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Thursday, May 25, 2017

BWW Review: WOYZECK, Old Vic by Jenny Gilbert

The very survival into the 21st century of an unfinished play written by a 23-year-old in 1836 is an extraordinary thing, made more extraordinary by the grimness of its subject. Even to call…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Richard III, Arcola by Jenny Gilbert

Greg Hicks' arch machinator lifts an otherwise under-nuanced productionThere may never have been a time when Shakespeare’s Richard III did not have contemporary relevance, but surely …

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BWW Review: OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR, Duke of York's Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

From The Sound of Music to Gareth Malone's The Choir, the redemptive power of choral singing has provided a wealth of feel-good stories. The discipline, the communal spirit, the beauty of th…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Obsession, Barbican review - Jude Law on serious form in Ivo van Hove's latest by Jenny Gilbert

Ivo van Hove's cultish staging of the Visconti film disappointsThere is a distinctive look, feel, even sound to a stage production directed by Ivo van Hove, which is becoming rather fam…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Whisper House, The Other Palace by Jenny Gilbert

Scary? Not this ghost-story rock musical, sadlyIt used to be said that the devil had all the best music. But the devil seems to have lost his touch in this ghost-story rock musical from Dunc…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S EARLY ADVENTURES, Sadler's Wells by Jenny Gilbert

If Matthew Bourne had set out to produce a dance show to express the sentiments of Brexit, he couldn't have done it more effectively than this. The fact that Early Adventures is a mixed bag …

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

An American In Paris, Dominion Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Christopher Wheeldon's staging of the movie is the most glamorous escape in townWhat’s in a yellow dress? Hope over experience? Reckless confidence? This is a legitimate question when…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

BWW Review: GALA FLAMENCA 2017, Sadler's Wells by Jenny Gilbert

What could be more cheering in a dank dark London February than a blast of Spanish flamenco Answer a Sadler's Wells flamenco gala, a fistful of stellar talents for the price of one.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

BWW Review: MASURCA FOGO, Sadler's Wells by Jenny Gilbert

For anyone who had been wondering, seven and a half years on from the demise of Pina Bausch, what was the point of her company's continued trawl through her back-catalogue, this visit is rea…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Glass Menagerie, Duke of York's by Jenny Gilbert

Tennessee Williams' first masterpiece gets the John Tiffany touchThe writing of Tennessee Williams, said his contemporary Arthur Miller, planted “the flag of beauty on the shores of c…

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Kite Runner, Wyndhams Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's bestseller is not built to soarKhaled Hosseini's 2003 bestseller ticks all the boxes as an A-level text. A personal story with epic sweep, it interweaves…

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, Finborough Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Revival of Tony Harrison's satyr play remains virile, but shows its ageWhen a leading fringe theatre starts the year with a production whose gender ratio is 8:1 in favour of men, it had…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BWW Review: HEDDA GABLER, National Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Ibsen's Hedda has been called the female Hamlet and not just because it's a role that every serious actress wants to play. The blank at the heart of her presents a daunting challenge. Why is…

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios by Jenny Gilbert

Ed Harris gives a masterclass in Sam Shepard's gothic family dramaWhat stroke of prescience brought two Sam Shepard plays to London in the very month America voted for Trump? The kind o…

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

An Inspector Calls, Playhouse Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Stephen Daldry's makeover of the JB Priestley classic is back, and misses its markSo, the Inspector has come calling yet again. Twenty-four years have passed since Stephen Daldry’s gr…

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

BWW Review: KING LEAR, Old Vic, 7 November 2016 by Jenny Gilbert

Gender-blind casting has arrived and we'd better get used to it. Correction it seems we are getting used to it, viz the imminent revival of the Donmar's all-female Shakespeare trilogy. So th…

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Fool for Love, Found111 by Jenny Gilbert

FOOL FOR LOVE, FOUND111 Sam Shepard's incest play makes a fine swansong for a pop-up venueSam Shepard's incest play makes a fine swansong for a pop-up venueWho is the fool in Sam Shepar…

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

BWW Review: ANASTASIA, Royal Opera House, 26 October 2016 by Jenny Gilbert

If Kenneth MacMillan had left well alone, the taut little chamber piece he made in 1967 - stark, inventive and affecting - would be hailed a modernist masterpiece by now. Instead, swayed by …

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lunch/The Bow of Ulysses, Trafalgar Studios by Jenny Gilbert

The perception of Steven many-hats Berkoff as “one of the major minor contemporary dramatists in Britain” makes sense when you see this. Here are two chamber pieces, both two-handers, wr…

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Good Canary, Rose Theatre, Kingston by Jenny Gilbert

Very occasionally the playing of a play leaves a deeper impression than does the play itself. This is the case with Good Canary, a lippy, sweary tragicomedy by Zach Helm about secrets and ad…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Unreachable, Royal Court by Jenny Gilbert

There are obvious reasons why films about the theatre outnumber plays about the movie industry, but here’s a play that bucks that trend. Anthony Neilson’s latest drama is located on a fi…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Vassa Zheleznova, Southwark Playhouse by Jenny Gilbert

In the town of Nizhni Novgorod where Maxim Gorky was born, it was said that “the houses are made of stone, the people of iron”. Vassa Zheleznova, the titular matriarch of this rarely per…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Haïm: In the Light of a Violin, Print Room at the Coronet by Jenny Gilbert

On the face of it, there is nothing in this tightly focussed little piece that says anything new about the Holocaust. The plight of a poor Jewish boy unfortunate enough to be growing up in 1…

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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Invisible Hand, Tricycle Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

In the long tradition of fictional characters who embody their monikers, the naming of Nick Bright hardly counts as the most colourful, but it has a sardonic edge when pinned to a young bank…

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie, Arcola by Jenny Gilbert

The playwright Anders Lustgarten has spent a considerable chunk of his life reading and writing and thinking about China, and clearly wants to set a few points straight. Tired of the persist…

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Miss Atomic Bomb, St James Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

As settings for musical comedy go, this one promised some boom for your buck. Las Vegas in the early 1950s was just emerging as a magnet not only for hedonists and gamblers, mobsters and sho…

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Welcome Home, Captain Fox!, Donmar Warehouse by Jenny Gilbert

It’s often remarked that are no new stories, only old stories retold. The French playwright Jean Anouihl got the idea for his first play from a French newspaper report of 1919, about a you…

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Friday, February 26, 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lyric Hammersmith by Jenny Gilbert

Shakespeare’s plays have proved remarkably resilient to everything that’s been thrown at them down the years, including – in the case of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with its flowery bo…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Cyrano de Bergerac, Southwark Playhouse by Jenny Gilbert

Given that Edmond Rostand’s 1897 tragicomic verse play Cyrano de Bergerac gave the word "panache" to the English language, it’s an irony that panache is the quality most woefully lacking…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Howard Barker Double Bill, Arcola Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Two plays for the price of one. What’s not to like? Particularly when they resonate so strongly with each other on a hard, uncompromising theme. Broadly, that theme is love and war, sex an…

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Sweethearts, Finborough Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Entertaining our troops overseas has already proved a fruitful subject for drama, and not only for its show-within-a-show potential. Peter Nichols’ Privates on Parade – revived in t…

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