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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Amélie review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘whimsical and warm-hearted musical adaptation’ by Dave Fargnoli

Significantly reworked from its Broadway incarnation, Michael Fentiman’s Amélie sticks closer to the tone of Jeunet and Laurant’s beloved 2001 movie, and

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Keep Watching review at New Diorama, London – ‘ambitious, if unfocused, exploration of surveillance’ by Dave Fargnoli

Exploring the tensions between privacy, loneliness and the all-pervasive reach of technology, Keep Watching is a stylish, slow-burning and low-key thriller. The

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Scary Bikers review at Trafalgar Studios, London – ‘refreshing Brexit comedy’ by Dave Fargnoli

Given the currently fraught political climate, it feels like quite a feat to talk about Brexit without descending into inarticulate fury or

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Kunene and the King review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘a compassionate character study’ by Dave Fargnoli

Set in contemporary Johannesburg, Kunene and the King explores weighty issues of terminal illness, race, and the legacy of apartheid with a

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ain’t Misbehavin’ review at Mercury Theatre, Colchester – ‘a lively musical revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Compiled in 1978, prototype jukebox musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a big-hearted breeze through the music of pioneering jazz pianist Fats Waller. Making

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Romance Romance review at Above the Stag, London – ‘heartfelt performances’ by Dave Fargnoli

Smartly reframing Barry Harman’s whimsical 1987 musical Romance Romance for a contemporary audience, this tight and tender version is full of wit

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Absurd Person Singular review at Watford Palace Theatre – ‘an energetic staging’ by Dave Fargnoli

Regularly revived since its 1972 premiere, Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular is a slow-moving but sharply observed farce of social climbing and

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Macbeth review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘lurid, raucous and bloody’ by Dave Fargnoli

Kitsch and off-kilter, this tightly adapted take on Shakespeare’s classic story of regicide and reckless ambition feels surprisingly cheerful. Watermill artistic director

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Bodies review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘stiff, cerebral, dated’ by Dave Fargnoli

Two smug and self-regarding middle class couples wring their hands over their past infidelities in Bodies, James Saunders’ rambling meditation on the

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

You Stupid Darkness! review at Theatre Royal, Plymouth – ‘unflinchingly truthful’ by Dave Fargnoli

Life has a way of carrying on, even in the face of catastrophe. With the world quietly coming to an end offstage,

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Measure for Measure review at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford – ‘thought-provoking, but overwrought’ by Dave Fargnoli

Guildford Shakespeare Company has made some bold choices with its 40th production. This stripped-down Measure for Measure highlights both the striking modernity

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Beast on the Moon review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘humane and melancholy’ by Dave Fargnoli

Telling the story of two survivors of the Armenian genocide forging new lives in America, Richard Kalinoski’s 1992 play Beast on the

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Orchestra review at Omnibus, London – ‘a diverting take’ by Dave Fargnoli

Set in the aftermath of the Second World War, as a new normality grew awkwardly from Europe’s ashes, The Orchestra is an

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Friday, January 25, 2019

American Idiot review at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – ‘raucous revival of the Green Day musical’ by Dave Fargnoli

Written at a time when US politics seemed merely infuriating rather than numbingly awful, punk outfit Green Day’s American Idiot brimmed with

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Secret Theatre: Trial TV review at Town Hall Theatre – ‘ambitious, but uneven courtroom drama’ by Dave Fargnoli

Murder trial meets gameshow in Trial TV, the latest piece from immersive performance-makers Secret Theatre. With the audience cast as jurors in

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rosenbaum’s Rescue review at Park Theatre, London – ‘committed performances’ by Dave Fargnoli

In October 1943 more than 7000 Jews were evacuated from Nazi-occupied Denmark, many being saved or sheltered by ordinary citizens. Examining the

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

An Enemy of the People review at Union Theatre, London – ‘prescient and powerful’ by Dave Fargnoli

Getting its first UK production in nearly 30 years, Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People certainly feels prescient

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Peter Pan review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘packed with music and dance’ by Dave Fargnoli

Light, tight and cheerful, Barbara Evans’ boisterous staging of JM Barrie’s much-loved adventure might have had its story stripped to the bare

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Chasing Bono review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘a tale of ambition, fame and failure’ by Dave Fargnoli

Adapting their 2011 movie Killing Bono – itself an adaptation of music critic Neil McCormick’s only-slightly-bitter memoirs – writers Dick Clement and

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Sleeping Beauty review at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre – ‘big energy and silly banter’ by Dave Fargnoli

Benefiting from a serious dose of kids’ TV nostalgia, Sleeping Beauty at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is a warm-hearted pleasure. Director Ian Adams

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aladdin review at Orchard Theatre, Dartford – ‘action-packed but wildly uneven’ by Dave Fargnoli

Wildly uneven in terms of tone, Aladdin at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, is more fantasy adventure than traditional panto, despite sticking close

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Just So review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘Gentle but joyful revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Capping off the Barn Theatre, Cirencester’s first season with an enthusiastic musical revival, Just So puts a warm, light-hearted spin on Rudyard

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Cinderella review at Churchill Theatre, Bromley – ‘flat and uninspired’ by Dave Fargnoli

There’s a fine line between embracing tradition and going through the motions. Stripped back to the barest plot beats, this glitzy but

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Snow White review at Cambridge Junction – ‘warm, family-friendly fairytale with a smart twist’ by Dave Fargnoli

Smartly shifting the focus of the familiar fairytale, New International Encounter’s Snow White unfolds as a playful but unusually nuanced storytelling session.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Robinson Crusoe review at Greenwich Theatre, London – ‘uncomplicated but upbeat’ by Dave Fargnoli

Light, bright, and cheerful, Andrew Pollard’s Robinson Crusoe is a breezy adventure with a few subversive twists. After a boilerplate first half

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Friday, November 30, 2018

The Wizard of Oz review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – ‘breezily paced and visually inspired’ by Dave Fargnoli

Bursting with energy and colour, Liam Steel’s Wizard of Oz in an inventive but faithful take on L Frank Baum’s beloved yarn.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Cinderella review at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury – ‘lively, lovely and lavishly designed’ by Dave Fargnoli

Finding the tricky balance between spectacle and sincerity, the Marlowe Theatre’s Cinderella is a finely-tuned fairytale. Written and directed by Paul Hendy,

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The Dark review at Ovalhouse, London – ‘richly textured elegy for Uganda’ by Dave Fargnoli

Pieced together from what author and poet Nick Makoha describes as fragments of “memory and imagination,” The Dark is a richly textured

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Robin Hood review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘chaotic appeal’ by Dave Fargnoli

Daft and rambling though it is, the Watermill Theatre’s madcap crack at the story of Robin Hood has a certain chaotic appeal.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Bullet Tongue review at Big House, London – ‘ferocious and powerful’ by Dave Fargnoli

The Big House is gaining a solid reputation for making raw, powerful work with at-risk young people, and Bullet Tongue is no

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Love-Lies-Bleeding review at the Print Room, London – ‘Don DeLillo’s poignant philosophical drama’ by Dave Fargnoli

The need to find meaning in the face of mortality is at the heart of Love-Lies-Bleeding, a swaggeringly bleak story of assisted

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