2 Nov 2018
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A Very Very Very Dark Matter Review

The stark division – but mainly repulsion – that Martin McDonagh’s latest play is causing among critics has become almost as big a draw as the playwright’s credentials. This is the man who, just this year, won three BAFTAs and two Golden Globes for his film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. His most recent plays […]

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29 Oct 2018
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Macbeth at Barbican Theatre Review

CHILING AND KUBRICKIAN BUT LACKS A COHERENT THEME Opening RSC’s London season of a trilogy of Shakespeare plays, Polly Findlay directs Shakespeare’s bloody psychological thriller, Macbeth. Taking it from the foggy Scottish moors and transplanting it into a modern setting, we see the castles of Glamis and Fife shown as shabby hotel lobbies. Reminiscent of […]

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24 Oct 2018
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Tap Dogs at Peacock Theatre Review

“INFECTIOUS; THEY EXECUTE THEIR MOVES WITH FLAWLESS HARMONISATION” When I think of tap dancing, an image of graceful dancers gliding and toe-tapping lightly around in elegant costumes springs to mind. The dance phenomenon Tag Dogs, however, is anything but graceful and light, as six men, sometimes shirtless but always scruffy, clump about in heavy boots […]

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13 Sep 2018
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The Woods at Royal Court

“A SURREAL AND DISORIENTING NIGHTMARE OF A PLAY WITH A HEART-RENDING TURN FROM LESLEY SHARP” In the deepest, darkest part of the woods, a woman has found a strange lump in the snow and now the lump is here in her hideaway. He needs her. But there’s someone else who needs her desperately and jealously, […]

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2 Aug 2018
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Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe

“TRADITIONAL, YET MANAGES TO BRING A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON ALL ITS TIME-HONOURED CHARACTERS”  In many prominent Othello productions, the titular moor is the only character played by a black actor. In these instances he seems more obviously vulnerable, more ‘other’. In truth, 17th century Venice would have been full of different races and creeds, much […]

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31 Jul 2018
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Allelujah! – 30th July 2018 Review

“TEEMS WITH BENNETT’S SIGNATURE HUMOUR, BORN OF EVERYDAY MINUTIAE” Alan Bennett’s latest play throws open the doors of fictional ‘The Beth’, a hatch ‘em and dispatch ‘em local hospital in northern England that’s in danger of closure. It teems with Bennett’s signature wit, working class grit, eccentric characterisation and the humour born of everyday minutiae. […]

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23 Sep 2016
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Queen Lear at the Tristan Bates Theatre

The beauty of Shakespeare lies in the fact that you can do with it what you will; cut it, mould it, pull it into the future and, in this case, cross-gender cast to your heart’s content. With acclaimed performances from leading actresses such as Maxine Peake in Hamlet to Glenda Jackson’s upcoming performance in King […]

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8 Jul 2015
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The House of Mirrors and Hearts Arcola Review

“The House of Mirrors and Hearts.” Well the clue is pretty much in the title. A dysfunctional family lives in house (stairs and all!) with a few mirrors and a sense of broken hearted gloom and doom hanging over the place. The plotline is similarly as see-through as the title of the show, but one must […]

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12 Jun 2015
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Dusty The Musical Review Charing Cross Theatre

As much as many may moan about them, the jukebox musical is a form whose appeal seems unlikely to diminish anytime soon. While clever, quirky new musicals, such as Made in Dagenham, sadly fail to find sufficient audiences and close within just a few months, shows like Thriller Live and Jersey Boys have become permanent fixtures […]

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8 Jun 2015
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Now This is Not the End Review – Arcola Theatre

In Rose Lewenstein’s terrific new play, the legacy of a painful past – variously repressed, remembered and forgotten – is explored through the experiences of three generations of women. Read our review of the show.

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