Author Archives: Playhouse Pickings

About Playhouse Pickings

Theatre blog run by Rhiannon Lawson; a civil servant, extreme tea drinker and theatre reviewer.

Review: 4**** Matilda the Musical – Cambridge Theatre @MatildaMusical @TheRSC

Witty, wonderful and weird until the very end. Matilda champions bold imaginations, standing together and fighting for what is right.  The RSC’s spell-binding production of Roald Dahl’s much-loved classic both mesmerises maggots…ahem, children and delights the inner child in the … Continue reading

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Review: 3*** Macbeth – The Musical. White Bear Theatre #MacbeththeMusical @WhiteBearTheatr @StageSplinters

Tweetingit: 3* Shakespeare meets Avenue Q in a refreshing new treatment of the Scottish Play. The pub crowd will love it! Shakespeare productions are frequently accused of stuffiness and dense language. But just occasionally an adaptation will break down these … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Vivaldi Meets Werther: Four Seasons – Bridewell Theatre / Opera in the City Festival @TimeZoneTheatre @OperaCityFest @BridewellCentre

The concept alone makes this production intriguing: two famous artistic works – one musical, one literary – being paired up to provide a new way to experience each of them.  Pamela Schermann splices together a rendition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons … Continue reading

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Review: 3*** World’s End – King’s Head Theatre @WorldsEndPlay @KingsHeadThtr #QueerSeason2019

Tweetingit: 3* Parents and sons with dysfunctional relationships in a 90s time capsule. Patchy, but strong performances bring it home. For any retrospective piece to work it has to clearly identify the period in question. World’s End doesn’t exactly scream … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** The Weatherman – Park Theatre 200 #TheWeatherman @parktheatre

Tweetingit: 4* A harrowing story of good men turning bad at the hands of an unscrupulous landlord. Human trafficking could never be pleasant viewing; but it is something we ignore at our peril. We usually see theatre as a brief … Continue reading

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Review: 3*** River in the Sky – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre

Tweetingit: 3* A young couple dealing with the death of a child; a surprisingly touching story of life and loss. Society rarely deals with death as well as it should. How could it be any other way? Those left behind … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** The Hunchback of Notre Dame – St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden @Iristheatre

Tweetingit: 4* Victor Hugo’s legendary tale is given new life by a gloriously original production in a near perfect venue. Esmerelda has never looked or sounded quite so good. A quiet sense of expectation grows whenever I walk through the … Continue reading

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Review: 3*** The Actor’s Nightmare – Park Theatre 90 @ParkTheatre

Tweetingit: 3* Six mini playlets explore the mysteries of theatre in this patchy but broadly enjoyable portrayal of industry stereotypes. Satire is the most challenging genre for both writer and performer. It requires a subtle, understated form of wit and … Continue reading

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Review: 2** Games for Lovers. Waterloo Vaults @GamesLoversPlay #waterloovaults

Over the last decade or so, dating has completely changed. Gone are love letters, childhood sweethearts and meeting at your local social club, and replacing all that is battling the perils of Tinder, speed dating, Plenty of Fish and the … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** A Beautiful Noise – Lyric Theatre #ABeautifulNoise @TheLyricTheatre @FisherStevensUK

Tweetingit: 4* Dust off your best karaoke voice for a good old sing song; but more importantly, the celebration of a great modern songwriter. So the great tribute bandwagon rolls on with A Beautiful Noise at the Lyric Theatre in … Continue reading

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