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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Conundrum review – intense existential crisis gets lost in abstraction by Miriam Gillinson

Young Vic, LondonAnthony Ofoegbu portrays a man at the end of his tether, but this play gives frustratingly few clues as to how he got there I keep waiting and hoping for the story to land. …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Friday, January 14, 2022

Into the Night review – harrowing, heroic lifeboat story by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineOriginal Theatre Company combine clever camerawork, projected visuals and live music to tell the real-life tale of a sea rescue mission Filmed in a breath-holding single take…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Friday, December 10, 2021

Mrs Delgado review – majestic lockdown fable brims with life by Miriam Gillinson

Old Fire Station, OxfordCompassion and community lie at the heart of this hilarious one-woman show about curtain-twitching neighbours Mike Bartlett wrote Mrs Delgado during lockdown, after a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Wednesday, December 8, 2021

There May Be a Castle review – a dark and wild adventure by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonThis gripping adaptation of Piers Torday’s book will have your children excited, a little scared and bursting with big questions It’s Christmas Eve and young …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48PM
Friday, December 3, 2021

Jack and the Beanstalk review – Clive Rowe is a giant among panto dames by Miriam Gillinson

Hackney Empire, LondonTweenies writer Will Brenton packs this festive frenzy with all the kids’ favourite flourishes, but there isn’t much for the adults beyond Rowe’s delightful Dame …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Bolds review – Julian Clary’s hyena family will have you in cackles by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn theatre, LondonClary’s joke-filled books make for a vibrant stage show, replete with slapstick laughs, daft songs and a wholesome message It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Drop review – escape-room theatre show cranks up the fear factor by Miriam Gillinson

55 Aldgate High Street, LondonSwamp Motel’s latest immersive experience has an intriguing set design and cracking sound effects but might just be too scary for some Is it OK to want to esc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Stephen Mangan: ‘I still feel like I’m 14 years old’ by Miriam Gillinson

The actor is finding it ‘worryingly easy’ to channel his inner Scrooge for A Christmas Carol. He and director Matthew Warchus talk about faith, family entertainment and festive mayhem Le…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Milk and Gall review – new mother at sea in Trump’s America by Miriam Gillinson

Theatre 503, LondonThis striking and lively story of a young woman dislocated both by her baby and the warping of American politics has a confident, surreal swagger Trump is in power. No, re…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Dorian review – dizzying descent into Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece by Miriam Gillinson

Reading Rep theatreThis experimental adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray is a riotous homage to queer culture It might sound like a safe bet to christen a new theatre with a bit of Osc…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:42AM
Thursday, October 14, 2021

Rice review – office politics brought sharply to life by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree theatre, RichmondMichele Lee’s two-hander is a thoughtful take on the power of women at work The Orange Tree theatre is creating a series of internationally focused plays with …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Sunday, September 26, 2021

Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough review – charming odd-couple courtship by Miriam Gillinson

Southwark Playhouse, LondonCordelia O’Neill’s romcom about a pair of mismatched Londoners nails the giddy energy of young love, but isn’t as adept at tragedy Alex and Rupert should nev…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32PM
Friday, September 24, 2021

Shining City review – Conor McPherson’s study of resentment, rage and repression by Miriam Gillinson

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonTwo brooding men are slowly sunk by their own narcissism in this subtle play about a counselling session When Conor McPherson’s brooding play premiered …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:12AM
Friday, September 17, 2021

Deciphering review – a love letter to learning and a deep dive into wonder by Miriam Gillinson

New Diorama, LondonThe audience wears headphones for Curious Directive’s complex new production, which takes us into a school – and a network of caves in Indonesia There is layer upon la…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Leopards review – prowling, twisty thriller about sex and power by Miriam Gillinson

Rose theatre, LondonAlys Metcalf’s drama is packed with quips and playfully directed but gets lost when the action moves to the bedroom A vengeful female lead in a tight bright dress stalk…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
Friday, August 20, 2021

The Nobodies review – an old-fashioned heist movie turned play by Miriam Gillinson

