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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Love, Love, Love review at the Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘resonant and perceptive revival’ by Rosemary Waugh

Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love premiered in 2010. Revived precisely a decade later, its central premise of the white boomer middle classes

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Revenger’s Tragedy review at Barbican Centre, London – ‘enjoyably silly reboot’ by Rosemary Waugh

Cheek by Jowl’s collaboration with the Piccolo Teatro di Milano opens with a blast of high church, high-camp bravado. The Duke (Massimiliano

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Trainers review at Gate Theatre, London – ‘striking, funny and beautifully weird’ by Rosemary Waugh

There’s a wedge of discord between text and performance running throughout Hester Chillingworth’s production of Trainers, or The Brutal Unpleasant Atmosphere of

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Monday, March 2, 2020

The Spirit: The Camel review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘evocative performance piece’ by Rosemary Waugh

“Must” is the first word Thibault Delférière writes on a large cloth at the back of the stage, before continuing to drag

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sinners review at Playground Theatre, London – ‘uninvolving and laborious’ by Rosemary Waugh

Layla (Nicole Ansari) is up to her neck in it, literally. Condemned to death by stoning, the English Literature professor in an

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Alina Cojocaru review at Sadler’s Wells, London – ‘astonishing moments in a tonally mixed programme’ by Rosemary Waugh

Alina Cojocaru’s curated programme is, as the saying goes, a game of two halves. Pre-interval, a selection of three contemplative, tender works

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

All of It review at Royal Court, London – ‘Kate O’Flynn captivates’ by Rosemary Waugh

Alistair McDowall’s All of It is like Sally Rooney written by Samuel Beckett. Or Samuel Beckett written by Sally Rooney. Either way,

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Actor Joseph Marcell: ‘Every day somebody reminds me of Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ by Rosemary Waugh

Still fondly remembered as Fresh Prince’s butler Geoffrey in the US sitcom, actor Joseph Marcell also has an impressive stage CV, with

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Friday, February 7, 2020

The Taming of the Shrew review at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London – ‘misguided and depressing’ by Rosemary Waugh

The Taming of the Shrew is one of the most notoriously difficult Shakespeare plays to stage. Director Maria Gaitanidi’s production, unfortunately, does

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Faces in the Crowd review at Gate Theatre, London – ‘unafraid to be wild and messy’ by Rosemary Waugh

In her essay Shakespeare’s Sisters, Rachel Cusk examines the knotty ties between a woman’s domestic situation and her literary output, quoting Virginia

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Director Caroline Byrne: ‘People gravitate towards safety – I’m not interested in that’ by Rosemary Waugh

For Irish director Caroline Byrne, it’s the non-verbal world of theatre, and not the spoken one, that captivates her most. She tells

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Girl from the North Country review at Gielgud Theatre, London – ‘exceptional performances’ by Rosemary Waugh

Conor McPherson’s musical, based around the songs of Bob Dylan and set in the musician’s birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota, is not a

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Criterion Theatre, London – ‘fizzes with energy’ by Rosemary Waugh

Matt Harrison’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the National Youth Theatre relocates Shakespeare’s original to Athens-on-Sea: a land of grab-a-bear

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Rapunzel review at the Egg, Bath – ‘an inventive, gently subversive treat’ by Rosemary Waugh

The Egg’s Christmas shows are consistently a delight and this year’s Rapunzel, written by Annie Siddons and directed by Nik Partridge, is

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Beauty and the Beast review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘falls slightly flat’ by Rosemary Waugh

This year’s pantomime at the Theatre Royal Bath has two elements to it: the Disney-fied tale of the impoverished Belle (Clare Maynard)

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Little Miss Burden review at the Bunker, London – ‘brilliantly honest new play’ by Rosemary Waugh

Matilda Ibini’s Little Miss Burden is a gem of a play. Set in 1990s Hackney, it manages that rare feat of being

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Midnight Movie review at Royal Court, London – ‘ambitious but opaque’ by Rosemary Waugh

Incommunicability is frequently identified as an aspect of chronic pain. Indeed, this was precisely the topic of Rachel Bagshaw’s previous work, The

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Dick Whittington review at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – ‘a real festive treat’ by Rosemary Waugh

This year’s Christmas offering from the Theatre Royal Stratford East is a joy-filled mash-up of Dick Whittington and The Pied Piper, with

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Arrival review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘tender exploration of brotherhood’ by Rosemary Waugh

The most famous fraternal relationships of mythology, Cain and Abel or Romulus and Remus, end with bloodshed. Bijan Sheibani’s The Arrival, a

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Director Tinuke Craig: ‘Panto drives you – it wakes you up because it’s so energetic’ by Rosemary Waugh

She has tackled plays exploring trauma and state corruption, and now Tinuke Craig is turning her hand to a boldly re-imagined panto

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

When the Crows Visit review at Kiln Theatre, London – ‘Ayesha Dharker is captivating’ by Rosemary Waugh

Anupama Chandrasekhar’s When the Crows Visit is a haunting beast of a play, one that persistently claws away at expectations and comforts

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Yarit Dor: ‘I don’t like to be boxed in – I don’t want to be just a fight director’ by Rosemary Waugh

With her focus split across different areas, Yarit Dor tells Rosemary Waugh why ‘movement practitioner’ is the term that best describes her

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Fast review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a fascinating true story’ by Rosemary Waugh

Ar the turn of the last century, long before Gwyneth Paltrow promoted alkaline water on her Goop well-being brand, ‘Doctor’ Linda Hazzard

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Ice Cream Boys review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘engaging and well acted’ by Rosemary Waugh

Two men meet in a private hospital ward. They have been assigned adjacent rooms and are being looked after by the same

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Beacon review at O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin – ‘well performed but disengaging’ by Rosemary Waugh

Nancy Harris’ The Beacon trades on stereotypes. Beiv (Jane Brennan) is a smock-wearing female artist who’s been through her sculptures-of-tampons stage, opened

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Gaslight review at Watford Palace Theatre – ‘moving update of Patrick Hamilton’s play’ by Rosemary Waugh

Richard Beecham’s update of Patrick Hamilton’s play boasts a simple but clever premise: a group of women living in a safe house

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Hecuba review at Project Arts Centre, Dublin – ‘Marina Carr’s crackling rewrite of Euripides’ by Rosemary Waugh

“This is the script. It’s what I’m meant to say,” explains Agamemnon (Brian Doherty) before he sacrifices Polyxena (Zara Devlin) in exchange

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Mám review at O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin – ‘the energy of an ancient rite’ by Rosemary Waugh

Mám opens with low-hanging clouds of smoke hanging over the stage and extending into the auditorium. With them comes a smell, a

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Two Ladies starring Zoë Wanamaker review at Bridge Theatre, London – ‘loses its way’ by Rosemary Waugh

Two Ladies opens with an arresting scene. The First Lady of the United States (Zrinka Cvitešić) is drenched in blood and being

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

An Enemy of the People review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘shrewdly judged update’ by Rosemary Waugh

“Lunatic”, “insane”, “mad” – synonyms for crazy pop up regularly in Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s version of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Amsterdam review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘fascinating, multilayered play’ by Rosemary Waugh

The past invades the present in Maya Arad Yasur’s play Amsterdam. A pregnant Israeli violinist living in modern-day Amsterdam receives a mysterious

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