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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LOVE IN IDLENESS – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

Overlord of all that is authentic in British theatre, Trevor Nunn is now further redefining authenticity by presenting us with a Terence Rattigan premiere, cobbled together from two pre-exis…

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – West End by Ian Foster

An American in Paris now rocks up at the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre, just ahead of another huge dance-heavy Broadway musical in 42nd Street, producers clearly banking on audiences wa…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – Touring by Ian Foster

A story about love and acceptance always has things to teach us, gay or straight, now more than ever and the story of St Tropez nightclub owners Georges and Albin is a touching one as throug…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The 2017 Manchester Theatre Awards by Ian Foster

The Manchester Theatre Awards represent the cream of theatre in my native North-West.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

NOTFLIX – King’s Head by Ian Foster

The company to get me over myself were Waiting for the Call, the "original all-female long-form musical improv team", and their promise of a unique blend of comedy, improv and musical group …

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THE ROMAN TRAGEDIES – Barbican by Ian Foster

Eight years ago, I'd barely started to blog, I didn't know who Ivo van Hove was, Andrew Haydon didn't know who I was, it was an altogether simpler time. And I'd be hard pressed to tell you e…

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LOW LEVEL PANIC – Orange Tree by Ian Foster

Dialogue heavy but conversationally acute, we eavesdrop on these women in their bathroom, sharing confidences, fantasies, stories of what it is like to be a woman in a society that continual…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

WORK-IN-PROGRESS – Angel Comedy Club by Ian Foster

A micro-review from There Ought to be Clowns.

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HONEYMOON IN VEGAS – West End by Ian Foster

In the swish surroundings of the London Palladium, it was hard not to be entirely seduced by the lush sound of a 30-strong orchestra (under the musical direction of Freddie Tapner), a chorus…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

ANDREW HUNTER MURRAY: ROUND ONE – Soho Theatre by Ian Foster

Rachel Parris brought us her Best Laid Plans last week and Andrew Hunter Murray has also been appearing the Soho Theatre with his Round One (which has just announced two more dates later in …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BUNNY – White Bear Theatre by Ian Foster

Recounted by the breathlessly energetic and recklessly teenage Katie, Bunny takes a snapshot of her life in the racially divided estates of Luton over the course of a hot summer's afternoon.…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

IN OTHER WORDS – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

It tells the story of the lifelong love between Arthur and Jane, from their meet-cute in a bar over some spilled red wine, through 50 years, to the residential care home where she dutifully …

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Saturday, March 11, 2017


It's a sensational piece of writing that barely seems to have aged since its 1962 debut, such is the sharpness of its caustic wit as Martha spouts forth her bitterness at life-plans gone awr…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

RACHEL PARRIS: BEST LAID PLANS – Soho Theatre by Ian Foster

Who knew you could email the Samaritans? You learn something new everyday and often in the most unexpected of places.

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debbie tucker green's a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun) comes with all the gnomic but still conversational energy of her best writing.

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GROUNDED – Gate Theatre by Ian Foster

A micro-review from There Ought to be Clowns.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

LA STRADA – Touring by Ian Foster

Most reviews of La Strada will doubtless start with a potted history of the film but I have to be entirely honest with you and say that despite its illustrious Oscar-winning status, it's not…

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AMEDEE – Birmingham by Ian Foster

It's always a bit of risk, booking a show you don't know to see a particular actor and I have to say I got my fingers burnt here with Amédée.

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Ian Foster’s News Round-Up by Ian Foster

Bruce and Trevor Horn are delighted to announce that together they are creating a new work of musical theatre – provisionally entitled The Robot Sings with an original story and score by t…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

SNOW IN MIDSUMMER – Stratford by Ian Foster

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Snow in Midsummer is an adaptation of Yuan dynasty drama The Injustice Done to Dou E by Guan Hanqing, marking a key milestone in the vener…

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Friday, March 3, 2017

UGLY LIES THE BONE – National Theatre by Ian Foster

In Kate Fleetwood, Ugly Lies the Bone has the kind of hypnotically magnificent performance that almost makes you forgive any or all shortcomings.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

SCARLETT – Hampstead Theatre by Ian Foster

Scarlett offers a sadly all-too-rare opportunity at the Hampstead to see a play that is written, directed and exclusively stars women, something they should be happy to be publicising. We fi…

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AUSTENTATIOUS – Leicester Square by Ian Foster

A monthly micro-review from There Ought to be Clowns.

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CHIGGER-FOOT BOYS – Tara Arts by Ian Foster

At a moment in British history when the political discourse around the contribution of (at least part of) the immigrant population has never been more highly charged, Patricia Cumper's Chigg…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

HAMLET – Almeida Theatre by Ian Foster

This production will doubtless have its detractors - it's not spoken precisely enough, it doesn't smell of war enough, there are too many watches - but for me, it is as exciting and engaging…

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LIZZIE – Greenwich Theatre by Ian Foster

Lizzie proved to be considerably more interesting than I thought a rock musical would be, presented as something between a semi-staged musical and rock gig, it's a striking thing indeed.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

TOUCHED – Nottingham by Ian Foster

Set in 1945 in the 100 day period between VE Day and VJ Day, it focuses on the lives of the women left holding the country together in this time of great upheaval, which shows no signs of sl…

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

TWELFTH NIGHT – National Theatre by Ian Foster

There's nowt so queer as folk, at least not in Simon Godwin's version of Illyria here. A gender-swapped Malvolia longs after her mistress Olivia, hipster-fop Sir Andrew Aguecheek is entirely…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Young Vic Theatre by Ian Foster

Joe Hill-Gibbins' idiosyncratic 2015 take on Measure for Measure filled the Young Vic with inflatable sex dolls so it should come as little surprise that for his A Midsummer Night's Dream, h…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE WILD PARTY – The Other Palace by Ian Foster

March's jazz-age tale of a tempestuous couple holding a gathering to end all gatherings allows for a real parade of vivid caricatures to come passing through in search of gin, blow, sex and …

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Summer Nights in Space, Prom Kween, This is Not Culturally Significant by Ian Foster

All John Spartan has ever wanted to do is go to outer space but like many a man with an obsession, this dedication has come at a cost to his friendships and marriage as he finds himself pack…

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