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Friday, October 18, 2019

Longtime London The Lion King Star George Asprey Reflects on the Show's 20 Years in the West End by Matt Wolf

The Lion King this month marks 20 years on the London stage, during which time it has become the sixth longest-running West End musical ever, with no end in sight. The iconic Disney musical …

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Female Playwrights Are on Form (for the Most Part) by Matt Wolf

Whether it’s finishing what Jane Austen started, imagining the private conversations of first ladies or inserting the personal, on London stages female playwrights are mixing things up.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tony Nominated Composer Dave Malloy on His Russian Inspiration and Hitting London with Preludes and Ghost Quartet by Matt Wolf

The Tony-nominated composer/lyricist Dave Malloy of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 fame hasn’t had a London presence until this fall, when he is unexpectedly being represent…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Groan Ups, Vaudeville Theatre review - adding ambition and emotion to the mix by Matt Wolf

The ever-likable Mischief Theatre's latest stretches them in new if still-unfinished ways If ambition were all, Groan Ups would get an A*. Marking the first of a very welcome three-show res…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Assassins, Watermill Theatre, Newbury - Sondheim musical in scalding form by Matt Wolf

Sondheim's 1990 show gets more disturbingly pertinent with every revival “Every now and then the country goes a little wrong”: so goes one of the many lyrics from the Stephen Sondheim-Jo…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Groan Ups Star Henry Shields on How It All Went Goes Wrong for Him on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Henry Shields is an invaluable part of London’s invaluable and in-demand Mischief Theatre Company, having long doubled as both a writer and actor on such hits as The Play That Goes Wrong, …

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

'Master Harold' ... and the Boys, National Theatre review - timelessly moving by Matt Wolf

Athol Fugard's 1982 self-exorcism is searingly revived Time has been kind to Athol Fugard's "Master Harold"...and the Boys. It's a stealth bomb of a play that I saw in its world premiere pro…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

West End Star Lloyd Owen on Heather Headley, Renée Zellweger and the Joys of Noises Off by Matt Wolf

Lloyd Owen has one of the best, most resonant speaking voices in the business and has leant his vocal luster to such roles as Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, opposite Diana Rigg, …

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Political Plays for Political Times by Matt Wolf

From a member of Parliament in “Hansard” to the users of a threatened community center in “Faith, Hope and Charity,” London theaters are exploring how power works.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Laurie Kynaston on Going Through a Tough Adolescence in Florian Zeller's The Son in the West End by Matt Wolf

The French writer Florian Zeller is rarely long absent from the London or New York stage. On Broadway he is represented at the moment by the transfer from the West End of The Height of the S…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Big the Musical - sweet if wildly overstretched by Matt Wolf

Onetime Broadway flop has more charm in London but still needs work The work isn't finished on Big, if this stage musical of the beloved 1988 Tom Hanks film is ever to, um, make it big. A B…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Jay McGuiness Dusts Off His Dancing Shoes for the West End's Big the Musical by Matt Wolf

Jay McGuiness was a member of the popular English boy band The Wanted and won the 2015 edition of Strictly Come Dancing, the U.K. precursor to Dancing with the Stars. But he is currently ret…

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Amsterdam, Orange Tree Theatre review - suffocatingly mannered by Matt Wolf

A potentially compelling play is done in by its structure and an unhelpful staging An excellent director makes a rare misstep with Amsterdam, in which a compelling if tricksy play is given …

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

London Evita Headliner Samantha Pauly on Channeling Beyoncé and Ariana Grande to Find Her Inner Superstar by Matt Wolf

Chicago actress Samantha Pauly has been in three previous productions of Evita, none of which can have been as conceptually daring as the director Jamie Lloyd’s provocative and edgy curren…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

London Evita Headliner Samantha Pauly on Channeling Beyoncé and Ariana Grande to Find Her Inner Superstar by Matt Wolf

Chicago actress Samantha Pauly has been in three previous productions of Evita, none of which can have been as conceptually daring as the director Jamie Lloyd’s provocative and edgy curren…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Who Are We, and What Defines Us? Big Questions on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Two new productions, “The Doctor” and “Appropriate,” subvert ideas about identity.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jac Yarrow on the Thrill of His Professional Stage Debut in London's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Matt Wolf

