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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Iphigenia in Splott, Lyric Hammersmith review - raises as many questions as answers by Gary Naylor

★★★ IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT, LYRIC HAMMERSMITH THEATRE Howl of protest at the cost of austerity leads to a different conclusion seven years on Timely revival of Gary Owen's solo play It…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:37AM
Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Theatre Royal Stratford East review - wild trip gets a welcome revival by Gary Naylor

★★★★ THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA, THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST The landscape of mental health explored in surreal comedy A woman confronts her neuroses in a phantasmagorical wor…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:43AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Clutch, Bush Theatre review - new comedy-drama passes its test by Gary Naylor

★★★ CLUTCH Odd couple in a Corsa drive in fourth gear for comedy but second gear for pathos After a strong start, newly commissioned play takes a wrong exit from the roundabout Max is…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:07AM
Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Two Popes, Rose Theatre review - sparkling with wit and pathos by Gary Naylor

Funny, poignant and stimulating, a delightfully welcome piece of intellectual escapism It can’t have been an easy pitch. “Popes. Both foreign, yes. German and Argentinian – sorry, can…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:33AM
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Ride, Charing Cross Theatre review - A true story of female empowerment by Gary Naylor

★★★★ RIDE New musical about a difficult, charismatic, barrier-breaking woman freewheels into the West End  New musical about a barrier-breaking woman freewheels into the West End …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:07AM
Friday, August 26, 2022

Into The Woods, Theatre Royal Bath review - If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise by Gary Naylor

★★★★★  INTO THE WOODS Breathtaking production captures the unease at the heart of this fairytale musical Prepare to be dazzled and disoriented in a phantasmagorical festival of t…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:24AM
Thursday, August 25, 2022

Treason The Musical In Concert, Theatre Royal Drury Lane review - plenty of musical gunpowder but not enough plot by Gary Naylor

★★★  TREASON THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT Semi-staged production shows promise - and problems Semi-staged production shows promise - and problems A semi-staged concert performance of a musi…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:25AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Wonderville Magic and Cabaret - fast-paced show delivers the promised wonder by Gary Naylor

Leave memories of Paul Daniels at the door and embrace the sweet deception inside There’s nothing quite like magic, live, up close and personal. Sure there are the TV spectaculars, the cas…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:07AM
Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Tempest, Shakespeare's Globe review - occasional gales of laughter drown out subtlety by Gary Naylor

If you think a fat man wearing yellow swimming trunks is funny, you're on the right island Alexei Sayle, in his angry young man phase, once said that you can always tell when you’re watchi…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:42AM
Saturday, July 30, 2022

Tasting Notes, Southwark Playhouse review - whining in the wine bar by Gary Naylor

★ TASTING NOTES New musical set in a wine bar should have stayed in the cellar  Not much goes right for a show whose characters are similarly ill-fated LJ's dream has come true - she h…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:18AM
Thursday, July 28, 2022

Sister Act The Musical, Eventim Apollo review- the West End meets the Westway by Gary Naylor

★★★★ SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL Event theatre and a sensational lead performance make the trip worthwhile Crowdpleasing musical retains its glitz and charm (and cheese, too) If jukebox…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:03AM
Saturday, July 23, 2022

The Darkest Part of the Night, Kiln Theatre - issues-led drama has its heart in the right place by Gary Naylor

★★★ THE DARKEST PART OF THE NIGHT, KILN Issues-led drama has its heart in the right place The didactic vies with the dramatic in Zodwa Nyoni's incident-packed new play Music plays a …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 01:33AM
Thursday, July 21, 2022

Closer, Lyric Hammersmith review - still sordid and sexy 25 years on by Gary Naylor

★★★★CLOSER, LYRIC HAMMERSMITH Still sordid and sexy 25 years on Lovers come together, split apart and come together again Drama is writing in thin air, its content instantly spirite…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 11:12AM
Thursday, July 7, 2022

The Dance of Death, Arcola Theatre review - hate sustains a marriage in new version of Strindberg classic by Gary Naylor

Fine acting and bleak humour barely ameliorates a grim slog through a broken relationship Rebecca Lenkiewicz's adaptation of August Strindberg's 1900 paean to the power of loathing over lovi…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 04:12PM
Friday, July 1, 2022

The White Card, Soho Theatre review - expelling the audience from its comfort zone by Gary Naylor

Claudia Rankine's 2018 play insists on raising difficult questions  Art and race intersect to provocative effect We’re in New York City, in an upscale loft apartment, with that absence of…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:18AM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Glass Menagerie, Duke of York's Theatre review - memories flare and fade by Gary Naylor

A classic play can still collapse time and space with its heartrending relevance The stage is cluttered with objects; a pianola sits stage left; a large cabinet, soon to be revealed as a di…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:18AM
Saturday, May 28, 2022

Girl on an Altar, Kiln Theatre review - machismo, murder and motherhood in mesmerising myth by Gary Naylor

  Marina Carr's angry, poetic take on Clytemnestra's story is delivered in all its gory glory Playwrights return to classical myths for two main reasons – to shine a light on how we live …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:06AM
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Grease, Dominion Theatre review - a super night out, great songs well sung and spectacular dancing by Gary Naylor

★★★★ GREASE, Dominion Theatre Nostalgia for the late 1950s and late 1970s underpins an entertaining show Crowdpleaser pleases crowd: this High School musical delivers what its audie…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 11:07PM
Saturday, May 14, 2022

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's Globe review - the Bard buried in bad choices by Gary Naylor

★ JULIUS CAESAR, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Misjudged masterpiece   Intrusive 21st century agenda and dismal staging waste an opportunity With tyrants licking their lips around the world and th…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:54AM
Thursday, April 21, 2022

Bonnie & Clyde, The Arts Theatre review - great songs, but plot fires too many blanks by Gary Naylor

Iconic couple shoot for West End success One of the more irritating memes (it’s a competitive field, I know) is the “Name a more iconic couple” appearing over a photo of Posh and Becks…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:42AM
Saturday, April 16, 2022

Zorro the Musical, Charing Cross Theatre review - struggling to find the right tone by Gary Naylor

Swordplay and songs never quite hit their stride Zorro (what a name!) is back, swashing and buckling his way into the West End, 13 years after he left and now not the only one wearing a mask…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:06AM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Project Dictator, New Diorama Theatre review - anarchic satire by Gary Naylor

Political lesson on the dangers of populism fails to hit home Loud madcap comedy morphs into mime and flops when it should fly When Rhum + Clay conceived this show, the idea of a comic becom…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 08:12AM
Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Merchant of Venice, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - enormous empathy by Gary Naylor

Abigail Graham's pacy production focuses on the moneylender's fate A supposed 'comedy' gives the moneylender Shylock pride of place The Merchant of Venice is a comedy, you say? Shakespeare,…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:03AM
Monday, March 7, 2022

After the End, Theatre Royal Stratford East review - suddenly relevant two-hander by Gary Naylor

Dennis Kelly's 2005 play presses many 2022 buttons Lockdown, #MeToo and Ukraine give new urgency to a dystopian fable Mark was teased about the fallout shelter at the bottom of his garden …

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 03:36AM
Friday, March 4, 2022

But I'm A Cheerleader: The Musical, Turbine Theatre review - two cheers for feelgood show by Gary Naylor

Another musical based on a movie hits London, with a moral guaranteed to please audiences Wave your pom poms for a show with its heart in the right place We open on “Seventeen is Swell”,…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:48AM
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Saturday Night Fever, Peacock Theatre review - crowd-pleaser stays true to its roots by Gary Naylor

Few concessions to 21st century sensibilities, but a great night out Iconic film on stage heats up the West End Wind the clock back 45 years and the Big Apple was bankrupt, the lights had go…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 10:18AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Broken Wings, Charing Cross Theatre review - new musical fails to fly by Gary Naylor

Plodding book detailing a poet's sentimental education falls flat on stage Somewhere in the world right now, one can hear Mister Mister's AOR hit, "Broken Wings" on an MOR radio station, cap…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 05:42AM
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story, Jermyn Street Theatre review - True Crime musical gets West End showcase by Gary Naylor

★★★ THRILL ME:THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY Child killers seduce us with charisma and song Child killers seduce us with charisma and song There's a lot of True Crime stuff about, so it'…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 09:33AM
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

David Suchet - Poirot And More, A Retrospective, Harold Pinter Theatre review - the much-loved actor looks back by Gary Naylor

Sir David Suchet reflects on his extraordinary career  Sir David Suchet takes us from school days to sleuth days In the 80s, An Audience With... gave a television studio to an actor who th…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 07:48AM
Saturday, December 18, 2021

The Tiger Lillies' Christmas Carol: A Victorian Gutter, Southbank Centre review - cult band get inside Scrooge's head by Gary Naylor

★★★★ THE TIGER LILLIES' CHRISTMAS CAROL: A VICTORIAN GUTTER, SOUTHBANK CENTRE  Melancholy musical retelling laced with wit and political venom   The Tiger Lillies tell a familiar…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 06:24PM
Monday, November 29, 2021

The Good Life, Richmond Theatre review - popular sitcom gets its own origin story by Gary Naylor

★★★ THE GOOD LIFE Nostalgic comedy with a surprising resonance 45 years on  Tom, Barbara, Jerry and Margo are back in the '70s, but with a message for today "Off-grid" wasn't a thing…

SOURCE: theartsdesk.com at 07:03AM

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