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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Review: This ‘House of Bernarda Alba’ Is on Fire by Matt Wolf

Rebecca Frecknall, whose “Cabaret” is heading to Broadway, steers Federico García Lorca’s play to its tragic finish with genuinely shocking force.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The Witches, National Theatre review - fun and lively but where's the heart? by Matt Wolf

Roald Dahl adaptation is busy to a fault but lacks emotion The National Theatre these days seems to be going from hit-to-hit, with transfers aplenty and full houses at home. And there's eve…

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'Ghosts' review – Ibsen's play becomes a riveting psychological thriller in this atmospheric venue by Matt Wolf

Hattie Morahan and Paul Hilton lead an astonishing cast in Joe Hill-Gibbins adaptation of 1881 Ibsen scorcher

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Monday, November 27, 2023

A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic review - older, wiser, and yet more moving by Matt Wolf

Christopher Eccleston is a Scrooge for the ages Familiarity has bred something quite fantastic with the Old Vic Christmas Carol, which is back for a seventh season and merits ringing all av…

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Monday, November 20, 2023

'Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen' review – Samuel Barnett lets rip in this moving comedy by Matt Wolf

Two-time Tony nominee Samuel Barnett in roaring form in Marcelo Dos Santos's clever monologue

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

'Passing' review – this beautifully acted play about an Anglo-Indian family feels like a slice of life by Matt Wolf

Catherine Cusack and Kishore Walker in play about the biracial experience in the UK

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Backstairs Billy, Duke of York's Theatre review - starry and gently subversive, too by Matt Wolf

The West End gets a much-needed shot in the arm Rarely has a play's opening been so opportune. Just when it looked as if the West End was slipping into decline, along comes the smart, shrewd…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

'To Have and To Hold' review – Richard Bean's new comedy captures love, family and the ageing process by Matt Wolf

Alun Armstrong and Marion Bailey shine in the latest from Richard Bean, author of One Man, Two Guvnors, and co-directed by Terry Johnson and the venerable Richard Wilson.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Short, Shallow ‘King Lear’ by Matt Wolf

The veteran actor directs and plays the title role in a brisk and curiously weightless London production.

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Monday, October 30, 2023

'Clyde's' review – Lynn Nottage's genius play finds grace amid the grubbiness and grit by Matt Wolf

Lynn Nottage's kitchen play finds a brilliant chef in director Lynette Linton and an astonishing cast, headed by Olivier winner Giles Terera (Hamilton) and Sweat alumnus Patrick Gibson

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

‘Lyonesse,’ With Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas, Is a Starry Mess by Matt Wolf

In London, Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas do their best in a new play that careers between near-slapstick one minute and speechifying the next.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Portia Coughlan' review – this taboo-busting portrait of inconsolable grief is a modern Irish masterpiece by Matt Wolf

Alison Oliver plays the title role in director Carrie Cracknell's revival of the remorseless 1996 play from Irish dramatist Marina Carr

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Friday, October 13, 2023

British musicals are having a renaissance by Matt Wolf

Sunset Boulevard is back, fresher than ever, but the new British musical is having its moment, too

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Nicole Scherzinger is Captivating in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ by Matt Wolf

A stripped-back revival in London, directed by Jamie Lloyd, brings the classic musical into the present day, and gives Scherzinger a career-defining performance.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

'Death of England: Closing Time' review – Sharon Duncan-Brewster is extraordinary in this wide-ranging national portrait by Matt Wolf

The brilliant Sharon Duncan-Brewster has stepped in, triumphantly, to the co-starring role in this delayed stage two-hander that completes a theatrical triptych.

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Friday, October 6, 2023

'Noises Off' review – Michael Frayn's genius backstage farce remains a marvel by Matt Wolf

Felicity Kendal returns to the role of Dotty Otley in Michael Frayn's comedy classic, opposite newcomers to the cast including James Fleet and an amusingly athletic Mathew Horne

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

'Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends' review – a rapturous musical tribute by a glorious all-star ensemble by Matt Wolf

Bernadette Peters in peerless, age-defying form heads an all-star tribute to her, and our, beloved Stephen Sondheim

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

'Derren Brown Presents – Unbelievable' review – astonishing feats of mental wizardry by Matt Wolf

Simon Lipkin and Samuel Creasey in Derren Brown venture without the master mentalist actually in it

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Saturday, September 30, 2023

Michael Gambon – majestic, always moving, the theatre world looks smaller without him by Matt Wolf

The tremendous Dublin-born, London-based actor has died, leaving an enormous legacy behind

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Friday, September 29, 2023

'Operation Epsilon' review – this riveting and timely history play dissects the ethics of nuclear physics by Matt Wolf

Nathaniel Parker, of "Wolf Hall," and Jamie Bogyo, from the flop revival of "Aspects of Love," are amongst the all-male cast of Andy Sandberg's UK premiere of this decade-old American play.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

'Frank & Percy' review – Ian McKellen and Roger Allam are charming company in this sweet love story by Matt Wolf

Ian McKellen, age 84, is as spry and welcome a stage presence ever opposite the equally invaluable Roger Allam

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

'untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play' review – a furious and necessary skewering of colonialist classics by Matt Wolf

2023 Olivier nominee Mei Mac stars in Kimber Lee play about Asian stereotyping over time

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Friday, September 22, 2023

'Mlima's Tale' review – Lynn Nottage's stealthy poaching drama has animal magnetism by Matt Wolf

Lynn Nottage's 2018 Public Theater play gets a powerful London airing courtesy director Miranda Cromwell and leading player Ira Mandela Siobhan.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

'The Little Big Things' review – this new musical movingly and buoyantly puts disability centre stage by Matt Wolf

Henry Fraser's inspirational memoir is now a musical, directed by Luke Sheppard of "& Juliet" renown.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

'Red Pitch' review – this nimble play scores with its celebration of friendship by Matt Wolf

Tyrell Williams's Olivier-nominated and Evening Standard Theatre Award-winning play returns for an encore engagement, fronted once again by the dazzling Francis Lovehall

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Review: ‘Next to Normal’ Is Back, With Extra Pathos by Matt Wolf

A London revival of the hit musical brings extra warmth to the story of a woman in psychological free fall.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023

'The Way Old Friends Do' review – this new play is one for the ABBA enthusiasts by Matt Wolf

Ian Hallard stars in his own play, directed by his husband, Mark Gatiss, and with a scene-stealing supporting performance from Sara Crowe.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2023

'The Garden of Words' review – this wistful, rain-soaked Japanese tale draws you in by Matt Wolf

Japanese anime continues to have its day onstage with this latest show coming in between London premieres of My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away.

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Saturday, August 5, 2023

'Macbeth' review – part action hero, part politician, Max Bennett compels throughout by Matt Wolf

A ripped Max Bennett takes the title role in a play soon to be seen again in London with David Tennant and then Ralph Fiennes: Matti Houghton plays his Lady.

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

'Cuckoo' review – this new family drama is alarming, surprising and highly entertaining by Matt Wolf

Jodie McNee gives a superb performance in Olivier-winner Michael Wynne's eighth play for the Royal Court, this one all-female and directed by Vicky Featherstone

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

'Beneatha's Place' review – Cherrelle Skeete gives a star-making performance by Matt Wolf

Kwame Kwei-Armah revisits his 2013 play, this time in London and with a rejigged second act - and superb leading lady

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater