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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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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jeepers Creepers, Leicester Square Theatre by Veronica Lee

You might think that the combination of a play about one of the funniest comics of the second half of the 20th century, written by his biographer and directed by a member of Monty Python wou…

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Mamma Mia! How can I resist you? by Veronica Lee

Who could disagree that, ten years on, the Abba musical extravaganza Mamma Mia! is still unbelievably good?It's not often I arrive at the theatre in a grump, but a long and unexplained bus d…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Derren Brown: Miracle, Palace Theatre by Veronica Lee

Derren Brown calls himself a mentalist, but he's also a great showman, as his latest show, Miracle, attests. With its simple set, this is seemingly an evening of straightforward illusions. B…

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pig Farm, St. James, London by Veronica Lee

How wonderful it would be if Greg Kotis's play was a rapid response to David Cameron's alleged interest in porcine affairs. Not only wonderful to those still laughing about the imaginary hig…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Barbarians, Central St Martins by Veronica Lee

Paul, Jan and Louis, three young men living in a gritty part of south London, are bored and broke and, for them, there are two kinds of Britain - one with money and power, and the one they l…

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Edinburgh Fringe 2015: Walking the Tightrope/Maddy Anholt/ Phil Jerrod by Veronica Lee

Walking the Tightrope, Underbelly Potterow ★★★★ Subtitled The Tension Between Art and Politics, this collection of eight short plays on the subject of censorship was prompted by…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

The Mentalists, Wyndham's by Veronica Lee

A Richard Bean play is always to be welcomed - he wrote England People Very Nice and One Man, Two Guvnors, two of the most enjoyably rambunctious comedies of recent years - but also with a n…

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Mark Steel: Finding out who I am by Veronica Lee

Comedian and writer Mark Steel recently found out the story behind his adoption in 1960. And the truth was so extraordinary that you almost couldn’t make it up …Families are funny things…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bend It Like Beckham The Musical, Phoenix Theatre by Veronica Lee

Gurinder Chadha's Bend It Like Beckham was a huge hit, a small-budget British film that in 2002 unexpectedly found an international audience way beyond its setting in suburban west London, a…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Red Lion, National Theatre by Veronica Lee

Football is a subject close to Patrick Marber's heart. He's a lifelong Arsenal fan and during his sojourn away from London (and writing, as he was suffering from writer's block for much of i…

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Bruce Forsyth, London Palladium, review: 'a legend indeed' by Veronica Lee

The 87-year old singer, comedian and all-round entertainer knows how to work a crowd, says Veronica Lee

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Brighton Festival: Lungs, Roundabout at Regency Square by Veronica Lee

A couple stand on the stage, squaring up to each other. They are in the middle of an argument. The Man has just, out of the blue, suggested they have a baby. The Woman, understandably, needs…

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Death of a Comedian, Soho Theatre by Veronica Lee

Owen McCafferty’s new play could have had as its starting point John Updike’s line "Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face”, for it deals with stand-up comedian Steve Johnston, wh…

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