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BWW Review: TIGER BAY THE MUSICAL, Wales Millennium Centre BWW Review: TIGER BAY THE MUSICAL, Wales Millennium Centre
by Kerrie Nicholson - November 19, 2017

Having also played host to The Mandela Trilogy opera and new musical Only The Brave, it seems that the Wales Millennium Centre seems to be making a name for itself when it comes to mounting new productions. In its latest venture: Tiger Bay The Musical audiences are transported back to Cardiff in the... (more...)
BWW Review: MISS JULIE, Jermyn Street Theatre BWW Review: MISS JULIE, Jermyn Street Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - November 19, 2017

Directed by Jermyn Street Theatre's own artistic director Tom Littler, Miss Julie is revived in an effortlessly visceral new production.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, Cervantes Theatre BWW Review: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, Cervantes Theatre
by Gary Naylor - November 19, 2017

This is a great, complex, problematic, Shakespearean, mythic, disturbing, provocative play.... (more...)
BWW Review: MARNIE, London Coliseum BWW Review: MARNIE, London Coliseum
by Aliya Al-Hassan - November 19, 2017

After a season that saw some triumphant returns of classic operas, such as the magnificent revival Jonathan Miller's The Barber of Seville, the ENO has taken another gamble on bringing a brand new production to the stage of the London Coliseum. Following Two Boys in 2011, Marnie is the young compose... (more...)
BWW Review: RACHEL TUCKER, Shoreditch Town Hall BWW Review: RACHEL TUCKER, Shoreditch Town Hall
by Nicky Sweetland - November 18, 2017

Following a hugely successful UK tour and an engagement at the acclaimed Feinstein's/54 Below in New York, West End star Rachel Tucker has become a celebrated solo performer.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN, Young Vic BWW Review: THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN, Young Vic
by Alistair Wilkinson - November 17, 2017

Remaining true to the traditions of Aeschylus's time, The Suppliant Women company consists of three professional actors, a professional musician and a recruitment of locals - who have trained and rehearsed in a choral-like manner, to create a 50-piece ensemble that roars on the Young Vic stage.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
by Gary Naylor - November 17, 2017

As it settles into its run, expect this production of 'Earnest' to bring out comedy that goes against the grain of the times, but is no less funny for that.... (more...)
BWW Review: INSIDE PUSSY RIOT, Saatchi Gallery BWW Review: INSIDE PUSSY RIOT, Saatchi Gallery
by Nicole Ackman - November 16, 2017

Inside Pussy Riot is an immersive, provocative experience, not for the faint of heart. This innovative performance was created by Les Enfants Terrible and the Tsukanov Family Foundation, in collaboration with Pussy Riot co-founder Nadya Tolokonnikova and Bird & Carrot. The piece puts the audience in... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SECONDARY VICTIM, Park Theatre BWW Review: THE SECONDARY VICTIM, Park Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - November 16, 2017

Recent figures show that more and more people are visiting their GP with anxiety, stress and other mental health concerns. With so many facilities running at full capacity, options become limited for those in need. And, despite the rising number of people accessing mental health services, there are ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE DARK ROOM, Theatre503 BWW Review: THE DARK ROOM, Theatre503
by Gary Naylor - November 16, 2017

The Dark Room raises important issues but its lack of nuance and relentless emotional pain delivered at top volume and top speed, detract from its dramatic potential.... (more...)
BWW Review: HARD RAIN: BARB JUNGR SINGS DYLAN AND COHEN, Live At Zédel BWW Review: HARD RAIN: BARB JUNGR SINGS DYLAN AND COHEN, Live At Zédel
by Debbie Gilpin - November 16, 2017

Celebrated performer Barb Jungr put this collection of songs together a couple of years ago (alongside long-time collaborator and pianist, Simon Wallace) and has been taking the songs across the UK and the US, amongst other places, as well as appearing on the bill of the Art of Protest cabaret at th... (more...)
BWW Review: PHOENIX RISING, Smithfield Car Park BWW Review: PHOENIX RISING, Smithfield Car Park
by Cindy Marcolina - November 15, 2017

Eighteen-year-old Callum is taking his first steps out of care, dreaming of becoming a track star. He is immediately flung into a world of poverty and toxic company, and when his legs start to fail him, he loses the only control he has on his life.... (more...)
BWW Review: DEATHTRAP, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: DEATHTRAP, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - November 15, 2017

The British appetite for thrillers is seemingly unquenchable. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has now been running for 65 years in London and detective and murder mystery stories are standard Sunday night television fare. Adam Penfold's revival of Ira Levin's 1978 Broadway hit Deathtrap is obviously... (more...)
BWW Review: NETWORK, National Theatre BWW Review: NETWORK, National Theatre
by Marianka Swain - November 14, 2017

News as showbiz, entire networks and even a reality TV President fuelled by articulating popular rage, and gradual corporate dehumanisation: we are now living Paddy Chayefsky's satirical dystopia. Lee Hall's astute adaptation recognises that the 1976 movie needs little updating to feel like a searin... (more...)
BWW Review: JAMAICA INN, Tabard Theatre BWW Review: JAMAICA INN, Tabard Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - November 11, 2017

Daphne du Maurier is the master of Cornish gothic storytelling and ghostly intrigue. Jamaica Inn is her 1936 novel; a haunting tale set in Cornwall in the 1800s. Following the death of her mother, Mary Yellan goes to live with her downtrodden aunt Patience and bullying uncle Joss in mysterious Jamai... (more...)
BWW Review: NO PLACE LIKE HOPE, The Old Red Lion Theatre BWW Review: NO PLACE LIKE HOPE, The Old Red Lion Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - November 11, 2017

When Becca (Holly Donovan) is sent to a hospice in order to serve a community punishment, she meets Anna (Clare Corbett), a cancer patient at terminal stage. An unlikely friendship starts between the two women, who at first glance have nothing in common but being confined in the same space. As they ... (more...)
BWW Review: BALLET BLACK TRIPLE BILL, Theatre Royal Stratford East BWW Review: BALLET BLACK TRIPLE BILL, Theatre Royal Stratford East
by Vikki Jane Vile - November 11, 2017

Ballet Black continue to move from strength to strength. Having recently secured funding and completed work on a more spacious London studio, they now tour nationally with their acclaimed narrative ballet, Red Riding Hood as the main attraction in this varied triple bill.... (more...)
BWW Review: LAID, Soho Theatre BWW Review: LAID, Soho Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - November 11, 2017

Every day a woman lays an egg, and then faces a decision: does she raise it or eat it? Natalie Palamides is a name I had never heard of before, but after this, there is no way I'm ever going to forget her. An LA based comedian, Palamides explores the troubles of motherhood through the surreal in Lai... (more...)
BWW Review: UP DOWN MAN, Tobacco Factory Theatre BWW Review: UP DOWN MAN, Tobacco Factory Theatre
by Tim Wright - November 10, 2017

My name is Matty Butler and I like foxes . We're told the reaction to foxes is often similar to people with Down's syndrome like Matty. Some people think they're cute, some think they shouldn't be there. After the success of previous production Up Down Boy, we're back with Matty and his family b... (more...)
BWW Review: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, Playhouse Theatre BWW Review: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, Playhouse Theatre
by Marianka Swain - November 10, 2017

David Mamet's Pulitzer-winning play, which premiered at the National in 1983, in back in London in a star-studded, pugilistic revival from Sam Yates. Though kept firmly in period, it's not hard to find skin-crawling contemporary parallels in Mamet's exposure of a toxic capitalist culture ruled by th... (more...)
BWW Review: MACBETH, Bussey Building BWW Review: MACBETH, Bussey Building
by Gary Naylor - November 10, 2017

A pared back but wholly successful production that places the storytelling and poetry at the centre of the storm of hubristic violence.... (more...)
BWW Review: CORIOLANUS, Barbican BWW Review: CORIOLANUS, Barbican
by Alistair Wilkinson - November 09, 2017

Set in a city where the gap between the rich and poor widens every day, Coriolanus opens the RSC's Rome season in London. He is as much a myth as he is a man, and if he did live, he would have been around at the start of the 5th Century BCE - when Rome was building itself into a republic.... (more...)
BWW Review: RULES FOR LIVING, Rose Theatre BWW Review: RULES FOR LIVING, Rose Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - November 09, 2017

With the release of the Christmas advert from Marks And Spencer, we can all rest assured that the festive season is drawing ever near. Sam Holcroft's well received play, Rules For Living, gets its first revival at Kingston's Rose after a 2015 run at The National Theatre and serves as a timely remind... (more...)
BWW Review: BIG FISH, The Other Palace BWW Review: BIG FISH, The Other Palace
by Marianka Swain - November 09, 2017

Based on Daniel Wallace's novel and Tim Burton's 2003 film adaptation, this musical is quite the oddity. Screenwriter John August has tinkered with the book since its brief Broadway run in 2013, but it remains an unfathomable mixture of magical and mawkish, whimsy and desolation.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE TIN DRUM, Bristol Old Vic BWW Review: THE TIN DRUM, Bristol Old Vic
by Tim Wright - November 09, 2017

Kneehigh's latest show The Tin Drum defies categorisation. Part love story, part political thriller. Part play, part musical. It is therefore like most Kneehigh work: anarchic. And I think director Mike Shepherd and writer Carl Grose would consider that a job well done. As Grose writes in one memora... (more...)