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Monday, November 12, 2018

‘Certainly thought-provoking’: A PUPIL – Park Theatre by Ian Foster

Strong performances from Lucy Sheen and Flora Spencer-Longhurst make Jesse Briton’s A Pupil an interesting watch at the Park Theatre.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

‘The writing cuts deep with a convincing sense of authenticity’: GILDED BUTTERFLIES – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

Capturing something of the tragedy of solitary confinement, Gilded Butterflies is an evocative hour at the Hope Theatre.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

‘Suffused with the joy of music’: BRASS THE MUSICAL – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

There’s a neat symmetry to the life of Brass the Musical thus far. Originally commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First Wor…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘Modern & moving’: ROMEO & JULIET – Barbican Theatre by Ian Foster

It’s sometimes a little difficult to take seriously how old everyone is meant to be in Romeo & Juliet but Erica Whyman’s modern-day production for the RSC, playing in rep now at the…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

‘A fitting tribute’: THE GREATER GAME – Waterloo East Theatre by Ian Foster

At Waterloo East Theatre, The Greater Game is a sobering reminder of the individual stories behind the statistics of our war dead, and a fitting tribute too.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

‘Quite often breathtaking’: EAR FOR EYE – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

Ear for eye, Debbie Tucker Green’s new play for the Royal Court, is ferocious and uncompromising and challenging and quite often breath-taking.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

‘What better time to redress this’: FORGOTTEN 遗忘 – Arcola Theatre by Ian Foster

It is still a shock to discover the history lesson that Daniel York Loh has in store for us in Forgotten 遗忘 at the Arcola Theatre.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

‘Lacks clarity & intent’: MACBETH – Barbican Theatre by Ian Foster

Despite a cast including Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack, this proves another disappointment of a Macbeth as the RSC starts is autumn residency at the Barbican.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

‘It is achingly done’: SUNDOWNING – Tristan Bates Theatre by Ian Foster

The latest dementia play is Nessah Muthy’s Sundowning, currently showing at the Tristan Bates Theatre and based as it is, in part at least, on Muthy’s own family history, it is achingly …

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

‘A hugely frustrating watch’: I & YOU – Hampstead Theatre by Ian Foster

Probably best not to read this beforehand if you’re planning to see Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams in her stage debut in I and You at the Hampstead Theatre…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Entertaining & impeccably acted’: STORIES – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Ultimately, Stories might not necessarily be too profound or truly enlightening, but it does speak to the ways in which a plan for life can lead you most astray and I did find it entertainin…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘All really rather good fun’: ON YOUR HEAD BE IT – Old Red Lion Theatre by Ian Foster

There’s nothing quite like being smacked around the head by the brilliance of a theatre company and that was my experience the first time I saw Out of the Forest Theatre with their strikin…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘Full of artistic ambition’: JERICHO’S ROSE – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

A striking look at immigration and dementia, Jericho’s Rose brings the loop pedal and no little invention to the Hope Theatre.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

‘Proves a curious enterprise’: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre by Ian Foster

A Scott Alan song cycle promises much but The Distance You Have Come doesn’t quite deliver at the Cockpit Theatre, despite its excellent cast.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

‘Finds an entirely new lease of life’: COMPANY – West End by Ian Foster

Phone rings, door chimes, in comes an adaptation of Company that subtly but definitively realigns it for a contemporary audience and makes you wonder how you could ever go back to the origin…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

‘Pleasingly diverting’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Katzplace by Ian Foster

A youthful and enthusiastic Much Ado About Nothing from Exploding Whale in the Katzpace Studio Theatre in London Bridge.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘Pretty much a perfect representation of a play with songs’: TO HAVE TO SHOOT IRISHMEN – Touring by Ian Foster

Too often, the term ‘play with songs’ is abused by marketing types to avoid using the word musical in all its apparent divisiveness. So what a blessed relief to find that Lizzie Nunnery…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘Truly soul-enhancing, life-enrichening thing’: THE INHERITANCE – Noel Coward Theatre by Ian Foster

After a scorching run at the Young Vic, Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance makes a well-deserved transfer into the West End.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

‘Acutely observed portrait of modern parenthood’: PARENTS’ EVENING – Jermyn Street Theatre by Ian Foster

A two-hander full of game-playing, Parents’ Evening is an intriguing new play at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

‘Little here that rings with profound resonance’: I’M NOT RUNNING – National Theatre by Ian Foster

I’m Not Running is David Hare’s 17th new play to be presented at the National Theatre but for a playwright known for espousing the state of the nation in his work, there’s a frustratin…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘Imaginative take on a familiar tale’: DRACULA – Brockley Jack Theatre by Ian Foster

Adaptor/director Ross McGregor turning to Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula makes sense, not least as it offers ample opportunity for Arrows & Traps to refresh its rather dustily antiquat…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

‘Chock-full of eminently hummable tunes’: MYTHIC – Charing Cross Theatre by Ian Foster

Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor’s Mythic may have a rather unassuming demeanour by comparison, but it proves to be something of a gently Olympian success from director/choreographer Sarah O…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

‘It revels in the tangled web it weaves’: THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM – West End by Ian Foster

Such pleasure in watching Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins onstage plus The Height of the Storm at the Wyndham’s Theatre is great for post-show reconstruction of this deconstructed story.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

‘Tender enough to move even the stubbornest of souls’: ONCE – Hornchurch by Ian Foster

This regional UK premiere of Once the musical should see you falling slowly towards Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch in order to book your tickets.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

‘It’s hard work, as is the whole thing, but worth it for its sheer quality’: PINTER ONE – West End by Ian Foster

Beginning with a burst of confetti and ending in a sombre drop of petals, Pinter One is the far darker side of Pinter at the Pinter“They don’t like you either, my darling” …

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

‘Karimloo’s voice remains a thing of wonder’: BROADWAY @ LEICESTER SQUARE – Ramin Karimloo by Ian Foster

The Broadway @ The Leicester Square brand is one which surfaces infrequently but always pays rich rewards when it does. Having attracted Patti LuPone, then Audra McDonald and John Barrowman …

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Friday, October 5, 2018

‘Someone to hold you too close’: 10 takes on ‘Being Alive’ to celebrate Company’s opening by Ian Foster

My Top 10 ‘Losing My Mind’ post has been one of the most popular on the site, so I thought I would repeat the exercise with what is arguably Company’s most iconic song ‘Being Alive…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

‘It’s all really rather captivating’: PINTER TWO – West End by Ian Foster

Impeccably acted and insightfully staged, Pinter Two a most effective double bill and a promising start to a season I may yet fall for more completely.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Album Review: Imaginary by Ian Foster

Released by SimG Records, the cast recording for the National Youth Music Theatre’s Imaginary is just a lovely thing indeed.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

‘When their work is this good, why wouldn’t you indulge?’: MURDER SHE DIDN’T WRITE / AUSTENTATIOUS – West End by Ian Foster

Sundays are obviously the right time to catch improv companies in London and when their work is this good, why wouldn’t you indulge?

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Monday, October 1, 2018

‘There’s something directly compelling & disturbing here’: THE LESSON – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

You ignore what Ionesco has to teach us in The Lesson at your peril – the Hope Theatre is onto another winner here with a strong in-house production.

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