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Monday, June 11, 2018

Julie at the National Theatre, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Miss Julie is always being performed somewhere, in one form or another. Strindberg’s classic 1888 tale of a fatal love affair between

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My Name Is Lucy Barton starring Laura Linney at Bridge Theatre, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

So far, the two Nicks’ flexible Bridge Theatre has hosted a proscenium-arch farce, an immersive Shakespeare, and a thrust-stage Barney Norris play.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Killer Joe starring Orlando Bloom at Trafalgar Studios, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Orlando Bloom hasn’t had the most conventional career. He bagged the life-changing role of Legolas in Lord of the Rings two days

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Bingo review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘witty, rapid-fire monologue’ by Fergus Morgan

Cormac’s got the full house: HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, herpes, gonorrhoea. Bingo. And he’s not dealing with it very well. Alan Flanagan’s likeable

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Strange Death of John Doe review at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, London – ‘slickly staged’ by Fergus Morgan

How did John Doe die? He fell from the landing gear of a Boeing airliner as it made its final descent into

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Act and Terminal 3 review at Print Room, London – ‘disconcerting and dangerous’ by Fergus Morgan

Lars Noren is considered one of Sweden’s greatest living playwrights, but he’s relatively unfamiliar to UK audiences. Surprising, really, because his work

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Pulse Festival at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ‘invigorating work from red-hot names and emerging artists’ by Fergus Morgan

Pulse is an important event, one of a dwindling handful of regional festivals focussed firmly on early-career theatremakers and dedicated to nurturing

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Tartuffe at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

The West End doesn’t get much weirder than this. A bilingual staging of Moliere’s 1664 comedy Tartuffe, relocated to contemporary California, translated

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Goldfish Bowl review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘full of flighty, free-wheeling energy’ by Fergus Morgan

Ex-English teacher and poet Caleb Femi has had a hell of a life. He spent his early childhood in Nigeria, followed his

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Translations at the National Theatre – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Macbeth, Pinocchio, Saint George and the Dragon, Follies, Common, Salome, Twelfth Night, Amadeus – the recent roster of National Theatre shows in

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Left My Desk review at New Diorama, London – ‘pointedly political’ by Fergus Morgan

Last week, the New Diorama announced a radical overhaul of its programming model, reducing the number of main house shows programmed each

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Monday, May 21, 2018

As You Like It/Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Globe – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

A new chapter has begun at Shakespeare’s Globe after Emma Rice’s drawn-out and acrimonious departure. Her successor as artistic director Michelle Terry

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Put Out the Lights review at Avenue Theatre, Ipswich – ‘skilfully written historical drama’ by Fergus Morgan

Alice Driver and Alexander Gooch were two of the nine Ipswich Martyrs, a group of Suffolk Protestants burnt at the stake during

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mood Music at the Old Vic, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Mood Music sounds great. It’s directed by Roger Michell, a big-shot name in stage and screen who most recently took the reins

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Our Blue Heaven review at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ‘dusted with magic’ by Fergus Morgan

Forty years ago last Sunday, Bobby Robson’s Ipswich Town beat Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup, the sensational culmination

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Building the Wall review at Park Theatre – ‘bold and breathless’ by Fergus Morgan

When Robert Schenkkan wrote Building the Wall in the autumn of 2016, it was probably a unsettling, insightful and important analysis of

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Chess at the London Coliseum – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

What a time to be alive, if you’re an Abba fan (and who isn’t?). Not only have the Swedish pop legends announced

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Review: Gut at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh by Fergus Morgan

Fear in the 21st century: Frances Poet's Bruntwood-shortlisted play is astute and unsettling. The post Review: Gut at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Not Talking review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘a sensitive staging of Mike Bartlett’s first play’ by Fergus Morgan

Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking is built upon two convictions: that there are two sides to every story, and that it is always

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Absolute Hell at the National Theatre, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Rodney Ackland’s The Pink Room was smashed to smithereens by critics when it premiered in 1952, effectively stopping Ackland’s successful playwriting career

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For King and Country showrunner Lauren Reed: ‘The audience leads the action. We have to be prepared for anything’ by Fergus Morgan

Lauren Reed is showrunner of Second World War drama For King and Country, which allows its audience to decide the direction of

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Broken review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘a sweary, seamy verse play’ by Fergus Morgan

Matthew Lyon’s verse play Broken wears its influences on its sleeve. It embraces that swaggering, strutting Berkoffian vibe, spitting out its story

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Strictly Ballroom the Musical at Piccadilly Theatre, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom began life in 1984 as a short student play, devised by Luhrmann and his classmates at Sydney’s National

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Monday, April 23, 2018

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest review at Chickenshed, London – ‘lacks electricty’ by Fergus Morgan

Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over he Cuckoo’s Nest was published in 1962. Milos Forman’s iconic movie, starring Jack Nicholson, was released in

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at Aldwych Theatre, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Brace yourself – here comes the next mega-hit jukebox musical. Tina, which opened with a bang in the West End this week

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: The Marriage of Figaro at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin by Fergus Morgan

Losing steam: Irish National Opera's first production runs out of ideas and invention. The post Review: The Marriage of Figaro at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Review round-up: Chicago starring Cuba Gooding Jr at Phoenix Theatre, London by Fergus Morgan

It’s back. After a six-year hiatus touring the provinces, Kander and Ebb’s classic 1975 musical returns to the West End, where it

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: Quiz at the Noël Coward Theatre by Fergus Morgan

Let's play: Chris Tarrant quizzes you on the West End transfer of James Graham's latest hit play. The post Review: Quiz at the Noël Coward Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Inheritance at Young Vic, London – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Just as the National’s extraordinary Angels in America hits the headlines on its Broadway transfer, London gets another epic, seven-hour, two-part play

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White Guy on the Bus review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘compelling and stylish’ by Fergus Morgan

Spoiler alert: something happens just before the interval in Bruce Graham’s White Guy on the Bus that twists it from a compelling

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Moonfleece review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘a sparky revival’ by Fergus Morgan

Cramming all 11 characters in Philip Ridley’s Moonfleece onto the small stage of the Pleasance’s second space is quite a challenge, but

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