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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, review: It brilliantly synthesises the two versions that exist of a play by Terence Rattigan by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Trevor Nunn has combined the texts from Rattigan's comedy 'Less Than Kind' with its revised version 'Love in Idleness' to create a new production that stars Eve Best…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Filthy Business, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Sara Kestelman left me feeling as weak with laughter as Dame Edna does by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Olivier Award-winning Sara Kestelman stars in Ryan Craig's new family comedy set in 1968, taking the lead as an East End matriarch who must protect her shop for future generations

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow in Midsummer, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, review: The translation used here seems to me the rockiest feature of the production by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The RSC is bringing Chinese classics to a Western audience with Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's 'Snow in Midsummer', a piece based on a classical Chinese drama by Guan Hanqing, which …

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Monday, March 13, 2017

My Country: A Work In Progress, Dorfman, National Theatre, review: Carol Ann Duffy rings a major's poet's ear to the music of the text by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Following the Brexit vote, real testimonials were collected from people nationwide and interwoven with speeches by politicians in this play by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and National The…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Old Vic, London, review: Daniel Radcliffe's introspective, scrubby-cheeked Rosencrantz isn't bang on by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

David Leveaux's brilliant 50th anniversary revival of Tom Stoppard's play, which stars Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire, has a set designed by Anna Fleischle, which suspends the play i…

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ugly Lies the Bone, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London, review: Jess is superbly played by Kate Fleetwood by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The American playwright Lindsey Ferrentino's makes her UK debut with this play about a war veteran, played by Fleetwood, who experiments with virtual reality therapy, to heal her emotio…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hamlet, Almeida, London, review: Andrew Scott is a wonderfully moving Hamlet by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Robert Icke's modern dress production of 'Hamlet', starring 'Sherlock' actor, Scott with Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude, may be too slow, but it is not to be missed

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Friday, February 24, 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic, London, review: There's a deviant, mind-altering drollery running through this that I found delicious by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Played on a muddy stage, Joe Hill-Gibbins bleak production of Shakespeare's comedy, is going to divide audiences

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Twelfth Night, Olivier, National Theatre, London, review: There's a touch of Mrs Danvers about Greig's devoted steward by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Tamsin Grieg plays Malvolia, a traditionally male role, in Simon Godwin's new modern-dress production of Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity, joining the ranks of gre…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Wild Party, The Other Palace, London, review: Gorgeous jazz score – played to perfection by Theo Jamieson's smoking-hot eight piece band by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

This darkly comic musical set in Manhattan in the 1920s is about a vaudeville showgirl and vaudeville clown who decide to throw a debauched party like no other

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Monday, February 20, 2017

See Me Now, Young Vic, London, review: The piece is open to the charge that it ends up as a therapy session for the performers by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Real-life sex workers take to the stage, in a production about prostitution, directed by Mimi Poskitt, with song and dance

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ventoux, Vault Festival, The Vaults, Waterloo, London, review: The actors pedal furiously on their stationary racing bikes by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The show about the rivalry between cycling superstars, Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani, dramatises a clash of personalities and their fall from grace

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Beware of Pity, Barbican, London, review: 120 minutes of nerve-racking tension by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Simon McBurney's compelling co-production between his own Complicite company and Schaubühne Berlin, is based on Stefan Zweig's 1939 novel, about a man's downfall after he tri…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Silver Lining, Rose Theatre, Kingston, review: The play feels mechanical and lacking in real warmth - but I did laugh out loud once or twice by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Sandi Toksvig's comedy, set in an old people's care home, is about the plight of the elderly, but it is also a message against the treatment of senior actresses, who don't get…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Run The Beast Down, Finborough, London, review: Ben Aldridge keeps you compelled by the character's monomania by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Lines blur between reality and fantasy in Titus Halder's debut play, starring Ben Aldridge as a man losing his sanity, which is directed by Hannah Price, with a live electronic score

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Sex With Strangers, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Emila Fox and Theo James have witty, sparring sexual chemistry by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The two-hander, starring Emilia Fox and Theo James, which is written by Laura Eason, a scriptwriter on 'House of Cards', is a comedy about love and literary ambition in the digital…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The White Devil, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: It ain't Shakespeare – maybe it's more Tarantino by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Director Ann Ryan's candlelit production of John webster's 'The White Devil' at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, is the perfect setting for the play about deceit, treachery a…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Fantastic Mr Fox, Lyric, Hammersmith, London, review: It's not in the same league as Matilda and Charlie by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The new production of 'Fantastic Mr Fox', about a clever fox who outwits three farmers, is the latest Roald Dahl story to be turned into a musical

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dublin Old School, National Theatre, London, Review: Emmet Kirwan and Ian Lloyd Anderson play off each other with a brilliant rhythmic rapport by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Emmet Kirwn's two-hander, starring himself as Jason, a wannabe DJ and Ian Lloyd Anderson, as his long-lost drug addict brother, is highly charged theatre

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Death Takes A Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre, London, review: It's sometimes hard to keep a straight face, as when Death complains about his work by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The UK premiere of Thom Southerland's musical, 'Death Takes A Holiday', is based on the 1928 Italian play of the same name, which went on to inspire the film, 'Meet Joe B…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review, Us/Them, Dorfman, National Theatre, London: the story of the Beslan massacre makes for a remarkable, harrowing piece of theatre by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

On 1 September 2004, the children were celebrating the start of the new academic year at School No 1 in Beslan, North Ossetia (part of the Russian federation). They had brought in balloons a…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Winter Solstice, Orange Tree, Richmond, London, review: A sharply provocative twist on the traditional fraught-family-festivities drama by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The UK premiere of German dramatist Roland Schimmelpfennig's play, which was written in response to the resurgence of the far right across Europe, couldn't be more timely with the …

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Promises, Promises, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: The trouble is that the material does not exactly brim with musical possibilities by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The revival of musical, 'Promises, Promises', is based on the Oscar-winning 1960 Billy Wilder movie, 'The Apartment', but it doesn't lend itself well to the now all-…

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Wish List, Jerwood Upstairs, Royal Court, Londo, review: A talented, heartening debut by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Katherine Soper's debut play about two siblings coping with benefit cuts, zero-hour contracts and OCD, was winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

BU21, Trafalgar Studios, London, review: You can gasp with uneasy laughter at the play's refusal to be politically correct by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

An invented terrorist atrocity is the topical subject of this tragicomedy by Stuart Slade that imagines a plane from New York downed in the Fulham area with half a dozen survivors

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Kite Runner, Wyndham's Theatre, London, review:It feels top-heavy with relentless first person narration by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Matthew Spangler's stage production of 'The Kite Runner', based on Khaled Hosseini's best-selling 2003 novel, makes its West End debut

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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, Finborough Theatre, London, review: by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The rediscovery of Tony Harrison's, 'The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus', in its first London production since 1990, is directed by Jimmy Walters

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Art, Old Vic, London, theatre review: 'Very funny and exquisitely calibrated' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Matthew Warchus's programming coups at the Old Vic this year have included the Glenda Jackson King Lear and Tim Minchin's musical version of Groundhog Day. Now he turns to this twe…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016

Mary Stuart, Almeida, London, review: 'A remarkably satisfying achievement' by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams are exceptional in Schiller's play

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