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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sondheim at 90: adults will listen by Matt Wolf

The composer-lyricist has left an indelible legacy Here's an irony worthy of the work of Stephen Sondheim, an artist who clearly knows a thing or two about the multiple manifestations of th…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Last Nights on London’s Stages, Before the Lights Went Out by Matt Wolf

While the city’s theaters were still open, several plays seemed to have relevant messages for our troubled times.

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Love, Love, Love, Lyric Hammersmith review - a stinging revival by Matt Wolf

Mike Bartlett play remains as buoyant and biting as ever The Beatles lyric that gives Mike Bartlett’s terrific play its title dates to 1967, which also happens to be the year in which the…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

On Blueberry Hill, Trafalgar Studios review - superb acting, specious plot by Matt Wolf

Sebastian Barry two-hander offers rich acting opportunities for two of Ireland's finest Some wondrous acting is sacrificed on the altar of an increasingly wonky plot in On Blueberry Hill, t…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Daniel Monks on Starring in London's The Seagull with Emilia Clarke and Why He's an Ali Stroker Super Fan by Matt Wolf

Daniel Monks electrified London at the end of 2019 playing the title role at the Donmar in Teenage Dick, Chinese-American writer Mike Lew’s teasingly titled play that transposes Shakespear…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Pretty Woman: The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre review - not so pretty, actually by Matt Wolf

Popular film romcom looks fairly icky on stage It’s not so much that Pretty Woman: The Musical isn’t much good, which it isn’t. More to the point is that this West End replica of th…

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Friday, February 28, 2020

West End Star Terence Wilton on The Woman in Black's Enduring Appeal in London and Beyond by Matt Wolf

The Woman in Black, the theatrical chiller adapted from the Susan Hill novel, celebrated 30 years in the West End last summer and has recently opened to acclaim at the McKittrick Hotel off-B…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

In London, Contemporary Anxieties Take the Stage by Matt Wolf

Three plays consider the divisions wrought by Brexit, Britain’s surveillance state and the terror of the news cycle, with varying levels of success.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Be More Chill, The Other Palace review - more exhausting than enlightening by Matt Wolf

American theatre phenomenon pushes buttons aplenty to diminishing effect This latest musical theatre exercise in “geek chic” has been an American phenomenon: a show propelled by social …

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Friday, February 21, 2020

'This is a Love Story': Why Danny Mac Doesn't Think Pretty Woman on the West End Glamorizes Prostitution by Matt Wolf

Danny Mac dazzled followers on Strictly Come Dancing with his fancy footwork on the ever-popular BBC program, but the English performer has since made a separate name for himself in stage …

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A Number, Bridge Theatre review - a dream team dazzles anew by Matt Wolf

Roger Allam and Colin Morgan refashion Caryl Churchill's contemporary classic There are any number of ways to perform A Number, Caryl Churchill’s bleak and beautiful play about a father a…

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

The Visit, National Theatre review - star turn bolsters baggy rewrite by Matt Wolf

Lesley Manville rises above the prevailing muddle Lesley Manville’s thrilling career ascent continues apace with The Visit, which marks American playwright Tony Kushner’s return to t…

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Noah Thomas is the Lead of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie on the West End, And He's Still in College by Matt Wolf

Noah Thomas was appearing in a drama school production of Guys and Dolls when he was tapped to become the third person to star as Jamie New, an aspiring drag queen, in the hit British musica…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Leopoldstadt, Wyndham's Theatre review - Stoppard at once personal and accessible by Matt Wolf

The director Patrick Marber has knitted Tom Stoppard's putative swan song into a compelling whole It’s not uncommon for playwrights to begin their careers by writing what they know, to co…

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Gavin Creel on Heading Back to the Diner with Sara Bareilles in London's Waitress by Matt Wolf

Gavin Creel has both Tony and Olivier Awards to show for his effervescent talent, so it makes sense that the New York-based Ohioan should continue crossing the Atlantic to work in the West E…

