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Monday, December 11, 2017

The Ladykillers of Humber Doucy Lane review at Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich – ‘pops with wit and invention’ by Fergus Morgan

This is the second stage adaptation of Alexander Mackendrick’s tired old Ealing comedy to reach Ipswich this year, but where Peter Rowe’s

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Grimly Handsome review at Royal Court, London – ‘playfully philosophical’ by Fergus Morgan

What to make of this? Julia Jarcho’s Obie award-winning 2013 three-hander  here making its UK premiere in a lightly immersive staging created

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Cambridge Arts Theatre – ‘A bit too slick, a bit heartless’ by Fergus Morgan

There’s a unique delight in seeing Tony Christie fumble out gags about his sparkling back catalogue to a baffled audience of entirely

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Rapunzel review at Cambridge Junction – ‘witty, warm and wacky’ by Fergus Morgan

It’s Rapunzel, but not as we know it. Cambridge Junction’s Christmas show, a co-production with Valentina Ceschi and Thomas Eccleshare’s Dancing Brick,

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: Parliament Square at Bush Theatre by Fergus Morgan

Timely vitality: James Fritz's intense, sprawling new play is a call to action. The post Review: Parliament Square at Bush Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

‘Tis Unmanly Grief review at Theatre N16, London – ‘fearless, but flawed’ by Fergus Morgan

Lifting its title from a line in Hamlet, and also focusing on the increasingly alarming behaviour of a young man mourning his

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Red Riding Hood: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto review at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ‘barnstorming’ by Fergus Morgan

New Wolsey artistic director Peter Rowe and long-time panto partner-in-crime Ben Goddard have hit upon a winning festive formula: their annual ‘rock

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Everybody really is talking about Jamie. Tom MacRae’s new musical turned heads when it premiered in Sheffield last year, and it’s turning

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Secret Theatre review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘an engrossing spy thriller’ by Fergus Morgan

Anders Lustgarten’s new play The Secret Theatre inhabits the same historical moment as Schiller’s Mary Stuart – the late 1580s, with Elizabeth

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Jamaican pantomime: How a British tradition was given a Caribbean flavour by Fergus Morgan

For more than 75 years, the Little Theatre Movement has been staging pantomimes in Jamaica’s capital, starting with very British-style offerings, but

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Network starring Bryan Cranston at the National Theatre – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Last December, Belgian big-shot Ivo van Hove’s production of Hedda Gabler opened on the National’s Lyttelton stage, a radical revival that the

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Glengarry Glen Ross starring Christian Slater at the Playhouse Theatre – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, now revered as an all-American classic, actually started its life in London. Its first production came courtesy

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Contractions review at the New Diorama, London – ‘nerve-wrenching’ by Fergus Morgan

Contractions is like a site-specific episode of Black Mirror. Emma (Abigail Poulton), a chirpy, cheery salesman at an unnamed international company, is

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Quaint Honour review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘an astutely staged revival’ by Fergus Morgan

Roger Gellert’s only play, Quaint Honour, received its world premiere in 1958 at the Arts Theatre, where it was able to dodge the

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The Retreat review at Park Theatre, London – ‘funny and catarthic’ by Fergus Morgan

Comedy writing duo Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong share an impressive CV – sketch writers for Mitchell and Webb, co-creators of the

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Picasso review at the Playground Theatre, London – ‘wincingly misjudged’ by Fergus Morgan

There are misjudged artistic decisions and then there’s this. The inaugural production of Latimer Road’s new Playground Theatre is an outrageously sexist,

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Trestle review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘funny, adorable, elegaic’ by Fergus Morgan

Stewart Pringle’s Papatango prize-winning two-hander is the sort of play you want to take your gran to: a modest not-quite-love story brimming with gentle humour

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

HG Wells’ The Invisible Man review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘awkwardly underwritten’ by Fergus Morgan

There’s one big problem with reworking The Invisible Man for the theatre. See if you can spot it. No, it’s him. Over

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Young Marx at the Bridge Theatre – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, who together ran the National Theatre for 12 years and oversaw some of the biggest theatrical smash-hits

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Titus got this critic’s heart pumping – and here’s the proof by Fergus Morgan

He considered himself impervious to stage horror, but after taking part in a research project monitoring audience’s heart-rate activity while watching live

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Review: Albion at the Almeida by Fergus Morgan

Good state-of-the-nation stuff: Fergus Morgan reviews Mike Bartlett's new play at the Almeida. The post Review: Albion at the Almeida appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Oxy and the Morons review at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ‘winningly warm-hearted’ by Fergus Morgan

In the late 1970s, punk band Oxy and the Morons nearly made it, coming within a pen-stroke of signing with record label EMI, before

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Venus in Fur at the Theatre Royal Haymarket – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

What an awful moment for Venus in Fur to arrive in the West End. With stories of Hollywood’s deep-seated misogyny dominating the

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Friday, October 13, 2017

The End of Hope review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘a keen sense of the absurd’ by Fergus Morgan

The lights come up. A woman in a giant mouse costume is furiously riding a prostrate man. They climax, then, in thick Belfast accents, have an

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Review: Saint George and the Dragon at National Theatre by Fergus Morgan

A sledgehammer made of metaphor: Fergus Morgan reviews Rory Mullarkey allegorical play about the history of Britain. The post Review: Saint George and the Dragon at National Theatre appear…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dublin Theatre Festival 2017 review – ‘varied and daring’ by Fergus Morgan

Dublin Theatre Festival turns 60 this year, not that artistic director Willie White is particularly focused on commemorating such longevity, announcing that “Anniversaries are a

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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Talk about reanimating the dead. US comedy legend Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 spoof film Young Frankenstein had been gathering dust for 33

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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at Wyndham’s Theatre review round-up by Fergus Morgan

If there was an Olivier for most intimidating play title, Simon Stephens’ new two-hander would be a shoo-in. Fret not, as Heisenberg: The Uncertainty

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Friday, October 6, 2017

James Graham’s Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Does James Graham ever take a break? Not content with two West End runs already in 2017 – This House, which finished its long-overdue transfer back

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Elton John’s Glasses review at Watford Palace Theatre – ‘uneven farce about football and failure’ by Fergus Morgan

David Farr’s hectic 1996 football comedy Elton John’s Glasses – here given its first UK revival by Psyche Stott – is a

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Band at Manchester Opera House – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

We’ve already had one Take That jukebox musical: in 2008, the ill-fated Never Forget had a brief West End run before sinking

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