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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘Shines a harsh light on contemporary Indian culture’: WHEN THE CROWS VISIT – Kiln Theatre by Tom Bolton

When The Crows Visit is a powerful new play, and Indhu Rubasingham’s production is a notable success for the Kiln Theatre.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

‘Friel’s characters are allowed to blossom’: TRANSLATIONS – National Theatre by Tom Bolton

Brian Friel’s Translations is a rich and complex play and, in Ian Rickson’s production which returns for a second run in the Olivier, its layers are drawn out through the performances of…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

‘Gets the atmosphere right’: BARTHOLOMEW FAIR – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Tom Bolton

Bartholomew Fair is full of energy and highly entertaining throughout, while making no attempt to glamorise the city’s underbelly.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

‘Too many issues for any one play to carry’: THE DOCTOR – Almeida Theatre by Tom Bolton

Robert Icke’s final production for the Almeida, after spectacular successes including Mary Stuart, Andrew Scott’s Hamlet and The Wild Duck, is a complete reworking of a play by Arthur Sc…

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

‘A deeply alarming message’: SEA SICK – Edinburgh Fringe by Tom Bolton

In Sea Sick Alana Mitchell tells, in an engaging lecture, the story of how she, as a journalist, came to be investigating this little known, devastating climate change phenomenon.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

‘Gives a voice to those who need it most’: WHO CARES – Edinburgh Fringe by Tom Bolton

A fierce indictment of cuts and callous indifference, Who Cares? comes straight from the mouths of young carers in Salford.

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Monday, July 29, 2019

‘An entirely compelling evening’: EQUUS – Trafalgar Studios by Tom Bolton

Ned Bennett has created an entirely compelling evening, which reveals new layers to Peter Shaffer’s play Equus that we can now only see because we have changed as a society since it was fi…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘Does not fully live up to its clever concept’: WIFE – Kiln Theatre by Tom Bolton

Samuel Adamson’s take on A Doll’s House is an ambitious play, sometimes overly so, which delivers fascinating moments but has a tendency to fall short.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘Startling & exceptional piece of theatre’: FREEMAN – Touring by Tom Bolton

Freeman is a startling and exceptional piece of theatre and its run in Streatham was a coup for the still relatively new Streatham Space Project theatre.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘Ingenious, chaotic & highly enjoyable’: HUMAN JAM – Camden People’s Theatre by Tom Bolton

Human Jam is precisely the type of show Camden People’s Theatre should be producing: fully engaged with its community, angry but imaginative, chaotic and messy, and shining a strong, searc…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘A succession of distinctive performances’: THREE SISTERS – Almeida Theatre by Tom Bolton

Rebecca Frecknall’s rich production of Three Sisters takes place in a bubble of unreality, both alluring and doomed to burst.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘Remarkably funny & unexpectedly painful’: DIE! DIE! DIE! OLD PEOPLE DIE! – Battersea Arts Centre by Tom Bolton

Ridiculusmus is at the top of their game and Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!, complete with fart jokes, is an absolute must-see for anyone who wants to be awed by what two men on a small stag…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

‘People won’t be forgetting this in a hurry’: CYPRUS AVENUE – Royal Court Theatre by Tom Bolton

Cyprus Avenue uses shock tactics to show us the horror within, but it is a comedy with depth, perceptiveness and a touch of genius.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

‘Beautifully balanced & unusual piece of theatre’: BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO – Donmar Warehouse by Tom Bolton

It is easy to see why a film set mainly in a recording studio is so suited to the stage and Tom Scutt has created a beautifully balanced and unusual piece of theatre in Berberian Sound Studi…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

’An evening of meandering chat’: SHIPWRECK – Almeida Theatre by Tom Bolton

Annie Washburn’s new play Shipwreck is intended as a reckoning with Trump. The show pitches itself as a invitation to dinner with the 45th President, but unfortunately would be better desc…

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

‘Intriguing but strangely disconnected’: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other – National Theatre by Tom Bolton

