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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘a playful production’ by Dave Fargnoli

Fizzing with humour, charm, and just a touch of chaos, Paul Hart’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a particularly light and delightful

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Suicide Notes review at Shoreditch Town Hall, London – ‘intimate, intense, electrifying’ by Dave Fargnoli

Sex, death, and grubbily nostalgic Americana slosh together in all of Christopher Brett Bailey’s work. Suicide Notes, touring in support of a

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Friday, April 27, 2018

The Swallow review at Cervantes Theatre, London – ‘intensely poignant by Dave Fargnoli

Written in response to the Orlando nightclub shooting, Guillem Clua’s The Swallow is a slow burning, occasionally shattering play about the unspoken

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

For King and Country review at Colab Factory, London – ‘a compelling immersive experience’ by Dave Fargnoli

In an alternate 1940, King Edward VIII is on the throne, Nazi troops are advancing through Surrey, and the British government has

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Monday, March 19, 2018

This Restless State review at Ovalhouse, London – ‘an angsty monologue’ by Dave Fargnoli

In the wake of the Brexit vote, our political climate can feel fraught, uncertain, and downright bleak. Danielle Pearson’s time-hopping, multi-character monologue

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Broken Glass review at Watford Palace Theatre – ‘a resonant and urgent revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Feeling perhaps more chilling in the era of Twitter and Trump than it did at its 1994 debut, Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kindertransport review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘timely, but turgid’ by Dave Fargnoli

Harkening back to a vanished historical moment when Britain willing sheltered child refugees, Diane Samuels’ softly-spoken tragedy commemorates 80 years since the

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow review at Chickenshed, London – ‘affecting and ambitious’ by Dave Fargnoli

When Fleetwood Mac sang Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, their tone was optimistic. Writer and Director Lou Stein, however, turns the title

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Checkpoint Chana review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a thoughtful character study’ by Dave Fargnoli

Accused of anti-Semitism, successful poet Bev unravels in the midst of a social media storm in Checkpoint Chana, a sharply relevant but

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Turn of the Screw at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘deliciously atmospheric’ by Dave Fargnoli

Casting new light on the ambiguities central to Henry James’ influential literary ghost story, Tim Luscombe’s Turn of the Screw is intelligent,

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Up ‘n’ Under review at Canada Water Cultural Space, London – ‘a spirited revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Following the fortunes of a struggling amateur rugby club, John Godber’s 1984 underdog tale gets a playful and accessible treatment in Fingersmiths’

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Friday, February 9, 2018

The Drill review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘intriguing multimedia docudrama’ by Dave Fargnoli

Exploring the common anxieties underpinning contemporary life, The Drill is a smart, playful examination of the urge to over-prepare ourselves for future

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: The Captive Queen at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Dave Fargnoli

Closures, consolidation, and restructuring: Dave Fargnoli reviews a re-fashioning of John Dryden's Aureng-zebe. The post Review: The Captive Queen at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse appeared fi…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Romeo and Juliet review at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford – ‘an atmospheric production’ by Dave Fargnoli

Raw, moving, and unashamedly melodramatic in parts, this stylish production of Romeo and Juliet from director Charlotte Conquest conveys all the play’s

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Booby’s Bay review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a promising debut’ by Dave Fargnoli

Taking its title from a well known beauty spot on the Cornish coastline, Booby’s Bay is a bleakly comic character study infused

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – ‘jovial and energetic’ by Dave Fargnoli

Kicking off a regional tour with a run at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Alastair Whatley’s jovial and energetic staging of The Importance

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Grift review at Town Hall Hotel, London – ‘interactive crime caper’ by Dave Fargnoli

When your crime caper revolves around fulfilling the dying request of the love child of Marilyn Monroe and Michael Caine, it should

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Monday, January 29, 2018

There or Here review at Park Theatre, London – ‘thought-provoking, but unfocused’ by Dave Fargnoli

Gently exploring the intersections of intimacy and technology, There or Here is a meandering philosophical drama from Anglo-American company Special Relationship Productions,

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Words Are Coming Now review at Theatre503, London – ‘thought-provoking, nuanced new writing’ by Dave Fargnoli

With the culture of plausible ignorance surrounding sexual harassment in the arts having been definitively shattered by recent high-profile allegations, a constructive

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Fear and Misery of the Third Reich review at Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘an uneven staging’ by Dave Fargnoli

Accusing any performance of Brecht’s ferociously didactic Fear and Misery of the Third Reich of lacking subtlety may seem redundant. Yet while

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: The Claim at Shoreditch Town Hall by Dave Fargnoli

The need to be understood: Dave Fargnoli reviews Tim Cowbury's new play about seeking asylum and being lost in translation. The post Review: The Claim at Shoreditch Town Hall appeared first…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre – ‘grand, flashy spectacle’ by Dave Fargnoli

Colourful and competently delivered, Alan McHugh’s Jack and the Beanstalk is a lavish, fun but frequently flat affair. Director David Janson livens

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Peter Pan review at Harlow Playhouse, Essex – ‘ambitious and effective’ by Dave Fargnoli

Packed with breathtakingly bad puns and breathless but pitch-perfect singing, Peter Pan at the Harlow Playhouse is an ambitious and effective production.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Beauty and the Beast review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘brash and spirited’ by Dave Fargnoli

Poised between traditional panto and jukebox musical, this energetic interpretation of Beauty and the Beast is carried along on a blast of

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘striking design and strong performances’ by Dave Fargnoli

Feeling impressively fresh while ticking all the traditional boxes, writer and director Daniel Buckroyd’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Rapunzel review at Chickenshed, London – ‘sprawling and ambitious’ by Dave Fargnoli

Owing more to Disney than the Brothers Grimm, writer and director Lou Stein’s Rapunzel is a pleasant fairytale with a tangled, overstuffed

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Borrowers review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘inventively designed’ by Dave Fargnoli

Based on Mary Norton’s charming children’s stories about a race of tiny people living beneath the floorboards of a country house, The

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Secondary Victim at Park Theatre, London – ‘uneven exploration of ethical dilemmas’ by Dave Fargnoli

Moral quandaries and hidden motivations simmer at the heart of The Secondary Victim, a dense discussion of ethical dilemmas from playwright and

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Tailor-Made Man review at White Bear Theatre, London – ‘scintillating performances’ by Dave Fargnoli

Drenched in the glitter and sleaze of 1920s Hollywood, Claudio Macor’s tale of sex scandals and open secrets at a major studio

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Matilda the Empress review at St James’ Church, Reading – ‘dynamic, engaging, ambitious’ by Dave Fargnoli

Examining the life of a fascinating but often overlooked historical figure, Matilda the Empress is a tightly-plotted account of England’s first civil

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Duet for One review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘compellingly cerebral’ by Dave Fargnoli

Shot through with elegance and icy restraint, this touring remount of Tom Kempinski’s stingingly insightful Duet for One feels every bit as

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