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Albion, Almeida Theatre review - more rewarding and resonant than ever by Matt Wolf

Mike Bartlett's play has deepened in accordance with our divisive times It's not been three years since Albion premiered at the Almeida Theatre, since which time Brexit has happened and, …

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Josh Williams Is Scaling the Heights in the West End's Touching the Void by Matt Wolf

Josh Williams has appeared across a range of London playhouses, from the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to the Royal Court, but only now is he in the West End and in a starring role, no le…

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

When Every Player Gets a Moment by Matt Wolf

In three London productions with great ensemble casts, all the actors receive their due.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

West End Star Jon Robyns on Being a 'Third Generation' Jean Valjean in Les Misérables by Matt Wolf

Jon Robyns is no stranger to Les Misérables, the musical phenomenon now in its fourth decade on the London stage. The 37-year-old Englishman played Marius over 10 years ago in the West End …

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The Sunset Limited, Boulevard Theatre review - all talk, no theatre by Matt Wolf

Cormac McCarthy two-hander tries an audience's patience Cormac McCarthy’s two-hander, premiered at Chicago's mighty Steppenwolf Theatre in 2006, has by this point been everything short of…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

You Stupid Darkness!, Southwark Playhouse review - an intriguing muddle by Matt Wolf

Overlong Sam Steiner play needs clarity to go with its compassion Armageddon would appear to be at the gates in Sam Steiner’s intriguing if ramshackle play, a co-production between Paines…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Claire Moore on Getting Booed for Her Role as a Baddie in London's Mary Poppins by Matt Wolf

Claire Moore was Sarah Brightman’s replacement more than three decades ago as Christine Daaé in the West End’s The Phantom of the Opera and has rarely been long absent from the London s…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Feuding Families Take Center Stage by Matt Wolf

From the bloodbath of “The Duchess of Malfi” to the intergenerational confusion of “Snowflake,” family disputes are at the center of three plays in London.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

New York theatre reviews roundup – not all of Broadway has the blues by Matt Wolf

Heavy topics abound, but there’s still room for a laugh and a song – from an Alanis Morissette musical to a dildo-waving new play

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Monday, December 30, 2019

2019 Wrap-Up: Best London Performances of the Year by Matt Wolf

Newcomers and veterans were both given chances to shine on the London stage this year. Below, listed in no particular order, are five performances for which we will have fond memories of wel…

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

2019 Wrap-Up: Best London Shows of the Year by Matt Wolf

Arthur Miller may have been ubiquitous on the London stage this year, but there was no shortage of homegrown British talent—from that fearless octogenarian Caryl Churchill at the Royal C…

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Best of 2019: Theatre by Matt Wolf

The classics got a shake-up, while provocative new writing came mostly from America Political dysfunction and societal distress led many amongst us to the brink this year, so where better th…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Curtains, Wyndham's Theatre review - unexpectedly giddy fun by Matt Wolf

Late-arrival to the West End is broad, brash - and delightful Who knew? This West End premiere of the 2007 Broadway entry from the legendary songwriting team of John Kander and Fred Ebb (Ch…

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Monday, December 16, 2019

West End Girl from the North Country Star Katie Brayben on the Pleasure of Bringing Dylan Classics to Life by Matt Wolf

Katie Brayben won a 2015 Olivier Award for her star-making performance as Carole King in the West End premiere of Beautiful. Since that time, she shifted genres to star in a revival of the n…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Teenage Dick, Donmar Warehouse review - a fearlessly acted, well-intentioned mess by Matt Wolf

Mike Lew's riff on Shakespeare needs more art to go with its heart If good intentions were everything, Teenage Dick would be the play of the year. As it is, this British premiere at the Donm…

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Jodie Prenger on Starring in London's A Taste of Honey and Naming Her Pet After a Fabulous Diva by Matt Wolf

Jodie Prenger came to attention as the winner of the BBC reality TV competition series I’d Do Anything in 2008, as a result of which she got to play Nancy in Oliver! in the West End for th…

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