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Friday, March 23, 2018

‘Brilliantly conceived & performed’: THIS RESTLESS STATE – Ovalhouse ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An extremely relatable piece of theatre that speaks for everyone on the brink of change – brilliantly conceived and performed by Jesse Fox.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

‘A thrilling night out’: LORD OF THE FLIES – Greenwich Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Lord of the Flies is a strong and stirring production. Making a classic story feel as if it was written yesterday – the performances are excellent.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

‘What if humans weren’t the dominant species?’: GREAT APES – Arcola Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Great Apes at the Arcola Theatre is a fascinating play that is both wildly entertaining and extremely thought-provoking.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

‘It is Emily Tucker who really stands out’: AFTER THE BALL – Upstairs at the Gatehouse ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

After the Ball isn’t quite sure what it wants to say, yet a standout performance from Emily Tucker will keep you interested.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

BWW Review: VIVALDI'S THE FOUR SEASONS: A REIMAGINING at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Debbie Gilpin

The final new production in The Winter Selection at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is a daring masterclass in puppetry from Gyre amp Gimble. They have used Max Richter's recompositions of Vival…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

‘Trying too hard to seem daring’: Julius Caesar – Courtyard Theatre ★ by Debbie Gilpin

Julius Caesar at the Courtyard Theatre is a muddled attempt to shock that quickly wears thin – and doesn’t seem to have anything to say.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

‘An experience to cherish’: SUFFRAGETTE CITY – London Pavilion by Debbie Gilpin

Suffragette City is definitely an experience to cherish and think over, as a reminder of how lucky we are to not have to fight for these basic rights. Terrifically performed, and something I…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

‘The show of the year so far’: BRIEF ENCOUNTER – Empire Cinema Haymarket ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

My verdict? Brief Encounter is a love letter to stage and screen, beautifully conceived and immaculately performed – the show of the year so far.

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BWW Review: BRIEF ENCOUNTER, Empire Cinema Haymarket by Debbie Gilpin

Emma Rice begins her association with the Old Vic by reviving her version of Brief Encounter. It has recently been performed at the Birmingham Rep where it first began life 11 years ago and …

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‘An excellent production of an undiscovered classic’: THE DOG BENEATH THE SKIN – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Dog Beneath the Skin is a bizarre, but ultimately very enjoyable play, marked with memorable performances from the entire cast – an excellent production of an undiscovered classic.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

‘An intriguing pairing’: Hilda & Virginia – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Hilda & Virginia at the Jermyn Street Theatre is anintriguing pairing, telling the stories of two very remarkable women. The quality is inconsistent but it’s a decent production nonet…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

BWW Review: THE BEST MAN, Playhouse Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Gore Vidal's 1960 political play The Best Man documents the behind-the-scenes machinations of a fictional Presidential nomination. This new production, directed by Simon Evans, has been on a…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

‘It feels authentic, with bags of personality’: DUST – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Dust is a truly brilliant piece of theatre that dares to tackle the turmoil of depression and suicide, resulting in a moving and darkly funny play – Milly Thomas is superb.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

‘What really makes the show buzz is the music’: Electra – Bunker Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Ancient Greece & punk collide to make an inspiring piece of theatre in Electra, performed with heart and spirit – a real call to arms.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

From The Country Wife to Olivier Award nominations: What to look out for in March by Debbie Gilpin

Lots of different things opening across the country in March. In London there are a lot of Fringe and Off West End productions coming your way.

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‘Creatively speaking, no stone is left unturned’: WICKED – Touring ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Wicked is a modern classic which remains as strong as ever on tour. With stellar performances from a standout cast, it’s set to be ‘Popular’ with audiences throughout the land.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

‘A thought-provoking piece of theatre’: DERAILED – Ovalhouse ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

My verdict? Derailed at the Ovalhouse Theatre is leaving party like no other, and a show that defies description – lots to enjoy, but introverts beware!

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Friday, February 23, 2018

‘Beautifully designed and brilliantly written’: IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW I LOVE YOU – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

John O’Donovan’s two-hander If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You returns to London as part of this year’s Vault Festival.

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INTERVIEW: Happy Idiot makes plans for Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover 2018 tour by Debbie Gilpin

Happy Idiot has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the company’s upcoming tour of Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover. I had a chat with artistic director Lawrence Russ…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Olivier Awards – my public panel application 2018 by Debbie Gilpin

It’s that point in the year again: Olivier Award public panel application time! After getting to the interview stage last year (better than 2016 and 2015) I was hoping to do it again this …

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Monday, February 19, 2018

MISSED THE BOAT: Pride and Prejudice by Sara Pascoe by Debbie Gilpin

I love Austen’s work and am fascinated by the times in which she lived, so I managed to get to one or two things to mark the anniversary, but one show I really do wish I’d been able to i…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Are theatre programmes ‘the great publishing rip-off of our times’? by Debbie Gilpin

However, a couple of interesting tweets popped up from Channel 4’s political correspondent, Michael Crick, that seemed to get people’s juices flowing – one of which makes a rather pert…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

‘Genuinely unpredictable from one moment to the next’: THE MOOR – Old Red Lion Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

My verdict on The Moor at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London? A tale as mysterious as the moorland, twisting and turning like a babbling brook – a captivating watch.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

‘Makes for a compelling story’: MAD AS HELL – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Mad As Hell at Jermyn Street Theatre is an excellent new play that unearths the story of Peter Finch and Eletha Barrett, and the obstacles they faced during their time together.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

‘Unforgettable experience’: THINK OF ENGLAND – Vault Festival #Vault2018 ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Think of England at The Vaults is an unforgettable experience that transports you back to war-torn London with ease, crafted and performed to perfection – the show of the festival so far.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

‘Incredibly compelling’: BE PREPARED – Vault Festival #Vault2018 ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Be Prepared at the VAULT Festival is a truly compelling one-man play, showing the individual nature of grief – a very clever production.

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‘Inventive use of the unique space’: MACBETH – Rose Playhouse ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

My verdict? A bold attempt at a classic play, utilising the unique performance space well – this Macbeth at the Rose Playhouse is worth a visit, if you can keep out the cold...

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

BWW Review: THE CAPTIVE QUEEN, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Debbie Gilpin

A retitled production of John Dryden's 1675 play Aureng-zebe, The Captive Queen continues the Globe's winter season and acts as a swansong for Northern Broadsides' Barrie Rutter. The artisti…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

‘One for fans rather than complete novices’: KEN – Bunker Theatre ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Terry Johnson’s Ken has transferred from the Hampstead Theatre (following a sell-out 2016 run) for a limited time, starring Jeremy Stockwell alongside the writer, and marking the beginning…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Album Review: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Debbie Gilpin

Dave Malloy’s score is quite simply astounding. Beginning with a sole accordion, in the early stages it all sounds quite traditional and very recognisably Russian (without straying into st…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

‘A slick, fast-paced show’: #HTDryPowder @Hamps_Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

My verdict? A smart new play that’s about people as much as profits, some very funny moments as well as thought-provoking ones – an excellent production all round.

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