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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Strictly Ballroom the Musical review at Piccadilly Theatre, London – ‘dazzling, but disappointing’ by Tim Bano

Baz Luhrmann’s warm and silly 1992 debut Strictly Ballroom, the first of his ‘Red Curtain’ Trilogy – followed by Romeo + Juliet

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

An Officer and a Gentleman – The Musical review at Curve, Leicester – ‘corny as hell, but loveable’ by Tim Bano

How can anyone resist the iconic climax from An Officer and a Gentleman, with Up Where We Belong blasting and love finding

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Bat Out of Hell review at Dominion Theatre, London – ‘ridiculous, overblown, baffling – and a joy’ by Tim Bano

It’s good to be back in Jim Steinman’s world, a world full of too much leather and picaresque songs in which the

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical review at Aldwych Theatre, London – ‘straight bio made incredible by its star and story’ by Tim Bano

Yes, it’s a jukebox musical. And no, it’s not imaginatively told, galloping straightforwardly through Tina Turner’s life and works from childhood to

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Chicago starring Cuba Gooding Jr – review at Phoenix Theatre, London – ‘disappointingly flat’ by Tim Bano

It’s hardly Chicago’s fault – more a consequence of the show’s success and longevity – but there’s something about that black and

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Streetcar Named Desire review at NST City, Southampton – ‘a riveting production’ by Tim Bano

For a long while it’s not clear what Chelsea Walker is trying to do here. The director, who won the RTST Sir

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Ruthless the Musical review at Arts Theatre, London – ‘nasty, waspish, self-satisfied’ by Tim Bano

This cult show, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1992 is an admirable act of self-defeat; a show that points out its own pointlessness.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Vincent River review at Park Theatre, London – ‘riveting performances’ by Tim Bano

When it premiered 18 years ago, Vincent River was seen as a departure for Philip Ridley. Moving away from the slightly fantastical,

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kiss of the Spider Woman review at Menier Chocolate Factory, London – ‘moments of beauty’ by Tim Bano

It has been a novel, a play, a film, another play and a musical. Now Manuel Puig’s love story has been adapted

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The Plough and the Stars review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘lacks a clear vision’ by Tim Bano

In 2016 the Abbey Theatre in Dublin staged Sean O’Casey’s 1926 masterpiece to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, an event

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Sondheim on Sondheim review at Royal Festival Hall, London – ‘exquisite performances’ by Tim Bano

The idea of a Sondheim revue is both a huge temptation and a folly. As magnificent as so many of his songs

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Buggy Baby review at the Yard, London – ‘bizarre, baffling, brilliant’ by Tim Bano

Every so often one of those plays comes around whose existence is just completely baffling. Not because it’s no good – far

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Summer and Smoke review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘a stunning production’ by Tim Bano

“Rarely-performed Tennessee Williams play” are words that can make the heart sink. There’s usually a reason something is rarely performed, and Williams

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Kneehigh’s Brief Encounter: how projections bring a classic film to life on stage by Tim Bano

As Kneehigh’s multimedia staging of Brief Encounter returns to a London cinema, the show’s projection designers tell Tim Bano explain how they

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RSC star Joan Iyiola: ‘I’ve more to say about the world as an actor than as a barrister’ by Tim Bano

Hooked on Nigerian elders’ stories from childhood, Joan Iyiola swapped a potential law career for performing. The Mono Box founder tells Tim

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Electra review at the Bunker, London – ‘a stylish adaptation’ by Tim Bano

As well as being a play about war, John Ward’s adaptation of the Ancient Greek story of Electra is a production at

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Trust review at Gate Theatre, London – ‘chaos and complexity’ by Tim Bano

Set to a text by German writer Falk Richter, director Jude Christian’s inventive, occasionally bamboozling show, Trust, is like watching a huge

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Girls and Boys starring Carey Mulligan – review at Royal Court, London – ‘a blindsiding climax’ by Tim Bano

It’s a worry when Euripides is thanked in a play’s acknowledgements. In a way, the brutal, blindsiding climax to Dennis Kelly’s monologue,

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The York Realist review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘a tender love story’ by Tim Bano

Peter Gill’s 2002 play is a masterpiece of subtext – appropriate for a play about directors and actors since subtext is their

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Step inside NST City, Southampton’s flexible new venue for performing arts by Tim Bano

As Nuffield Southampton Theatres prepares to open a long-awaited second site in the city, its artistic director tells Tim Bano how the

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Alan Ayckbourn’s The Divide review at Old Vic, London – ‘clunky and insensitive’ by Tim Bano

Duing the gay marriage debate a few years ago, opponents kept trotting out the word ‘complementarity’. It was supposed to privilege the

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Long Day’s Journey Into Night review at Wyndham’s Theatre – ‘an immense performance from Lesley Manville’ by Tim Bano

In his production of Eugene O’Neill’s 1956 magnum opus, which started life at Bristol Old Vic in 2016, Richard Eyre shows how

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Director John R Wilkinson: ‘The disability debate has moved on from using sledgehammers’ by Tim Bano

Quiet and considered, John R Wilkinson is the antithesis of the domineering director stereotype. He tells Tim Bano how his next project,

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Eugenius review at the Other Palace, London – ‘a fantastic score’ by Tim Bano

The second British musical about superheroes to open this month, after Bananaman at Southwark Playhouse, Eugenius has the same fond mockery, super

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Yous Two review at Hampstead Theatre, London – ‘an impressive debut’ by Tim Bano

Georgia Christou’s debut play is fighting on two fronts. Hampstead Theatre’s downstairs space opened in 2010 but has only recently started inviting

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Review: Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville Theatre by Tim Bano

The loveliness, and ultimate uselessness, of wit: Tim Bano reviews Kathy Burke's take on Oscar Wilde. The post Review: Lady Windermere’s Fan at the Vaudeville Theatre appeared first on Exe…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

The War Has Not Yet Started review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘frustratingly abstract’ by Tim Bano

In this collection of 12 short sketches by Russian playwright Mikhail Durnenkov, we’re left to figure out quite a lot as an

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Playwright, actor and producer Asif Khan: ‘As a Muslim, I felt I could bring something more authentic’ by Tim Bano

Actor and playwright Asif Khan is passionate that British Muslim voices be heard on stage, so in order to tour Hassan Abdulrazzak’s

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The Here and This and Now at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘tar-dark, twisted comedy’ by Tim Bano

Every moment of former fashion journalist Glenn Waldron’s taut little play is a tease. The biggest and the smallest ideas – from

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Bananaman the Musical review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘uneven, but fun’ by Tim Bano

Originally appearing in Nutty Comics, then the Beano, and best known as a 1980s cartoon series voiced by the Goodies, Bananaman is

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong review on BBC1 – ‘wonderfully warped’ by Tim Bano

Last Christmas, after dominating the West End with three productions running simultaneously, the endearing chaos of Mischief Theatre made its first foray

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