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Friday, June 17, 2022

A Doll’s House, Part 2 review – Ibsen’s Nora returns for second round by Miriam Gillinson

Donmar Warehouse, LondonNoma Dumezweni is a compelling lead in Lucas Hnath’s sequel, which is well drawn but a little too tightly controlled A dark and heavy house fills the stage. Just b…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The False Servant review – deception, disguise and filthy lucre by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree theatre, LondonMartin Crimp’s crisp translation of Marivaux’s comedy never feels overplayed and highlights the seductive allure of money A spiralling maze has been painted ac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Starcrossed review – gay romance riff on Romeo and Juliet is a giddy delight by Miriam Gillinson

Wilton’s Musical Hall, LondonRachel Garnet’s reframing ditches Shakespeare’s lovers for a smitten Tybalt and Mercutio. Can this winning couple alter their fate? Romeo is in a terrible …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Monday, May 16, 2022

Revenge is sweet: the music, TV and theatre about getting your own back by Jason Okundaye, Jessica Kiang, Miriam Gillinson, Hugh Morris and Sam Jordison

From Shakespeare’s dithering Dane to Desperate Housewives’ steely-eyed Bree, our critics serve up the coldest revenge dishes In Desperate Housewives, when her gay son, Andrew, sleeps wit…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54AM
Friday, May 13, 2022

Dom Juan review – Molière’s lothario gets lost in translation by Miriam Gillinson

The Vaults, LondonMarking the French playwright’s 400th anniversary, this chaotic bilingual comedy lacks clarity Tonight we’re listening to Dom Juan’s seductive escapades in English. T…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

‘The trembling is real’: how does it feel to sing a musical showstopper? by Miriam Gillinson

From Elsa letting it go in Frozen to Sally Bowles belting out Cabaret, the performers of the most barnstorming numbers in musicals share the thrill of bringing the house down Continue readin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:13AM
Friday, May 6, 2022

Oklahoma! review – an invigorating take on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic by Miriam Gillinson

Young Vic, LondonThis modern, sexy and unsettling show injects thrills into a familiar musical, making it feel newly minted How to rewrite Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical without…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Sunday, May 1, 2022

The Osmonds: A New Musical – an awful lot of Osmond for your buck by Miriam Gillinson

Churchill theatre, BromleyThe musical based on a book by Jay Osmond hints at unsettling moments in the brothers’ televised childhood before reality is swept under the carpet Thanks to thei…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:03PM
Friday, April 29, 2022

The Misfortune of the English review – a stinging exploration of boyhood and patriotism by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree theatre, LondonBased on real events, Pamela Carter’s drama follows British schoolchildren on a walking tour in prewar Nazi Germany What started out as a bit of fun is beginnin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:54AM
Monday, April 11, 2022

Sad review – a woman on holiday from reality by Miriam Gillinson

Omnibus theatre, LondonVictoria Willing’s new play is full of deadpan humour, as Gloria decides to live in her attic – permanently Gloria has installed herself in the attic. For good. He…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Project Dictator review – meta clowning lays bare real terror by Miriam Gillinson

New Diorama theatre, LondonRhum + Clay’s latest devised work is a Russian doll of a production whose layers peel back to reveal a fearful reality We begin with a political sketch show that…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:03AM
Friday, March 4, 2022

Persuasion review – audacious Austen comedy is joyfully silly by Miriam Gillinson

Rose theatre, Kingston upon ThamesJeff James’s take on the classic novel has pounding pop music, wacky dancing and a standout debut from Matilda Bailes Imagine the world that Jane Austen c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:24PM
Thursday, March 3, 2022

After the End review – violence, comedy and cliches in Dennis Kelly’s nuclear bunker by Miriam Gillinson

Theatre Royal Stratford East, LondonThis dated two-hander about colleagues cowering in the wake of an explosion creates all-too-familiar disgust and fear This intense two-hander is one of De…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06AM
Friday, February 25, 2022

Uncanny Valley review – a menacing robot examines the meaning of life by Miriam Gillinson

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonWriter Thomas Melle delivers a lecture via his android counterpart in an unsettling show that poses big questions It’s the fingers that get to me. Bitten and w…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:42AM
Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Red Pitch review – football, friendship and the fear of being left behind by Miriam Gillinson

Bush theatre, LondonTackling gentrification, change and ambition, Tyrell Williams’s writing creates a convincing bond in a play that is fierce, affectionate and effortlessly funny Actors K…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18PM
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Saturday Night Fever review – don’t drop that glitter ball! by Miriam Gillinson

Peacock theatre, LondonBig-hearted production ticks all the visual boxes of the 70s classic, and pro dancers tidy the raw edges but at times the floor fails to light up A kaleidoscope of dis…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:48AM
Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Broken Wings review – loved-up Middle Eastern musical fails to take flight by Miriam Gillinson

Charing Cross theatre, LondonStriking singing and an unabashedly romantic score can’t salvage this disappointingly one-note adaptation of the Kahlil Gibran novel This new musical is about …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Monday, January 31, 2022

The Winston Machine review – the joys and dangers of dreaming about the past by Miriam Gillinson

New Diorama theatre, LondonA young woman escapes her present through reveries of her grandparents’ wartime romance in Kandinsky theatre’s playful, probing work The Winston Machine is a t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:03AM
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Ava: The Secret Conversations review – Elizabeth McGovern captures Gardner’s Hollywood glamour by Miriam Gillinson

Riverside Studios, LondonDirector Gaby Dellal’s striking production splices film and theatre with finesse while McGovern as Gardner riffs on important moments and men in her life Much like…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM
Sunday, January 23, 2022

Romeo & Juliet review – speedy 2-Tone adaptation lacks nuance by Miriam Gillinson

Southwark Playhouse, LondonThis stripped-back, teen-oriented version crowbars ad-libs into the text, messing with the dramatic rhythm Part of Southwark Playhouse’s Shakespeare for Schools …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06PM
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

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