious, evocative & stylish’: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE SIGN OF FOUR – Greenwich Theatre & Touring ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Sherlock Holmes is back on stage in a thrilling new adaptation of The Sign of Four that takes audiences from the heat of India and the height of the British Raj to the foggy streets of Londo…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Terrifically moving’: SMALL ISLAND – National Theatre ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Andrea Levy’s award-winning and sprawling epic Small Island retells an uneasy moment in Britain’s recent history through the eyes of the people involved. But what a glorious story it is.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘Captivating, funny & exuberant’: THIS IS MY FAMILY – Chichester ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Tim Firth’s charming and warm-hearted musical This Is My Family has opened Festival 2019 at Chichester Festival Theatre and it’s impossible not to leave the show with a cheesy grin on yo…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

‘A powerful & compelling love story’: SHADOWLANDS – Chichester by Anne Cox

Shadowlands isn’t an all-out weepie but there are a few who will find it hard to control their emotions. A well made and moving revival.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

‘Can’t understand why this has been overlooked for so long’: JANE CLEGG – Finborough Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Jane Clegg hasn’t been seen in London for 75 years but audiences at the Finborough Theatre are being thrilled by its compelling storytelling in a sizzling revival.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘A spectacular musical revue’: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Anne Cox

First time director Tyrone Huntley and choreographer Oti Mabuse have created a sizzling revival of Ain’t Misbehavin’ which is electrifying audiences at London’s Southwark Playhouse.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘It could not be more relevant to demonstrate the power of language’: The inside track on Lemons at Barons Court Theatre by Anne Cox

At a time when everyone has an opinion about Brexit and national policy comes Sam Steiner’s dystopian drama Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons to London’s Barons Court Theatre next month.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

‘Full of heart & exuberance’: SWEET CHARITY – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Director Josie Rourke ends her tenure at the Donmar Warehouse with a hip revival of Sweet Charity that pushes Anne-Marie Duff out of her comfort zone and shows a new side to Adrian Lester.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘Engaging but formulaic’: THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL – Touring ★★★ by Anne Cox

The House on Cold Hill is a pleasant enough way to spend the evening but is rather dated and no different than dozens of other haunted house mysteries that have appeared over the years.

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