Pleasance theatre, LondonThe real joy of this tale of three working-class friends scheming to save a local hospital lies in its bold, energetic storytelling Writer Amy Guyler has deftly cons…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Dragons and Mythical Beasts review – watch out for the tooth fairy! by Miriam Gillinson

Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, LondonPuppeteers subtly animate a range of folkloric beasties, including a magical unicorn and screechingly strange fairy, in this comical, spellbinding sho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:48AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Game of Love and Chance review – a farcical romance made in Chelsea by Miriam Gillinson

Arcola Outside, LondonSwooning Sloanes give Marivaux’s class criss-crossing comedy a modern twist in this theatre’s new outdoor venue This modern version of Marivaux’s romantic 18th-ce…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

From Here review – sparkling musical shines light on life-changing events by Miriam Gillinson

Chiswick Playhouse, LondonBoth life’s great crossroads and mundane moments on the wayside are given great pathos by the cast of four in this finely observed musical This new musical about …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42PM
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Samuel Beckett: Cascando review – existentialist stroll around the Barbican by Miriam Gillinson

Barbican, LondonThe walkways and pools of the London arts centre shimmer with possibility in this promenade adaptation of a radio play There’s nothing like a stroll to get the synapses whi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:03AM
Friday, July 2, 2021

The Boy With the Bee Jar review – buzzing two-hander with hints of Beckett and Butterworth by Miriam Gillinson

Hope theatre, LondonGeorge Rowlands makes a stunning debut in John Straiton’s Bruntwood-nominated play about an angry old man and a squeaky-clean student bonding on a north London estate …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03PM
Monday, June 21, 2021

The Mother Load review – moving audio play gives birth to all the feelings by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineLynda Radley’s drama about three women who meet in an antenatal class captures the love and fear, the comedy and terror of motherhood in all its contradictory reality Lynda…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:03PM
Friday, June 18, 2021

Raya review – drama about lost youth is a missed opportunity by Miriam Gillinson

Hampstead theatre, LondonDeborah Bruce’s play about the awkward reunion of two fortysomething ex-lovers contains some individually striking observations but too much contrivance Alex (Clai…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18PM
Monday, June 14, 2021

The Smartest Giant in Town review – a very tall tale by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonNutty animals and witty puppetry liven up this at times bleak version of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture book The Little Angel Theatre celebrates i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03AM
Saturday, September 5, 2020

What to expect this autumn as UK theatres reopen by Miriam Gillinson

From the return of The Mousetrap to an abundance of monologues, theatre is making a comeback – just don’t expect an interval ice-cream It is late July, and Beverley Knight is about to si…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:42AM
Friday, July 24, 2020

Tiny Dancers review – young voices call out from isolation by Miriam Gillinson

Available online Collaborating remotely during lockdown, National Youth Theatre players deliver an intriguing mix of sketches by Isley Lynn with restless verve It’ll come as no surprise th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:03PM

From Glyndebourne to BarnFest: 10 of the best outdoor shows by Miriam Gillinson

As restrictions lift and cultural events spring up, we pick the best theatre, musicals, pop and opera you can enjoy alfresco With restrictions lifting, outdoor cultural events are springing …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Jury Duty review – trial-by-audience is cheekily enjoyable by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineWorking with other audience members, you decide whether a defendant is guilty of murder in this fun bit of lockdown theatre A man has been killed and his body, along with mos…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
Monday, June 29, 2020

Telephone review – dial S for stranger in a night of unexpected connections by Miriam Gillinson

Available onlineConey’s entrancing combination of storytelling and shared conversation celebrates the history of telecommunications The range of theatrical experiences emerging online is t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:12PM

'Our views are not on the news': young people speak up on Covid-19 by Miriam Gillinson

Digital scrapbooks by children and teenagers are the funniest – and most bracing – reflections on lockdown. Now theatre is giving them the chance to put their fears and hope on stage Unl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

'We use Shakespeare's heartbeat': lockdown theatre for autistic audiences by Miriam Gillinson

Flute Theatre’s game-based production of Pericles, performed for one family at a time, is designed to create a sense of calm Hottest front-room seats: best theatre and dance online Kelly …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12AM

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Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre