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Friday, March 29, 2024

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, Marylebone Theatre review - from Russia with love by Demetrios Matheou

Greg Hicks shines as Dostoevsky’s defiantly optimistic dreamer Like all great literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s final, eccentric, playfully wondrous short story seems to have been written …

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Harry Clarke, Ambassadors Theatre review - an entertaining curio by Demetrios Matheou

Billy Crudup essays multiple characters as a fake Englishman abroad Is it just coincidence, or something about the post-Covid theatrical landscape, that one-person shows are becoming commonp…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Double Feature, Hampstead Theatre review - with directors like these, who needs enemies by Demetrios Matheou

John Logan peers behind the scenes of the film world to muse on the icky relationship between life and art It’s awards season in the film world, which means that we’re currently swamped…

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

The House of Bernarda Alba, Lyttleton Theatre review - dazzling darkness by Demetrios Matheou

Harriet Walter is a toweringly monstrous matriarch in Lorca’s tale of cruelty and repression Rebecca Frecknall opened 2023 with a youthful, visceral, and brutal Streetcar Named Desire at…

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Thursday, November 23, 2023

Ghosts, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review – a claustrophobic descent into purgatory by Demetrios Matheou

Hattie Morahan returns to Ibsen, for another round of unhappy families Henrik Ibsen may well have wanted to shake things up, to rile against the social mores of his time. But his visionary c…

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Lyonesse, Harold Pinter Theatre review - a step backwards for #MeToo by Demetrios Matheou

Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James star in misfiring drama involving divas, film execs and dead parrots Penelope Skinner’s new play is one of the most eccentric things I’ve seen in a lo…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Frank and Percy, The Other Palace review - two-hander fails to escape a very short leash by Demetrios Matheou

Ian McKellen and Roger Allam as the lonely men who bond over their dogs Two elderly men meet in the park while walking their dogs, and become friends. Even when friendship turns to love, the…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

anthropology, Hampstead Theatre review - AI thriller runs out of code by Demetrios Matheou

Lauren Gunderson’s new play is timely, tantalising but doesn’t quite hit its mark With more than 20 plays under her belt, San-Francisco based Lauren Gunderson is one of the most produced…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Dr Semmelweis, Harold Pinter Theatre review - a play in search of a bedside manner by Demetrios Matheou

Mark Rylance conceived and stars in this stirring, but problematic drama of medical discovery hampered by prejudice As an actor, Mark Rylance specialises in outsiders and eccentrics, outlier…

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

Women, Beware the Devil, Almeida Theatre review - bewitching, up to a point by Demetrios Matheou

Rising star Lulu Raczka offers an ambitious if erratic tale of witchcraft and civil war A man in modern garb reads a tabloid newspaper and makes smarmy wisecracks about the malaise of conte…

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic review - more poignant, and more joyous than ever by Demetrios Matheou

This annual rendering of the Dickens classic feels particularly resonant during the economic crisis It’s been five years since I saw the Old Vic’s first Christmas Carol, adapted by Jack…

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

John Gabriel Borkman, Bridge Theatre review – amusing tale of awful people by Demetrios Matheou

Simon Russell Beale is the unapologetically corrupt banker, in Ibsen's chilly tragicomedy It always feels special when a play speaks so directly to an audience that you feel and hear the rip…

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Walking with Ghosts, Apollo Theatre review – a beguiling Gabriel Byrne opens up by Demetrios Matheou

The acclaimed Irish actor adapts his memoir into a stirring one-man show Gabriel Byrne isn’t a typical film star. From his breakthrough as the lustful and doomed Uther Pendragon in Excali…

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Friday, July 15, 2022

Jack Absolute Flies Again, Olivier Theatre review - fluffy as a cloud but hugely engaging by Demetrios Matheou

Caroline Quentin leads a sparkling cast in Richard Bean’s latest comedy romp Can a comedy have too many jokes? That may seem an odd question, but one that applies to this latest high-octa…

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Straight Line Crazy review – in desperate need of a curve ball by Demetrios Matheou

Ralph Fiennes plays infamous New York planner Robert Moses, in David Hare’s new play A few years ago Ralph Fiennes starred as the narcissistic, belligerently ambitious, ultimately tragic a…

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

The Collaboration, Young Vic Theatre review – artistic giants, wigs, warts and all by Demetrios Matheou

Engaging recreation of one of the art world’s most intriguing partnerships At first glance, it was the most unlikely of friendships, even for the solipsistic milieu of the New York art sce…

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Friday, February 11, 2022

The Chairs, Almeida review - a tragi-comic double act for the ages by Demetrios Matheou

A new translation is uproariously funny, if a little too clever for its own good By all accounts, whenever The Chairs is dusted off for a new production it manages to resonate for audience…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

'The Convert': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Playwright Danai Gurira returns to London with her award-winning 2012 drama set in colonial Africa, starring her 'Black Panther' castmate Letitia Wright.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 11:30AM
Thursday, March 29, 2018

'The Inheritance': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Stephen Daldry directs Matthew Lopez's sprawling comedy-drama about gay love after the AIDS crisis, inspired by 'Howards End' and featuring Vanessa Redgrave.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:26PM
Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Hamilton': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize- and multi-Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon lands in London's West End, two years after it stormed Broadway.

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter at 08:43PM
Saturday, November 5, 2016

'King Lear': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson returns to the stage after a quarter-century in Shakespeare's most demanding role, at an age when Lear wouldn’t be the only one thinking of putting his…

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

'The Red Barn': Theater Review by Demetrios Matheou

Mark Strong stars as a New England lawyer dangerously drawn to the widow of his recently deceased best friend in 'The Red Barn,' David Hare's adaptation of the George Simenon novel 'La Main,…

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Measure for Measure, Young Vic by Demetrios Matheou

If one definition of Shakespeare’s problem plays is that they can’t easily be categorised in the canon, being neither tragedy nor comedy, than that issue is swept aside by this radical Y…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Sting, Wilton's Music Hall by Demetrios Matheou

One of the oldest and most striking venues in London lends itself to immersive theatrical experiences. A few years ago the Victorian interior of Wilton’s Music Hall was infused with pre-sh…

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

American Buffalo, Wyndham's Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

From the great, gasp-inducing rush of colour when the curtain opens on American Buffalo to the embrace that closes it, this revival of David Mamet’s career-making rummage through the junky…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Oppenheimer, RSC, Vaudeville by Demetrios Matheou

“Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” J Robert Oppenheimer’s quote from Hindu scripture is often used to signify the scientist’s rueful realisation of what he had created…

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Antigone, Barbican by Demetrios Matheou

Last year the London stage was treated to an electrifying Medea and an intelligent, refreshing Electra, at The National and the Old Vic respectively. Now it’s the turn of the Barbican to u…

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studios by Demetrios Matheou

Now that the national self-delusion of the classless society has been laid to rest by the double whammy of economic crisis and the Cameron-Osborne-Johnson era of Bullingdon Club governance, …

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Electra, Old Vic by Demetrios Matheou

As revered as the Greek tragedies may be, I have to admit to feeling a little weary of all that conspicuous, over-ripe angst, and the expectation of our sympathy, even empathy for matricides…

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Friday, September 26, 2014

The James Plays, National Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

Rona Munro’s trilogy of plays about Scotland’s Stuart kings premiered at the Edinburgh Festival when Scottish independence was, for many, still a cherished possibility; it transfers to L…

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

True West, Tricycle Theatre by Demetrios Matheou

Time doesn’t take any of the edge off Sam Shepard’s rollicking reflection on the dichotomy of America, the tussle between the myth and the dream, represented by two warring brothers trap…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards