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Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘Dramatically engaging but morally troubling’: DOWNSTATE – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Whether rehabilitation is truly possible for such serious crimes committed by sex offenders, Bruce Norris never really decides, leaving only a dramatically engaging but morally troubling out…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

‘It’s everything you could hope for’: BETRAYAL – West End by Maryam Philpott

Betrayal is everything you could hope for. The Pinter at the Pinter season has set a very high standard for itself, but what a swansong this has turned out to be.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

‘Small but hugely powerful’: THE JUMPER FACTORY – Young Vic by Maryam Philpott

For 45 minutes the audience may be gripped, stimulated and entertained in The Jumper Factory but this remains the everyday experience of all the men who contributed to the show, and it sligh…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘Something quite different’: ALL ABOUT EVE – West End by Maryam Philpott

This All About Eve is something quite different, same story deliberately new frame with staging that pushes at the boundaries of theatre and film.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

‘Collections end as confidently & memorably as they began’: PINTER SEVEN – West End by Maryam Philpott

What a difference a few months can make; when the Jamie Lloyd Company first announced its Pinter at the Pinter season finale show back in May (before Betrayal was added to the programme), th…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Adapting Les Misérables: Psychological depth and the period drama by Maryam Philpott

The BBC’s adaptation of Les Misérables has been a huge success, gripping Sunday night viewing for the last five weeks offering the first truly comprehensive dramatisation of Victor Hugo…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

‘This is exactly the kind of intellectual exercise modern theatres should engage in’: DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL – Shakespeare’s Globe by Maryam Philpott

Someone at the Globe may have sold their soul to the devil after all because it is the companion piece to Doctor Faustus, Dark Night of the Soul, that is exactly the kind of successful initi…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

‘There is colour in every moment of the show’: ASPECTS OF LOVE – Southwark Playhouse by Maryam Philpott

Aspects of Love may perhaps benefit from a modern reworking to iron out the more distasteful elements, but it should be fondly remembered.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

‘You’ll want to accept an invitation to this wonderful Pinter party’: PINTER SIX – West End by Maryam Philpott

The purpose of Jamie Lloyd’s still and contained approach is extremely well and atmospherically realised by a top-notch cast who bring such clarity to Pinter Six’s social commentary.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

‘The theatre gift that keeps on giving’: PINTER FIVE – West End by Maryam Philpott

The collective works that make-up Pinter 5 feel as insightful and meaningful as any of the Pinter at the Pinter anthologies that have come before.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

‘A beautiful piece of writing’: SWEAT – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat comes to London for the first time, examining the personal and local consequences of a firm’s strategic decision to change the way it ope…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘It never quite unites as tidily & explosively as it promises to do’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End by Maryam Philpott

Caroline or Change has a lot going for it and three potentially interesting plot lines that should fully engage, yet it never quite unites as tidily and explosively as it promises to do, the…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘Engaging & powerful three-hander’: THE CANE – Royal Court Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Mark Ravenhill’s fascinating new play The Cane at the Royal Court Theatre examines the issues of culpability for small-scale endorsed acts of violence and the nature of justice.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘You gain in a proximity to the action denied even to the front row’: NT Live screening – The Madness of King George III by Maryam Philpott

The revival of Alan Bennett’s 1991 classic The Madness of King George III at Nottingham Playhouse couldn’t then be more relevant, a play that speaks to our interest in the people who gov…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

‘A fine tribute to a writer of psychological fiction’: SWITZERLAND – West End by Maryam Philpott

At the Ambassadors, Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play Switzerland arrives in the West End for the first time, putting Patricia Highsmith in the spotlight with an intriguing duologue about the…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘The right balance of spectacle & story’: HADESTOWN – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Now the National Theatre has a vibrant production of the musical Hadestown which premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2016.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘A version that may well change the musical forever’: COMPANY – West End by Maryam Philpott

Marianne Elliott brings Company to the West End with a production that may well change the musical forever.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

‘A daring endeavour that is richly rewarding’: MEASURE FOR MEASURE – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

In a year of revelations about the abuse of power and sexual misconduct, the timing couldn’t be better for Measure for Measure at the Donmar Warehouse, an intriguing tale of blackmail, mor…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

‘Very much a work in progress’: SKETCHING – Wilton’s Music Hall by Maryam Philpott

James Graham’s new show Sketching attempts a purer form of anthology, blending stories from eight competition winners to co-create a patchwork of London life.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

PINTER TWO – West End by Maryam Philpott

Pinter Two is a complete change of tone from its companion collection, moving from social politics to more familiar Pinter territory, relationship politics.

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‘An examination of power & how rapidly it can be corrupted’: PINTER ONE – West End by Maryam Philpott

By emphasising the common themes in Pinter One and the topicality of their subject matter, this a very strong start for the Pinter at the Pinter season.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

‘Delivers on so much of its promise’: Antony & Cleopatra – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

After a genuinely exhilarating Julius Caesar at the Bridge Theatre a few months ago, Shakespeare’s subsequent tale Antony and Cleopatra has arrived at the National starring Ralph Fiennes a…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

‘When Barron focuses on character, she creates plenty of meaningful exchanges’: DANCE NATION – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

With plenty of influences from across film, there’s still a lot to take from Clare Barron’s play, and as annual dance fever arrives in the UK once again and mingles with a year of female…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Running Wilde: How to manage a theatre season by Maryam Philpott

As Classic Spring’s year-long Oscar Wilde season comes to a close, its timely to reflect on what it has achieved. Did the season really add anything to our perception of Oscar Wilde and hi…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Could Allelujah!’s transfer from stage to screen change our perception of the production? by Maryam Philpott

Screening Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! on the big screen may well alter the viewer’s perspective, placing it within the tradition of television and film drama that lends itself to the cliff…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

‘In a summer of great Irish drama, this feels unsatisfactory by comparison’: ARISTOCRATS – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

There’s little for the cast to improve because the faults in Aristocrats lie with Friel. This production draws-out all of the core themes but cannot overcome the play’s reliance on heavy…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

‘Doesn’t gets to grips with the dark forces at the heart of the play’: OTHELLO – Shakespeare’s Globe by Maryam Philpott

The return of Mark Rylance to The Globe main stage is the lynchpin of Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director and luring her predecessor back to play Iago in a new version o…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

‘Once in a while, you know you’re in the presence of greatness’: KING LEAR – West End by Maryam Philpott

Stand-out performances in any era are often only judged so in retrospect and modern theatre offers much that will be remembered. But once in a while, you know you’re in the presence of gre…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

‘Patrick Marber directs with skill in an engaging production’: EXIT THE KING – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Patrick Marber’s engaging production of Exit the King builds on the central strangeness of Ionesco’s work, attempting to break down our ongoing battle with the idea of death and why no o…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

‘A rare & beautifully-made theatrical triumph’: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The Lehman Trilogy is a substantial achievement, a beautifully balanced depiction of the role of one family in a much wider history of America.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

‘Beautifully pitched revival’: THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE – West End by Maryam Philpott

This version of The Lieutenant of Inishmore is an impressive technical accomplishment supported by very fine performances from the ensemble, that has plenty of layers to unpick.

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