Category Archives: Off West End

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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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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Review: 4**** Baby Box by Laura McGrady at the King’s Head Theatre @JosephineShipp @LLMcGrady #WhoRunsTheWorld @KingsHeadThtr @SleeplessTC

#Tweetingit – 4**** funny, heartrending, thought provoking, troubling. Exactly like gynaecological issues are. Bravo! I’ll start by nailing my colours to the mast.  I am an old school, angry feminist who seethes every time talk about women’s biology is shut … Continue reading

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