Friday, November 17, 2017

The Suppliant Women, Young Vic, London, review: This pure, reality dispelling drama resurrects a 2,500-year-old play about women refugees by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

David Greig's adaption of Aeschylus' story of women refugees transforms 27 local young women from London into storytelling masters, in a timeless, fantastical production of colour,…

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Inside Pussy Riot, Saatchi Gallery, London, review: I wasn't quite clear what it was hoping to evoke or why by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

Audience members join a fictional totalitarian dystopia in The Les Enfants Terrible's production about Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova's ordeal as she is sent to jail for pla…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Secondary Victim, Park 90, London, review: Sexual assault drama fails to make the most of such a potent subject matter by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

When a therapist is accused by a former client of sexual misconduct, her career, her marriage, and her sanity are all brought into question.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Network, National Theatre, London, review: A magnetic yet weighty performance by Bryan Cranston by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

The 'Breaking Bad' star plays news anchorman Howard Beale in the stage adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's 1976 film, walking the line between anger and madness perfectly

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mother Courage and her Children, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: Josie Lawrence creates an unforgettable incarnation of the tragic anti-hero by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Lawrence shines in this comic-tragic portrayal of Bertolt Brecht's cursed anti-hero, in a production that embraces the vaudeville character of the play's songs and music

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Big Fish,The Other Palace, London, review: Kelsey Grammer has a natural stage presence by David Lister, David Lister

The star of American sitcom 'Frazier', Grammer, stars in Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical about a father and son relationship, which ends up pulling at the heartstrings

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Glengarry Glen Ross, Playhouse Theatre, London, review: Christian Slater is simply superb by Holly Williams, Holly Williams

David Mamet's play which he adapted into a 1992 film starring Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino, now stars Slater in its first major stage revival in over a decade

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hustle star Robert Glenister 'breaks down' on stage midway through West End performance by Jacob Stolworthy, Jacob Stolworthy

Spectators watched on in concern as British star 'lost it emotionally' on stage

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Royal Ballet triple bill, Royal Opera House, London, review: It's an evening of drastic contrast by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Twyla Tharp and Arthur Pita create new works for The Royal Ballet, alongside Hofesh Shechter's 2015 'Untouchable'

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The Retreat, Park Theatre, London, review: Sam Bain's bleak comedy drama smart bombs spirituality-lite by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Directed by Kathy Burke, written by Bain, and starring three familiar faces from British TV in recent years, this is a production loaded with talent

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Trestle, Southwark Playhouse, London, review: brimming with quiet insight and sympathetic humour by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Stewart Pringle's 'Trestle' which explores love and ageing has a whiff of 'Last of the Summer Wine' and 'Last Tango in Halifax' about the proceedings

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Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells, London, review: A splendid star performance from Brandon Lawrence by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

A triple bill, beginning with 'Arcadia', a new work by Birmingham Royal Ballet's first artist Ruth Brill

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Harry Dreyfuss alleges Kevin Spacey groped him as a teenager while his father was in the room by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

'It just never occurred to me that Kevin would be interested in me in the first place. Besides, I thought, Surely he can't be coming on to me like this right in front of my dad&apo…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Trap, Clapham Omnibus, review: Payday lending drama revisits the usual anti-capitalist haunts by Joe Vesey-Byrne, Joe Vesey-Byrne

Making its European Debut at Clapham Omnibus, Kieran Lynn​'s play on social ills is set in the moral wasteland of a payday lending company

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The Slaves of Solitude, Hampstead Theatre, London, review: Needs more of a sense of purpose by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Jonathan Kent directs Nicholas Wright's stage adaptation of Patrick Hamilton's novel, but despite its flaws, Fenella Woolgar is perfect in the leading role as Miss Roach

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Exorcist, Phoenix Theatre, London, review: This show is less scary than the film but more profoundly disturbing by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

'The Exorcist' hits the West End stage 44 years after William Friedkin's classic horror film about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl which caused audience members t…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Romantics Anonymous, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, review: Emma Rice's big-hearted swansong by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Rice leaves Shakespeare's Globe as its artistic director on a good note with a musical adaptation of the 2010 French-Belgian rom-com film' Les Emotifs Anonymes'

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Kevin Spacey: People had 'concerns' for years, says top theatre director by Clarisse Loughrey, Clarisse Loughrey

Royal Court Theatre's Victoria Featherstone has described the Weinstein allegations as the 'opening of the floodgates'

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Michael Moore slams Donald Trump for attacking his broadway show on twitter by Jack Shepherd, Jack Shepherd

The Terms of My Surrender had finished its limited run in New York

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Young Marx, Bridge Theatre, London, review: Rory Kinnear is on glorious form here by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr open the doors to their brand new theatre with a show that reunites the team behind one of the biggest smashes of that era - 'One Man, Two Guvnors'

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Judas Tree/Song of the Earth, Royal Opera House, London, review: They're very uneasy bedfellows by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

'The Royal Ballet keep trying with Kenneth MacMillan's 'The Judas Tree', but this is one that should have stayed buried'

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Monday, October 23, 2017

China National Peking Opera Company, Sadler's Wells, London, review: Highly stylised by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

The Peking Opera perform the popular romantic farce, 'The Phoenix Returns Home'

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Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, review: Natalie Dormer shows off her formidable theatrical talent by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

The 'Game of Thrones' actress Dormer and David Oakes star in the West End premiere of David Ives' Broadway hit

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Lady from the Sea, Donmar Warehouse, London, review: Full of finely angled performances by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Elinor Cook's sharp adaptation moves Ibsen's play from the icy fjords of Norway in the 1880s to the sticky heat of the Caribbean in the 1950s

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Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration, Royal Opera House, London, review: This first evening was joyfully danced by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

British dance companies come together at the Royal Opera House to mark the 25th anniversary of MacMillan's death

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Saint George and the Dragon, National Theatre, London, review: Staged in a witty, exciting fashion by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

'Chimerica' director Lyndsey Turner directs Rory Mullarkey's version of the George and the dragon legend against Rae Smith's beautiful set design

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Albion, Almeida Theatre, London, review: A work of deeply absorbing emotional richness by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Rupert Goold directs Mike Bartlett's new play - their first collaboration since their award-winning production of 'King Charles 111'

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville Theatre, London, review: Eve Best is wonderfully moving by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

Eve Best stars in Dominic Dromgoole's production as part of a year-long season of Oscar Wilde plays in the West End

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Origami, Battersea Power Station, London, review: Spectacular and unflashy by Zoë Anderson, Zoë Anderson

Inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding, 'Origami', which launches this year's Dance Umbrella festival, is performed at Battersea Power Station

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Beginning, National Theatre, London, review: A real depth of insight, humour and compassion by Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor

David Eldridge's new play is a wry, funny and touching meditation on the loneliness of the singleton, in the era of the dating app

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