The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a regular visitor to the London stage but there's never in my extensive experience been as likable an…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

London Torch Song Star Matthew Needham on Making Harvey Fierstein's Iconic Protagonist His Own by Matt Wolf

Matthew Needham has cut quite a swath through the American repertoire of late, between the Olivier Award-winning revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke and the U.S.-set stage adapta…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Laura Pitt-Pulford on Starring in the U.K. Premiere of Falsettos and What Makes Her Feel Like 'Breaking Down' in Real Life by Matt Wolf

Laura Pitt-Pulford was a 2016 Olivier nominee for her zesty alfresco performance at Regent’s Park in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but the English performer has cut a distinctive swathe…

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Laura Pitt-Pulford on Starring in the U.K. Premiere of Falsettos and What Makes Her Feel Like 'Breaking Down' in Real Life by Matt Wolf

Laura Pitt-Pulford was a 2016 Olivier nominee for her zesty alfresco performance at Regent’s Park in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but the English performer has cut a distinctive swathe…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Onstage in Edinburgh, the Mood Is Grim by Matt Wolf

Theatrical productions at the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe give the impression of a world coming apart at the seams.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

London's Witness for the Prosecution Star Lewis Cope on His Famous Former Co-Star & Huge Family by Matt Wolf

Witness for the Prosecution, the Agatha Christie thriller directed by Lucy Bailey, has turned into a sleeper hit inside its unusual location of a onetime debating chamber at Westminster’s …

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

London Equus Star Ethan Kai on Getting Comfortable with Onstage Nudity, Raves from Ian McKellen & More by Matt Wolf

Ethan Kai may be known to fans of British TV from the Yorkshire-set drama, Emmerdale, but the 25-year-old actor is making one of the most astonishing West End debuts in years playing the dis…

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A Quiet Take on Tennessee Williams by Matt Wolf

A London production of “The Night of the Iguana” starring Clive Owen asks for the audience’s patience, and rewards it.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The View UpStairs, Soho Theatre review - well-intentioned but needs a rewrite by Matt Wolf

Name-heavy cast powers baggy, repetitive Off Broadway musical If good intentions were all, The View Upstairs would be Gypsy. As it is, the European premiere of this 2017 Off Broadway musica…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Andy Mientus on Starring in London's The View UpStairs, Talking about Smash Every Day and Projects with Michael Arden by Matt Wolf

Andy Mientus has credits ranging from Spring Awakening and Les Miz to such TV series as Smash and Gone. But the Pittsburgh native can be found this summer within the intimate confines of Lon…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, London Palladium review - bright, brash, largely irresistible by Matt Wolf

A giddy Sheridan Smith is back centre-stage but watch out for newcomer Jac Yarrow, too Cheeky and broad and (for the most part) as entertaining as seems humanly possible, this embryonic entr…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Harold Pinter Theatre review - smart stagecraft, skimpy script by Matt Wolf

Melly Still brings her singular theatricality to bestselling novel on stage Better than the 2001 film but likely to disappoint devotees of the book, Captain Corelli's Mandolin onstage works…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tony Nominee Lia Williams on Starring in London's The Night of the Iguana Opposite Anna Gunn and Clive Owen and Being in Her Prime by Matt Wolf

Lia Williams needs no introduction as a supreme actress, whether on Broadway in Skylight [for which she was nominated for a 1997 Tony Award] or Arcadia or across a range of work closer to ho…

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13-3/4, Ambassadors Theatre review - needs a chill pill by Matt Wolf

2015 musical gets a belated, overly busy West End transfer Time hasn't necessarily been kind to this slow-aborning West End transfer of a show first seen (and lauded) in its 2015 debut in L…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

the end of history ..., Royal Court review - raises more questions than it answers by Matt Wolf

The starry director-writer team behind 'Harry Potter' onstage return to their frequent home at the Royal Court An apocalyptic title proves somewhat of a red herring for a slight if intriguin…

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