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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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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

INTERVIEW: Joe McFadden faces his worst nightmare in Peter James’ The House on Cold Hill by Anne Cox

BAFTA-nominated actor and winner of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing 2017, Joe McFadden stars in the touring production of The House on Cold Hill, Shaun McKenna’s stage adaptation of Peter J…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

‘Does a spectacular job of bringing this musical to the stage’: QUEEN OF THE MIST – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Pint of Wine Theatre Company has done a spectacular job of bringing the compelling chamber musical Queen of the Mist to the stage.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘Enthralling, unmissable two-hander’: KUNENE & THE KING – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon by Anne Cox

Casting Antony Sher as a white, South African, Shakespearean actor in John Kani’s ferocious, funny and emotive new play Kunene & the King couldn’t be more perfect – for all the obv…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

‘David Mamet’s razor-sharp dialogue is never better’: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – Touring ★★★ by Anne Cox

Mark Benton gives a compelling turn as a desperate salesman on the edge in Sam Yates’ revival of David Mamet’s riveting, prize-winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross, now touring.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

‘Absolutely enthralling’: THE LIFE I LEAD – Park Theatre & Touring ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Writer James Kettle unearthed actor David Tomlinson’s story, collaborating with comic and actor Miles Jupp to create a wonderful, very emotional and exceptionally funny, one-man show calle…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

‘Riveting, thought-provoking drama’: THE RUBENSTEIN KISS – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Anne Cox

There couldn’t be a better time to revisit James Phillips’ 2006 debut play The Rubenstein Kiss and its story of idealism, especially in the current climate of global and national uncerta…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

‘No walking on egg shells here’: ADMISSIONS – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Joshua Harmon doesn’t beat about the bush when tackling difficult questions about diversity and equality in Admissions, a biting new comedy that couldn’t be more relevant, especially to …

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘A stunning piece of theatre’: BETRAYAL – West End by Anne Cox

Jamie Lloyd’s terrific Pinter season, at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre, climaxes with a revival of Betrayal, arguably one of the writer’s more personal pieces and one of his most inno…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Prenger is priceless’: ABIGAIL’S PARY – Touring ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Mike Leigh’s classic Abigail’s Party is back in the theatre with its irrepressible hostess, Beverly Moss, handing out gin and tonics and cheesy-pineapple nibbles to the sounds of Demis R…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

‘Three-hander features some fine performances’: A LESSON FROM ALOES – Finborough Theatre by Anne Cox

Athol Fugard’s blistering drama, A Lesson From Aloes, which proved so contentious that it was almost banned in the 1970s, has been revived to coincide with the 25th anniversary year of the…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

‘Touching, funny & heart-rending’: A SONG AT TWILIGHT – Touring ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight may be billed as a comedy but this story of one man’s fear of mortality and exposure, is tinged with tragedy. The Theatre Royal Bath’s polished produc…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

‘Beautifully acted & stylishly staged’: THE REMAINS OF THE DAY – Touring by Anne Cox

Neither Kazuro Ishiguro’s prize-winning novel, or the acclaimed film adaptation, of The Remains of the Day prepares you for the profound tragedy felt after seeing this heart-rending story …

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Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Moody, visceral & absorbing revival’: JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Stephen Adley Guirgis doesn’t pull any punches with his tough, uncompromising prison drama Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at the Young Vic Theatre.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘Eventually leaves the audience fairly replete’: CAROLINE’S KITCHEN – Touring ★★★ by Anne Cox

Playwright Torben Betts has come up with a new recipe for his haute cuisine comedy, Caroline’s Kitchen, tinkering with the ingredients to create a new dish about depression and discontent …

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