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Friday, June 28, 2019

The Censor review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘a thought-provoking take on a provocative play’ by Dave Hollander

Attitudes to – and the availability of – hardcore pornography may have changed since Anthony Neilson’s The Censor opened at London’s Royal

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Three Sisters review at Vaudeville Theatre, London – ‘heart-wrenching, acutely perceptive retelling’ by Dave Hollander

Veteran Russian director Lev Dodin’s acutely perceptive retelling of Chekhov’s Three Sisters ditches lavish staging to focus on its essential themes of

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Scenographer Pamela Howard: ‘In theatre, you need to be a compulsive observer of human life’ by Dave Hollander

Recently named a ‘living legend’, Pamela Howard has created countless shows in her six-decade career, as well as training many of the

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Lesson from Aloes review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘well-crafted revival of Athol Fugard’s drama’ by Dave Hollander

Not performed in London for 35 years, Athol Fugard’s A Lesson from Aloes evokes the repressive atmosphere of 1960s South Africa and

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Lady from the Sea review at Print Room, London – ‘a mesmeric performance’ by Dave Hollander

No detail in the Norwegian Ibsen company’s staging of The Lady from the Sea is left to chance. In this bilingual version,

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Striking 12 review at Union Theatre, London – ‘slight, but affecting’ by Dave Hollander

With its eclectic score and bittersweet seasonal message, Striking 12 interweaves Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl with a tale of

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Burke and Hare review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘frenetic and darkly comic’ by Dave Hollander

Pitch-black and wickedly funny, Jermyn Street Theatre’s seasonal offering Burke and Hare (first performed at the Watermill earlier this year) is a

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Friday, November 23, 2018

A Hero of Our Time review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘an energetic adaptation’ by Dave Hollander

With its compelling portrait of a ‘superfluous man’, Mikhail Lermontov’s novel 1840 A Hero of Our Time depicts a listless, resting soldier

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Billy Bishop Goes to War review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘beautifully produced’ by Dave Hollander

As a cloud-like parachute billows above a room strewn with knick-knacks and suffused with memories (a superb design from Daisy Blower), a

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Next Lesson review at Above the Stag, London – ‘touching play about the impact of Section 28’ by Dave Hollander

Marking 30 years since the introduction of Section 28 – the law that banned the “promotion of homosexuality” in UK schools –

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Homos, Or Everyone in America review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘intimate portrait of modern gay life’ by Dave Hollander

Now same-sex marriage is legal, is the struggle for LGBT+ equality over? Has the gay community lost its reason for being in

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Wildcard Theatre: ‘We want to empower the unknown and disenfranchised’ by Dave Hollander

Fresh out of drama school, Joseph Dawson and James Meteyard decided to set up their own company and before long they were

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It’s Only Life review at Union Theatre, London – ‘an intimate revue’ by Dave Hollander

Comprising numbers from New York songwriter John Bucchino’s extensive back catalogue, It’s Only Life is less a jukebox musical than a mosaic

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Lonely Planet review at Trafalgar Studios, London – ‘wry and gently moving’ by Dave Hollander

Charts festoon the walls of Jody’s Maps, the sleepy shop where Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet follows the oddball friendship of two discreetly

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rails review at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick – ‘poignant and poetic’ by Dave Hollander

While Simon Longman’s Gundog at London’s Royal Court earlier this year depicted two sisters struggling to keep a family farm afloat, his

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Central principal Gavin Henderson faces calls to resign over diversity quotas remarks by Dave Hollander

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama principal Gavin Henderson is facing calls to resign over his controversial views on diversity quotas.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Life and Fate review at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London – ‘a superlative ensemble’ by Dave Hollander

Written in the 1950s and banned until after the author’s death, Vasily Grossman’s autobiographical epic Life and Fate surveys the horrors in

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

How It Is (Part One) review at the Print Room at the Coronet, London – ‘a mesmerising adaptation’ by Dave Hollander

With its narrator crawling through endless mud as he reflects on his memories and existence, Samuel Beckett’s experimental novel How It Is

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Cream Tea and Incest review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘charming PG Wodehouse pastiche’ by Dave Hollander

Channelling PG Wodehouse and Boy’s Own adventures, Cream Tea and Incest is an eccentric farrago that, like its off-colour title, proves an

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Mad As Hell review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘engaging and well-constructed’ by Dave Hollander

Race and class prejudice loom large in Adrian Hope and Cassie McFarlane’s engaging Mad As Hell. While the stage adaptation of Paddy

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Monday, February 5, 2018

The Ungrateful Biped review at White Bear Theatre, London – ‘Rupert Graves’ directorial debut’ by Dave Hollander

A dishevelled, basement-dwelling misanthrope spouts bile in his video diary in The Ungrateful Biped, writer and performer Philip Goodhew’s update of Dostoyevsky’s

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ken review at the Bunker, London – ‘a laugh-a-minute tribute’ by Dave Hollander

Inspired, erratic and bewildering in equal measure, Ken Campbell was a mischievous master of experimental theatre who became notorious for his marathon

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Callisto: A Queer Epic review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘highly ambitious’ by Dave Hollander

Tightly packed and highly ambitious, Callisto: A Queer Epic weaves together four heterogeneous stories of same-sex relationships from across the ages: 17th-century

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Friday, December 1, 2017

The Passing of the Third Floor Back review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘an Edwardian curiosity’ by Dave Hollander

Jerome K Jerome’s name is indelibly linked to the uproarious Three Men in a Boat, but his 1908 play The Passing of

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Miracle on 34th Street review at Bridge House Theatre, London – ‘a super-sweet seasonal treat’ by Dave Hollander

Based on the 1947 radio broadcast of the much-loved American classic, the Bridge House Theatre’s Miracle on 34th Street is a super-sweet

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Til We Meet in England review at Safehouse, London – ‘an intriguing, immersive adaptation’ by Dave Hollander

Beginning like an interactive art installation, Lost Text/Found Space’s Til We Meet in England is both a meditation on the plight of

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Macbeth review at Bussey Building, London – ‘frequently thrilling’ by Dave Hollander

The post-apocalyptic future evoked in Devil You Know’s Macbeth feels uncomfortably close to the present. Mike Lees’ bare set, on which the

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Demons review at St Leonard’s Church, London – ‘noble ambitions’ by Dave Hollander

Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, SplitMoon’s staging of Dostoyevsky’s Demons is no small undertaking. While certain narrative threads resonate both

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Monday, October 9, 2017

A Day by the Sea review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘gently humorous’ by Dave Hollander

Written less than a decade after the Second World War, NC Hunter’s A Day by the Sea explores the tribulations of Julian

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Loot review at the Park Theatre, London – ‘breathlessly funny’ by Dave Hollander

Censored by the Lord Chamberlain, Joe Orton’s uproarious farce of death and ill-gotten gains scandalised audiences in 1964. Today’s theatregoers may be

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Mrs Orwell review at Old Red Lion Theatre, London – ‘intriguing but enigmatic’ by Dave Hollander

Recounting a relatively unknown episode shortly before the death of a literary great, Mrs Orwell focuses on assistant magazine editor Sonia Brownell.

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