The publicity for Martin Crimp’s new play, gleefully stoked by the National Theatre, has been all about Cate Blanchett and ‘bondage’ scenes

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘Engagingly told’: KOMPROMAT – Vault Festival by Tom Bolton

David Thame has created a neat drama in Kompromat, but its explicit relationship to such a complex story, with real consequences for people who are very much alive, leaves a lingering sense …

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

‘Excellent, enthralling account of a fascinating play’: OUTLYING ISLANDS – King’s Head Theatre by Tom Bolton

The revival of David Grieg’s 2002 play, Outlying Islands, at the King’s Head Theatre reintroduces a play of wonderful, haunting poetry and complexity, a flawed but brilliant piece of wri…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The clarity & confidence of this production makes it a must-see’: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND – Almeida Theatre by Tom Bolton

Joe Hill-Gibbins’ of The Tragedy of King Richard the Second is inherently divisive, and the critics have obliged but, only three days into the year, it is very hard to imagine a more excit…

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Friday, December 28, 2018

‘Shock, revulsion & gleefully disturbing images’: THE TELL-TALE HEART – National Theatre by Tom Bolton

Anthony Neilson’s adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart for the National Theatre updates the original, adding slasher film shocks while retaining the intense strangeness of the original.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

‘An excellent production with a seriously watchable cast’: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – Barbican Theatre by Tom Bolton

The Merry Wives of Windsor is often looked-down-upon as a casual piece of throwaway entertainment lacking substance or serious intent, with little for scholars to get their teeth into. Howev…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘Offers plenty to consider & enjoy’: DOCTOR FAUSTUS – Shakespeare’s Globe by Tom Bolton

Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare’s Globe certainly provides an entertaining evening and, if it raises questions as well as providing answers, its approach is fresh, important and fascinating.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘Amidst the highlights, the show is uneven’: HADESTOWN – National Theatre by Tom Bolton

Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s ‘folk opera’, Hadestown, is based on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, the ultimate ancient story about music.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

‘Provides a combination of dark humour & precisely honed language’: PINTER FOUR – West End by Tom Bolton

The fourth instalment in Jamie Lloyd’s consistently enjoyable season of Harold Pinter’s short plays contrasts plays from either end of the writer’s career.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

’No one will feel short-changed’: PROJECT2: THIRTEEN CYCLES – Rosemary Branch Theatre by Tom Bolton

Project 2 – Katy Schutte and Chris Mead – are improvising 13 shows, a different one for every night of their run at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘The play is full of rich parts & the cast is more than up to the task’: THE WILD DUCK – Almeida Theatre by Tom Bolton

Robert Icke’s new production of The Wild Duck is bold and controversial but delivers an interpretation that strikes home very hard indeed.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

‘A skilled, surprising & visceral piece of theatre’: IT’S TRUE, IT‘S TRUE, IT’S TRUE – New Diorama Theatre by Tom Bolton

The story of It’s True, It’s True, It’s True at the Diorama Theatre is in itself fascinating and highly relevant to current concerns, but director Billy Barrett and dramaturg Dorothy A…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

‘Unlike anything else on a stage right now’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre by Tom Bolton

A Very Very Very Dark Matter is perhaps the least complete of his works for the stage, but its fierce anger and gleeful South Park-style offensiveness makes it unlike anything else on a stag…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

‘Makes a triumphant case for its presence on the modern stage’: TAMBURLAINE – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon by Tom Bolton

Tamburlaine at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon brings the wonder and the terror of Marlowe’s shepherd emperor to life in a production that gives an almost faultless account of a defe…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

‘Scattershot invention includes some effective touches’: MACBETH – Barbican Theatre by Tom Bolton

In contrast to Rufus Norris’ Macbeth at the National, with Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff, the RSC’s current production is focused and direct. This ensures that it is more of a success…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

‘A pair of sharp, fresh productions’: PINTER TWO – West End by Tom Bolton

David Suchet, image copyright Marc Brenner The Lover / The Collection by Harold Pinter – Pinter Theatre, London Both these plays, part of Jamie Lloyd’s ingenious idea for a compl…

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