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‘The most moving play I’ve seen for years’: GIRLS & BOYS – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★★
16th February 2018Royal Court Theatre, London - until 17 March 2018 This is Carey Mulligan week. She appears, improbably enough, as a hard-nosed cop in David Hare’s BBC thriller Collateral, as well as onstage at the Royal Court in London’s Sloane Square… .. Read more
Star-studded cast revealed for ENO’s Chess led by Ball, Burke, Head, Howar and Janson
16th February 2018The first West End production of Chess since 1986 is to star Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Murray Head, Tim Howar and Cassidy Janson. The production will open at the London Coliseum on 26 April 2018 (press night on 1 May… .. Read more
‘So much more than an intellectual exercise’: THE SOUL OF WITTGENSTEIN – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★
16th February 2018Omnibus Theatre, London – until 25 February When one thinks of plays that revolve around philosophy, overtures to Tom Stoppard and wartime ethics come to mind. True to form, Ron Elisha’s play is set during the Second World War, but… .. Read more
#Vault2018: New work by Simon Stephens, Tamsin Oglesby & Salena Godden features in Small Things fundraiser
15th February 2018At this year's VAULT Festival, Small Things Theatre Company's season of female-focused new work includes two fundraising events for the UN Women's #HeForShe campaign, including a very special rendition of its London variety hit, A Night of Small Things. Do… .. Read more
‘Different perspectives’: STUD/IF WE GOT SOME MORE COCAINE I COULD SHOW YOU HOW I LOVE YOU – Vault Festival
17th February 2018Network Theatre, London – until 18 February 2018 Guest reviewer: Gregory Forrest There are almost definitely gay male professional footballers currently working in Britain, but the prospect of coming out in a sport well known for its chanting crowds and… .. Read more
‘A novel take on female millennials’: ELSA – Vault Festival ★★★★
17th February 2018The Vaults – until 18 February 2018 Taking inspiration from the conversations baristas overhear in coffee shops, Isobel Rogers’ Elsa is a novel take on female millennials. Directed by Sara Joyce, Elsa is entirely made up of Rogers’ songs which… .. Read more
Are theatre programmes ‘the great publishing rip-off of our times’?
17th February 2018This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for quite some time, but (as ever) other things have managed to get in the way. However, a couple of interesting tweets popped up from Channel 4’s political correspondent, Michael Crick, that… .. Read more
‘Snappy and deeply moving’: AI LOVE YOU – Vault Festival
17th February 2018The Vaults, London Guest reviewer: Serena Ramsey As an audience member, I always love when the actors break the fourth wall. I love to feel immersed in the world. Within the play. AI Love You not only immerses us in… .. Read more
‘Brilliant challenges to misconception that comedy doesn’t translate’: SHOWTIME FROM THE FRONTLINE – Touring ★★★★★
17th February 2018Touring – reviewed at Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Guest reviewer: Liam Rees What happens when a comedian runs a comedy club in one of the most violently repressed areas of the world? Showtime from the Frontline sounds like it should be… .. Read more
The Soul of Wittgenstein Q&A video: What did Ludwig really get up to at Guy’s Hospital in 1941?
17th February 2018What’s the point of philosophy? According to Ludwig Wittgenstein, as portrayed in Ron Elisha’s moving and thought-provoking two-hander The Soul of Wittgenstein now running at Clapham Omnibus: “It creates the illusion of knowledge. Which gives one a sense of order. Which, in… .. Read more
‘Worthy, if unclear, ideals’: GOLD COAST – Theatre503
17th February 2018Theatre503, London – until 17 February 2018 It’s 2003 and Joe has returned to the UK after seeing combat in Iraq. He’s so traumatised he can barely speak, and his wife Ros doesn’t know how to help him. An infant… .. Read more
‘Frankly astonishing debut’: THE B*EASTS – Bush Theatre
17th February 2018Bush Theatre, London – until 3 March 2018 Following a well-received run at the Edinburgh Fringe, actor Monica Dolan’s writing debut arrives at the Bush Theatre. A provocative monologue performed by Dolan herself, The B*easts tackles the sexualisation of children… .. Read more