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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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Sunday, September 23, 2018

‘The evening is full of invention’: ARABIAN NIGHTS – Hoxton Hall by Tom Bolton

It is in the telling of the tales, though, that Arabian Nights really comes alive. Iris Theatre uses a spectacular array of puppets, from a towering, glowing-eyed King Shahryar to birds, shi…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

‘An era-defining production’: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY – National Theatre by Tom Bolton

Stefano Massini’s work about the origins of Lehman Brothers Bank is a domestic epic and a remarkable evening of theatre.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

‘An irresistible play, in a triumphant production’: ULSTER AMERICAN – Edinburgh Fringe by Tom Bolton

David Ireland’s play Ulster American, about a Hollywood actor arriving in Britain to play the lead in a play by an Ulster Protestant writer, is a riot.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

‘A low-key but important monologue’: DUPED – Edinburgh Fringe by Tom Bolton

DUPed is a low-key but important monologue, fascinating in itself but something that also feels like the notes for something bigger to come.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

‘Performed musically & dramatically with great conviction’: PREHISTORIC – Edinburgh Fringe by Tom Bolton

Prehistoric is an impressive drama, which delivers a forgotten history as part of a compelling account of growing up, physically, culturally and politically.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

‘Effortlessly recreates the ’80s Scottish school experience’: SQUARE GO – Edinburgh Fringe by Tom Bolton

Writers Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair have strong Edinburgh records, and they join together at Summerhall for a play which generates serious late night energy.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

‘Both experimental & emotionally powerful’: HOW TO KEEP TIME: A DRUM SOLO FOR DEMENTIA – Edinburgh Fringe by Tom Bolton

Antosh Wojcik is a poet and a drummer, an unusual but logical combination. In his one-man Summerhall show, he brings his skills to a performance that is highly distinctive – both experimen…

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

‘Energy & commitment’: THE POLITICAL HISTORY OF SMACK & CRACK – Edinburgh Fringe by Tom Bolton

Ed Edwards’ new play The Political History of Smack & Crack takes the hopeless territory of addiction, a never-ending round of petty crime, near death, recovery and decline, and place…

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