UK / West End Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: THE TEMPEST, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre BWW Review: THE TEMPEST, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
by Gary Naylor - February 23, 2018

Ambition not quite matched by execution in an all-female production of The Tempest, one of fringe theatre's more challenging plays to get right.... (more...)
BWW Review: CONQUEST, The Vaults BWW Review: CONQUEST, The Vaults
by Cindy Marcolina - February 22, 2018

Alice (Lucy Walker-Evans) is trying to buy the morning after pill in Boots when she meets Jo (Colette Eaton), who drags her into a world of feminist revenge. Written by Katie Caden and directed by Jess Daniels, Conquest explores feminism and consent in a humorously, full of darker undertones.... (more...)
BWW Review: ISABEL BAYON COMPAÑÍA - DJU-DJU, Sadler's Wells BWW Review: ISABEL BAYON COMPAÑÍA - DJU-DJU, Sadler's Wells
by Vikki Jane Vile - February 21, 2018

Sadler's Wells' annual season of flamenco is now in its 15th year. It offers a varied bill, from the traditional and vibrant to more contemporary interpretations. In the case of Isabel Bayon's new work, Dju-Dju, the slightly eccentric too.... (more...)
BWW Review: JUBILEE, Lyric Hammersmith BWW Review: JUBILEE, Lyric Hammersmith
by Alistair Wilkinson - February 21, 2018

Jubilee is an event that fucks with every theatrical convention; but it also provokes its audience in the most important way. Derek Jarman's iconic film has been adapted to the stage by Chris Goode; centring around a marauding girl gang on a killing spree and a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth 1 - te... (more...)
BWW Review: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - February 21, 2018

Strangers On A Train was a highly successful, taut thriller written by Patricia Highsmith in 1950. Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock adapted it into a highly charged and provocative film noir soon afterwards. It is a shame, therefore, that Anthony Banks' new production lacks any similar tension or... (more...)
BWW Review: NAPOLEON DISROBED, Arcola Theatre BWW Review: NAPOLEON DISROBED, Arcola Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - February 20, 2018

Told By An Idiot have been creating the unexpected for 25 years, and with this offering they provide a comedic, alternative historical take on one of France's most formidable leaders. Based on Simon Leys' novel The Death of Napoleon, this page to stage interpretation features copious amounts of humo... (more...)
BWW Review: THE YORK REALIST, Donmar Warehouse BWW Review: THE YORK REALIST, Donmar Warehouse
by Rona Kelly - February 18, 2018

In the Donmar Warehouse's last season, Knives in Hens split opinion in a highly stylised and surreal production. As the title may suggest, Peter Gill's 2001 play The York Realist could not be further from this. Grounded in naturalism both in script and vision, Robert Hastie's production of The York ... (more...)
BWW Review: IOLANTHE, London Coliseum BWW Review: IOLANTHE, London Coliseum
by Aliya Al-Hassan - February 18, 2018

Originally intended as a stinging satire on Victorian politics and the House of Lords in particular, Gilbert and Sullivan's supremely silly comic opera Iolanthe is in fine form as it returns to the Coliseum. The story is of the eponymous fairy Iolanthe, banished from fairyland as she married a morta... (more...)
BWW Review: THE VAGINA DIALOGUES, Waterloo East Theatre BWW Review: THE VAGINA DIALOGUES, Waterloo East Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - February 17, 2018

"Hi, welcome to the feminist" The Volvas say before embarking in an irreverent and unabashedly in-your-face rollercoaster of a piece. From coping with an unexpected pregnancy, female orgasm, office boredom, and the jarring experience of sexual assault, the five women brilliantly succeed in their aud... (more...)
BWW Review: THE B*EASTS, Bush Theatre BWW Review: THE B*EASTS, Bush Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - February 16, 2018

Monica Dolan examines the sexualisation of children from the perspective of a psychotherapist, Tessa, who's assessing a mother who allowed her eight-year-old to have breast implants. She narrates the story of Leila, a precocious child, and her mother Karen, leading her audience on a crucial journey ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WINTER'S TALE, Royal Opera House BWW Review: THE WINTER'S TALE, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - February 15, 2018

Wheeldon's popular retelling of The Winter's Tale returns to the Royal Opera House stage for the third time in four years. Of its many strengths, the meaty storytelling on display from the dancers of the Royal Ballet is its greatest selling point. It is done with such a wonderful clarity not only th... (more...)
BWW Review: RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow BWW Review: RITA, SUE AND BOB TOO, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
by Natalie O'Donoghue - February 15, 2018

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling they each think they control.... (more...)
BWW Review: DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE, Rose Theatre BWW Review: DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE, Rose Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - February 15, 2018

Robert Louis Stevenson's gothic thriller has had such an impact on the public psyche that a reference to 'Jekyll and Hyde' is universally known as referring to a person with a dual personality. An adaptation at Kingston's Rose Theatre attempts to convey the dark horror of the story where upright Dr ... (more...)
BWW Review: HEAR ME RAW, Arcola Theatre BWW Review: HEAR ME RAW, Arcola Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - February 14, 2018

In her brutally honest and refreshingly unique story about addiction and self-fulfilment, Daniella Isaacs performs a personal response to her experience of the Wellness industry. Placing a sharp focus on our understanding of beauty in the current social media charged climate, this one-hour piece is ... (more...)
BWW Review: CARMEN 1808, Union Theatre BWW Review: CARMEN 1808, Union Theatre
by Gary Naylor - February 14, 2018

Liberties have been taken with Bizet's opera, but none are diabolical, and what emerges is something which is sometimes less and sometimes more than its inspiration.... (more...)
BWW Review: FIND YOUR WAY HOME, Etcetera Theatre BWW Review: FIND YOUR WAY HOME, Etcetera Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - February 14, 2018

Alan (Anthony Cord) has decided to leave his family for Julian (Julian Bailey-Jones), his younger lover. The latter is ready to take him back after almost a year, but the arrival of his scorned wife (Julia Faulkner) interrupts their reunion. John Hopkins' Tony-nominated 1974 drama Find Your Way Home... (more...)
CD Review: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: The Platinum Collection CD Review: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: The Platinum Collection
by Jenny Ell - February 13, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber is quite possibly the most recognised and mainstream composer in the musical theatre industry. Love him or hate him, he has penned the music for some of the world's most famous musicals and continues to write today. In celebration of his 70th birthday this year, he is releasing a... (more...)
BWW Review: AN ACT OF KINDNESS, The Vaults BWW Review: AN ACT OF KINDNESS, The Vaults
by Cindy Marcolina - February 12, 2018

Two worlds collide at a bus stop. Martin (Robert Hayes) is a young professional whose life clashes with Leila (Helena Westerman), a bubbly and energetic 23-year-old woman who works in a coffee shop (and hates it). He takes his mum to chemotherapy sessions and she's always rushing off. The discuss ge... (more...)
BWW Review: AGAIN, Trafalgar Studios BWW Review: AGAIN, Trafalgar Studios
by Emma Watkins - February 11, 2018

Again, written by Stephanie Jacob, is a short one-act play about a family reuniting after an undefined amount of time apart. How will the relationships play out when they're all back in the bosom of the home they shared together for so many years?... (more...)
BWW Review: OLIVER BOITO's Notes Of Love EP BWW Review: OLIVER BOITO's Notes Of Love EP
by Jenny Ell - February 10, 2018

Notes of Love is Oliver Boito's debut CD and first venture into releasing his own music. An artist and photographer, in addition to writer and composer, Boito has an impressive set of skills to his name and Notes of Love is something that he should be incredibly proud of.... (more...)
BWW Review: MAD AS HELL, Jermyn Street Theatre BWW Review: MAD AS HELL, Jermyn Street Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - February 10, 2018

Peter Finch and Eletha Barrett's relationships scandalised Hollywood and lead the actor to an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1976 film Network. Written by Cassie McFarlane and Adrian Hope, Mad as Hell is a brash and provocative piece of theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: SOMEWHERE A GUNNER FIRES, King's Head Theatre BWW Review: SOMEWHERE A GUNNER FIRES, King's Head Theatre
by Nicole Ackman - February 09, 2018

Somewhere a Gunner Fires at the King's Head Theatre is a haunting piece about the First World War and how it affected people from many nations and backgrounds. The Cavalry Theatre play follows six different characters in interweaving stories based on true events. This is the world premiere of the pi... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL OR NOTHING, Arts Theatre BWW Review: ALL OR NOTHING, Arts Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - February 09, 2018

It's 1965 and a new phenomenon is erupting out of the East End. It's trendy, vibrant and contagious. It's Mod. Filled with so much nostalgia, the show charts the story of the Small Faces - the band that encapsulated all that was Mod. All or Nothing has undergone three national tours, playing to many... (more...)
BWW Review: STRICTLY COME DANCING LIVE TOUR, Wembley Arena BWW Review: STRICTLY COME DANCING LIVE TOUR, Wembley Arena
by Emma Watkins - February 09, 2018

The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour does exactly what it says on the tin. If you love the Saturday night TV show, you're sure to love the live experience too...... (more...)
BWW Review: THE UNGRATEFUL BIPED, White Bear Theatre BWW Review: THE UNGRATEFUL BIPED, White Bear Theatre
by Gary Naylor - February 09, 2018

Just when the grimness is becoming tiresome, Philip Goodhew's script is transformed by an injection of darkest comedy without ever losing its focus as a searing indictment of modern life.... (more...)