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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

'The House of Shades' review — a compelling intergenerational drama loses its way by Matt Wolf

Anne-Marie Duff shines in overly sprawling, diffuse play set between 1965 and 2019

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

'Old Friends' in concert was a Stephen Sondheim tribute for the ages by Matt Wolf

Bernadette Peters, Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton and more led a legendary one-off concert in honour of a musical theatre legend

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Review: In ‘Jerusalem,’ a Once-in-a-Lifetime Performance, Again by Matt Wolf

Mark Rylance is back in a role that won him a Tony more than a decade ago. But this London production isn’t just coasting on past kudos.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Carnage of War, in Punchdrunk’s New London Show by Matt Wolf

The immersive theater company’s production invites up to 600 spectators to roam freely around a loose re-creation of the siege of Troy’s aftermath.

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Marys Seacole, Donmar Warehouse review - frustrating yet unflinching by Matt Wolf

Off Broadway hit builds to a furious climax in London bow Inspiration jostles irritation in Marys Seacole, Jackie Sibblies Drury's Off Broadway hit from 2019 that has arrived at the Donmar …

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

'Bonnie and Clyde' review — a cartoonish take on a killer couple by Matt Wolf

Francis Mayli McCann is the reason for being of this London musical engagement, following its concert debut on the West End in January

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

'Scandaltown' review — clever Restoration comedy quickly wears thin by Matt Wolf

Mike Bartlett opens his third London play in quick succession, this one starring Rachael Stirling

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Trump and Moses: American Power Brokers on London Stages by Matt Wolf

In new works by English playwrights, the 45th U.S. president plots to become the 47th, and the New York urban planner Robert Moses loses his mind.

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Friday, April 8, 2022

'The Fever Syndrome' review — an overwritten yet vivid family drama by Matt Wolf

Robert Lindsay and Lisa Dillon in inter-generational family drama set in Manhattan.

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Anyone Can Whistle, Southwark Playhouse review - full-on bonkers by Matt Wolf

Niche Sondheim gets an, um, no-trumpets-barred revival Musicals don't get madder than Anyone Can Whistle, the 1964 Broadway flop from onetime West Side Story and Gypsy collaborators Stephen…

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Monday, April 4, 2022

'To Kill a Mockingbird' review: Rafe Spall shines in Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation by Matt Wolf

Rafe Spall and David Moorst headline London version of Broadway smash, alongside Tony winner Jim Norton as the Judge.

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Monday, March 28, 2022

'Clybourne Park' review — Bruce Norris's Pulitzer-winning play combines smarts and savagery by Matt Wolf

Imogen Stubbs and Richard Lintern excel in revival of Bruce Norris scorcher

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Stars Battle It Out on London Stages by Matt Wolf

In West End productions, Jonathan Bailey and Taron Egerton play a fighting couple, and Kit Harington from “Game of Thrones” plays the warrior king in “Henry V.”

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

'Maria Friedman and Friends — Legacy' review — a soul-stirring concert commemorates musical theatre titans by Matt Wolf

Maria Friedman is back, this time with a concert show that includes her gifted young son, Alfie

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

'Bloody Difficult Women' review — Brexit politics take centre stage by Matt Wolf

Jessica Turner is excellent as Theresa May in critic-turned-playwright Tim Walker's look at the run-up to Brexit.

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Friday, March 4, 2022

'The Merchant of Venice' review — Shakespeare's comedy possesses a new and recharged ruthlessness by Matt Wolf

Moral depravity looms large in exciting, heavily cut take on Shakespeare's eternally vexed 'comedy'

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

'The Woods' review — David Mamet's play returns as a sluggish battle of the sexes by Matt Wolf

Francesca Carpanini inherits a role once played by Patti LuPone in interminable two-hander, first seen in 1977

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Friday, February 25, 2022

Review: Conversation and Conflict, as Warhol Meets Basquiat by Matt Wolf

Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope give memorable performances as the odd couple artists in Anthony McCarten’s new play, “The Collaboration.”

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

On London Stages, Maverick Responses to Mortality by Matt Wolf

Creative adaptations of “Wuthering Heights” and Ionesco’s “The Chairs” grapple with death and feature inclusions of the coronavirus and performance artists.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

'The Forest' review — Florian Zeller's latest drama possesses dark, shivering qualities by Matt Wolf

Paul McGann and Toby Stephens headline the first Florian Zeller play to have its world premiere in English; Jonathan Kent directs.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

'Hamlet' review — a shouty Shakespeare adaptation speaks volumes by Matt Wolf

Sean Holmes directs George Fouracres as a sullen, snarky Hamlet

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

A Number, Old Vic review - revelatory yet again by Matt Wolf

Caryl Churchill's 2002 masterwork, starring Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu, resonates anew

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On English Stages, Tales From the Asylum by Matt Wolf

Two new plays offer very different experiences of the sanitarium, one starring Mark Rylance and the other spotlighting a fast-rising actress.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

'Ava: The Secret Conversations' review — Elizabeth McGovern's well-intentioned biographical play lacks grit by Matt Wolf

Elizabeth McGovern's self-penned two-hander about Ava Gardner is a waste of time and talent

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

In London Theaters, the Show (Sometimes) Goes On by Matt Wolf

A surge in coronavirus infections toppled production after production, but two stage adaptations — of a movie and a blockbuster novel — recovered and endure.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

'A Fight Against... (Una Lucha Contra)' review — a quintet of sketches explore a violent world by Matt Wolf

Chilean writer Pablo Manzi brings his dark vision of human behaviour to the Royal Court, directed by Sam Pritchard.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

'Cratchit' review — a complicated retelling of 'A Christmas Carol' at Park Theatre by Matt Wolf

Olivier Award-winner John Dagleish takes the title role in Alexander Knott's murky, angled take on Dickens's long-suffering clerk

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'Peggy For You' review — Tamsin Greig's standout performance celebrates Peggy Ramsay by Matt Wolf

Tamsin Greig inherits Maureen Lipman's original role in Alan Plater's portrait of the onetime literary agent and legend

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Best of 2021: Theatre by Matt Wolf

Camp Siegfried, Cabaret, and Lisa Dwan as Beckett's Winnie among the year's best theatre in London.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2021 by Matt Wolf, Laura Cappelle and A.j. Goldmann

The Times’s three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey apiece for the festive season.

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