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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Cinderella review – a heroine with some real welly by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepCinders is a hard-working and independent-minded farmer while her prince is an environmental engineering student in Lynda Radley’s cheerful reworking You can see why Lynda Radley…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48PM
Monday, December 5, 2022

Beauty and the Beast review – precision engineered panto by Mark Fisher

King’s theatre, GlasgowKathryn Rooney’s slick production has flawless comic banter and lavish dance routines, providing impressive festive entertainment It is tempting to grumble about t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03PM

A Christmas Carol review – festive classic gets a British Sign Language update by Mark Fisher

Hull Truck theatre, HullScrooge not only exploits Bob Cratchit but cruelly cuts him out of the conversation in this innovative, satisfying production Jack Lord is the meanest of Scrooges. To…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24AM
Sunday, December 4, 2022

The Wind in the Willows review – furry friendships triumph in a naturalistic show by Mark Fisher

Derby theatreRatty, Mole and the rest are subtly portrayed in this tuneful production of Kenneth Grahame’s classic They are a timid lot, the creatures in Trina Haldar’s staging of The Wi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:48PM
Friday, December 2, 2022

Alice in Wonderland review – dive down a sublime theatrical rabbit hole by Mark Fisher

New Vic theatre, Newcastle-under-LymeLewis Carroll’s fantastical classic is transposed into the world of stage magic in this gloriously hallucinatory show Forget about rabbit holes and mir…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:42AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Rock’n’Roll Panto Red Riding Hood review – music is the star in an Everyman institution by Mark Fisher

Everyman theatre, LiverpoolThe eponymous fairytale does not lend itself easily to panto – requiring some princely interference – but the cast is exuberant We are deep into act two when w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Borrowers review – less a wild adventure more an escape from trauma by Mark Fisher

Theatre by the Lake, KeswickMary Norton’s 1952 novel about tiny pillagers gets a sober stage remake that blends minor-key music with contemporary fears When Suella Braverman talked about a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:32PM
Sunday, November 27, 2022

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz review – a joyful bad-taste romp by Mark Fisher

Tron theatre, GlasgowJohnny McKnight’s irreverent and very funny panto is full of local colour and packed with put-downs – though never at the expense of the original film Hollywood re…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM

Jack and the Beanstalk – the climate crisis reaches panto season by Mark Fisher

Perth theatreThe beanstalk in Barrie Hunter’s jolly, tightly choreographed and on-message show is actually a fossil fuel mountain, and the giant is a massive polluter The temperature is ri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Friday, November 25, 2022

Peter Pan and Wendy review – modern-day myth goes light on existential dread by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreThis wholesome adaptation, featuring a preening Captain Hook, focuses on playroom fun in a beautifully designed production Captain Hook looks as if he has stepped o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:32PM
Sunday, November 20, 2022

Robin Hood and The Babes in The Wood review – familiar folk hero robbed of outlaw action by Mark Fisher

Coliseum, OldhamWhile younger audience members will find plenty to shout about, the classic story struggles to take shape as a panto We could certainly do with a bit of stealing from the ric…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Friday, November 18, 2022

One Off review – former inmate crafts a harrowingly authentic prison drama by Mark Fisher

Live theatre, NewcastleRic Renton’s raw four-hander is an enthralling study of male vulnerability with a deeply felt message for the justice system That Ric Renton’s gripping new play ha…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Thursday, November 17, 2022

The Scouse Jack and the Beanstalk review – perfect panto for tough times by Mark Fisher

Royal Court, LiverpoolCow jokes are heavily milked in this family-friendly show, alongside nods to the city’s star turn as next year’s Eurovision host Within weeks of the news that Liver…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The Beauty Queen of Leenane review – wrangling mother and daughter in dark comedy thriller by Mark Fisher

Theatre by the Lake, KeswickWith an excruciating clash of characters locked in a plot that is equal parts funny, sad and violent, this timeless production is as familiar as it is unsettling …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:19AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Enough of Him review – master and slave square off as Scotland abolishes bondage by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry festival theatreMay Sumbwanyambe’s drama tells the story of the man who established that slavery was forbidden by Scots law – but this is no easy celebration It is the start of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Monday, October 24, 2022

Shirley Valentine review – hilarious and heartrending revival of a romantic classic by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry festival theatreSally Reid is superbly deadpan in this devastating production of Willy Russell’s play about a woman who catches a glimpse of the life she could be living Willy Ru…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:07AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Forgotten Voices review – steely defiance in apartheid-era South Africa by Mark Fisher

