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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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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Ladykillers review at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ‘clunky and mirthless’ by Fergus Morgan

Originally a classic Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness, then an under-par Coen brothers rehash with Tom Hanks, and finally a West End play

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tom Hiddleston in Hamlet at RADA – review round-up by Fergus Morgan

Yep, you read that right. Yet another Hamlet, starring yet another white British man who either has, or probably will at some

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Friday, September 8, 2017

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

After a torrid few months hosting Yael Farber’s Salome and DC Moore’s Common, the Olivier is crying out for a hit. Its autumn offerings start with a bang, with

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Sugar Baby review at Roundabout at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘stonking good fun’ by Fergus Morgan

Alan Harris’ one-man play Sugar Baby is a great laugh, a chaotic comedy caper set on the streets of Cardiff with a

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Dear Home Office: Still Pending review at Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh – ‘rough and ready’ by Fergus Morgan

Last year, Phosphoros Theatre’s Dear Home Office turned heads with its bold, brutal evocation of life as an unaccompanied child refugee. Dear

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From the Ground Up review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘bold but blunt’ by Fergus Morgan

Written by Ontroerend Goed’s Joeri Smet, directed by Warts and All Theatre’s Christopher Elmer-Gorry and performed by members of the Almeida Theatre Young Company, From the …

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Kafka and Son review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘dull’ by Fergus Morgan

In November 1919, Franz Kafka wrote a 50-page letter to his father, in which he articulated in minute detail the emotional abuse

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Sad Little Man review at Paradise in the Vault, Edinburgh – ‘devastating meditation on grief’ by Fergus Morgan

Pub Corner Poets’ first show, Angry, divided audiences. It won author Josh Overton the Sunday Times Playwriting Award at the National Student

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

‘Beginning of something special’ as Hull theatre takes the fringe by storm by Fergus Morgan

Theatremakers in Hull are hailing the birth of “something special” in the city’s performing arts scene, as demonstrated by a particularly strong

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Testosterone review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘winningly playful but lightweight’ by Fergus Morgan

Transgender stories have featured high on the agenda at this Edinburgh Fringe. At Pleasance Courtyard, trans theatremaker Kit Redstone and physical theatre

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trygve Wakenshaw and Barnie Duncan: Different Party review at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh – ‘touches of genius’ by Fergus Morgan

Kiwi physical comedians Trygve Wakenshaw and Barnie Duncan welcome you to Rucks’s World of Leather Interiors (“Imagine a room made of skin”),

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Locker Room Talk review at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘provocative look at toxic masculinity’ by Fergus Morgan

Oh, it’s horrible. It’s so horrible. It’s so grimly, wincingly, cringingly, stomach-churningly, infuriatingly, terrifyingly horrible. Galvanised by Donald Trump’s inf…

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The Damned United review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘feisty, full-on adaptation’ by Fergus Morgan

Adapted by Anders Lustgarten from David Peace’s 2006 stream-of-consciousness novel, Red Ladder Theatre’s The Damned United tells the story of Brian Clough’s

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Radio review at Paradise in Augustines, Edinburgh – ‘weak and derivative’ by Fergus Morgan

There’s the germ of a decent comedy-drama in Archie Thomson’s Radio, but that’s all there is. The rest is weak, derivative, inconclusive

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Fag/Stag review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘refreshingly unsentimental’ by Fergus Morgan

Two men, one straight, one gay, sit atop stools and tell different sides of the same story. They’re both Aussies, mates who

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Stand By review at Army @ the Fringe, Summerhall – ‘compellingly authentic police drama’ by Fergus Morgan

“The job is fucked.” The phrase rings through Adam McNamara’s four-handed Scottish police drama Stand By like a refrain. Presented as part

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Flesh and Bone review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘riotous, rollicking portrait’ by Fergus Morgan

Unpolished Theatre’s Flesh and Bone barges its way onto the stage and stays there, shouty, gobby and full of heart until the

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A Machine They’re Secretly Building review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘stylish, but lacking revelatory bite’ by Fergus Morgan

Lifting its title from a rehashed Edward Snowden quote, Proto-type Theatre’s A Machine They’re Secretly Building blows another whistle on governmental mass surveillance.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

These Trees The Autumn Leaves Alone review at Underbelly Med Quad – ‘full of charm’ by Fergus Morgan

Australian storyteller Wil Greenway – bright eyes, bare feet, big beard, even bigger heart – trades in spinning whimsical yarns full of charm and coincidence. They

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Snowflake review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘bags of potential’ by Fergus Morgan

Former Lyceum artistic director Mark Thomson’s Snowflake is the inaugural production from The Network, a new ensemble for emerging talent created by the

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Monster review at Pleasance Courtyard – ‘brimming with earnest, intelligent energy’ by Fergus Morgan

There’s a monster inside all of us, itching to be let out. That’s the hypothesis explored in Worklight Theatre’s Monster, a new one-man show written and performed

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