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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘May have redefined the gay writing genre for a new generation’: THE INHERITANCE – West End ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

It would be hard to imagine a play about young gay lives that speaks more eloquently to older gay men than the moving, informative and often hilarious The Inheritance now transferred to the …

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘The chorus is the absolute highlight of the piece’: Porgy & Bess – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

English National Opera celebrates 50 years at the Coliseum with a grandstanding production of Porgy & Bess, the first in its history.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

‘We may need a bit more nourishment’: OTHELLOMACBETH – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Plays for poor theatre: in Brexit Britain, once we’re reduced to eating rats whilst clutching our blue passports, a Shakespeare mashup may seem like a doubly good idea – patriotic and ec…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

‘An extremely good piece’: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New Yo by Johnny Fox

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City is an extremely good piece, but its failure to be even edgier an…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

‘There’s some crisp writing’: PEOPLE LIKE US – Union Theatre by Johnny Fox

Mike Leigh’s genius was to offer Abigail’s Party to audiences who roared with laughter without recognising themselves on the stage. Julie Burchill and Jane Robins may have pulled off the…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

‘A breathtakingly clever fusion of food & theatre’: GASTRONOMIC – Norwich by Johnny Fox

Still in development by the enterprising curious directive company – Gastronomic, at Theatre Royal Norwich’s black box Stage Two is already on its way to a firm handshake from Paul Holly…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

‘Fresh casting has enhanced the show’: EUGENIUS! – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

I wonder if a new genre is forming in musical theatre? Let’s call it ‘cartoon rock’ – because products like Eugenius!, Six and Knights of the Rose have little in common with the cano…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

‘As a launch to an ambitious season, it’s a fine start’: ABIGAIL’S PARTY – Hornchurch ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

At Hornchurch, artistic director Douglas Rintoul seems to have gone for the faithful-to-the-first-production approach: for example, Melanie Gutteridge’s Beverly is a neatly dutiful homage …

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Monday, September 3, 2018

‘It’s a blast’: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Meanness and greenness have often gone hand in hand at Regent’s Park – £3.50 for a tiny ice cream cone, really? – but never more so than in Maria Aberg’s confident production of Lit…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

‘As a first ballet, this could be life-changing’: SWAN LAKE – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

There is undoubtedly a thrill in seeing a huge and highly professional ballet company perform one of the classic masterworks in one of the city’s most beautiful settings.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

‘Undoubtedly a clever & resourceful company’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Gray’s Inn Hall ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Does Beatrice love Benedick? Does Macron love May? The entente cordiale is alive and well in award-winning Antic Disposition’s lively production of Much Ado About Nothing.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

‘To my Lancastrian ear it just sounds wrong’: THE RISE & FALL OF LITTLE VOICE – Park Theatre ★★★ by Johnny Fox

In Tom Latter’s stolid revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Park Theatre, relocation to Hull does a lot for the pitiable poverty, nothing for the snappy Lancashire dialo…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘It is Bennett’s lasting gift to amateur dramatic societies up and down the country’: ALLELUJAH! – Bridge Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

I am fully content to hail Alan Bennett as a National Treasure, and while I enjoyed many aspects of Allelujah!, I still hoped for even better and a return to his form in, say, The Madness of…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

‘If you’re a fan of the movie franchise, you’re bound to enjoy this’: BRING IT ON – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Johnny Fox

‘She’s a little bit Hairspray, he’s a little bit Glee …’ is not actually a lyric from Bring It On, a high school musical being given a sparky showcase by the British Theatre Academ…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

‘All just a bit too weak & corny’: THE GLENN MILLER STORY – West End ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Combining a realistic portrayal of Glenn Miller with Steele’s genial narration could be the saving of this piece.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

‘Like a bootleg World of Warcraft game’: KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE – Arts Theatre by Johnny Fox

All the advance publicity for Knights of the Rose gave me a sense of foreboding. I thought the Arts Theatre had hit rock bottom with Ruthless but it seems there is further to go.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

‘There is something extraordinary about how Kelli O’Hara sings’: THE KING & I – West End ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Kelli O’Hara trails a cloud of Broadway success and redefines the role of Anna in The King & I in a way that lays the ghost of previous incumbents and outshines all our homegrown tale…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

‘Impressive work from a playwright to be taken seriously’: ONE FOR SORROW – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

For all my scepticism about the views expressed by some characters, I decidedly think this is impressive work from a playwright to be taken seriously and it’s only very slightly too long a…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

‘One of the best productions the theatre has housed’: FUN HOME – Young Vic ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

At last, the Young Vic has come of age. Fun Home marks one of the best productions it has housed and breaks new ground for musical theatre.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

‘A mystery why tutors chose this spoof as a graduate showcase’: DAISY PULLS IT OFF – Charing Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

With such an array of talent on offer, it’s a mystery why tutors chose as a graduate showcase this thinly-written early 80s spoof of 1920s girls’ school fiction long eclipsed by St Trini…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

‘Eclipses any version of this story you may have seen before’: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE – Donmar Warehouse by Johnny Fox

It’s a short run at the Donmar – take any available ticket, Polly Findlay’s splendidly-cast and nimbly directed production is a must-see. And let’s hope it has a longer life somewher…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

‘The story just doesn’t come off the page: 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD – Touring ★★ by Johnny Fox

The ‘special relationship’ between the UK and US may be under strain at the moment but never was it stronger than in 84 Charing Cross Road, a warm-hearted rationing-era story of gnarly c…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

‘It’s the best value show in town’: THE RINK – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

This is a very good production of a rather unmemorable musical. As stories about an argumentative mother and daughter go, The Rink is several farmboys short of the picnic that is Gypsy.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

‘I’m just not sure who this is aimed at’: TARTUFFE – West End ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Tartuffe was conceived in 1664 as a satire of the golden age of the court at Versailles, and in the clumsiest of updates, the excessive posturings of Louis XIV are replaced by allusions to D…

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

‘The timing couldn’t be better for the West End transfer’: CONSENT – West End ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

It’s been a bumper week for rape. Harvey Weinstein was indicted. Tommy Robinson was jailed for filming the accused in a grooming gang trial outside Leeds Crown Court. The world’s most du…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

‘Everyone is engaging, focused & talented with tremendous collective energy’: THE BIOGRAPH GIRL – Finborough Theatre by Johnny Fox

I find myself bemoaning weak material in The Biograph Girl while applauding excellent performances. In the cast of nine, everyone is engaging, focused and talented with tremendous collective…

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

‘This isn’t the gentle hymn to theatricality many children knew’: PETER PAN – Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park by Johnny Fox

The Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park finally has a summer pantomime in Peter Pan they can revive with minor tweaks and cast changes forever if they so desire.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

‘It’s a really fine performance from Anita Dobson’: 3WOMEN – Trafalgar Studios ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Walking into Trafalgar Studios and seeing such a realistically dated four-star hotel suite, I thought, ‘oh, good, Katy Brand is going to satirise everything about sixties’ drawing room c…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

‘Almost as remarkable a song archivist as she is a song stylist’: Lorna Dallas – Live at Zédel ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Lorna Dallas extensively celebrates Spring in 16 tightly themed numbers at Live at Zédel and proves almost as remarkable a song archivist as she is a song stylist.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘Collaborative, curious & leaves you with a glow’: UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES – Barbican Pit ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

It’s 59 minutes to Doomsday in Unexploded Ordnances, a new-one-on-me genre called ‘Forum Theatre’ where two celebrated lesbian actors recruit the 12 oldest audience members to be a cou…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

‘There are some good laugh lines’: H. R. HAITCH – Union Theatre ★★ by Johnny Fox

Two groups are better impersonated on television than by theatre: the Royal Family, and East Enders. In H.R. Haitch they collide awkwardly in a royal wedding spoof musical with all the elega…

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