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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘Emotional impact comes from a genuinely great production’: ALL MY SONS – The Old Vic by Rachel Williams

All My Sons may not be my favourite Arthur Miller play but The Old Vic’s production of it is undeniably brilliant, especially the heavyweight and stunningly good cast.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘An absolute masterpiece of writing’: DOWNSTATE – National Theatre by Rachel Williams

Downstate at the National Theatre is a remarkable thing. An absolute masterpiece of writing, performed so sensitively and with such bravery.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

‘Just a beautiful thing’: GOING THROUGH – Bush Theatre by Rachel Williams

Overall Going Through is just a beautiful thing. Gorgeous writing, a stonkingly good production and a brilliant cast. Seventy-five minutes of humanity and joy. Highly recommended.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

‘Demands to be seen’: EMILIA – West End by Rachel Williams

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s script for Emilia at the Vaudeville Theatre is spectacularly good: funny, poignant, angry and inspiring. It’s an amazing piece of theatre, yes, but it’s also som…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

‘Probably about as good as it could be’: ADMISSIONS – Trafalgar Studios by Rachel Williams

I’m genuinely not sure Admissions could be done much better than it’s done here. If you come expecting an entertaining comedy that will make you occasionally go ‘oh actually that’s a…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘Worth your time & more so than the book’: ALYS, ALWAYS – Bridge Theatre by Rachel Williams

Look, as a piece of drama Alys, Always isn't the best thing you'll ever see. It's unlikely to be troubling the Olivier nominations next year I wouldn't think. But, actually, I sort of don't …

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Monday, February 18, 2019

‘A really fascinating piece of historical storytelling’: THE AMERICAN CLOCK – The Old Vic by Rachel Williams

I really enjoyed and was really technically impressed with The American Clock. A decent play, in an amazing production by a truly visionary director, brought to life by a brilliant cast.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘Lots of trial, not so much laughter’: TRIAL BY LAUGHTER – Touring by Rachel Williams

There's a line in Trial By Laughter, the new touring production of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play about freedom of the press, where one of the main characters says to the other: “But …

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘A really clever & successful piece of musical storytelling’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre by Rachel Williams

The way that the story of Violet is told elevates it to something really quite lovely, with huge emotional impact and a surprising timeliness.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

‘A straight up great piece of writing’: ANOMALY – Old Red Lion Theatre by Rachel Williams

Anomaly is a really exciting play. For all that it’s hard to watch and challenging to process, it is immensely rewarding and a great hour of theatre all round. It’s also an amazing showc…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

‘Just absolute genius’: WAR HORSE – Touring by Rachel Williams

Somehow, despite the fact it’s been around for about a billion years, it’s taken me until 2019 to finally see War Horse on stage. Weird right? It’s done the National Theatre, it’s do…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

The Best Theatre & Performances of 2018 by Rachel Williams

Normally I do two of these – Top Ten Shows and Top Ten Performances – but this year I’m combining the two – plus some sundry other awards.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘A distinct, innovative & raw telling’: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND – Almeida Theatre by Rachel Williams

Currently my favourite partnership of Simon Russell Beale and Shakespeare is at work in The Tragedy of King Richard the Second (or Richard II if you prefer, and as the person typing this I v…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

‘Shows exactly why we need more women directing in London theatre’: SUMMER & SMOKE – West End by Rachel Williams

Summer & Smoke, the latest Almeida Theatre West End transfer, is the first thing I’ve experienced in a while where the theatre audience is really, properly engaged in a play. It’s l…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘Top drawer cast, top drawer production’: PINTER FOUR – West End by Rachel Williams

Like ripping off a dramatic plaster, now that I’ve done one show’s worth of Harold Pinter it’s time to plunge headfirst into another. Pinter Three down, Pinter Four to go.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

‘Extremely pleasant surprise’: PINTER THREE – West End by Rachel Williams

Overall, I really rated Pinter Three. Whether you know your Pinter or not, I’d wager there’s something new for you here. Funny, touching, and staged and performed with real class. Solidl…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

‘Definitely worth your time if you like your theatre experimental’: LANDS – Bush Theatre by Rachel Williams

If you like your theatre more experimental than I do, then Lands it’s definitely worth your time. And, as ever, you can’t fault The Bush’s bravery in commissioning it.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘Unlike anything else in London at the moment’: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING – Bush Theatre by Rachel Williams

Yet another pat on the back is due for the Bush Theatre who has knocked things out of the park once again with its latest main house show. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, written by Luke …

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

‘Gives both politics & theatre a bad name’: I’M NOT RUNNING – National Theatre by Rachel Williams

I’m Not Running is, for my money, the sort of political theatre that gives both politics and theatre a bad name.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

‘Theatrically, it feels like a proper moment’: COMPANY – West End by Rachel Williams

Marianne Elliott’s new and updated production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company is so utterly necessary. And I use the word necessary very deliberately.

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

‘This is not a show you can be neutral about’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre by Rachel Williams

Having seen the Bridge Theatre’s latest, Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter, my bonkers quota is through the roof.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘An uneven double bill, but it does work well’: HOGARTH’S PROGRESS – Rose Theatre, Kingston by Rachel Williams

Hogarth’s Progress consists of two plays by Nick Dear: The Art of Success, 30 years old, and a new companion piece, The Taste of the Town, set 30 years later. Both tell the story of Willia…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

‘Entertaining enough’: COCK – Chichester Festival Theatre by Rachel Williams

Cock is by no means classic Mike Bartlett but it is still great fun and, for connoisseurs of supreme social awkwardness in particular, a decently entertaining hour and a half.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

‘Ticks pretty much all the boxes’: ANTONY & CLEOPATRA – National Theatre by Rachel Williams

There is really very little to fault in this Antony and Cleopatra. It is lush, epic and a piece of sheer class. Better than that, it’s that rare theatrical beast: a god production in the O…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

‘Great writing, beautifully performed’: AN ADVENTURE – Bush Theatre by Rachel Williams

An Adventure is a really lovely thing. Great writing, beautifully performed, artfully directed and an excuse to bop around to Brimful of Asha in the interval. Who needs more?

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Friday, September 21, 2018

‘One of the best shows I’ve seen this year’: SYLVIA – The Old Vic by Rachel Williams

Sylvia is one of the best shows I’ve seen this year. So therefore what follows isn’t a review, not really (I’m not going to tell you what the very evident issues were, for a start). It…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

‘A supremely powerful piece’: DUST – Trafalgar Studios by Rachel Williams

Dust was very much worth the wait for me. It’s a supremely powerful piece, undoubtedly not an easy watch but a necessary one nonetheless.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

‘Probably the best piece of theatre I’ve ever seen’: THE JUNGLE – West End by Rachel Williams

I know I say ‘you should see this’ about quite a lot of shows. But honestly, you need to see The Jungle. You just need to. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make y…

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

‘Great writing, clever production, brilliantly acted’: IMPERIUM – West End by Rachel Williams

I thoroughly enjoyed the RSC’s Imperium. Great writing, clever production, brilliantly acted. Overall, a great day out in Ancient Rome.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Funny, engaging & unexpectedly tense’: PRESSURE – West End by Rachel Williams

However implausible its set up may be, I really enjoyed Pressure. It’s so much more engaging and fun and gripping than it has any right to be and is a case study in just really superb acti…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

‘Weirdly unfunny for something billed as a comedy’: EXIT THE KING – National Theatre by Rachel Williams

Adapted from Eugene Ionesco’s French absurdist comedy by Patrick Marber (who also directs), Exit the King, in a nutshell, tells the story of the death of the titular King, who’s told he …

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