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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

‘Engaging insights into living with & exploring the nature of disability’: Unlimited Festival – Southbank Centre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Festivals are a vital part of the theatre ecosystem, a place to try out new material, explore form and style while giving a valuable platform to all kinds of performance. These activities ha…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

‘Will be just the kind of theatre magic we’ve all been waiting for’: SWINGIN’ THE DREAM – RSC (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

The RSC, Young Vic and Theatre for a New Audience have a difficult but fascinating task ahead in re-creating lost work Swingin’ the Dream that honours the original while offering something…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

‘Atmospheric & absorbing short drama’: THAT DINNER OF ’67 – BBC Radio 4 by Maryam Philpott

With director Stanley Kramer’s making of the groundbreaking film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner as its subject matter, Tracy-Ann Oberman and David Spicer’s new radio drama has a compelli…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

‘Makes a virtue of its scratch staging’: SUNSET BOULVARD IN CONCERT – Leicester Curve (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Curve Leicester’s Sunset Boulevard certainly offers ‘new ways to dream,’ proving a beautiful and fitting finale to a year of considerable change for theatre.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

‘Will put a warm glow in your heart’: THE NUTCRACKER – Birmingham Royal Ballet (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Integral to the festive Birmingham experience, the chance to watch this delightful production of The Nutcracker from home is a rare silver lining in an otherwise troubled month for the perfo…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

‘Will only go from strength to strength as the run continues’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Old Vic (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Andrew Lincoln brings a real gravitas to proceedings in A Christmas Carol, anchoring the production and delivering a performance of variety and skill that will leave you hoping he returns to…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

‘Sparkles with ghostly Christmas chill’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Bridge Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Filled with a real love of Dickens’ words as well as his characters the Bridge Theatre has found a fresh and exciting way to tell the familiar tale of A Christmas Carol and give Scrooge’…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

‘Joseph Potter is more than a match for this quick-fire writing’: THE POLTERGEIST – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Philip Ridley’s play The Poltergeist made an intimate transition to the screen and will be unmissable as soon as live performances can be scheduled.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

‘A triumph of ingenuity & responsiveness’: 15 HEROINES – Jermyn Street Theatre (Online theatre) by Maryam Philpott

15 Heroines is an impressive and energised reworking of Greek myth that leaves the audience keen to find out more about each of these women and their remarkable lives. Being a woman in …

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Monday, November 2, 2020

‘Feels like a statement of intent’: CRAVE – Chichester Festival Theatre by Maryam Philpott

A Sarah Kane play is by no means a safe option for any theatre looking to attract audiences back to its auditorium, but this bold and intriguing production of Crave at Chichester Festival Th…

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

‘Has an intimacy redolent of Graham’s earlier works’: BUBBLE – Nottingham Playhouse (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

One of the highest profile events in Nottingham Playhouse’s Unlocked Festival was Bubble, a hybrid production, performed in-house and live streamed over the weekend to a potential internat…

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Monday, October 12, 2020

‘Puts musical theatre at the top of the theatrical agenda’: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD – London Palladium by Maryam Philpott

This incredible concert version of Songs for a New World serves as an all-to-brief reminder of how it feels to listen to live music in an enclosed, traditional theatre space, responding to e…

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Monday, October 5, 2020

‘Character investment is strong from the beginning’: AFTER YOU – TONIGHT AT THE LONDON COLISEUM (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

After You is a brief but well constructed story about musical theatre’s favourite theme – love – but is less the straightforward tale of boy meets girl who live happily ever after. It …

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

‘A story predicated on equality, mutual support & finding your own path’: ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS – Bristol Old Vic (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Romantics Anonymous is a story predicated on equality, mutual support and finding your own path as individuals (and as a couple) rather than waiting for someone else to come and save you fro…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

‘Hytner has envisaged both stories with considerable care’: THE SHRINE / BED AMONG THE LENTILS – Bridge Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The Bridge Theatre’s most savvy decision is in teaming The Shrine with Bed Among the Lentils, placing together two of our finest actors who effortless and regularly transition between stag…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

‘A play we are sure to see again & again’: THREE KINGS – Old Vic (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Good things come to those who wait, an axiom that applies in duplicate to Stephen Beresford’s latest play Three Kings screened via the Old Vic’s innovative In Camera series for just five…

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

‘Hare allows much more of his own personality to emerge’: BEAT THE DEVIL – Bridge Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The first short play is Beat the Devil in which David Hare stakes first claim to what will surely be a new genre or at least a familiar theme in the coming months – the Covid monologue.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

’An exhilarating return to live performance’: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: THE CONCERT – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre may say concert on the poster but there is singing, dancing, performing and storytelling nine shows a week.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

’As vivid as anything you saw on stage 5 months ago’: BLINDNESS – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

Ben and Max Ringham’s work for Blindness is a masterpiece, a 70-minute performance that layers story, sound effects, music and lighting design to immerse the audience in a pandemic experie…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

‘Adds some dynamism’: THE SECRET LOVE LIFE OF OPHELIA – Greenwich Theatre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

The Greenwich Theatre production of The Secret Love Life of Ophelia showcases a selection of excellent young performers that inadvertently asks some big questions about how we cast Hamlet in…

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

National Theatre at Home: Saving our lockdown & pointing the way for future engagement by Maryam Philpott

The National Theatre really did save lockdown and made us appreciate our phenomenal creative industries, but they may also have inadvertently pointed the way for the future as surely as Nati…

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

‘Death haunts this play as surely as it does Hamlet’: How significant is the role of Hester in The Deep Blue Sea? by Maryam Philpott

Like Shakespeare’s greatest play, The Deep Blue Sea is grief channelled into art, aligning Hamlet and Hester as two souls enveloped by death and choosing whether to live.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

How important is theatre photography to the success of a show? by Maryam Philpott

Theatre photography is one of the most important ways to promote a new production and simultaneously one of the elements audiences – and probably most creatives – actively think least ab…

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

‘You’ll be glad to share a bit of lockdown with Michael Sheen & David Tennant’: STAGED – BBC iPlayer (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

As Simon Evans’ cheeky new comedy points out, when the Government finally gives the go-ahead, the best-prepared teams will have their pick of the playhouses and first dibs on an audience d…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The cinefication of theatre predates lockdown: What are the implications? by Maryam Philpott

For better or worse, the association between theatre, television and film has only grown closer in the last ten years, not just with artists moving between the different genres but also in t…

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Parliamentary power plays: Considering This House & other recent political dramas (not just by James Graham!) by Maryam Philpott

When it was first performed in 2012 James Graham’s This House was an affectionate satire, using its 1970s setting to examine the still young Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition governm…

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Streetcars, Smoke & Southern Belles: Taking on Tennessee Williams by Maryam Philpott

As a great American dramatist, Williams’s timeless understanding of human emotion and the particularly explosive dynamics of family groups has always been such a notable feature of his wri…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Frankenstein vs Frankenstein: Was role swapping any more than a gimmick? by Maryam Philpott

This is the theatre at its very best and on screen, both productions are gripping, using the camera work to richly convey the abstract shapes and grand vision of its boldly beautiful staging…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

‘The very best versions of the story exist in a complex psychological abyss’: A psychological study of Macbeth across genres by Maryam Philpott

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most frequently performed plays, and it is a story filled with death, danger and prophesy.

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Friday, April 17, 2020

‘This is the rarest of things, a Working-Class musical’: FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS – Chichester Festival Theatre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Far from frivolous, this fashion-based drama is a great choice for Chichester Festival Theatre’s inaugural broadcast, from a venue that so often gets it right. Perfect escapism.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

‘A superb choice to lift a nation’s spirits’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – National Theatre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

The first show in the National Theatre at Home programme was the 2011 smash-hit One Man, Two Guvnors, one of the great success stories of the Nicholas Hytner era, a cheeky farce written by R…

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