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BWW Review: MACBETH, Shakespeare's GlobeBWW Review: MACBETH, Shakespeare's Globe
Posted: Nov. 17, 2018


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BWW Review: FATHERLAND, Lyric HammersmithBWW Review: FATHERLAND, Lyric Hammersmith
Posted: Jun. 1, 2018


BWW Review: BACKBONE, Southbank CentreBWW Review: BACKBONE, Southbank Centre
Posted: Aug. 15, 2018


BWW Review: THE STAR SEEKERS, National TheatreBWW Review: THE STAR SEEKERS, National Theatre
Posted: Aug. 15, 2018


BWW Review: GREEK, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: GREEK, Arcola Theatre
Posted: Aug. 11, 2018


BWW Review: DUST, Trafalgar StudiosBWW Review: DUST, Trafalgar Studios
Posted: Sep. 8, 2018


BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Gray's Inn HallBWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Gray's Inn Hall
Posted: Aug. 22, 2018


BWW Review: MACBETH, Shakespeare's GlobeBWW Review: MACBETH, Shakespeare's Globe
Posted: Nov. 17, 2018


BWW Review: MACBETH, Shakespeare's GlobeBWW Review: MACBETH, Shakespeare's Globe
November 17, 2018

You wait so long for a Macbeth then like the buses, four major productions come along at once. The Barbican is staging the Royal Shakespeare Company's offering while the roundly panned National Theatre's effort is out on tour and the National Youth Theatre's version is playing in the West End.

BWW Review: CONTAGION, British LibraryBWW Review: CONTAGION, British Library
November 4, 2018

The British Library isn't the most obvious place to stage a dance installation but in the case of choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh's Contagion, (which has toured to other non-theatre spaces around the country) the mezzanine floor of the main auditorium of the library takes on the ambience of a dedicated and exactly the right performance space.

BWW Review: FOUR SEASONS/REMEMBRANCE, Peacock TheatreBWW Review: FOUR SEASONS/REMEMBRANCE, Peacock Theatre
September 29, 2018

New English Ballet Theatre, founded by artistic director Karen Pilkington-Miksa, has been on a mission to nurture and showcase young dancers and emerging choreographers since it launched seven years ago. In the intervening time, it has become synonymous with a visionary and thoroughly modern approach to making original touring pieces to present to the widest possible audience. This year, it returns to the Peacock Theatre with a double bill of sensitively pitched but contrasting pieces in Four Seasons and Remembrance.

BWW Review: MARATHON, BarbicanBWW Review: MARATHON, Barbican
September 26, 2018

If you go to see Alan Fieldan with JAMS' (which presumably stands for the names of the four actors, Jemima, Alan, Malachy and Sophie), Marathon at the Barbican, you'd do you well to remember an illuminating part of the blurb about the show:

BWW Review: THE PRISONER, National TheatreBWW Review: THE PRISONER, National Theatre
September 19, 2018

It's been a long minute - over two decades, in fact - since acclaimed director Peter Brook, who is now 93 years old and has been called "our greatest living theatre director", helmed a play at the National Theatre. So this new production of The Prisoner which he has co-directed with his long-time collaborator Marie-Helene Estienne, has been long and hugely anticipated given that it may well be the last chance ever to see a Brook production at the National Theatre.

BWW Review: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME, Soho TheatreBWW Review: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME, Soho Theatre
September 14, 2018

The boundary razing two-hander created and performed by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R Sheppard Underground Railroad Game doesn't give too much of its own game away in the pre-show literature. From the first two words of the title, we can surmise that it has something to do with slavery but what does the word 'game' imply?

BWW Review: DUST, Trafalgar StudiosBWW Review: DUST, Trafalgar Studios
September 8, 2018

It isn't often that the trifecta of the writing, directing and acting of a play harmonise perfectly into a deeply satisfying whole, but when that happens - as it does in Milly Thomas's award winning one-person play Dust -it makes for a very thrilling 80 minutes of pure theatre.

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Gray's Inn HallBWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Gray's Inn Hall
August 22, 2018

The will-they-won't-they trope of the Beatrice/Benedick relationship in Much Ado About Nothing is so familiar to audiences that, even though it's staged repeatedly (the last time this reviewer saw it was at Shakespeare's Globe in March), the joy in watching it againis to see how much sparkle a new production can bring to the witty wordplay (these days that's called banter) of the warring lovers in Shakespeare's sunniest comedy.

BWW Review: BACKBONE, Southbank CentreBWW Review: BACKBONE, Southbank Centre
August 15, 2018

As the lights fade up on stage in the Royal Festival Hall, nine figures lying supine and inert are revealed, along with a rack of clothes, rocks, silver pails of what appear to be soil and, most curiously, a suit of armour. Suddenly, everything comes to life, including the suit of armour.

BWW Review: THE STAR SEEKERS, National TheatreBWW Review: THE STAR SEEKERS, National Theatre
August 15, 2018

The Dorfmann Theatre within the National Theatre complex is proving to be an even more versatile space than promised when it reopened after refurbishment in 2014.

BWW Review: GREEK, Arcola TheatreBWW Review: GREEK, Arcola Theatre
August 11, 2018

Thirty years after composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and director Jonathan Moore's trailblazing opera Greek premiered at the ENO, it's apparent from this new production, part of Arcola Theatre's Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018, that it's lost none of the punchy, punk attitude that made it such an innovative tour-de-force.

BWW Review: SPIRAL, Park TheatreBWW Review: SPIRAL, Park Theatre
August 10, 2018

In the programme notes for her darkly disturbing new play Spiral, Abigail Hood quotes a plea she discovered at the bottom of a free London newspaper: "Dear Steven, we love you, we miss you. We hope you found what you were looking for."

BWW Review: FATHERLAND, Lyric HammersmithBWW Review: FATHERLAND, Lyric Hammersmith
June 1, 2018

"What's the earliest memory you have of your father?" This is the question, among many, that sets off a process of enquiry into the state of the nation's masculinity and its concerns through the prism of fatherhood in the verbatim play Fatherland. Thrillingly staged, it muscles beyond its documentary origins to excavate beneath the surface of a typically reticent, bloke-y nonchalance with great aplomb.

BWW Review: ADAM & EVE, The Hope TheatreBWW Review: ADAM & EVE, The Hope Theatre
May 27, 2018

The couple at the heart of the award winning writer Tim Cook's new play - Adam (Lee Knight) and Eve (Jeannie Dickinson) - inevitably calls to mind its biblical counterpart. They are a young, naive and aspiring couple who fell in love at first sight and who move to a countryside idyll in order to realise the full expression of newlywed bliss through the purchase of their first property together, raising a family and living happily ever after in their own version of Eden.

BWW Review: SHOW, Lyric HammersmithBWW Review: SHOW, Lyric Hammersmith
May 11, 2018

The programme notes that accompany celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter's latest production, Show, are just as sparse as the title is nondescript. The most that can gleaned about what the performance might constitute is contained in three small words: comedy, desire and murder.