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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

An extremely good time’: A PISSEDMAS CAROL – Leicester Square Theatre by Laura Kressly

Shit-faced Showtime has returned to their London home, the Leicester Square Theatre, for their annual yuletide version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this time A Pissedmas Carol. T…

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

‘It’s the performances that make this Christmas show shine’: PINOCCHIO – Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

The use of fairytale, music and the goodie/baddie dichotomy remain in Pinocchio at the Unicorn Theatre, but the eggy, set gags and joke routines of panto are thankfully left out. Colourful, …

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

‘An extremely important story’: The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes – Touring by Laura Kressly

Framed by the lens of the intrusive and boundary-breaking rise of artificial intelligence, The Shadow Whose Prey Becomes the Hunter by Back to Back Theatre serves as a wake-up call on how no…

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

‘Delivered with engaging energy’: BROWN BOYS SWIM – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Most impactful in Brown Boys Swim at Soho Theatre is the unexpected ending where the actual stakes are revealed, after have been largely masked by the frivolity of the premise. There’s som…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

‘Deeply human & beautifully performed’: AGE IS A FEELING – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Hayley McGee’s monologue Age Is A Feeling at the Soho Theatre, narrating an unnamed person’s life, from age 25 through the years after the they die, hones in on key episodes that irrevoc…

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

‘A smart adaptation that works well in surprising ways’: THE CHERRY ORCHARD – The Yard by Laura Kressly

The Yard, London – until 22 October 2022 Through his most recent play An Adventure, writer Vinay Patel proved he can masterfully sustain family dramas grappling with big themes. By stickin…

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

‘This adaptation is almost flawless’: ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL – Stratford-upon-Avon by Laura Kressly

The play All’s Well That Ends Well at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon provides a lot of food for thought, but under McIntyre’s eye it remains a humorous piece. This ex…

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

‘Gentle story of accepting & managing mental health issues’: BREATHLESS – Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Laura Kressly

Inspired by her own experience of clothes hoarding, the monologue Breathless by Laura Horton at Pleasance Courtyard is a gentle story of accepting and managing mental health issues.

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Friday, August 26, 2022

‘Let’s hope industry leaders listen’: CASTE-ING – Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Laura Kressly

Nouveau Riche, creators of the hit show Queens of Sheba that confronts systemically ingrained misogynoir, now focuses on the experience of being a Black woman actor in Caste-ing. Using music…

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

‘Certainly won’t leave anyone bored’: WONDERVILLE: MAGIC & CABARET – Wonderville Club by Laura Kressly

Fresh from a West End run several months ago, Wonderville has hunkered down to do its own residency at its own purpose-built venue at the former Planet Hollywood café in London’s Haymarke…

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

‘Fantastically good fun’: Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder – Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Laura Kressly

Musical comedy Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder by Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones at Roundabout @ Summerhall is a hilarious caper that embraces the genre’s fans, life’s unexpected…

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

‘The only sure thing is that the play has us captive’: The Girl Who Was Very Good at Lying – Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Laura Kressly

Eoin McAndrew’s script for The Girl Who Was Very Good at Lying at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is borderline cruel in that Rooney is required to deliver the frenzied prose in only an hour…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

‘Difficult to keep track’: MAN OF 100 FACES – Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Laura Kressly

by Laura Kressly The disaffected son of a clergyman, Sir Paul Dukes, ran away to Russia to work as a musician. While there, the Russian Revolution started and British intelligence recruited …

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Friday, August 12, 2022

‘Reclamation of trans people’s othering is joyful & fun’: SOMETHING IN THE WATER – Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Laura Kressly

In transphobic discourse, trans people are feared and consequently monstered. In these bigots’ brains, they are positioned outside the gender binary and labelled ‘not normal’. Canadian…

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

‘The comedy & cultural references are spot-on’: BAD TEACHER – Edinburgh Festival Fringe by Laura Kressly

Bad Teacher is a new production from Queen of Cups, a young female-led and London-based theatre company. This one-woman play follows young teacher Evie and her particularly bad day at school…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

