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Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Think of Ian McKellen in PLAYER KINGS? Photo Review Roundup: What Did the Critics Think of Ian McKellen in PLAYER KINGS?
by Aliya Al-Hassan - April 12, 2024

Bringing together Shakespeare's two great history plays, Player Kings is now open at the Noël Coward Theatre. Ian McKellen plays Falstaff in a new version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, adapted by the award-winning writer and director Robert Icke. A divided country, leadership crumbling, corruption in t...

Review: PLAYER KINGS, Noël Coward Theatre Photo Review: PLAYER KINGS, Noël Coward Theatre
by Alexander Cohen - April 12, 2024

Ian McKellen is a mesmerizingly athletic Falstaff in Robert Icke's iconoclastic fusion of Henry IV parts 1 and 2...

Review: THE POWER (OF) THE FRAGILE - MOHAMED TOUKABRI, Sadler's Wells Photo Review: THE POWER (OF) THE FRAGILE - MOHAMED TOUKABRI, Sadler's Wells
by Matthew Paluch - April 12, 2024

The Elixir Festival returns to Sadler’s Wells with the same, integral mission: “rethinking perceptions around dance and age.”...

Review: MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Wilton's Music Hall Photo Review: MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Wilton's Music Hall
by Franco Milazzo - April 11, 2024

​​​​​​​Serving as a kind of Barber of Seville of theatre, Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the most accessible of Shakespeare’s plays. Its blend of mystic romance, daffy dramatists and fairy-powered shenanigans is not short on rambunctious comedy turns but, in the hands of Flabbergast Theatre, that...

Review: INTERNATIONAL DRAFT WORKS, Royal Opera House Photo Review: INTERNATIONAL DRAFT WORKS, Royal Opera House
by Matthew Paluch - April 11, 2024

The evening includes ten works and the premise is an important, and pressing one: where is ballet (as we know it) going…? ...

Review: PHANTOM PEAK: FESTIVAL OF INNOVATION, London Photo Review: PHANTOM PEAK: FESTIVAL OF INNOVATION, London
by Franco Milazzo - April 10, 2024

When Phantom Peak, one of London's most innovative and ridiculously fun theatrical experiences, holds a Festival Of Innovation, how can one say no? It is not the only impressive immersive show in town but its near-peerless execution and boundless imagination puts it up there with the more well known...

Review: THE PROMISE, Birmingham Rep Photo Review: THE PROMISE, Birmingham Rep
by Laura Lott - April 10, 2024

New play The Promise, which has its world premiere at Birmingham Rep this week, looks at the intersectionality of dementia and deafness through the experiences of one family, and highlights the urgent need for more understanding and care options. ...

Review: UNDERDOG: THE OTHER OTHER BRONTË, National Theatre Photo Review: UNDERDOG: THE OTHER OTHER BRONTË, National Theatre
by Abbie Grundy - April 08, 2024

Sisterly bonds are tethered by fiery ambition in this exploration into the lives of the Brontë sisters....

Review: YOUR LIE IN APRIL – THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane Photo Review: YOUR LIE IN APRIL – THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Theatre Royal Drury Lane
by Cindy Marcolina - April 09, 2024

If Your Lie in April follows the same patterns as Death Note, it won’t be the last time we hear of this iteration. It would be absolutely wonderful to see both of them completely realised as full production at last. The demand is there and the West End should take note....

Review: BARE: A POP OPERA, London Palladium Photo Review: BARE: A POP OPERA, London Palladium
by Cindy Marcolina - April 08, 2024

One-off staged concerts are all the rage these days. A way for producers to attract established stars that will fill a room and the chance to test the waters for potential longer runs are only a few benefits. Realistically, they’re also cheaper, relatively risk-free, and easier to mount than a full-...

Review: CARMEN, Royal Opera House Photo Review: CARMEN, Royal Opera House
by Gary Naylor - April 06, 2024

An old favourite brings the passion and the pain with beautiful singing and convincing acting...

Review: GUNTER, Royal Court Theatre Photo Review: GUNTER, Royal Court Theatre
by Katie Kirkpatrick - April 06, 2024

Gunter is a messy play. Literally. There’s sand, dirt, blood, confetti, and ink all over the actors and the floor. Fringe company Dirty Hare throw absolutely everything at their canvas, in a piece that includes music to projections to microphones, shadow puppetry, and masks. In this rare gem of a sh...

Review: THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, Sadler's Wells Photo Review: THE VELVETEEN RABBIT, Sadler's Wells
by Louise Penn - April 08, 2024

The Velveteen Rabbit is a story which needs little introduction, and which retains wide appeal. This retelling by Ben Crompton for balletLORENT pops with life as a man reacquaints himself with childhood toys, notably a beloved rabbit. Aimed at a family audience, this is a delightful way to while awa...

Review: CASSIE AND THE LIGHTS, Southwark Playhouse Borough Photo Review: CASSIE AND THE LIGHTS, Southwark Playhouse Borough
by Cindy Marcolina - April 06, 2024

Written and directed by Alex Howarth based on real conversations with kids in care, it’s a shot to the heart. Profoundly moving in its bittersweet playfulness and candid approach to the matter, the production is scrupulously crafted to come off as child’s play. It exquisitely translates the world as...

Review: KYLE DEAN MASSEY, Crazy Coqs Photo Review: KYLE DEAN MASSEY, Crazy Coqs
by Franco Milazzo - April 04, 2024

After two years away, Kyle Dean Massey steps back onto the cabaret stage at London’s Crazy Coqs....

Review: HORNE'S DESCENT, Old Red Lion Theatre Photo Review: HORNE'S DESCENT, Old Red Lion Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - April 05, 2024

Horne’s Descent features a compact take on religious philosophy and slender social politics, adding a dash of good-natured occult to the mix. It refuses to spell out its contents for the audience, trusting them to connect the dots and draw their own conclusions in an exercise of mental flexibility....

Review: THE 39 STEPS, Richmond Theatre Photo Review: THE 39 STEPS, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - April 05, 2024

Mix a classic spy novel with the genius of Alfred Hitchcock, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps. With a history spanning over 100 years, John Buchan’s 1915 novel was adapted by Alfred Hitchcock which then went on to become a stage play in 1996, adapted again in 2005 by Patrick Barl...

Review: INSULT TO INJURY, Lion & Unicorn Theatre Photo Review: INSULT TO INJURY, Lion & Unicorn Theatre
by Kat Mokrynski - April 05, 2024

Written by Kieran Dee and Grace Millie, who also star as Ellis and Kat respectively, and directed by Harriet Marsh, Insult to Injury tells the story of two content moderators on a famous social media site and how they deal with “misinformation, technology, responsibility, power and eating other peop...

Review: LIFE WITH OSCAR, Arcola Theatre Photo Review: LIFE WITH OSCAR, Arcola Theatre
by Matthew Paluch - April 04, 2024

Life With Oscar is an autobiographical monologue written, and performed by Nicholas Cohen that takes the audience on a trip to the darker side of La La Land....

Review Roundup: Did Brian Cox Impress in LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT? Photo Review Roundup: Did Brian Cox Impress in LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT?
by Aliya Al-Hassan - April 03, 2024

The Emmy, Golden Globe and Olivier award-winning actor Brian Cox, has made his return to the London stage in Jeremy Herrin’s new production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night....

Review: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Wyndham's Theatre Photo Review: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, Wyndham's Theatre
by Louise Penn - April 03, 2024

Eugene O'Neill's classic play of family strife has had regular revivals in London (most recently in 2018 and 2012). Set in 1912 and published posthumously in 1956, it remains one of the great American plays. Brian Cox returns to the London stage as James Tyrone, actor, family colossus, and flawed ma...

Review: THE LONG RUN, New Diorama Theatre Photo Review: THE LONG RUN, New Diorama Theatre
by Alexander Cohen - April 03, 2024

Lovingly snug, like you’ve been invited to into the warm for a cup of tea and a biscuit on a rainy day....

Review: HOLLY SPILLAR: HOLE, Soho Theatre Photo Review: HOLLY SPILLAR: HOLE, Soho Theatre
by Kat Mokrynski - April 04, 2024

Holly Spillar: HOLE is, as described by Spillar herself, “a one-woman vagina show” in which she uses only her voice and a loop pedal to tell the story of her journey with vaginismus, an involuntary tensing of the vagina that prevents penetrative sex....

Review: DIRECT FROM GRACELAND: ELVIS, Arches London Bridge Photo Review: DIRECT FROM GRACELAND: ELVIS, Arches London Bridge
by Kat Mokrynski - April 03, 2024

Recently, I was invited to attend a special curator event at Direct from Graceland: Elvis at the Arches London Bridge. The event, hosted by Angie Marchese, Graceland’s Vice President of Archives and Exhibits, gave attendees a backstage look at some of the artifacts Marchese had brought with her from...

Review: POWER OF SAIL, Menier Chocolate Factory Photo Review: POWER OF SAIL, Menier Chocolate Factory
by Mica Blackwell - April 02, 2024

Early in Power of Sail, we learn it’s firmly set in 2019. A mere year later, the world would face a global pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and online misinformation reaching its peak as right-wing have been given bigger platforms to express their hate under the guise of freedom of speech. ...



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