Shakespeare North Playhouse, PrescotA crisp production tells the extraordinary real-life story of Eva Moorhead who laid the groundwork for the ANC In December 1919, dock workers in Cape Town…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:13AM
Monday, October 17, 2022

The Time Machine review – radical feminist retelling of the HG Wells classic looks to the future by Mark Fisher

Cumbernauld theatre at LanternhouseThe four actors are less interested in Wells’s sci-fi fantasy than in the divisions of today as they stock up for the coming apocalypse with onions, tamp…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:43AM
Friday, October 14, 2022

La Performance review – bittersweet homage to Les Enfants du Paradis by Mark Fisher

Tron theatre, GlasgowA hazily defined relationship makes it hard to fathom the squabbles and romance in this wordless show inspired by 1940s French cinema What’s not to like? You’ve got …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:25AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Trainspotting Live review – ferocious drama plunges you into world of Irvine Welsh by Mark Fisher

Platform, GlasgowAn exhilarating show shifts Renton, Sick Boy and pals into the acid house era – and is even more visceral than the book Perhaps you thought Trainspotting was too coy. Mayb…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:07AM
Friday, October 7, 2022

Jekyll and Hyde review – #MeToo transformation explores monstrous masculinity by Mark Fisher

Derby theatreNeil Bartlett’s version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic has female leads laying bare the rot at the heart of a beastly boys’ club We all love a chorus line. We love th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Thursday, October 6, 2022

Don Quixote: Man of Clackmannanshire review – the knight-errant mounts a mobility scooter by Mark Fisher

Dundee RepThis modern-day take on Cervantes’ classic novel follows the ageing Donald who has had enough of daytime television, tea and biscuits Everyone who cares for Uncle Donald has the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

James IV: Queen of the Fight review – the explosive court of the Scottish king by Mark Fisher

Festival theatre, Edinburgh The circle of the 16th-century monarch is fraught with brittle alliances and racism in Rona Munro’s new history play It’s a cosmopolitan place, the court of J…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Sunday, October 2, 2022

Accidental Death of an Anarchist review – a riotous satirical farce brought bang up to date by Mark Fisher

Crucible, SheffieldTom Basden’s new adaptation of the Italian classic brings in dodgy selfies, WhatsApp groups and the lord chief justice in a furious but funny broadside against police ma…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:19AM
Friday, September 30, 2022

A Billion Times I Love You review – ‘The kids get the meat and I get the fat’ by Mark Fisher

Everyman theatre, LiverpoolTheatre meets couples counselling as a night of wine, passion and allegations of infidelity leave two women pulling their relationship apart Jesse is on her guard.…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review – gleefully anarchic opening show by Mark Fisher

Shakespeare North Playhouse, PrescotNew playhouse kicks off with a boisterous, boundary-pushing production that is inventive enough to find fresh laughs in the mechanicals You can see how it…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:37AM
Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Book Thief review – assured and courageous musical adaptation of global bestseller by Mark Fisher

Octagon theatre, BoltonThe paean to the power of the printed word loses none of its earnest intent in a deft and tremendously delivered production adapted by author Jodi Picoult When Liesel…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:25AM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

Othello review – Frantic Assembly’s urgent, thrilling tragedy by Mark Fisher

Curve, LeicesterThis physical, modern-day version is immersed in violence, with gang members vying for sex and authority around a pool table There is nothing polite about Frantic Assembly’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Shakers: Under New Management review – zero-hours Godber spikes the punch by Mark Fisher

Theatre Royal, WakefieldJane Thornton and John Godber’s knockabout 1985 cocktail bar comedy is updated to the cost of living crisis era, with a downsized cast doing a valiant job of keepin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Queen of the Fight: the royally revelatory drama about James IV’s court by Mark Fisher

After her gripping trilogy The James Plays, Rona Munro continues her ambitious series on Scottish history with a saga about power and race in the 16th century When an early draft of Rona Mun…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Sunday, September 11, 2022

The Maggie Wall review – vivid tale of a woman burned for witchcraft by Mark Fisher

Pitlochry Festival theatreIn a monologue starring the excellent Blythe Jandoo, Martin McCormick finds a fearful, misogynistic, class-ridden society to blame for a girl’s death There is som…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:07PM

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