Category Archives: Reviewer – Francis

Review: 4**** Anne Steele: Made Out of Stars Venue: Crazy Coqs – Live at Zédel @theannesteele

It is always a pleasure to visit Zédel, just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus. A small all-day café on the ground floor conceals the stairs down to a grand art deco entertainment complex, comprising a Parisian-style brasserie, a stylish … Continue reading

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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**** 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: 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**** Faceless – Park Theatre @ParkTheatre

The dark side of 21st century globalism: a white Chicago teenager’s Facebook-facilitated conversion to radical Islam by a frontline ISIS fighter and subsequent indictment by a Muslim prosecutor. The writer’s (Selina Fillinger) choice of source material for Faceless can’t be … Continue reading

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