Friday, April 28, 2017

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe review - 'too much brouhaha' by Tom.birchenough

There's vigour and violence, comedy too, but Daniel Kramer's production disappoints“Everything in extremity”. That announcement that the Capulet party is about to begin could j…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

City of Glass, Lyric Hammersmith review - ‘thrilling and enthralling Paul Auster adaptation’ by Aleks.sierz

Masterpiece of 'New York Trilogy' is visually amazing and intellectually satisfying on stagePlaywright Duncan Macmillan has had a good couple of years. In 2015, his play People, Pl…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Obsession, Barbican review - Jude Law on serious form in Ivo van Hove's latest by Jenny Gilbert

Ivo van Hove's cultish staging of the Visconti film disappointsThere is a distinctive look, feel, even sound to a stage production directed by Ivo van Hove, which is becoming rather fam…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

'What did you do?' Actors reveal their Shakespearean secrets by Julian Curry

On the 401st anniversary of the Bard's death, actor-author Julian Curry introduces his new book of interviews, Shakespeare On Stage Vol 2Much of the brilliance of Shakespeare lies in th…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Nuclear War, Royal Court review - ‘deeply felt and haunting’ by Aleks.sierz

New play about loss offers an unusually experimental and immersive experienceText can sometimes be a prison. At its best, post-war British theatre is a writer’s theatre, with the great pen…

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The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios review - 'Simon Callow's direction is underpowered' by Veronica.lee

Revival of Christopher Hampton's academic satire Christopher Hampton's witty comedy, first performed in 1970, ingeniously inverts Molière's The Misanthrope, centring as it does on a ma…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Whisper House, The Other Palace by Jenny Gilbert

Scary? Not this ghost-story rock musical, sadlyIt used to be said that the devil had all the best music. But the devil seems to have lost his touch in this ghost-story rock musical from Dunc…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre review - ‘powerful but ethically troubling’ by Aleks.sierz

New writing venue reopens with a play about another architectural marvelThe Bush is back! After a whole year of darkness, the West London new writing venue has reopened its doors following a…

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Carousel, London Coliseum review - 'Katherine Jenkins is game, Boe out-acted by wig' by David Benedict

Star power isn't the reason to catch ENO's Rodgers and Hammerstein pricey co-production “Then I’ll kiss her so she’ll know.” At the sound of his ringing voice, the girls pa…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

The Winter's Tale, Barbican review - Cheek by Jowl's latest wavers in tone by Tom.birchenough

A clear, considered production, but the updated comedy's uncertain This is a well-travelled Winter’s Tale. Declan Donnellan has long been a director who's as much at home abroad as h…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Fracked! Alistair Beaton on his anti-fracking satire by Alistair Beaton

The playwright explains the genesis of his fiery comedy starring Anne Reid and James BolamIf you’d asked me five years ago whether I might one day write a comedy about fracking, I’d have…

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Tim Pigott-Smith: from The Jewel in the Crown to King Charles III by Jasper.rees

The actor played pillars of the establishment, but there was much more to him than that It is the fate of a certain type of well-spoken classically trained actor to wear the livery of the En…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Expensive Shit, Soho Theatre, review - 'strong but slender' by Aleks.sierz

A tale of two toilets: Edinburgh Fringe First winner comes to Soho TheatreIt’s hot. Real hot. And you’re dancing, just lost in music. You’re at the legendary Shrine nightclub in Lagos,…

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The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - 'Damian Lewis devastates' by Heather Neill

Revival of Edward Albee's gripping late play echoes Greek tragedyAsked in an interview if there remained any taboos in the theatre, Albee answered, “Yes. I don’t think you should be…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Brighton Festival 2017: 12 Free Events by Thomas H.green

Brighton Festival CEO Andrew Comben's guide to this year's best free stuffThe Brighton Festival, which takes place every May, is renowned for its plethora of free events. The 2017 …

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, review - 'sheer synchronised splendour' by Matt.wolf

Lavish revival delivers dazzle aplenty if not much depth Can London support two dance musicals, each one dazzling in a different way? We're about to find out, now that the mother of all toe-…

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Consent, National Theatre, review - 'thrilling revenge drama' by Aleks.sierz

Anna Maxwell Martin stars in Nina Raine's compelling play about rape and justiceRape is such a serious social issue that it’s hardly surprising that several recent plays have tackled …

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The Lottery of Love review - 'the fragile charm of artifice' by Tom.birchenough

Marivaux, via John Fowles, through the prism of Jane Austen The permutations of love are bewitchingly explored in the 90-minute stage traffic of Marivaux’s The Lottery of Love, with Paul M…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

There's more to Karen Blixen than Meryl Streep by Paul Tickell

A new play celebrates the Danish storyteller. Its adapter explores her unique appealKaren Blixen (1885-1962), the prolific Danish storyteller, is perhaps most immediately recognised for the …

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Don Juan in Soho, Wyndhams Theatre review - 'David Tennant is Marber-Molière playboy' by Aleks.sierz

David Tennant charms and excites in Patrick Marber’s energetic rewrite of Molière Updating the classics is not without its pitfalls. How can a modern audience, which has a completely diff…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Wipers Times, Arts Theatre review - 'dark comedy from the trenches' by Veronica.lee

Ian Hislop's engaging First World War play reaches the West EndYou may be having a moment of déjà vu, as Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s new play (which lands in the West End after a U…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Anna Maxwell Martin: 'I like playing baddies' - interview by Heather Neill

She's been Sally Bowles, Lady Macbeth and Elizabeth Darcy. Now for a gritty courtroom drama about rapeShe was Lyra in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at the National, she has shar…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Kid Stays in the Picture, Royal Court, review – ‘sad, bad and sprawling’ by Aleks.sierz

Cut! Simon McBurney muddles the story of Hollywood mogul Robert EvansThe beauty of fiction is that its stories have both compelling shape and deep meaning – they are dramas where things fe…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

An American In Paris, Dominion Theatre by Jenny Gilbert

Christopher Wheeldon's staging of the movie is the most glamorous escape in townWhat’s in a yellow dress? Hope over experience? Reckless confidence? This is a legitimate question when…

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Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory by Tom.birchenough

Eve Best shines in wartime Rattigan rarity which riffs on 'Hamlet'What's in a name? Terence Rattigan’s Love in Idleness is a reworking of his 1944 play Less Than Kind (never stag…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Roman Tragedies, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Barbican by David.nice

Acting becomes being in Ivo van Hove's six-hour Shakespeare epicIt felt good to be encountering Shakespeare at his most political with a world event to smile about, for once (hailing, o…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre by Veronica.lee

Maria Friedman's revival of frothy comedyRichard Harris's award-winning comedy about a group of seven women and one man who attend a weekly tap-dancing class in a dingy north London chu…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

A Dark Night in Dalston, Park Theatre by Aleks.sierz

Michelle Collins stars in haunting account of belief and lonelinessMichelle Collins, actor and TV presenter, is so strongly associated with her roles in EastEnders and Coronation Street that…

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The Miser, Garrick Theatre by Tom.birchenough

Molière at full throttle: Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack excelTrimmings, trimmings, trimmings. They prove the final straw for Molière’s Harpagon in this new production of the classic Fren…

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Romeo and Juliet, West Yorkshire Playhouse by Graham.rickson

Shakespeare with smartphonesAmy Leach’s energetic Romeo and Juliet is fast, furious and a little breathless, the setting transposed from Verona to a fairly grim contemporary Leeds. Think W…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

CD: Mary Ocher - The West Against the People by Joe.muggs

Berlin based avant-pop songwriter has enough pop to balance the avantOK, the title could be offputting, suggesting as it does the crassest of adversarial politics. But this record is somethi…

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