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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

London Star Sophie Thompson on Tackling Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest & Her Two Other Careers by Matt Wolf

Sophie Thompson has a diverse and distinguished list of credits ranging from the Harry Potter screen franchise to Celebrity MasterChef and the popular U.K. TV soaps, EastEnders and Coronatio…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Theater Review: In Edinburgh, the Plays Are Short (and Some Are Sweet) by Matt Wolf

There are hundreds of shows to see in the Edinburgh International Festival and its ancillary Fringe event. But finding the good ones can be hard work.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

West End Chicago Star Alexandra Burke on Brandy, Cartwheels and The Bodyguard by Matt Wolf

Alexandra Burke has had a busy time of it in the decade since she became an overnight British sensation on X Factor. She has played Rachel Marron on the West End in The Bodyguard, a show she…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

£¥€$ (LIES), Almeida Theatre review - financial frolics at the gaming table by Matt Wolf

Ontroerend Goed's latest offers a cunningly immersive take on capitalismTheatre critics tend not to experience an 140 percent increase in their financial assets within 21 minutes. So on…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018 100 Awards: Theatre and Performance - excellence and inclusion across the map by Matt Wolf

If the theatre is buoyant and alive, we have these artists to thank Amidst ever-uncertain times, one thing is for sure: this country's ability to regenerate and renew itself theatrically rem…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

The Lieutenant of Inishmore's Chris Walley on Working with Poldark's Aidan Turner & Making a Splashy Debut by Matt Wolf

Professional stage debuts rarely come more auspicious than the bravura turn of 23-year-old Irishman Chris Walley in the current West End revival at the Noel Coward Theatre of The Lieutenant …

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Home, I'm Darling, National Theatre review - Katherine Parkinson in career-best form by Matt Wolf

Laura Wade play needs trimming but offers a bravura acting opportunity Add Katherine Parkinson to the top rank of theatre performers in a town where talent abounds. As Judy, the retro-minded…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

West End Newcomer Ammar Haj Ahmad on Breaking Ground & Moving Audiences in The Jungle by Matt Wolf

It's rare to find a Syrian actor in a starring role in London's West End, but the collective thrill surrounding the New York-bound production of The Jungle involves a multi-national,…

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London Theater Reviews: Two Long-Lived Kings on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Ian McKellen shines as King Lear in a new production of Shakespeare’s play, and Rhys Ifans also plays a beleaguered monarch in Ionesco’s “Exit the King.”

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Spamilton, Menier Chocolate Factory review - fun if overstuffed by Matt Wolf

Gerard Alessandrini's latest is smart but needs streamliningIf it's possible to have somewhat too much of a good thing, that would seem to be the case with the British premiere at the M…

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Pity, Royal Court review - whacked-out and wearing by Matt Wolf

Collegiate-style Armageddon takes over the Court mainstage The apocalypse arrives as a series of collegiate sketches in the aptly-named Pity, the Rory Mullarkey play that may well prompt sym…

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West End Star David Haig on Writing and Starring in Pressure, His Historical Drama Set on the Eve of D-Day by Matt Wolf

David Haig q-and-a / Matt Wolf Weather is the unlikely if potent topic of Pressure at the Ambassadors Theatre, written by and starring the protean Olivier Award-winning actor David Haig, who…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre review - an acting tour de force by Matt Wolf

A newly-minimalist Sam Mendes guides an expert cast to sublime heights There's surprising and then there's The Lehman Trilogy, the National Theatre premiere in which a long-established direc…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Lara Martins on Her Record-Breaking Run as Carlotta in London's The Phantom of the Opera by Matt Wolf

Lara Martins has quietly carved a slice of theatrical history by becoming the longest-running Carlotta in the storied history of The Phantom of the Opera, continuing on in its original West …

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noel Coward Theatre review - Aidan Turner makes a magnetic West End debut by Matt Wolf

Martin McDonagh revival brings Poldark to the London stage, guns blazing Aidan Turner may not reveal those famously bronzed pecs that have made TV's Poldark box office catnip in his West End…

