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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Light in the Piazza, RFH review - Broadway musical looks good and sounds even better by Matt Wolf

Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron align in starry London debut for six-time Tony-winner A Broadway show as melodically haunting and sophisticated as it is niche, The Light in the Piazza has t…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

London On Your Feet! Star Christie Prades on Meeting Gloria Estefan, Making Her West End Debut & More by Matt Wolf

Cuban-American performer Christie Prades is headlining the London premiere of On Your Feet!, the Broadway musical about Gloria Estefan opening June 27 at the London Coliseum, following a sho…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

While the Sun Shines, Orange Tree Theatre review - frothy, yes, up to a point by Matt Wolf

Slice of Rattigan esoterica is useful to see even as it shows its age Terence Rattigan completists, and count myself among them, will leap at the chance to see a rare production courtesy th…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

London's The Light in the Piazza Star Dove Cameron on Her Friendship with Ariana Grande and Dream of Playing Wicked's Glinda by Matt Wolf

Onetime Disney Channel teen queen Dove Cameron has been spreading her theatrical wings of late. Last December the 23-year-old performer opened off-Broadway in the New Group production of the…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Starry Messenger, Wyndham's Theatre review - Matthew Broderick gets all cosmic by Matt Wolf

Kenneth Lonergan's Off Broadway play trades heavily on deadpan as it crosses the pond A small-scale Off Broadway venture late in 2009, The Starry Messenger has arrived in London to mark the…

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In This ‘Death of a Salesman,’ Willy Loman Is Black by Matt Wolf

Three new theater productions in London explore questions of race and skin color in different ways.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

User Not Found, The CoffeeWorks Project review - solo play set in a café offers food for thought by Matt Wolf

Dante or Die's latest is mirthful and mournful in turn Who is that slithering on the floor by your foot, or coming to rest by or upon your knee? Audiences lucky enough to find themselves at…

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New West End Tina Star Nkeki Obi-Melekwe on Meeting Ms. Turner & What Adrienne Warren Gave Her by Matt Wolf

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe at only 22 has stepped into the starring role of anyone’s dreams, succeeding 2019 Olivier nominee Adrienne Warren in the title role of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at th…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

West End Star Adrianna Bertola on Entering The Twilight Zone and Memories of Matilda by Matt Wolf

Adrianna Bertola was a pintsized powerhouse in the title role of Matilda the Musical, played Gretl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and, now age 20, has made the transition with ease to an ad…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Orpheus Descending, Menier Chocolate Factory review - Tennessee Williams scorcher needs more firepower by Matt Wolf

Troubled but tantalising Williams play doesn't entirely land this time around Where would Tennessee Williams's onetime flop be without the British theatre to rehabilitate it on an ongoing b…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, Park Theatre review - unwieldy at times but undeniably funny, too by Matt Wolf

Jonathan Maitland skewers Brexit-era realpolitik and largely scores What could have been merely a cheap and cheesy piss-take registers as considerably more robust in The Last Temptation of …

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

West End Fiddler on the Roof Star Judy Kuhn on a Surprising Email from Trevor Nunn & Why She Doesn't Plan Ahead by Matt Wolf

Broadway veteran and four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn has given over the better part of the past year to London and to Trevor Nunn’s beautiful Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Fiddler o…

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London Theater Reviews: Women Onstage, Not Getting What They Want by Matt Wolf

Productions in London of classic plays — from Chekhov to Cy Coleman — feature strong female performances.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Rosmersholm, Duke of York's Theatre review - little-known Ibsen lands with force by Matt Wolf

Ian Rickson finds the fury and dynamism in a piece of Ibsen esoterica The past haunts the present and looks likely to torpedo the future in Rosmersholm, the lesser-known Ibsen play now rece…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Olivier Winner Giles Terera on Starring in London's Rosmersholm and Sniffling Through Hamilton by Matt Wolf

Giles Terera’s many and varied credits include Honk!, The Book of Mormon, and a revelatory National Theatre revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but the versatile performer reached a new…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A HELLHOLE TO BEHOLD by Matt Wolf

A wonderfully inventive productive balances gore, humor and pathos exceedingly well.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Director Phyllida Lloyd on 20 Years of Mamma Mia! in London and Broadway's Upcoming Tina: The Tina Turner Musical by Matt Wolf

Mamma Mia! has transformed the lives of a lot of people, not least its gifted and versatile director, Phyllida Lloyd, who came to the ABBA musical from a career in the British not-for-profit…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

London Theater Reviews: On the London Stage, ‘Top Girls’ and a Grande Dame by Matt Wolf

Maggie Smith tackles an impressive one-woman show at the Bridge Theater, and a British classic of the 1980s gets a new lease on life at the National.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Kelly Mathieson on Having a Phantom of the Opera Birthday Cake to Starring as Christine Daae in the West End by Matt Wolf

Kelly Mathieson grew up in Scotland and started ballet lessons when she was two. But after training at London's prestigious Royal College of Music, she forsook the world of actual opera to m…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Ben Edelman on Starring in London's Admissions Amidst College Scandal Headlines by Matt Wolf

Ben Edelman burst onto the New York theater scene like a proverbial comet in last year’s Lincoln Center Theater production of Admissions, the fiery play about family dynamics and race from…

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Ben Edelman on Starring in London's Admissions Amid College Scandal Headlines by Matt Wolf

Ben Edelman burst onto the New York theater scene like a proverbial comet in last year’s Lincoln Center Theater production of Admissions, the fiery play about family dynamics and race from…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Joanna Riding on Stepping into London's Follies and Her Strong Take on "Losing My Mind" by Matt Wolf

Joanna Riding has won two Olivier Awards, starting with her matchless Julie Jordan in Nicholas Hytner’s landmark 1992 production of Carousel, and is now giving a career-defining performanc…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

London Theater Reviews: A Pinter Marathon Saves the Best for Last by Matt Wolf

A revelatory new production of “Betrayal” starring Tom Hiddleston comes after a season of the playwright’s one-act plays.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Richard Fleeshman on Stripping Down in London's Company, His Olivier Nomination & What Patti LuPone Calls Him by Matt Wolf

Richard Fleeshman starred on the West End and Broadway opposite Caissie Levy in Ghost the Musical and was part of the British ensembles of Urinetown and The Last Ship. But it’s fai…

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Blood Knot, Orange Tree Theatre review - defining apartheid-era drama delivers afresh by Matt Wolf

Athol Fugard's seminal 1961 play hasn't lost its potency London's impromptu mini-season devoted to the work of Athol Fugard picks up real steam with Blood Knot, Matthew Xia's transfixing ta…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Downstate, National Theatre review - controversial but also clear-eyed and compassionate by Matt Wolf

Bruce Norris's ever-provocative play puts people first, labels second "Some monsters are real," notes a retribution-minded wife (Matilda Ziegler) early in Downstate, Bruce Norris's beautiful…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Bay at Nice, Menier Chocolate Factory - David Hare talkfest takes intermittent wing by Matt Wolf

Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond face off in revival of little-known 1986 play David Hare knows a thing or two about sustaining an onstage face-off. Skylight and The Breath of Life consi…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Why She's Through with Wicked by Matt Wolf

Rachel Tucker is known both sides of the Atlantic as an especially thrilling Elphaba in Wicked and as a singer who has enlivened various concert halls and cabaret rooms, performing both solo…

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London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Her Long History with Wicked by Matt Wolf

Rachel Tucker is known both sides of the Atlantic as an especially thrilling Elphaba in Wicked and as a singer who has enlivened various concert halls and cabaret rooms, performing both solo…

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London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Her Long History with Wicked by Matt Wolf

Rachel Tucker is known both sides of the Atlantic as an especially thrilling Elphaba in Wicked and as a singer who has enlivened various concert halls and cabaret rooms, performing both solo…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Admissions, Trafalgar Studios review - topical and whiplash-smart by Matt Wolf

Alex Kingston stars in darkly comic Off Broadway transfer Joshua Harmon knows how to stir and excite an audience and does that and more with Admissions, newly arrived in the West End as par…

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