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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘Classy but slow production’: AFTERGLOW – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Afterglow at Southwark Playhouse is a classy production but still slow, and because every scene change is like cleaning up after a particularly acrobatic shag, there are more pauses and long…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

‘The desire to mount this epic production is misguided’: MAN OF LA MANCHA – West End by Johnny Fox

One wonders which came first for the Grade/Linnit company – the misguided desire to mount an epic scale production of Man of La Mancha, a musical which hasn’t been.produced in London sin…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Fun, laughs, good time’: SWEET CHARITY – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

This is as unconventional production of Sweet Charity as you’re likely to see. Set firmly in the art milieu of Andy Warhol’s Factory, it’s so perfectly, silver-foil-wrapped acid-tabbed…

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘Does the job’: OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY – Southwark Playhouse by Johnny Fox

Remember the eighties? From Michael Douglas’ braces in Wall Street to Joan Cusack’s shoulder pads and big hair in Working Girl, they’re all here if a little distorted from the rear-vie…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

’Katherine Parkinson is undeniably on a roll’: SITTING – Arcola Theatre by Johnny Fox

Katherine Parkinson was not a surprising choice for the joint venture by Avalon and BBC Arts whereby seasoned creatives were sponsored to write for the stage. Although her script for Sitting…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘Subjunctives & everything’: Simon Evans: Genius 2.0 – Soho Theatre & Touring by Johnny Fox

At 53, Simon Evans isn’t so different from circuit comedians half his age – a rhetorical stream of invective squirted squarely at current events, with the exception that he speaks entire…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

‘It’s definitely entertaining’: NIGEL SLATER’S TOAST – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

“You put the grill on high, and the bread under it. Turn it over half-way through. And then you take it out and scrape it.” That extract from my eight-year-old school essay could just as…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

‘Lionel Bart’s diverse score includes sweet & rueful ballads’: MAGGIE MAY – Finborough Theatre ★★★ by Johnny Fox

The London Fringe has been diligent in ploughing back catalogue after back catalogue for ‘forgotten’ musicals, and Maggie May has not been seen in London for 55 years.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

‘Couldn’t be more timely’: ADMISSIONS – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

One of the best things about Admissions at Trafalgar Studios is how far it will get up the noses of the ‘woke’ twitterati. I can think of a couple of agenda-toting print critics who’ll…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

‘Breathtaking, brave & brilliantly acted’: DOWNSTATE – National Theatre ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

At last, Rufus Norris’ National Theatre has come of age. Breathtaking, brave and brilliantly acted, Downstate is a landmark play. It’s listed as a ‘collaboration’ between NT and Step…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

‘Here is an authentically individual voice’: THE PHLEBOTOMIST – Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

The Phlebotomist is an exceptional concept for a ‘first play’ and Hampstead has made a real discovery in Ella Road and partnered her script with Sam Yates’ slick direction.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

‘Clumsy mashing of the plots greatly deflates the drama’: THE TWILIGHT ZONE – West End by Johnny Fox

Maybe in a far-off dimension of time and space, at the crossroads of imagination and reality, our descendants will discover a stage adaption of The Twilight Zone which will fill them with th…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘A truly enjoyable, immersive & all-enveloping evening’: THE GREAT EXPEDITION – Secret location ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

With technically excellent 360 degree projection and sound, and some smart and crisp choreography from the passionate cast, Gingerline’s The Great Expedition is a truly enjoyable, immersiv…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

‘Dystopian or dysfunctional?’: A MIDNIGHT VISIT – Perth Fringe World Festival by Johnny Fox

Trouble is, engagement needs a theme, and while A Midnight Visit is entirely Poe-faced with references to Edgar Allan’s works, you’d need more than a passing familiarity with both Fall o…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

‘Vauxhall Tavern-style cabaret meets political stand-up’: DENIM – THE REUNION TOUR – Soho Theatre ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Old Spice: If you couldn’t obtain/afford/be bothered to get tickets for the Spice Girls’ re-re-reunion, Denim The Reunion Tour may just be the very thing you’ve been waiting for.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘Vocally they are extraordinary’: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY – West End ★★★ by Johnny Fox

I’d been looking forward to The Simon & Garfunkel Story thinking how much this was the music of my coming of age years – but it’s funny what tricks your memory plays.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘There are decent laugh-out-loud jokes’: BREXIT – King’s Head Theatre ★★★ by Johnny Fox

I wonder if in years to come we’ll look back on the ‘Theatre of Brexit’ in the same way we analyse Shakespeare’s treatment of Agincourt, or the Trojan Wars in Sophocles?

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘Simply & sensitively told’: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

It’s always a pleasure to hear an untold story. In Billy Bishop Goes to War we learn about a baby-faced Canadian teenager who by a string of lucky chances became the world’s most decorat…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

‘The best interaction is between Stubbs & Brayben’: HONOUR – Park Theatre by Johnny Fox

The best interaction in Honour at the Park Theatre is between Imogen Stubbs and Katie Brayben, largely very convincing as the sharp journalist and they trade some good points about agency an…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

‘Vividly depicting the frictions between soldiers & their families’: SOLDIER ON – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Soldier On is a brave enterprise of the Soldiers’ Arts Academy charity which helps rehabilitate ex-service people through involvement with theatre, and this excellent company is part-milit…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

‘Go, you will not regret it’: THE CURIOUS VOYAGE – Secret location WC1 ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

I love a bit of immersive interactive theatre shiz: The Grift at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel was last year’s big winner imported from San Diego. Now from Canada comes Talk is Free Th…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

‘McDonagh’s plot is its own hired assassin’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre by Johnny Fox

I’m fairly sure the land on which the Bridge Theatre was built was once a plague pit, but I’m beginning to wonder if the place isn’t itself cursed. How else can it commission a play by…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘Sarah Tynan is undoubtedly the best actress on the modern opera stage’: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

The madwoman playing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor is Sarah Tynan – ENO’s most popular soprano, in her debut in this bel canto role. Tynan is undoubtedly the best actress on the …

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Still slow cooked, but mmm… delicious’: THE WILD DUCK – Almeida Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Robert Icke’s conversational, documentary production of The Wild Duck at the Almeida Theatre makes this complex morality play immediately accessible.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

‘All human theatrical life is here’: WISE CHILDREN – The Old Vic ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Now listen carefully’ says the wonderful Gareth Snook, hosting the proceedings as 75-year-old chorus girl Dora Chance in Emma Rice’s Wise Children, ‘or it’s going to be a long evenin…

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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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