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Friday, May 22, 2020

The Understudy, online review - entertaining adaptation of David Nicholls' novel by Veronica Lee

Nice in-jokes and smart observations about actors A running gag in David Nicholls' novel The Understudy is that its main character is called Steve McQueen. Not that Steve McQueen, the multi…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

United Queendom, Kensington Palace review - rollicking royal tale by Veronica Lee

Immersion in Georgian court intrigue Les Enfants Terribles is the theatre company behind several interesting immersive projects, including Alice's Adventures Underground and Inside Pussy Rio…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre review - terrific Shakespeare spoof by Veronica Lee

Ben Elton's new comedy is a gagfest What joy it is to welcome this offshoot of the television series to the West End stage – complete with several of that show's cast, plus a few new addit…

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Magic Goes Wrong, Vaudeville Theatre review - entertaining spoof by Veronica Lee

Mischief Theatre and Penn & Teller mash-up Mischief Theatre's “Goes Wrong” oeuvre is now well established: broad humour combined with physical comedy and slapstick mishaps. Magic Goe…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Alexandra Palace Theatre review - JM Barrie's classic as you have never seen it before by Veronica Lee

Mischief Theatre with another enjoyable farce Mischief Theatre is a wonder of modern commercial theatre. In 2008, group of young actors who had met at drama school started the ensemble – w…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, London Palladium review - joyously filthy fun by Veronica Lee

Purists may quibble at circus-themed show When Qdos brought back pantomime to the Palladium three years ago after an absence of nearly 30 years, it set the bar high with superb production v…

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

God's Dice, Soho Theatre review - overlong and overblown by Veronica Lee

David Baddiel's debut play tackles a big issue David Baddiel is a very fine comic, and over the past few years has become an acclaimed author of children's books. So I'm genuinely sad to sa…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

The Watsons, Menier Chocolate Factory review - Laura Wade's inventive new play by Veronica Lee

Jane Austen redux fizzes with ideas What a joy Laura Wade's latest play is. Transferring from its successful run at the Minerva Theatre at Chichester last year, The Watsons is developed from…

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Bartholomew Fair, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - Jonson's chaotic slice of 17th-century life by Veronica Lee

Jacobean comedy gets a rare outing It was a bold choice by director Blanche McIntyre to stage Ben Jonson's seldom performed, sprawling slice-of-life play in the bijou Sam Wanamaker Playhouse…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Fleabag, Wyndham's Theatre review - superb swansong for modern classic by Veronica Lee

Final outing for Phoebe Waller-Bridge as her iconic creation We're saying goodbye to a much treasured friend. Fleabag will live on, of course – other actresses have and will inhabit the ro…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Edinburgh Fringe 2019 reviews: The Red/ Gone Full Havisham by Veronica Lee

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival The Red Pleasance Dome ★★★★ Comic Marcus Brigstocke has spoken in the past about his addictions and now he has written this two…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Edinburgh Fringe reviews 2019: On the Other Hand, We're Happy / Daughterhood / The Shark Is Broken by Veronica Lee

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival On the Other Hand, We’re Happy Summerhall **** This affecting co-production between Paines Plough and Theatr Clywd of Daf James’s pl…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Noises Off, Lyric Hammersmith review - farce doesn't catch fire by Veronica Lee

Jeremy Herrin's production of modern classic feels leaden Michael Frayn's Noises Off is a modern classic, a backstage sex farce that pokes affectionate fun at a profession he loves. And now …

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Angry Alan, Soho Theatre review - superb monologue about the rise of 'meninism' by Veronica Lee

Penelope Skinner probes the men's rights movement Penelope's Skinner's monologue was a critical and audience hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, when its talking point found its moment. He…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cyprus Avenue, Royal Court Theatre review - Stephen Rea is utterly compelling by Veronica Lee

David Ireland's dark, absurdist comedy about identityDavid Ireland is a playwright who likes to jolt his audience and Cyprus Avenue, a dark absurdist comedy about an Ulster unionist afr…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, Dorfman Theatre review - Cate Blanchett's underwhelming debut at the National by Veronica Lee

Martin Crimp's latest about a sex game is all talk and no actionWhen it was announced that Cate Blanchett was making her National Theatre debut with Martin's Crimp's new play, When We h…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Caroline, or Change, Playhouse Theatre review - Sharon D Clarke is superlative by Veronica Lee

West End transfer for Tony Kushner's musical about race and povertyWith the politics of hate alive and well both sides of the Atlantic, this seems a good time to revive Tony Kushner and…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Aladdin, New Wimbledon Theatre review - Paul Merton's panto Dame debut by Veronica Lee

Enjoyable but underpoweredPaul Merton has a lot of strings to his bow – stand-up, improv artist, historian of silent-movie-era comedy, quiz-show panellist, to name a few – and now he add…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Aladdin, Hackney Empire review - Clive Rowe returns as the Dame by Veronica Lee

Susie McKenna creates fast-paced fun in a busy mixSusie McKenna and Steven Edis have been creating pantos for Hackney Empire for 20 years, and over that time its seasonal offering has become…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Dick Whittington, Lyric Hammersmith review - big-hearted fun by Veronica Lee

Dick jokes in abundance told in urban street style pantomimeIn 2009 Sean Holmes, then Lyric Hammersmith's artistic director, made a bold move by reintroducing panto at the lovely Frank Match…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

I and You, Hampstead Theatre review - Young Adult drama packs emotional punch by Veronica Lee

Two-hander with a Walt Whitman poem and a clever twistHere's a good pub quiz question: after Shakespeare, who was the most performed playwright in America last year? Arthur Miller? Tennessee…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

‘Fun, daft, geeky’: Edinburgh’s top comedy winner by Vanessa Thorpe and Veronica Lee

Rose Matafeo’s take on twentysomething life is toast of the FringeNew Zealander Rose Matafeo has won the coveted best comedy show award at the Edinburgh festival fringe. Steve Coogan, one …

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Monday, July 16, 2018

End of the Pier, Park Theatre review - thought-provoking play about comedy and race by Veronica Lee

Les Dennis is superb as a washed-up comicLes Dennis was once a marquee name on Saturday night television as host of Family Fortunes, but since giving up the light entertainment lark he now p…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Quiz, Noël Coward Theatre, review - entertaining confection by Veronica Lee

James Graham tells of the "coughing major" who wanted to be a millionaireYou could be forgiven for not remembering the “coughing major” brouhaha in 2001, coming as it did the d…

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

‘A lad in a frock’: the gay teen who inspired a West End show by Veronica Lee

Jamie Campbell came out at 14, wore a dress to his school dance and dreamed of being a drag star. Throught it all, he was supported by his mother. Now, their lives are the subject of a music…

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Edinburgh comedy review – Brexit, Trump and sex-mad chimpanzees by Veronica Lee

Reginald D Hunter spurns good taste, Sara Pascoe goes solo, and Jan Ravens is everyone elseTop calls in this year’s fringe comedy bingo – where punters make a mental tick each time jokes…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

One Night in Miami..., Donmar Warehouse by Veronica Lee

Kemp Powers’ play is set in a dingy motel room in Miami on the night of 25 February 1964, after Cassius Clay (as Muhammad Ali then was) had earlier beaten Sonny Liston to gain the world he…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Greater Game, Southwark Playhouse by Veronica Lee

Michael Head's new play is based on the book They Took the Lead by Stephen Jenkins, which tells the true story of events at Clapton Orient (now Leyton Orient) Football Club during the First …

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Edinburgh 2016: Angel by Henry Naylor/ Horse in Careful/ Lucy McCormick: Triple Threat by Veronica Lee

Angel by Henry Naylor, Gilded Balloon ****Rehana tells us what her hometown Kobane in Syria, is like - “A small border town where nothing happens … like Berwick-on-Tweed,” she says –…

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

How the Other Half Loves, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Veronica Lee

Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves - first performed in 1969, in the round at the Library Theatre in Scarborough - was only his second play. Already, though, it has a few Ay…

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Twelfth Night, French Protestant Church, Soho by Veronica Lee

This is set in “a world midway between Elizabethan pageant and haute-couture catwalk”, a programme note for Scena Mundi's production says - and the initial signs certainly point to that.…

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