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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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A Christmas Carol, Dominion Theatre review - brash and bustling and snowy, too by Matt Wolf

Dickens redux, noisily but with brio The twelve days of Christmas have nothing on the flotilla of Christmas Carols jostling for view this season, each of which is substantially different eno…

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

'Nine Lessons and Carols' at the Almeida is a mixed bag of vignettes by Matt Wolf

The Almeida Theatre reopens for the first time since March.

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The Dumb Waiter, Hampstead Theatre review - menace without a hint of mirth by Matt Wolf

Taut Pinter revival sacrifices the play's darkly comic underlay Add the Hampstead Theatre to the swelling ranks of playhouses opening its doors this month, in this case with a revival well i…

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

'A Christmas Carol' at the Bridge Theatre is holiday magic by Matt Wolf

Simon Russell Beale and Patsy Ferran in fresh adaptation of Dickens

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

GHBoy, Charing Cross Theatre review - drugs and sex but no rock 'n' roll by Matt Wolf

Paul Harvard's ambitious debut play needs further focus A 35-year-old gay man has to figure out which way to turn in GHBoy, the Paul Harvard play whose connection to the chemsex world is emb…

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

This Lockdown, England’s Theaters Know What to Do Online by Matt Wolf

The first coronavirus shutdown caught playhouses unawares, but they learned lessons that stood them in good stead when the shutters came down again.

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Friday, November 20, 2020


Our critic looks back on 32 years with a publication he was with from its very first issue, in 1988.

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Charlie Stemp on 'Mary Poppins,' the pandemic, and a safe theatre reopening by Matt Wolf

Interview with MARY POPPINS leading man Charlie Stemp

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Death of England: Delroy, National Theatre review - a furious if fleetingly seen sequel by Matt Wolf

Opening and closing night were the same for vital solo show Broadway tends to be the Darwinian environment where a show's opening night can also mark its closing.

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Partying Like It’s 1925 as London’s Theaters Go Dark (Again) by Matt Wolf

Two long-running immersive theater productions — “The Murdér Express” and “The Great Gatsby”— offered some much-needed merriment just before a new lockdown hit England.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

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