Category Archives: London

Review: 3*** Le Misanthrope – Camden People’s Theatre @ExchangeTheatre @CamdenPT

Exchange Theatre has a laudable mission: to bring foreign plays to an English-speaking audience. For this alone they deserve huge credit. And their attention to classics is equally important: there is so much more to enjoy than endless outings of … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate – @LondonColiseum @Opera_North @kissmekatetour

Arrogant theatre director, Fred Graham, is starring in a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, opposite his irritable film star ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. The show is already in danger of coming apart at the seams thanks to … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** 84 Charing Cross Road – @RichmondTheatre @Stefanie_Powers @84CXROnTour

  Mountains of venerable leather-bound books greet the audience: neat, catalogued shelves on the right of the stage; disorderly piles on the left. And so the stage is set for a play of juxtapositions: man and woman; togetherness and solitude; … Continue reading

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Review: 2** Soap at Underbelly @UnderbellyFest #soap

#Tweetingit – 2** promised to make us wet with excitement. Left us damp and disappointed.  The programme promised a lot.  A unique combination of world-class acrobatics, comedy and live opera performed in, on and around bathtubs.  Quite a bold claim … Continue reading

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Review: 2** The Yellow Wallpaper – Omnibus Theatre @Omnibus_Theatre

The marketing for this show is a striking image of an agonised figure reaching through a yellow wall, I was therefore quite ready for an atmospheric piece and a sense of ominous danger. The production is based upon an original … Continue reading

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Interview: WHIST Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells @Sadlers_Wells @AoiEsteban

On the 19th June I am off to see Whilst at the Lilian Baylis Studio. This production is described as an experience which merges physical theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Adam and Eve – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre

Tweetingit: 4* Newlywed couple set up home dreaming of domestic bliss. Their happiness is shattered when proverbial hits the fan. Excellent storytelling packed into an hour. A band was tuning up in the basement when I got to the Hope … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Schism – Park Theatre 90 @ParkTheatre ‏

Tweetingit: 4* an engrossing study of the pupil/teacher relationship and attitudes towards disability. A sometimes heavy going but ultimately rewarding experience. The ridiculously convenient Park Theatre sprang another surprise on me last night; a small but beautifully formed studio theatre … Continue reading

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Review: 3*** In the Shadow of the Mountain – Old Red Lion Theatre @ORLTheatre ‏ @InstinctTheatre ‏

Tweetingit: 3* A solid two-hander focusing on a couple thrown together by circumstance; the realisation dawns on them they both have mental health issues. Excellent character acting compensates for a painfully thin plot. Mental health is sadly a poor relation … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Building the Wall – Park Theatre @ParkTheatre @angela_griffin @ROBERTSCHENKKAN @mrtrevorwhite

The daily headlines alone provide fertile enough material for a critique of rising populism. But Robert Schenkkan’s play forces us to look up from the daily news drip feed and reflect on where an unchecked Trumpism could lead. Not in … Continue reading

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