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Monday, May 3, 2021

Being Mr Wickham, Original Theatre Company online review - an uncontroversial apologia by Laura De Lisle

Adrian Lukis proves himself far better at portraying Austen's rake than he is at writing him It wasn’t Jane Austen’s subtlest move, naming her roguish soldier George Wickham. As countle…

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Living Newspaper, Edition 3, Royal Court online review – bleak news, sharp words by Laura De Lisle

Third instalment of the irreverent series takes on Boris, star signs, and casual sexism “The crocus of hope is, er, poking through the frost.” When he uttered that dodgy metaphor back in…

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Assembly, Donmar Warehouse online review - the future is coming, ready or not by Laura De Lisle

The theatre's local community assembles a strange little show about the apocalypse “Your task is to imagine the future.” That’s what the citizens of Assembly, a new streamed production…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Hung Parliament review – choose-your-own whodunnit by Laura De Lisle

Playful interactive show casts audience members as amateur detectives I’ll admit, I’ve never been a fan of murder mysteries. Patience is not one of my virtues; if I can’t work somethi…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Good Grief, Platform Presents online review - a little more, please by Laura De Lisle

Sian Clifford and Nikesh Patel do their best with a show that's as mercurial as grief Good Grief, a new show from American screenwriter and playwright Lorien Haynes, can’t work out what i…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Peter Pan: The Audio Adventure review - the perfect bedtime story by Laura De Lisle

Sharon D Clarke and Olivia Colman sparkle in delightful radio play in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital The blurb for Peter Pan: The Audio Adventure, Shaun McKenna’s new adaptation of J…

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Living Newspaper: A Counter Narrative, Royal Court online review – the news, but better by Laura De Lisle

The Royal Court’s experimental piece is political theatre at its finest and fiercest Edition 2 of Living Newspaper: A Counter Narrative, an experimental new piece of online theatre from th…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Troy Story, RSC online review – biting off more than it can chew by Laura De Lisle

Gregory Doran's outdated vision of Greek myth is bolstered by five great performances At just under five hours, Troy Story, the RSC’s adaptation of as many tales from Greek myth, takes ab…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

15 Heroines, Jermyn Street Theatre online review - putting the women back into Greek myth by Laura De Lisle

Scorching adaptation of Ovid is a welcome theatrical respite from lockdown Women have an awful time of it in the Greek myths. Raped, abandoned, blamed for murdering people, blamed for not m…

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Sunnymead Court, Tristan Bates Theatre review - a lovely lockdown romance by Laura De Lisle

Socially-distanced dramedy is short and sweet, with a knockout performance from Remmie Milner The first words of Sunnymead Court, a new play at the Tristan Bates Theatre, are ominous. “We…

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Monday, September 7, 2020

C-o-n-t-a-c-t, Musidrama review - a beautifully bonkers promenade by Laura De Lisle

Real-life theatre bounces back with this lovely meander through grief and loneliness A woman sits on a bench. She’s got a song stuck in her head – she can’t remember how one of the lin…

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Alice, A Virtual Theme Park review – down the technological rabbit hole by Laura De Lisle

Bonkers Zoom production is ideal for kids, but leaves adults wanting more I have a confession to make: I don’t like Alice in Wonderland. I know, I know, a lot of people disagree. I do appr…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

The Merchant of Venice, BBC iPlayer review – a parable on the limits of tolerance by Laura De Lisle

Polly Findlay's 2015 take on Shakespeare's trickiest comedy pays dividends Ah, 2015. Those halcyon days of packed theatres. Thank God the RSC had the presence of mind to film Polly Findlay…

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Blueprint Medea, Finborough Theatre online review – well-meaning but clunky update by Laura De Lisle

Updated Greek tragedy has some good ideas but doesn't fully deliver Medea is the original crazy ex-girlfriend: the wronged woman who takes perfectly understandable revenge on the man who mad…

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Birdsong, The Original Theatre Company online review – a gutsy experiment by Laura De Lisle

Socially distanced version of Sebastian Faulks novel clips along at a fair pace Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks’ best-selling First World War novel, has been adapted quite a few times in its t…

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Friday, June 26, 2020

A Midsummer Night's Dream, National Theatre At Home review – a mad delight by Laura De Lisle

