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Cindy Marcolina considers herself a "critic" (yes, the inverted commas are important). Also a script reader and huge supporter of new work, she's the one wearing big red glasses and matching lipstick in the crowd. Twitter: @Cindy_Marcolina
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BWW Review: RANDOM, Tristan Bates Theatre
December 15, 2019
A family start their day like any other. A daughter, a younger brother who's still in school, a mum who takes care of everyone and everything, and a dad who often works night-shifts. They don't know that, as they go about their life as normal, their lives are going to be changed forever when police show up on their doorstep. “Death never used to be for the young” says Francesca Amewudah-Rivers in her arresting performance of debbie tucker green's random.
BWW Review: MARTHA, JOSIE AND THE CHINESE ELVIS, Park Theatre
December 14, 2019
The Park Theatre are doing Christmas a little differently on their smaller stage this year, presenting an adult play that's seasonal only in its wintery setting. Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis is an avalanche - and not in a good way.
BWW Review: ONE MILLION TINY PLAYS ABOUT BRITAIN, Jermyn Street Theatre
December 7, 2019
Jermyn Street Theatre's Christmas shows are always a surprise. After last year's murderous black comedy Burke and Hare, now they're shifting the spotlight on a collection of fascinating vignettes that are, essentially, the definition of one of the internet's favourite words: sonder, which is a?oethe realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your owna??. That's the core concept of One Million Tiny Plays About Britain.
BWW Review: CHRISTMAS CAROL, Wilton's Music Hall
December 6, 2019
Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol places Ebenezer Scrooge centre-stage, shoving all its female characters to the side in an attempt to paint a deeply unfair and harrowing picture of London's Victorian society. The protagonist has been an immovable presence in theatres around Christmas time from the same year the novella was published, establishing Scrooge as a historically male role. That is, until now.
BWW Review: MAISIE, Bread And Roses Theatre
December 5, 2019
Things haven't been easy for Dan after his split with his ex-wife Mandy. His best days now all have their daughter Maisie in them, and she's all he talks about. She's six and they're spending the day in London before she's due to go to her friend's birthday party. The unimaginable happens, and the cracks that were there become abysses. Roger Goldsmith's Maisie is the heart-wrenching account of a broken man.
BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Immersive/LDN
December 4, 2019
The third offering of the newly opened Immersive LDN has become a festive classic over the years. Alexander Wright's adaptation of A Christmas Carol is known to appear at a different location every year; Scrooge's Parlour has relocated to the lower ground floor of the venue (which is also hosting their other talk of the town - The Great Gatsby and The Wolf of Wall Street - whose faint noises you can hear in the distance if you pay enough attention).
BWW Review: ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS ATTENTION, O2 Forum Kentish Town
December 3, 2019
Following last year's hyper-successful To Jesus, Thanks For Everything, BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon are back with their new extravaganza: All I Want For Christmas Is Attention. The show is a drag-tastic alternative Christmas treat.
BWW Review: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE MUSKETEERS, Battersea Arts Centre
December 2, 2019
Comedy trio Sleeping Trees bring Christmas to Battersea Arts Centre with their latest fairy-tale mash-up. After Cinderella and the Beanstalk and Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves, James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua George Smith, and John Woodburn venture into Wonderland in classic Sleeping Trees style. Goldilocks and the Three Musketeers is rambunctious and properly laugh-out-loud funny.
BWW Review: A BENCH AT THE EDGE, Tristan Bates Theatre
November 30, 2019
During a fortuitous meeting at the edge of an abyss, two strangers contemplate the existential decisions that have lead them there. A Bench at the Edge is a sharp and uncompromising dark comedy that examines mental health and free will. Luigi Jannuzzi's distinctively Beckettian piece of theatre delivers a broad observation on attachment to their existence and loss of hope, while directly addressing the individual complexities that push people to suicide. Directed by Kasia Różycki, the play is quiet and, even in the sparse auditorium of the Tristan Bates Theatre, offers a cinematic atmosphere to the story.
BWW Review: AN ACT OF GOD, The Vaults
November 30, 2019
After being on Broadway twice, God has finally arrived to London. And She's a woman! A lesbian, specifically comedian Zoe Lyons. Displeased with how people have been taking Her Ten Commandments too literally, She's decided to descend onto Earth to give a new, updated, and more modern list first-hand so not to be misinterpreted once again. She's accompanied by Her two best Archangels, Michael (Matt Tedford) and Gabriel (Tom Bowen), who will help Her answer people's questions and set things straight for the future of the universe.
BWW Review: SH!T-FACED SHOWTIME: A PISSEDMAS CAROL, Leicester Square Theatre
November 29, 2019
Magnificent Bastard Productions reveal the latest Christmas ace up their sleeve, presenting A Pissedmas Carol. In true Shit-faced Showtime fashion, they grab a beloved story and transform it into a jolly ol' drunken time by having a member of the cast highly inebriated before the curtain goes up.
BWW Review: DORA VERSUS PICASSO, Drayton Arms
November 28, 2019
Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso met in Paris in 1935. She was a young photographer who was establishing herself in a world dominated by men, and he was one of the most revered painters of the time. She was drawn to him for his artistic flair, he was known for chasing a new muse every other day.
BWW Interview: Ronan Raftery Talks RAVENS: SPASSKY VS. FISCHER at Hampstead Theatre
November 28, 2019
Ronan Raftery plays chess world champion Boris Spassky in Ravens: Spassky vs Fischera??a??a??a??a??a??a??, beginning this week at Hampstead Theatre. The Cold War is taken to the chess board as Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer prepare for battle. Raftery told us what we should expect from this game of epic proportions.
BWW Interview: Tom Edden Talks CYRANO DE BERGERAC at Playhouse Theatre
November 27, 2019
After joining Jamie Lloyd in his Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York's Theatre and featuring in his Pinter at the Pinter season, Tom Edden is jumping back on stage with the director to star alongside James McAvoy in Cyrano. His credits name-check long-running shows like Les Misérables and Matilda, as well as plays of the likes of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Donmar and Amadeus at the National Theatre. We caught up with him to chat all things Cyrano and what makes Lloyd such a special director.
BWW Review: THE LAST NOËL, Clapham Library
November 23, 2019
Tess' Christmas day has always been a bit different from other people's. Her mum is a doctor and her dad is a paramedic, so her family rarely manage to gather on the 25th of December to celebrate. This year - like every other - she's helping her grandmother and her uncle set up their big dinner while they all wait for her parents to come home from the hospital. To kill time as they finish off with the last touches, they swap their usual stories and share their christmas cheer.
BWW Review: PENETRATOR, Lion & Unicorn Theatre
November 23, 2019
When Anthony Neilson's Penetrator debuted in Edinburgh in 1993, it offered a grim reflection on the male psyche at the end of Thatcher's mandate. The Gulf War and the violence it brought for the boys who fought it made its way into the flat of two young men in their early 20s as their damaged old friend.
BWW Review: THREAD, The Hope Theatre
November 22, 2019
Vivian has just received her first Academy Award nomination. When an actress comes forward to accuse her 82-year-old actor father who's suffering from degenerative dementia of sexual assault, her career and personal life threaten to crumble. Her half-sister Margo, an influencer who's quite involved in the promotion of the #MeToo movement, becomes only the tip of the iceberg.
BWW Review: FIJI, Omnibus Theatre
November 21, 2019
Sam (Pedro Leandro) arrives at Nick's (Edward Stone) for their date after they met online. Their rendez-vous is unlike many others: if all goes well, Nick is going to eat Sam. Stone and Leandro write a dark, twisted, and delicious play inspired by the Rotenburg Cannibal. Fiji accompanies their two characters while they spend their first and last weekend together, as they re-discuss their boundaries and what they expect from the meeting.
BWW Review: LAND WITHOUT DREAMS, Gate Theatre
November 20, 2019
Sometimes theatre can go very wrong for a lot of reasons. The audience are required to take a leap of faith, suspend their belief, and put their trust in the performers on stage. Some shows require a lot from the people who watch them, some don't. Land Without Dreams demands a level of openness that it's never able to fulfill. The piece works well on paper. On stage, not so much. Besides making a bunch of promises that aren't kept, the piece is, regrettably, inconclusive and inconsequential.
BWW Review: #WEAREARRESTED, Arcola Theatre
November 19, 2019
Back in May 2015, news broke that the Turkish State Intelligence were shipping weapons to Syria. Can Dündar was the editor-in-chief who decided to take a risk and publish the story, he was arrested in November on the grounds of espionage and being members of a terror organisation. His unlawful imprisonment kick-started an intellectual resistance movement and garnered him worldwide support.