Wednesday, July 10, 2024

'Skeleton Crew' review — unemployment stalks Dominique Morisseau’s empathetic work play by Matt Wolf

Pamela Nomvete follows on from Tony winner Phylicia Rashad in Detroit-set Dominique Morisseau play co-starring Racheal Ofori.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

'Alma Mater' review — Justine Mitchell has masterly control over this heated study of rape culture by Matt Wolf

Justine Mitchell shines in takeover of Kendall Feaver play whose opening was delayed by a change of leading lady

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Thursday, July 4, 2024

'Mnemonic' review — this brain-teasing metaphysical thriller is still an extraordinary feat by Matt Wolf

A quarter-century on from its Salzburg premiere, Simon McBurney's mind-bending show continues to enthrall

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Sunday, June 30, 2024

'My Father's Fable' review — a gripping new drama that keeps you guessing right to the end by Matt Wolf

The men prevail in new play from 2023 Olivier nominee for her acting, Faith Omole

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

'Kiss Me, Kate' review – Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J Block deliver big time in this rip-roaring revival by Matt Wolf

Stephanie J Block delivers a knockout UK stage debut in Bart Sher staging of Cole Porter classic

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

'Jerry's Girls' review – this buoyant revue celebrates Jerry Herman's gift for turning adversity into triumph by Matt Wolf

Olivier winner Cassidy Janson is the standout performer in director Hannah Chissick's production of decades-old Jerry Herman musical revue

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Friday, May 17, 2024

'Between Riverside and Crazy' review – Danny Sapani is a roaring, contradictory patriarch in this Pulitzer-winning play by Matt Wolf

Danny Sapani moves on from King Lear at the Almeida to the UK premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis´s trophy-bearing play, co-starring Ayesha Antoine and Martins Inghambe.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

'The Cherry Orchard' review – this electrifying staging grabs Chekhov's play by the scruff of the neck by Matt Wolf

A radiant Nina Hoss, from the film Tar, heads the splendid cast of adaptor-director Benedict Andrews's electrifying reclamation of Chekhov's final play

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

'Minority Report' review – this sci-fi adaptation about futuristic crime-fighting has visuals to kill for by Matt Wolf

A gender-flipped Jodie McNee stars in visually impressive, emotionally subpar adaptation of the same Philip K Dick story that spawned the Tom Cruise film

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Saturday, April 27, 2024

'The Ballad of Hattie and James' review – this empathetic drama explores love, loss and the power of music by Matt Wolf

Charles Edwards shines in overly tricksy, overlong Sam Adamson play tracing a friendship over time

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

'The Comeuppance' review – a high school reunion is stalked by death in this brilliantly acted drama by Matt Wolf

The stunning Anthony Welsh heads a pitch-perfect quintet in UK premiere of 2023 Off Broadway play by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins and directed once again by Eric Ting.

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Friday, March 29, 2024

'The Divine Mrs S' review – Rachael Stirling commands the stage in this portrait of a pioneering actress by Matt Wolf

Rachael Stirling and Dominic Rowan are in fine, aptly fruity form in April De Angelis play about the legendary British tragedienne

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

'Priscilla The Party!' review – let your hair down at this joyfully immersive shindig by Matt Wolf

30 years on from the film, Stephan Elliott's road movie is now an excuse to grab some drinks

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Monday, March 25, 2024

'Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle' review – prepared to be amazed at this joyfully silly comedy by Matt Wolf

Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer bring their Mischief-inflected silliness back to London after a New York run

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

'Faith Healer' review – Rachel O’Riordan’s scorching revival of Brian Friel's play is the best production in years by Matt Wolf

Justine Mitchell gives a performance for the ages in superb revival of Brian Friel's onetime Broadway flop, with Nick Holder and Declan Conlon in fine form, as well

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

'Harry Clarke' review – Billy Crudup is mesmerising as an unreliable shapeshifter in this Ripley-esque tale by Matt Wolf

Billy Crudup makes his West End debut in David Cale play previously seen Off Broadway

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Monday, March 4, 2024

'The Duchess of Malfi' review – Rachel Bagshaw's staging of this dark tale is a genuine sensation by Matt Wolf

Francesca Mills is a first-rate Duchess, with sterling support from, amongst others, Arthur Hughes, Jamie Ballard, and Olivier Huband in Rachel Bagshaw's expert production

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

'Shifters' review – Tosin Cole and Heather Agyepong are simply irresistible in this heavenly romance by Matt Wolf

Benedict Lombe returns to the site of her award-winning solo play 'Lava' with a follow-up two-hander

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

'King Lear' review – this thrillingly epic production is both atmospheric and viscerally felt by Matt Wolf

At last, a "King Lear" that achieves lift-off, thanks to director Yael Farber, leading men Danny Sapani, Fra Fee, and Clarke Peters, and a thrilling design team

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Monday, February 12, 2024

'Metamorphosis' review – poet Lemn Sissay transforms Kafka's celebrated study in shape-shifting by Matt Wolf

Scott Graham directs this latest, language-heavy take on Franz Kafka's seminal 1915 novella, here starring Felipe Pacheco as Gregor Samsa

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

'Othello' review – Ola Ince's provocative production makes this a blistering play for today by Matt Wolf

Ralph Davis stands out as Iago in a new Othello that casts two actors as the jealous Moor: Ken Nwosu and the excellent Ira Mandela Siobhan; Ola Ince directs.

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Monday, January 22, 2024

'Cowbois' review – this big-hearted queer take on the Wild West bangs a drum for tolerance by Matt Wolf

Sophie Melville and Lucy McCormick shine in rambling if roisterous queer take on the gunslinging wild west

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

'The Enfield Haunting' review – this spine-tingling play features ghostly growls not heard since The Exorcist by Matt Wolf

Catherine Tate, David Threlfall, and Grace Molony in Angus Jackson production, whose opening was delayed by a month

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Sunday, December 17, 2023

'Edward Scissorhands' review – Matthew Bourne's deeply felt dance-drama is a wintry wonder

Matthew Bourne's dance-theatre adaptation of the Tim Burton film makes an encore appearance and is stronger than ever

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'Rock 'N' Roll' review – this empathetic Tom Stoppard revival strikes the heart as well as the head by Matt Wolf

Nathaniel Parker, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd and the splendid Nancy Carroll head director Nina Raine's rending reappraisal of Tom Stoppard's 2006 play.

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Thursday, December 14, 2023

'Ulster American' review – Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis and Louisa Harland fully inhabit this savage, anarchic satire by Matt Wolf

Woody Harrelson marks his third London stage appearance across 21 years in London transfer of David Ireland's 2018 Edinburgh Festival success, here directed by Jeremy Herrin.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

'The Homecoming' review – Harold Pinter's provocative play remains both menacing and elliptical by Matt Wolf

Nicolas Tennant is a standout in starry revival of Pinter's breakout play, here directed by Matthew Dunster and with Joe Cole as Lenny and Jared Harris as Max

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Monday, December 4, 2023

'Infinite Life' review – Annie Baker's magnificent existential drama is by turns hilarious and harrowing by Matt Wolf

The amazing Marylouise Burke marks her second Annie Baker play at the National Theatre, and it's even better than the previous one.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

'Ghosts' review – Ibsen's play becomes a riveting psychological thriller in this atmospheric venue by Matt Wolf

Hattie Morahan and Paul Hilton lead an astonishing cast in Joe Hill-Gibbins adaptation of 1881 Ibsen scorcher

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Monday, November 20, 2023

'Feeling Afraid As If Something Terrible Is Going To Happen' review – Samuel Barnett lets rip in this moving comedy by Matt Wolf

Two-time Tony nominee Samuel Barnett in roaring form in Marcelo Dos Santos's clever monologue

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

'Passing' review – this beautifully acted play about an Anglo-Indian family feels like a slice of life by Matt Wolf

Catherine Cusack and Kishore Walker in play about the biracial experience in the UK

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