Nicholas Hytner makes the familiar gloriously strange in this slippery, sumptuous show Nicholas Hytner’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed for NT Live at the Bridge Theatre last su…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Small Island, National Theatre At Home review – big-hearted story hits every beat by Laura De Lisle

Andrea Levy's Windrush epic bursts triumphantly onto the stage – and our screens A British-Jamaican man is confused. It's the Second World War, and he signed up for the RAF on the underst…

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Monday, May 11, 2020

Antony & Cleopatra, National Theatre at Home review – Fiennes and Okonedo triumph in dragging tragedy by Laura De Lisle

A triumvirate of talent and a slick set can't in itself speed things along Like an asp eating its own tail, the National Theatre's 2018 production of Antony and Cleopatra, streaming on YouT…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Tyler Sisters, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs review – raucous celebration of sisterhood by Laura De Lisle

Quick-witted new play tackles a sibling bond in snapshots over 40 years The Tyler sisters start as they mean to go on: bickering. Middle sister Gail (Bryony Hannah) has come home from uni t…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mother of Him, Park Theatre review – lean domestic drama unsure where it stands by Laura De Lisle

Award-winning play starring Tracy-Ann Oberman centred on the mother of a teenage rapist Mother of Him was written a decade ago, but its most prescient moment happens in the first five minute…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

For Services Rendered, Jermyn Street Theatre review – uneven revival of 1930s drama by Laura De Lisle

A mixed bag of performances from a big cast in Somerset Maugham's anti-war play “I don’t think I have the right to influence her,” says an older character of her daughter in For Serv…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Wilderness, Hampstead Theatre review - stark portrait of modern divorce by Laura De Lisle

Strong performances and snappy lines make this bleak drama sing “We don’t love you any less.” A natural sentiment to express to your child when you’re separating from your partner, b…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Rubenstein Kiss, Southwark Playhouse review - slick spy drama doesn't quite come together by Laura De Lisle

Excellent performances aren't enough to cover the holes in this fictionalised account of the Rosenbergs It's an ideal time to revive James Phillips' debut The Rubenstein Kiss. Since it won t…

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Eden, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs review - thoughtful commentary on people and principles by Laura De Lisle

★★★★ EDEN, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Thoughtful commentary on people and principles Hannah Patterson's new play is based on a true story, but stands firmly on its own two feet "It's gonna b…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bodies, Southwark Playhouse review - shaky revival misses the mark by Laura De Lisle

Last seen 40 years ago, James Saunders' four-hander never quite gets off the ground Bodies is the latest in Two's Company's series of what they deem "forgotten masterworks", this one making…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Unexpected Joy, Southwark Playhouse review - fully predictable fun by Laura De Lisle

New all-female musical might not be entirely unexpected, but it’s a solid enough evening There's a clear theme running through this year's autumn programme at the Southwark Playhouse: new…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Emilia, Shakespeare's Globe, review - polemic disguised as a play by Laura De Lisle

Great performances save this uneven tribute to a forgotten Elizabethan poet It feels like Michelle Terry’s first summer season at the Globe has been building up to Emilia for a while now. …

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Othello, Shakespeare's Globe review - André Holland shines, Mark Rylance pursues laughs by Laura De Lisle

Claire van Kampen's production is big and bold, but her husband's Iago misses the mark Claire van Kampen has a history of providing roles for her husband, Mark Rylance. He starred …

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Chicago, Phoenix Theatre review - baggy revival picks up later pace by Laura De Lisle

Cuba Gooding Jr hardly rises, but his co-stars shine in a show stronger on wit than tunesChicago has been on, in one form or another, for a very long time.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Misty, Bush Theatre review - powerful meditation on how we tell stories by Laura De Lisle

Arinzé Kene writes and stars in a witty, hard-hitting play about race and culture in modern London Arinzé Kene is having a bit of a moment. He won an Evening Standard Film Award for The Pa…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

La Soirée, Aldwych Theatre review - flickers of brilliance in a patchy evening by Laura De Lisle

The West End run of the cabaret variety show has everything but variety La Soirée is on the up-and-up. Beginning life as an after-hours show at the fringes of the Fringe in 2004, it won an …

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