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Monday, July 16, 2018

‘A lovely, tender balance between warm comedy & tragedy’: THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD – Jermyn Street Theatre by Victoria Sadler

It takes quite a play to bring tears to my eyes but, then, The Play About My Dad – set around the true stories of those who experienced Hurricane Katrina – is quite a piece of writing.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

‘Unequivocally powerful & searingly relevant’: MACHINAL – Almeida Theatre by Victoria Sadler

So, do I like Machinal? Yes, I do. I think it’s extraordinary (and depressing as hell) that such contemporary relevance can be found in a ninety-year-old text.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

‘As close to a revolutionary act that I’ve ever seen in a theatre’: AN OCTOROON – National Theatre by Victoria Sadler

An Octoroon at the Dorfman Theatre at the National remains as incendiary as the day I first saw it. In fact, it has grown in magnificence.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

‘There is nothing meaningful at stake’: JULIE – National Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Sigh. Ok, this is going to hurt because I’m such a supporter of women creatives and want to fight for more opportunities for them but Julie is awful.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

‘The life of an everyday woman is at its heart’: UTILITY – Orange Tree Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Such a bleak, unexciting play is high risk, for sure. But if women’s lives are to be represented truthfully, then this is the risk that must be taken, and I applaud Emily Schwend for her b…

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

What’s made Victoria’s Top Ten London shows for June 2018? by Victoria Sadler

I really am incredibly excited about this month’s line up. And it was one of those months where it was a real battle to whittle the contenders down to my ten favourites.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

‘I could have stayed all night’: EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS – Gate Theatre by Victoria Sadler

What an achievement Effigies of Wickedness is. I adored it. It lifted me, and it broke me. It’s a godsend, a wondrous co-production between the Gate and the English National Opera.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘There is an ambition & complexity’: THE WRITER – Almeida Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Though it may lose its way, there is an ambition and complexity to The Writer – and an anger – that is worthy of its hype. It probably could have done with a bit more self-awareness, how…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

‘Very much of its time’: CHESS – West End by Victoria Sadler

It is Alexandra Burke whose star shines brightest in this production of Chess. She oozes charisma and presence and at least she comes out of this show with her reputation not just intact but…

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

‘There is so much to love in this show’: NINE NIGHT – National Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Nine Night is a piece of feel-good theatre that continues the (at times, glacially slow) movement towards more diverse representation on stage and off.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

‘Lacks some of that magic stardust that made the film irresistible’: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – West End by Victoria Sadler

Though I may have had my grumbles with Strictly Ballroom, I couldn’t hear a single criticism from the crowd as they flooded back out into the London night after the show finished.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘Brilliantly maintains a fine balance between tragedy & comedy’: MAYFLY – Orange Tree Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Joe White’s play Mayfly is telling us please, hang on. So much can happen in a day. And the most surprising acts of kindness and generosity can come from the most unsuspecting of sources.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

What’s made Victoria’s Top Ten London shows for May 2018? by Victoria Sadler

I’m loving the line-up for May so I’ve all my fingers crossed that you’ll find something in this list for you too.

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

‘It is damn hard to be this damn funny’: THE PRUDES – Royal Court Theatre by Victoria Sadler

I would recommend anyone to see The Prudes, I really would. It is damn hard to be this damn funny. Believe me when I say you will enjoy this play. You may even love it, and I would totally g…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

‘Quite brilliant’: THE KITE RUNNER – Touring by Victoria Sadler

The Kite Runner is powerful and quite brilliant production that investigates the complexity of power balances between people – and how these can fluctuate and change on the toss of a coin …

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

‘Funny, charming & brilliantly executed’: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CORRECT ASSEMBLY – Royal Court Theatre by Victoria Sadler

I have a love for shows with shiny, sparkly packaging that, underneath this tinsel, have a web of big issues and questions. Instructions for Correct Assembly is just that type of play.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

‘As hilarious as it is heart-breaking’: THE INHERITANCE – Young Vic by Victoria Sadler

The magnificent The Inheritance is an impressive play from Matthew Lopez that examines the tangled lives of a close group of gay men living in contemporary New York, charting their ups and d…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

What’s made Victoria’s Top Ten shows for April 2018? by Victoria Sadler

Spring is here (finally) and with any luck, we’ve seen the last of the snow so time to think about venturing out in our evenings, such as going to see some cracking theatre.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Where are the plays from British black writers? by Victoria Sadler

When it comes to looking at racism and what it is to be black, we are currently in a phase of importing US stories rather than encouraging and platform black British writers.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

‘An electric show’: BLACK MEN WALKING – Royal Court Theatre by Victoria Sadler

What a fascinating and critical examination of British identity as well as black identity Black Men Walking at the Royal Court is.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

‘Hugely affecting play’: THE GREAT WAVE – National Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Thanks to two blisteringly good performances from Kae Alexander and Kirsty as the two sisters, the key themes of faith, loyalty, and the role of sacrifice and self-sacrifice for the ones we …

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

‘Powerful, heady stuff’: BR’ER COTTON – Theatre 503 by Victoria Sadler

Be’er Cotton is powerful, heady stuff. The play is an adrenalin ride of fury, racism, broken family units, and video games packaged up with a soaring soundtrack.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

We need more diversity in our theatre critics by Victoria Sadler

We need more representation from minority backgrounds, fewer white people, fewer middle/ upper-class reviewers, more representation from people with disabilities… If we don’t, theatre ju…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

‘Fresh, revolutionary and utterly new’: SUMMER & SMOKE – Almeida Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Summer & Smoke is a production where the rich talents of all its creatives have come together to take something old and transform it into something fresh, revolutionary and utterly new …

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

‘One extraordinary production’: BUGGY BABY – The Yard Theatre by Victoria Sadler

It is a huge credit to Josh Azouz that he has managed to wield and weave such fundamental truths about contemporary society into a play so damn surreal. Credit to him. And credit to the acto…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

‘A masterclass in writing’: HUMBLE BOY – Orange Tree Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Humble Boy is a play about life and about families, about how nothing can be certain no matter how hard we try. Not all our ambitions and hopes will be rewarded with stars and recognition. A…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

‘A dull disappointment’: MACBETH – National Theatre by Victoria Sadler

So, I’m sorry to say that the starry Olivier-platformed NT production of Macbeth is a dull disappointment. For me, I couldn’t find a single element that worked.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

‘There’s so much more we can do’: Mental illness in the creative arts by Victoria Sadler

So, there’s promise, for sure. But the fact that I can condense much of what the creative arts has explicitly offered on depression into one short blog means that there is still much more …

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

What’s made Victoria’s Top Twelve shows for March 2018? by Victoria Sadler

There’s this terrible balance between keeping the list short enough to hold attention but making sure great shows get shared. Hence why I’ve been defeated here, yet again, and we have a …

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

‘Real power in the prose & performance’: DUST – Soho Theatre by Victoria Sadler

Dust is an extremely good production – fresh, original and with a potent spirit. One that leaves a scar, for sure.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

This isn’t a dig at Rufus, but if I ran the National Theatre… by Victoria Sadler

Now, straight off the bat, this isn’t a dig at Rufus. No, that’s not what this blog is about. Rather, it’s some comparably small suggestions that I think could bring about real meaning…

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