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London Theater Reviews: London’s Stages Are Awash With American Plays by Matt Wolf

From big-name musicals to challenging new work at small theaters, the Yanks are everywhere.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Kelli O'Hara on Revisiting The King and I in London & Gearing Up for Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway by Matt Wolf

Kelli O’Hara is finally making her West End stage debut as British governess Anna Leonowens in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, the role that brought the beloved America…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

West End Star Oliver Tompsett on How Starring in Kinky Boots Affects His Footwear Choices, Meeting Cyndi Lauper and More by Matt Wolf

Oliver Tompsett is a West End alum of such musicals as We Will Rock You, Wicked, Rock of Ages and Guys and Dolls. In June, he joined the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Kinky Boo…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Imperium Star Joseph Kloska on the Appetite for Epic Theater in London and Beyond by Matt Wolf

Joseph Kloska has become something of a Royal Shakespeare Company regular of late and steps up a career notch with his co-starring performance opposite Tony winner Richard McCabe (The Audien…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse review - Lia Williams makes an iconic role her own by Matt Wolf

Familiar title is reinvigorated afresh in a startling revival Lia Williams can be said to have been in her prime ever since the double-whammy several decades ago when she appeared onstage in…

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London Theater Reviews: Stars Shine on London’s Stage. But Who Wants Stars These Days? by Matt Wolf

Laura Linney and Orlando Bloom are drawing audiences to London’s playhouses, even as theatergoers seem to be growing indifferent to who’s in the cast.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

West End Consent Star Stephen Campbell Moore on His Penchant for New Work and Overcoming a Health Crisis by Matt Wolf

Fondly remembered from his London and Broadway run in Alan Bennett’s Tony-winning The History Boys, Stephen Campbell Moore has since returned to the West End in Clybourne Park and Chim…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Machinal, Almeida Theatre review - descending into darkness by Matt Wolf

Lesser-known American classic exerts a clinical fascination The American playwright /journalist Sophie Treadwell's 1928 expressionist drama crops up every so often in order to allow a direct…

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This is a feisty, animated Iceman , with the magnificent Denzel Washington leading the cast.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Julie, National Theatre review - vacuous and unilluminating by Matt Wolf

Vanessa Kirby leads superfluous update that is a lot more Stenham than Strindberg It seems appropriate that an onstage blender features amidst Tom Scutt's sleak, streamlined set for Julie gi…

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London Stage Star Gavin Spokes on Truth and Consequences in James Graham's Quiz by Matt Wolf

Gavin Spokes is among those invaluable English performers who can do plays and musicals across both the British and American repertoire. A 2016 Olivier nominee for playing Nicely Nicely John…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Rink, Southwark Playhouse - lesser-known musical lands afresh by Matt Wolf

1980s Broadway flop proves an Off West End knockout Two dynamite lead performances and the chance to savour an underappreciated score give genuine charge to The Rink, a decades-old Broadwa…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

London Stage Star Adam Gillen on Moving from the Viennese Court of Amadeus to the Trailer Park of Killer Joe by Matt Wolf

Adam Gillen recently finished an extended and electrifying run as Mozart in the National Theatre’s glorious revival of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, only to segue from the world of Eu…

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The Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare's Globe - a breezy bromance served up slight by Matt Wolf

Late Shakespeare collaboration is by turns engaging and daftThose who find the Bard tough going – wasn't that one of Emma Rice's admissions back in the day? – should beat a path to The T…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Translations, National Theatre review - an Irish classic returns with cascading force by Matt Wolf

Brian Friel's luminous play fully lands in the National's largest space What sort of physical upgrade can a play withstand? That question will have occurred to devotees of Brian Fr…

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Blind to Race, Gender and Disability, Shakespeare’s Globe Goes a New Way by Matt Wolf

Michelle Terry, the playhouse’s artistic director, defines her agenda with productions of “Hamlet” and “As You Like It.”

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