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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Double Dealer, Orange Tree Theatre review - high spirits and low morals by Matt Wolf

Congreve's Restoration-era rarity is boisterous to a fault It's been 40 years since The Double Dealer last had a major airing (indeed, perhaps any airing) in London, so on the basis of …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Joshua Jenkins on Playing a Teen Again in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End by Matt Wolf

Joshua Jenkins has spent a sizable chunk of his acting life playing Christopher, the teenager at the wounding and wounded heart of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The much…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

True West, Vaudeville Theatre review - sizzling take on seminal Sam Shepard by Matt Wolf

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn go hell for leather as savagery-prone siblingsDon't be deceived by Kit Harington's matted, slicked-back hair that is immediately visible the minute the audienc…

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London Theater Reviews: In These Plays About Couples, Hell Is Other People by Matt Wolf

Three productions in London look at pairings (romantic and otherwise) that come to grief, including a retelling of the myth of Orpheus in the underworld.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Summer and Smoke Star Patsy Ferran on American Voices, Working with Angela Lansbury and More by Matt Wolf

Patsy Ferran was barely out of the prestigious London drama school, RADA, when she proved that she could steal a scene or two from none other than Angela Lansbury in the 2014 West End reviva…

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Reeve Carney on Descending into London's Hadestown After Soaring in Broadway's Spider-Man by Matt Wolf

Reeve Carney soared above the audience as Spider-Man in the much-chronicled Broadway musical of the same name and this time descends to the underworld as the singing, romantically smitten Or…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Rising Star Douglas Booth on Returning to the London Stage in A Guide for the Homesick, His Broadway Girlfriend and More by Matt Wolf

Still only 26, Douglas Booth has been appearing on film and TV for a decade and has won screen attention in such titles as Noah, The Riot Club, Great Expectations and the experiment in paint…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

London theatre is at the top of its game, so who will win our awards? by Matt Wolf

Much of the success has to do with a range of artists whose own creativity isn’t tethered to the Brexit-era antics at large

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pinters Three and Four, Harold Pinter Theatre review - double-bill boasts double-acts to treasure by Matt Wolf

The Pinter season continues, this time in largely comic form The West End is specialising in two-parters of late. To Imperium and The Inheritance we can add to a growing list the latest duo …

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Monday, November 12, 2018

West End Star Tim Howar on His Surprising History with The Phantom of the Opera and More by Matt Wolf

Tim Howar has been rocking out on the London stage of late in Rock of Ages and Chess, and the Canadian performer is now donning that legendary mask to play—you guessed it—The Pha…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

London Theater Reviews: ‘White Teeth’ Makes a Big-Hearted, but Bumpy, Transition to the Stage by Matt Wolf

Among a range of plays in London exploring racial tensions, an adaptation of Zadie Smith’s novel stands out for its positive view of the city’s multicultural life.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pack of Lies' Finty Williams and Chris Larkin on Finally Working Together Onstage and Their Famous Mums (Judi Dench and Maggie Smith!) by Matt Wolf

Finty Williams and Chris Larkin are terrific English actors in their own right but share the fact of having a parent who is a Tony and Oscar-winning British legend—two women, in their …

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Still No Idea, Royal Court review - spiky, funny, and politically pointed by Matt Wolf

Disability-themed two-hander suggests that little has changed in eight years To the recent spate of shows that put their own narrative-building first, we can now add Still No Idea, with the …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

London Bat Out of Hell Star Jordan Luke Gage on Taking over the Leading Role in the Rock Extravaganza and His Surprising Tattoo by Matt Wolf

Jordan Luke Gage was already doing several performances a week as the ever-young Strat in the Jim Steinman-scored rock extravaganza Bat Out of Hell at the Dominion Theatre, but when original…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

London Theater Reviews: A Gender Swap Makes Sondheim’s ‘Company’ Soar by Matt Wolf

The commitment-phobic bachelor Bobby becomes Bobbie in a new production in London.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Wild Duck, Almeida Theatre review - meta, merciless and altogether brilliant by Matt Wolf

Robert Icke reaches a new career plateau with his Ibsen adaptation Beware the smile that Edward Hogg wears like a shield in the opening scenes of The Wild Duck, the Ibsen play refashioned in…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Wise Children, Old Vic review - Emma Rice in fun if not quite top-flight form by Matt Wolf

Angela Carter adaptation strains to sustain its high spirits"What could possibly go wrong?" The question ends the first act of Wise Children, the debut venture from the new company birthed b…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Measure for Measure, Donmar Warehouse review - Shakespeare twice-over packs a partial sting by Matt Wolf

Shakespeare at the Donmar, in double visionShakespeare exists to be refracted and filtered through the age in which he is presented. So there's every good reason for the Donmar's artistic di…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

London Company Star Jonathan Bailey on Revering Patti LuPone, Texting Samantha Barks and Not Getting Married Today by Matt Wolf

Jonathan Bailey’s credits range from Gavroche in Les Miz when he was a child actor to the most recent London revival of The Last Five Years, opposite Samantha Barks, and the Almeida Th…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Inheritance's Kyle Soller on Bringing the Two-Part Epic to the West End, Vanessa Redgrave's Surprise & More by Matt Wolf

West End transfers rarely come as keenly anticipated as the upgrade currently being afforded the Young Vic production of The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s seven-hour, two-part play chro…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Height of the Storm, Wyndham's Theatre review - Eileen Atkins raises the elliptical to art by Matt Wolf

Florian Zeller puzzle-play benefits from two potent starsIf you're going to write a play that traffics in bafflement, it's not a bad idea to have on hand one of the most beady-eyed actresses…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Twelfth Night, Young Vic review - Kwame Kwei-Armah makes a big-hearted return home by Matt Wolf

Shakespeare sings in buoyant if sometimes strenuous UK premiere What better way to celebrate a homecoming than with a party? That is the capacious-hearted thinking behind this new musical ve…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

London Theater Reviews: Epic Shakespeare and Bite-Size Pinter Command the London Stage by Matt Wolf

There is much to enjoy in a production of “Antony and Cleopatra” and a season of Pinter’s one-act plays in London, our critic says.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Harry Reid on Making the Leap from TV's EastEnders to the London Stage in Witness for the Prosecution by Matt Wolf

Harry Reid spent three and a half years making a name for himself in the popular British TV soap opera EastEnders and now the 25-year-old performer can be seen in the crucial role of Leonard…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Book Your Flight! Five Can't-Miss Shows to See in London This Fall by Matt Wolf

Fall brings with it shorter days but always more exciting nights as the London theater season kicks into gear, bringing with it the promise of excitement across the spectrum, whether on or o…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

London Stage Star Kirsty Bushell on Playing the Fierce and Feral Regan Opposite Ian McKellen in King Lear by Matt Wolf

Kirsty Bushell has played Shakespeare’s Juliet as well as Olivia in Twelfth Night and has been earning praise, and eliciting gasps, for her no-holds-barred portrayal of the venomous Re…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

London Theater Reviews: Women Push the Envelope, in Different Ways by Matt Wolf

Alexis Zegerman’s “Holy __” is a lively, if overheated, cautionary tale; while Clare Barron’s “Dance Nation” looks at troubles that come from within.

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Foxfinder, Ambassadors Theatre review - too ponderous by half by Matt Wolf

Onetime fringe success flounders in West End upgradeA sizable Off West End success nearly eight years ago looks more than a little exposed in a new, scaled-up production that is one of sever…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sir Peter Hall: a day of thanksgiving and celebration for a colossus of culture by Matt Wolf

A year after his death, the great director was honoured by the stars at Westminster Abbey and the National TheatreSir Peter Hall had no ordinary life, as might be expected from the director …

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Monday, September 10, 2018

London Heathers Star Carrie Hope Fletcher on Balancing Her Role with Being a YouTube Sensation & More by Matt Wolf

Les Miz alumna Carrie Hope Fletcher spent much of the summer headlining an in-town production of Heathers: The Musical that wasn’t open to the press: a somewhat-tweaked version of the …

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Aladdin Star Michael James Scott on Playing the Genie in London and All Over the World by Matt Wolf

Michael James Scott has traveled far and wide with the hit Disney musical Aladdin, both on tour and in Australia, where last year he won the prestigious Helpmann Award for his performance as…

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