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Saturday, November 17, 2018

BWW Review: MACBETH, Shakespeare's Globe by Dzifa Benson

You wait so long for a Macbeth then like the buses, four major productions come along at once. The Barbican is staging the Royal Shakespeare Company's offering while the roundly panned Natio…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

BWW Review: CONTAGION, British Library by Dzifa Benson

The British Library isn't the most obvious place to stage a dance installation but in the case of choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh's Contagion, which has toured to other non-theatre spaces ar…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

BWW Review: FOUR SEASONS/REMEMBRANCE, Peacock Theatre by Dzifa Benson

New English Ballet Theatre, founded by artistic director Karen Pilkington-Miksa, has been on a mission to nurture and showcase young dancers and emerging choreographers since it launched sev…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

BWW Review: MARATHON, Barbican by Dzifa Benson

If you go to see Alan Fieldan with JAMS' which presumably stands for the names of the four actors, Jemima, Alan, Malachy and Sophie, Marathon at the Barbican, you'd do you well to remember a…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BWW Review: THE PRISONER, National Theatre by Dzifa Benson

It's been a long minute - over two decades, in fact - since acclaimed director Peter Brook, who is now 93 years old and has been called our greatest living theatre director, helmed a play at…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

BWW Review: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME, Soho Theatre by Dzifa Benson

The boundary razing two-hander created and performed by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard Underground Railroad Game doesn't give too much of its own game away in the pre-show literature.…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

BWW Review: DUST, Trafalgar Studios by Dzifa Benson

It isn't often that the trifecta of the writing, directing and acting of a play harmonise perfectly into a deeply satisfying whole, but when that happens - as it does in Milly Thomas's award…

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Gray's Inn Hall by Dzifa Benson

The will-they-won't-they trope of the BeatriceBenedick relationship in Much Ado About Nothing is so familiar to audiences that, even though it's staged repeatedly the last time this reviewer…

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BWW Review: BACKBONE, Southbank Centre by Dzifa Benson

As the lights fade up on stage in the Royal Festival Hall, nine figures lying supine and inert are revealed, along with a rack of clothes, rocks, silver pails of what appear to be soil and, …

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BWW Review: THE STAR SEEKERS, National Theatre by Dzifa Benson

The Dorfmann Theatre within the National Theatre complex is proving to be an even more versatile space than promised when it reopened after refurbishment in 2014.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

BWW Review: GREEK, Arcola Theatre by Dzifa Benson

Thirty years after composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and director Jonathan Moore's trailblazing opera Greek premiered at the ENO, it's apparent from this new production, part of Arcola Theatre's…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

BWW Review: SPIRAL, Park Theatre by Dzifa Benson

In the programme notes for her darkly disturbing new play Spiral, Abigail Hood quotes a plea she discovered at the bottom of a free London newspaper Dear Steven, we love you, we miss you. We…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

BWW Review: FATHERLAND, Lyric Hammersmith by Dzifa Benson

What's the earliest memory you have of your fatherThis is the question, among many, that sets off a process of enquiry into the state of the nation's masculinity and its concerns through the…

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

BWW Review: ADAM & EVE, The Hope Theatre by Dzifa Benson

The couple at the heart of the award winning writer Tim Cook's new play - Adam Lee Knight and Eve Jeannie Dickinson - inevitably calls to mind its biblical counterpart. They are a young, nai…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

BWW Review: SHOW, Lyric Hammersmith by Dzifa Benson

The programme notes that accompany celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter's latest production, Show, are just as sparse as the title is nondescript. The most that can gleaned about what th…

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