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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Fanny and Stella, Garden Theatre - a saucy slice of queer history by Sam Marlowe

This rambunctious fringe musical serves up a fascinating true story with charm and pizazz In a purgatorial summer, this boisterous, camp and chaotically charming musical is a tonic. It’s a…

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Institute, BBC4 review – masculinity and memory in a nightmarish world of work by Sam Marlowe

Physical-theatre company Gecko's debut feature film is compelling and technically skilled Missing the office? Or are you dreading the day you have to return? What’s your relationship to th…

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sondheim at 90 Songs: 5 - 'Every Day A Little Death' by Sam Marlowe

A stinging duet from 'A Little Night Music' has a savagely funny power “Whipped cream with knives” is how Harold Prince, who directed the Broadway premiere of A Little Night Music in 19…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Paapa Essiedu: ‘90% of this job is not acting, but making sure you’re ready for it’ by Sam Marlowe

Since receiving acclaim for playing Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Paapa Essiedu has appeared in the West End and on TV.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

& Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre review - the Bard with dancefloor bangers by Sam Marlowe

The heroine seizes the mic in this Shakespeare-inspired jukebox musical It’s bright, it’s brash, it’s a gazillion times camper than Christmas: but is it such stuff as theatrical hits a…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Lungs, Old Vic review - deluxe casting and slick delivery by Sam Marlowe

Claire Foy and Matt Smith elevate Duncan Macmillan's rather toothless parenting drama Playing our monarch and her husband in The Crown has made actors Claire Foy and Matt Smith into TV drama…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Lyric Hammersmith’s Rachel O’Riordan: ‘I have no interest in being anything other than collaborative’ by Sam Marlowe

As she makes her directorial debut as artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith, Rachel O’Riordan talks to  Sam Marlowe about her unorthodox

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Appropriate review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘a stunning act of theatrical subversion’ by Sam Marlowe

Much happens in this ingenious drama by African-American playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that is far from appropriate. And the play itself is an

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Lynette Linton: ‘This is what I always wanted, it’s all I have ever wanted’ by Sam Marlowe

Director and playwright Lynette Linton stepped into Madani Younis shoes as artistic director of the Bush last year. She tells Sam Marlowe

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Pah-La review at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London – ‘intriguing but unfocused’ by Sam Marlowe

This drama about political protest in Chinese-oppressed Tibet, written by the Bangalore-based playwright Abhishek Majumdar, has had a difficult journey to the

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Alys, Always at Bridge Theatre, London starring Joanne Froggatt and Robert Glenister – ‘Clumsy, thrill-free adaptation’ by Sam Marlowe

Full disclosure: I haven’t read Harriet Lane’s debut novel Alys, Always, so I can’t tell you if it’s any good. What I

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hole review at Royal Court, London – ‘reverberates with feminist rage’ by Sam Marlowe

Women, as everyone knows, have no body hair. We are naturally smaller, quieter and more polite than men. We like nothing better

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Simon Godwin: ‘As a director, you’re always trying to find your niche’ by Sam Marlowe

With a reputation for tackling tricky texts, the director is about to open the rarely performed Timon of Athens in Stratford-upon-Avon. As

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Ear for Eye review at Royal Court, London – ‘astonishing and uncompromising’ by Sam Marlowe

Debbie Tucker Green doesn’t so much write plays as construct intricate theatrical architecture out of language. With Ear for Eye, she goes

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Pack of Lies review at Menier Chocolate Factory – ‘an affecting revival’ by Sam Marlowe

How far would you go for your friends – and what if you suspected everything they’d ever told you was a lie?

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Antony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo review at the National Theatre – ‘thrilling and lucid’ by Sam Marlowe

It’s a twilight romance wrapped in a bloody fist, and an epic tragedy of avarice, exploitation and thirst for power. Simon Godwin’s

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Foxfinder review at Ambassadors Theatre, London – ‘flat production of a dazzling play’ by Sam Marlowe

Sharp of tooth and riddled with a clawing dread, Dawn King’s 2011 rural drama is a fierce and fabulous beast. An intriguing

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Director Maria Aberg – from a blood-soaked Duchess of Malfi to a ‘very silly’ Little Shop of Horrors by Sam Marlowe

After a gore soaked Duchess of Malfi at the RSC, Maria Aberg is bringing the ‘very silly’ Little Shop of Horrors to

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Indira Varma: ‘If you don’t get big in the first 10 years of your career, you’re lucky’ by Sam Marlowe

Indira Varma says success is ‘just fucking luck’. Currently appearing in Ionesco’s Exit the King at the National, the actor, best known

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

One for Sorrow review at Royal Court, London – ‘a riveting, quicksilver thriller’ by Sam Marlowe

Dread explodes into horrific reality. Two bombs – one in a club,another outside a bar – rip bloody holes in London. We

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie review at Donmar Warehouse – ‘beautifully acted’ by Sam Marlowe

Most of us know her, with her crisp Morningside accent, her lemony aphorisms and her elegant eccentricity, from Maggie Smith’s Oscar-winning performance

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Director Natalie Abrahami: ‘Theatremakers must lead the public conversation and push things forward’ by Sam Marlowe

Since her five-year tenure as co-artistic director of London’s Gate Theatre, during which she championed women writers, the director has forged a

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Effigies of Wickedness review at Gate Theatre, London – ‘wildly entertaining and spiked with menace’ by Sam Marlowe

“The world’s gone nuts, so best of luck!” trill the seductive quartet of performers in this captivating cabaret – a message of

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Kate Fleetwood: ‘The more versatile you are, the better chance of longevity’ by Sam Marlowe

The chameleon actor made her mark with a string of lauded lead performances including Lady Macbeth and Medea. Ahead of starring in

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Prudes review at Royal Court, London – ‘a probing comedy about sexual politics’ by Sam Marlowe

Here’s a prospect to make you blush, giggle and squirm. We’re ushered into a boudoir, a sugar-pink Barbara Cartland confection of cushions,

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Instructions for Correct Assembly review at Royal Court, London – ‘cleverly constructed but bloodless’ by Sam Marlowe

“Hello!” chirps Max and Harry’s son, as they remove him from his packaging and boot him up for the first time –

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kiln Theatre artistic director Indhu Rubasingham: ‘Theatre should bring unheard voices into the mainstream’ by Sam Marlowe

Turning her back on a career in medicine to pursue a drama degree, the director rose rapidly through the ranks to take

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pericles, Prince de Tyr review at Barbican, London – ‘arresting and imaginative’ by Sam Marlowe

Shakespeare’s tempestuous late romance of loss and exile has both fairytale allure and modern resonance, its action spanning years and oceans, with

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Friday, April 6, 2018

The Way of the World review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘a slick, handsome production’ by Sam Marlowe

Money can’t buy you love – but it can certainly get you a temporary imitation of it. In William Congreve’s dazzling, intricately

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Pressure review at Park Theatre, London – ‘David Haig’s affecting wartime drama’ by Sam Marlowe

What could be more British than a drama of wartime heroism and the weather? At times David Haig’s Pressure, first seen in

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Great Wave review at National Theatre, London – ‘fascinating, but flawed’ by Sam Marlowe

Sometimes the story transcends its telling. And so it proves in The great Wave, a new play by the Japanese-Northern Irish writer

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards