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Friday, October 19, 2018

Wise Children, Old Vic review - Emma Rice in fun if not quite top-flight form by Matt Wolf

Angela Carter adaptation strains to sustain its high spirits"What could possibly go wrong?" The question ends the first act of Wise Children, the debut venture from the new company birthed b…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Measure for Measure, Donmar Warehouse review - Shakespeare twice-over packs a partial sting by Matt Wolf

Shakespeare at the Donmar, in double visionShakespeare exists to be refracted and filtered through the age in which he is presented. So there's every good reason for the Donmar's artistic di…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

London Company Star Jonathan Bailey on Revering Patti LuPone, Texting Samantha Barks and Not Getting Married Today by Matt Wolf

Jonathan Bailey’s credits range from Gavroche in Les Miz when he was a child actor to the most recent London revival of The Last Five Years, opposite Samantha Barks, and the Almeida Th…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Inheritance's Kyle Soller on Bringing the Two-Part Epic to the West End, Vanessa Redgrave's Surprise & More by Matt Wolf

West End transfers rarely come as keenly anticipated as the upgrade currently being afforded the Young Vic production of The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s seven-hour, two-part play chro…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Height of the Storm, Wyndham's Theatre review - Eileen Atkins raises the elliptical to art by Matt Wolf

Florian Zeller puzzle-play benefits from two potent starsIf you're going to write a play that traffics in bafflement, it's not a bad idea to have on hand one of the most beady-eyed actresses…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Twelfth Night, Young Vic review - Kwame Kwei-Armah makes a big-hearted return home by Matt Wolf

Shakespeare sings in buoyant if sometimes strenuous UK premiere What better way to celebrate a homecoming than with a party? That is the capacious-hearted thinking behind this new musical ve…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

London Theater Reviews: Epic Shakespeare and Bite-Size Pinter Command the London Stage by Matt Wolf

There is much to enjoy in a production of “Antony and Cleopatra” and a season of Pinter’s one-act plays in London, our critic says.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Harry Reid on Making the Leap from TV's EastEnders to the London Stage in Witness for the Prosecution by Matt Wolf

Harry Reid spent three and a half years making a name for himself in the popular British TV soap opera EastEnders and now the 25-year-old performer can be seen in the crucial role of Leonard…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Book Your Flight! Five Can't-Miss Shows to See in London This Fall by Matt Wolf

Fall brings with it shorter days but always more exciting nights as the London theater season kicks into gear, bringing with it the promise of excitement across the spectrum, whether on or o…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

London Stage Star Kirsty Bushell on Playing the Fierce and Feral Regan Opposite Ian McKellen in King Lear by Matt Wolf

Kirsty Bushell has played Shakespeare’s Juliet as well as Olivia in Twelfth Night and has been earning praise, and eliciting gasps, for her no-holds-barred portrayal of the venomous Re…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

London Theater Reviews: Women Push the Envelope, in Different Ways by Matt Wolf

Alexis Zegerman’s “Holy __” is a lively, if overheated, cautionary tale; while Clare Barron’s “Dance Nation” looks at troubles that come from within.

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Foxfinder, Ambassadors Theatre review - too ponderous by half by Matt Wolf

Onetime fringe success flounders in West End upgradeA sizable Off West End success nearly eight years ago looks more than a little exposed in a new, scaled-up production that is one of sever…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Sir Peter Hall: a day of thanksgiving and celebration for a colossus of culture by Matt Wolf

A year after his death, the great director was honoured by the stars at Westminster Abbey and the National TheatreSir Peter Hall had no ordinary life, as might be expected from the director …

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Monday, September 10, 2018

London Heathers Star Carrie Hope Fletcher on Balancing Her Role with Being a YouTube Sensation & More by Matt Wolf

Les Miz alumna Carrie Hope Fletcher spent much of the summer headlining an in-town production of Heathers: The Musical that wasn’t open to the press: a somewhat-tweaked version of the …

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Aladdin Star Michael James Scott on Playing the Genie in London and All Over the World by Matt Wolf

Michael James Scott has traveled far and wide with the hit Disney musical Aladdin, both on tour and in Australia, where last year he won the prestigious Helpmann Award for his performance as…

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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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