‘The comic timing from the cast is certainly on point’: SISTER ACT – Eventim Apollo by Laura Kressly

Based on the hit 1992 comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg, this is the latest touring incarnation of the highly entertaining musical Sister Act. Originally set to star Goldberg in a reprise of t…

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Monday, July 25, 2022

‘Their world is tough but they get through it together’: THE DARKEST PART OF THE NIGHT – Kiln Theatre by Laura Kressly

Directed by Nancy Medina, Zodwa Nyoni’s The Darkest Part of the Night shares the experience of a young, autistic Black boy, Dwight. The play follows his diagnostic process in 1980s Leeds. …

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Friday, July 22, 2022

‘A wildly entertaining show’: Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show – Camden Roundhouse by Laura Kressly

The concept of Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show at London’s Roundhouse consists of a narrative of the life and times of fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, put together to include a…

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

‘The writing is smooth & sprinkled with beautiful lines’: MOMENT OF GRACE – Hope Theatre by Laura Kressly

Moment of Grace by Bren Gosling narrates Princess Diana’s visit to Britain’s first HIV/AIDS unit at the end of the eighties. It’s a personal and moving show that addresses people’s m…

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

‘Entertaining & thought-provoking family drama’: FAVOUR – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Favour is another artistic success from the consistently-innovative Bush Theatre, set within a community and on subject matter rarely shown on stage. It is very well worth going out of the w…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

‘Celebrates those who get us through the worst of times’: NO PARTICULAR ORDER – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

Children’s TV performer Fred Rogers once said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people…

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Friday, June 3, 2022

‘There are death-defying close calls’: LA CLIQUE – Underbelly Festival Cavendish Square by Laura Kressly

Suffice to say, this is probably one of the strongest line-ups in the La Clique show over the last few years, and it is thoroughly enjoyable throughout.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

’An evening of pure entertainment’: BARRY HUMPHRIES: THE MAN BEHIND THE MASK – Touring by Laura Kressly

Barry Humphries’ show The Man Behind the Mask is an exploration of his life and career, and what influenced and prompted him to ultimately become an international star selling out theatres…

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

‘Utterly soul-nourishing’: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Frank Ocean fills the air, and audience members tap their feet and nod their heads in time. I jokingly ask my mum if she recognises the song as I recall how I wailed and begged about 10 year…

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

‘An explosive new dark comedy about postpartum psychosis’: AFTER BIRTH – Touring by Laura Kressly

The NHS estimates that postpartum psychosis affects around 1 in 500 mothers shortly after giving birth. Zena Forster's explosive new dark comedy looks at this, whilst being a real crowd-plea…

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Friday, March 11, 2022

‘Ibsen’s play is infused with poetry & poetic technique’: WHEN WE DEAD AWAKEN – Coronet Theatre by Laura Kressly

Ibsen’s play is infused with poetry and poetic technique. It is a sort of dirge to lives lived as waking death, while still retaining some hope of their resurrection.

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

** ENG-ER-LAND, Dulwich College tours 2/4 by Laura Kressly

By Romy Iris Conroy She shoots, she scores with this one. Waiting for her friends to arrive so they can watch Coventry FC live, we join teenager Lizzie as she takes us on a nostalgic stroll …

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Monday, February 21, 2022

‘A unique blend of spoken word, choral work & music’: QUEENS OF SHEBA – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

This is a triumphant return of Queens of Sheba after a successful run at Soho Theatre in 2021 and Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. Expertly directed, these ladies burst onto the stage with such ene…

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

‘Richly layered with big ideas about good & evil’: THE GLOW – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

Though a master of testing the theatrical limits of space and time, the first half of Alistair McDowall’s latest play unfolds like a straightforward Gothic thriller.

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Friday, December 24, 2021

‘A frenetic & highly entertaining performance’: POTTED PANTO – West End by Laura Kressly

Panto, as most British traditions, is a deeply weird thing but entertains many families over the Christmas period.

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

‘The performers ring true throughout’: FAIR PLAY – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Sophie has been running competitively since she was nine. Now on the threshold of adulthood, she’s training hard with an unwavering focused on major international competitions.

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards