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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The State Of The London Stage: May 2021 by Matt Wolf

The fabled date is getting nearer! For months, May 17 has loomed large in the calendar of London theatreland as the signal for playhouses to reopen their doors after a five-month lockdown.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

'Living Newspaper' at the Royal Court Theater Stirs Up Stories of Our Time by Matt Wolf

Tired of reading the headlines? You can watch artistic interpretations of the stories of our era by trailing actors in a Living Newspaper production, section by section.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Helen McCrory, In Admiring, Awestruck Memory by Matt Wolf

We Remember a Great Actress Taken Way Too Soon

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The State of the London Stage: April 2021 by Matt Wolf

Hellos Aplenty as Lockdown Nears an End - And A Sad Goodbye

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

National Theatre's streaming 'Romeo & Juliet' is a stunning take on the Shakespeare classic by Matt Wolf

The director Simon Godwin has offered up the most impassioned version of this play imaginable, its often unwieldy length here filleted to 90-minutes as hurtling and relentless as the very jo…

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Setting the Stage Once Again for Shakespeare, and Live Theater by Matt Wolf

With coronavirus restrictions easing in England, several venues have plans to give classic plays new life.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

BWW Feature: THE BIRTHDAY MONTH / SONDHEIM 2 - Five performances we won't forget by Matt Wolf

Earlier this month, we marked the 91st birthday of the living legend that is Stephen Sondheim with a look back at five London productions of his work that are embedded in the memory. This we…

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

RSC 'Dream' is an inventive, condensed take on the Bard by Matt Wolf

A brave venture that by necessity feels incomplete, Dream offers a take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream that may surprise even those who think they’ve seen everything that can be done with …

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Monday, March 15, 2021

BWW Feature: THE BIRTHDAY MONTH / SONDHEIM 1 - Five productions that we won't forget by Matt Wolf

Last week, we acknowledged the forthcoming birthday of Andrew Lloyd Webber via a look back at five defining London stagings of his work. This time, we do the same with Stephen Sondheim, with…

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Dench, Smith, McKellen, Jacobi: On a Vanishing Era of Theater Greats by Matt Wolf

With British venues closed and years advancing, there’s even less time to see some of the finest actors in their 80s onstage.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

BWW Feature: THE BIRTHDAY MONTH / LLOYD WEBBER 1 - Five productions that we won't forget by Matt Wolf

London's repertoire of standout Lloyd Webber productions includes these five shows, and more

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

For Many Golden Globe Winners, the London Stage Came First by Matt Wolf

At Sunday’s ceremony, a whole host of British winners and nominees got their training in the theater before they made it to the screen.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Streaming 'Sherlock Holmes' whodunnit is an interactive, virtual success by Matt Wolf

This is the latest entertainment from Les Enfants Terribles, the adventuresome company founded in 2001 whose immersive, interactive Alice’s Adventures Underground was Olivier nominated in …

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Monday, February 22, 2021

BWW Feature: WE SAW THEM FIRST /THE MUSICAL ACTRESSES - Five Musicals Whose Female Performers Later Became Stars by Matt Wolf

Our monthlong series culling some of the early London theatrical triumphs of stars before they became known to the world at large draws to a close with our look back at a brilliant quintet o…

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Adrian Lester mesmerizes in Almeida Theatre's streamed 'Hymn' by Matt Wolf

Danny Sapani and Adrian Lester in new two-hander by Lester's wife, Lolita Chakrabarti, livestreaming through Sunday

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

A ‘Roman Tragedies’ for the History Books by Matt Wolf

The International Theater Amsterdam presented Ivo van Hove’s exhilarating Shakespeare marathon in a one-off, livestreamed production.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Janie Dee shines in streamed production of Terence Rattigan's 'All On Her Own' by Matt Wolf

Solo plays are everywhere these days and why not? So it’s not too surprising to note the renewed interest in All On Her Own, a slice of Terence Rattigan esoterica that premiered on TV in 1…

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Monday, February 15, 2021

BWW Feature: WE SAW THEM FIRST/THE MUSICAL ACTORS - Five Musicals Whose Male Performers Later Became Stars by Matt Wolf

Now, it's time to cast a glance at those stage musicals in London that brought to the attention of keen-eyed playgoers various people whom the world would get to know later.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

A disconnected 'Romeo and Juliet' struggles to overcome isolation constraints by Matt Wolf

The cumulative effect is of a lot of well-meaning performers acting into a digital void or, perhaps, delivering audition speeches for some sort of drama school panel that exists just out of …

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

'Dear Evan Hansen' star Sam Tutty on awards, Shakespeare, and surviving the pandemic by Matt Wolf

Sam Tutty was five months into his career-making star turn on the West End in Dear Evan Hansen when the pandemic shut London theatres down last March. Far from sitting idle, the industrious …

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

BWW Interview: Tinuke Craig Chats THE COLOR PURPLE - AT HOME From Leicester Curve Online by Matt Wolf

Since 2019, Tinuke Craig has fielded various iterations of her first-ever musical, The Color Purple, which was acclaimed in performance at Leicester's Curve Theatre and the Birmingham Hippod…

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Monday, February 8, 2021

BWW Feature: We Saw Them First/The Actresses - Five Plays Whose Female Players Later Became Stars by Matt Wolf

Last week, we looked at the early stage work of a quintet of actors who have gone on to celebrated work, and a wider public, onscreen. But the same trajectory is every bit as true of Britain…

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Monday, February 1, 2021

BWW Feature: We Saw Them First/The Actors - Five Plays Whose Players Later Became Stars by Matt Wolf

Many British screen stars may seem to have come to public attention as comparative unknowns, but not to theatre devotees. What follows is a list of five actors whom I managed to catch early …

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Monday, January 25, 2021

BWW Feature: Five London Shows That Got Away by Matt Wolf

An ever-mutating virus has led to general uncertainty on and off the West End about the start-up of live performance. That shifting scenario in turn brings to mind some of the titles from th…

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

‘Bridgerton’s’ Approach to Race and Casting Has Precedent Onstage by Matt Wolf

There’s been much discussion about the presence of Black actors in Regency England on the Netflix show, but performers of color have been playing historical roles in London theaters for de…

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Five 2021 London Shows We Can't Wait To See by Matt Wolf

From Andrew Lloyd Webber to Sondheim via David Tennant's West End return, London is poised for activity post-pandemic

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Beloved panto 'Dick Whittington' goes virtual with National Theatre at Home by Matt Wolf

'Dick Whittington' never opened at the National but can be seen online

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Best of 2020: Theatre by Matt Wolf

Out of pandemic-driven chaos and confusion came moments of clarity - and "Blindness" "Goodbye": The single word lingered heavily in the air last March 16, as the scripted closing both of th…

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Monday, December 21, 2020

A Christmas Carol, Old Vic review - the bells have it once again by Matt Wolf

Andrew Lincoln invents Scrooge afresh in robust seasonal perennial As proof that you can't have too much of a good thing, consider the return of Matthew Warchus's buoyant production of A Ch…

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'The Comeback' at the Noel Coward Theatre is a madcap respite by Matt Wolf

Comic double-act reviewed the night before performances were suspended indefinitely

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Mischief Movie Night is a hilarious, 75-minute improv delight by Matt Wolf

The 'Goes Wrong' team brings their irrepressible improv show to the West End

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre