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BWW Review: 2:22, Criterion Theatre Photo BWW Review: 2:22, Criterion Theatre
by Alexander Cohen - May 16, 2022

A new all-star cast establish a solid dynamic, but all their effort is undermined by the play's mind-boggling, twist ending....
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by Gary Naylor - May 14, 2022

Brilliant acted play captures the London experience at that tipping point between the pursuit of youthful follies and the assumption of adult responsibilities...
BWW Review: BALLET BLACK at Theatre Royal, Stratford East Photo BWW Review: BALLET BLACK at Theatre Royal, Stratford East
by Vikki Jane Vile - May 16, 2022

Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black turned 20 last year and to mark this milestone they celebrated with a double bill of two works seen at the Barbican earlier this year and now touring; one an out and proud affirmation on their journey as a company and the second a tribute to their ancestry and heritage....
BWW Review: THE BREACH, Hampstead Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE BREACH, Hampstead Theatre
by Laura Jones - May 14, 2022

Naomi Wallace’s The Breach is the first in a trilogy of plays about different communities in Kentucky. Receiving its UK premiere at the Hampstead Theatre, Wallace’s play focuses on four teenagers who live in Louisville, Kentucky – siblings Jude (Shannon Tarbet) and Acton (Stanley Morgan) and Acton’s...
BWW Review: THE MINISTRY OF LESBIAN AFFAIRS, Soho Theatre Photo BWW Review: THE MINISTRY OF LESBIAN AFFAIRS, Soho Theatre
by Katie Kirkpatrick - May 16, 2022

Playwright Iman Qureshi said she wanted to make the show “a lesbian mecca”, and she has done exactly that. As her play The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs unfolds, the theatre echoes with raucous laughter, murmurs of agreement, and gasps of outrage. The show is a true celebration of lesbian identity - i...
BWW Review: DOM JUAN, The Vaults Photo BWW Review: DOM JUAN, The Vaults
by Cindy Marcolina - May 13, 2022

Rakes never go out of style. They are especially in fashion these days, with the likes of “capital R rake” Anthony Bridgerton being the latest gateway fantasy of millions across the world. Now, one of the most famous libertines has taken up debauched shop at The Vaults...
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by Vikki Jane Vile - May 12, 2022

Five years since its premiere, Kenneth Tindall’s Casanova remains a distinctive and highly engaging addition to Northern Ballet’s repertoire. It’s danced with confident storytelling by its cast and Christopher Oram’s set design is glossy and slick and of course, it’s pretty hot, this is all about se...
BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Oasis Farm Photo BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Oasis Farm
by Gary Naylor - May 12, 2022

You're guaranteed a lot of fun when the Handlebards ride into town...
BWW Review: TIL DEATH DO US PART, Theatre 503 Photo BWW Review: TIL DEATH DO US PART, Theatre 503
by Gary Naylor - May 11, 2022

Safaa Benson Effiom's debut play promises much for the future, with a script that balances drama with an important message...
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by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 11, 2022

George Orwell’s allegory of the Russian revolution and the Soviet descent into authoritarianism has something to say to every generation. Indeed, watching it today, in the era of war in Europe, fake news and failing trust in our leaders, it feels more resonant than ever....
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by Gary Naylor - May 10, 2022

Dexter Flanders' new play is a powerful statement from a community whose stories are too often marginalised by contemporary theatre...
BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS, New Wimbledon Theatre Photo BWW Review: DREAMGIRLS, New Wimbledon Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 11, 2022

Based loosely on the story of The Supremes, Dreamgirls originated on Broadway back in 1981 and went on to impress the West End a few years ago. Now on a UK tour, the show continues to sparkle....
BWW Review: LA BOHÈME, King's Head Theatre Photo BWW Review: LA BOHÈME, King's Head Theatre
by Alexander Cohen - May 09, 2022

Mark Ravenhill directs a new version of La bohème with an LGBT spin that does not do enough to engage in its themes....
BWW Review: WARRIOR QUEENS // SHADES OF BLUE at Sadlers Wells Theatre Photo BWW Review: WARRIOR QUEENS // SHADES OF BLUE at Sadlers Wells Theatre
by Charlie Wilks - May 08, 2022

Sadlers Wells presents a double bill consisting of work touching on social movement and cultural heritage. Brought to the stage by some of the next generation of leading UK choreographers, Warrior Queens and Shades of Blue are both ambitious pieces of work that really make you pay attention....
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by Franco Milazzo - May 06, 2022

Revenge is a dish best served old seems to be the message in Age Of Rage, the latest of Ivo van Hove’s latest extreme theatre productions as he serves up seven Greek stories, all in gloriously guttural Dutch....
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by Mert Dilek - May 06, 2022

Forget the butter-churner and the lasso. This Oklahoma! has no need of them. Following a Broadway run and a U.S. tour, Daniel Fish and Jordan Fein’s Tony-winning production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical comes to London’s Young Vic like a hipster cowboy riding into town. In their audacious i...
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by Gary Naylor - May 06, 2022

Anton Chekhov strips humanity down to its component parts again in his searing play beautifully brought to life by Candid Broads...
BWW Review: JUNIPER AND JULES, Soho Theatre Photo BWW Review: JUNIPER AND JULES, Soho Theatre
by Paige Cochrane - May 06, 2022

It must have been said at some point in history that the course of lesbian love never did run smooth. Jules is vivacious and unconventional, whereas Juniper is thoughtful and quiet. Lustful glances across a noisy bar leads the pair to embark on a fiery relationship, learning to love and trust each o...
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by Alexander Cohen - May 05, 2022

David Eldridge thrusts the agony and the ecstasy of middle class struggles into the limelight in his new play at the National Theatre's Dorfman stage....
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by Laura Lott - May 05, 2022

There aren't many places in the UK where you can experience the charms and sunshine of a Greek island, but the Mamma Mia! tour is one of them....
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by Franco Milazzo - May 04, 2022

Anyway you look at it, the concept of The Vaults' Mulan Rouge – a dinner/cabaret mashup of Disney’s Mulan and musical Moulin Rouge – is both exciting and bonkers. But definitely bonkers....
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by Cindy Marcolina - May 04, 2022

“He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life” writes Virginia Woolf in her novel Orlando: A Biography. The fictional life of her gender non-conforming hero has been hailed as a feminist masterpiece, a subversive classic, and an impressive love letter....
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by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 05, 2022

Families are complex and the relationships between parents and children and siblings themselves is a rich basis for drama. Beru Tessema’s new play House of Ife is a tense and fascinating insight into the dynamics of a British-Ethiopean family, living in London, and navigating life and personal grief...
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by Gary Naylor - May 04, 2022

Ben Brown's play, set at the end of World War II, does not fully deliver on its raw materials' dramatic possibilities...
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by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 04, 2022

Damiano Michieletto’s modern-day staging of Donizetti’s sparkling comedy Don Pasquale divided critics when it last appeared at The Royal Opera House in 2019. The story of the tricking of an old man into marrying a seemingly demure bride, only for her to rapidly becomes a nightmarish tyrant as soon a...