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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

THE BOX OF DELIGHTS – Wilton’s Music Hall ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

We should applaud productions brave enough to kick against the seasonal schmaltz. From exciting trap doors in floors and cupboards, to a talking disembodied head and spectacular floods, Tom …

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Monday, December 11, 2017

THE WOMAN IN WHITE – Charing Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

The trouble with The Woman in White is that if you dissect the elements Andrew Lloyd Webber fused into the show, they’re all perfectly fine. You could also add that Thom Southerland’s p…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Old Vic Theatre ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

It takes a lot to put me in the mood for Christmas. But if anything can, this inventive A Christmas Carol does, pulling together tip-top modern stagecraft, a venerated story, and our proude…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

KING TUT – King’s Head by Johnny Fox

Everything good rests on the broad shoulders and Borat-like moustache of director, writer, star and Sheffield export John Savournin. Not only does he have the best jokes and costumes as ‘L…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – West End ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

The actors playing the teens are very fine, but top of the class are John McCrea as a spectacularly well-sung and well-observed Jamie, and Josie Walker as his mum with the only really heartf…

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Monday, November 27, 2017

WICKED – West End ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Eleven years since opening at the Apollo Victoria, Wicked is a well-oiled machine but the newest cast show the same enthusiasm and energy as at that unusual first night in 2006 when so many …

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Monday, November 20, 2017

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – West End ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross – not a tartan bonnet in sight, it’s an All-American play set in Chicago in the 80’s – is about ruthless competition between real estate salesmen, paid …

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE RED LION – Trafalgar Studios by Johnny Fox

Two old muckers run a semi-professional club in the Northern League – John Bowler‘s wonderfully poetic Yates, a deeply loyal ex-player with the stamp of Nobby Stiles, is the ‘kit man…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

AM I DEAD YET? – Soho Theatre by Johnny Fox

Hoping to contribute to the ‘conversation’ about death in a time of rapid medical advancement, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe’s Am I Dead Yet? will leave you asking yourself the same que…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

THE DIARY OF A NOBODY – King’s Head Theatre ★★ by Johnny Fox

The Diary of a Nobody is one of those books you’re convinced you’ve read, until you see it staged and realise that either you’ve forgotten it, or the director had a completely differen…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

YOUNG MARX – Bridge Theatre by Johnny Fox

It’s a clever idea by Richard Bean, to envision a story set when Karl Marx was an impecunious migrant living in the ‘squalor’ of Dean Street in Soho, caught between the pawnbrokers and…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – West End ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

It might be too early for pantomime, but it’s never too soon to see Mel Brooks’ ingenious updating of Young Frankenstein delivered as a spoof both of the horror movie genre and of the th…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

The first crime uncovered in Witness for the Prosecution is that this amazing space, the glorious council chamber of the LCC then GLC at County Hall has not been pressed into service for sit…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

OF KITH & KIN – Bush Theatre ★★★ by Johnny Fox

It doesn’t help that everyone’s so unlikeable – younger Oliver (Joshua Silver) is a self-centered underachieving queen with Disney fantasies, partner Daniel (James Lance) is an ex-hete…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE – West End ★★★ by Johnny Fox

A Woman of No Importance is the most Shavian of Wilde’s plays – in fact with a slight reshuffling of the cast the same company could present Bernard Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession al…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

LABOUR OF LOVE – West End ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

James Graham is on an electoral roll: There’s certainly a surfeit of election nights in Labour of Love and Martin Freeman’s bright boy Blairite David Lyons

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Monday, October 16, 2017

HAIR – The Vaults ★★★ by Johnny Fox

No ‘turn’ unstoned? The fourteen young performers in Hair certainly give a credible impression of being out of their skulls on psychedelic substances while still managing to deliver som…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE – London Coliseum ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

A starry home team enthusiastically play up the comedy. Sarah Tynan is one of ENO’s most technically perfect sopranos but she’s also their wittiest actress and her Rosina is effortlessly…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

FOLLIES – National Theatre by Johnny Fox

We should never be afraid to attack sacred cows. And when sacred cows are also cash cows, we should never be afraid to kick them in their milky udders

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

LOOT – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Filth, farce and absurdism are individually difficult to pull off so combining all three in a ripely uncensored 50th-anniversary version of Joe Orton’s Loot is high risk, but when it works…

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LATE COMPANY – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Jordan Tannahill’s taut, 75-minute darkly comic real-life social drama Late Company draws two Toronto couples into God of Carnage country as they attempt to broker closure over the suicide…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

RICHARD III – Temple Church ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Antic Disposition’s RayBan-and-head-mike-modernised Richard III contrasts the glorious 12th century setting of Temple Church, with a terrific crash course in modern ensemble acting and a b…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE – Menier Chocolate Factory by Johnny Fox

Against the odds, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ is an energetic, sharp and witty triumph. I say ‘against the odds’ because, in the over-extended franchise Olympics, Adrian M…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ROAD – Royal Court Theatre by Johnny Fox

I started to wonder whether being cast with an all Indian company – to reflect the population of a typical Lancashire street of terraces nowadays – might better highlight the characters…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

APOLOGIA – West End by Johnny Fox

There's more than a touch of Bette Davis in The Anniversary in this Jamie Lloyd-directed version of Alexei Kaye Campbell’s acidulated family drama Apologia, now lightly Americanised to sui…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

I LOVED LUCY – Arts Theatre by Johnny Fox

Revival is a strange word. It suggests something rescued from its deathbed and shocked into fresh vigour by an infusion of talent, or money, or inspiration. In the case of I Loved Lucy, th…

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TWILIGHT SONG – Park Theatre by Johnny Fox

Sadly, despite a few crisp one-liners and a catchy title I’m surprised was never used elsewhere, Twilight Song emerges as a frail Rattiganesque slice of sixties’ repressed sexuality cont…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

TOUCH – Soho Theatre by Johnny Fox

Touch may come from the same stable as the amazing Fleabag but drops the posh and goes Welsh: imagine Stacey left Gavin for a squalid London studio, a diet of Echo Falls, microwave dinners a…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – West End by Johnny Fox

The concentric hooped wooden arches framing the proscenium should give you a clue: made from the barrels scraped during the production process

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

YANK! – Charing Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

A ‘Privates on Parade’ for the war in the Pacific, YANK! is everything you don’t expect from the cheesy title – a cleverly-constructed and original musical about illicit gay love whi…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BLONDEL – Union Theatre by Johnny Fox

I’ve been trying to remember why I didn’t go to either the 1983 original or the 2006 London revival of Blondel. Especially as its central character is King Richard I of England whose hei…

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