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REVIEW ROUND UP: 3Women at the Trafalgar Studios

23rd May 2018
Michael Yale directs new play 3Women, exploring what it means to be a woman in the 21st century by Katy Brand. Here Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

‘Zaps you in the last few minutes’: THE GRONHOLM METHOD – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★

23rd May 2018
Among other things, The Gronholm Method cheeringly displays how widely in the corporate working world people fear and despise human resources psychologists and tricksy interview techniques…Read more...
from Libby Purves

NEWS: Sophie Thompson will play Lady Bracknell in Classic Spring’s The Importance of Being Earnest

22nd May 2018
Classic Spring has announced that Olivier Award winner Sophie Thompson will play Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest at London’s Vaudeville Theatre (20 July to 20 October, press night is 2 August). Read more...
from Press Releases

‘A compelling combination’: SEX WITH ROBOTS & OTHER DEVICES – King’s Head Theatre

22nd May 2018
Whether you like or not, time and technological developments are marching on. Nessah Muthy’s new play proposes that soon the technology behind life-like robot Sophia will combine with hyper-realistic sex dolls already incorporating AI.Read more...
from Laura Kressly

‘Exactly the kind of show needed to kickstart the new season’: AS YOU LIKE IT – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★

22nd May 2018
As You Like It is exactly the kind of show that was needed to help kickstart the new season at the recently rebranded Globe; bright & joyful and a real celebration of Shakespeare’s work (without being overly reverential).Read more...
from Debbie Gilpin

NEWS: Lenny Henry stars in August Wilson play as part of Nadia Fall’s inaugural season at Theatre Royal Stratford East

22nd May 2018
Lenny Henry is to take on the role of smooth-talking hustler Elmore in August Wilson’s King Hedley II (17 May to 16 June 2019) as part of Nadia Fall’s inaugural season as artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. This marks the first time.Read more...
from Press Releases

‘Almost as remarkable a song archivist as she is a song stylist’: Lorna Dallas – Live at Zédel ★★★★

22nd May 2018
Lorna Dallas extensively celebrates Spring in 16 tightly themed numbers at Live at Zédel and proves almost as remarkable a song archivist as she is a song stylist.Read more...
from Johnny Fox

‘Shows the reality of mental health on a person’s life & relationships’: IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOUNTAIN – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★

22nd May 2018
Fundamentally In The Shadow Of The Mountain is about a couple, conceived in two people’s mental health struggles with BPD and depression, but it is also about what it means to be human and all its fragilities.Read more...
from Helen McWilliams

‘It’s also time to let Wilde free’: AN IDEAL HUSBAND – West End

22nd May 2018
In an otherwise charming and chic production, it can only be a shame that Classic Spring didn’t decide to take a risk with this interpretation of An Ideal Husband.Read more...
from Maryam Philpott

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Cockamamy playwright Louise Coulthard

22nd May 2018
The writer and actress spoke to Love London Love Culture about her play Cockamamy, playing at the Hope Theatre from the 12th June. Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

‘The performances are good but limited’: THE GIFT OF THE GAB – White Bear Theatre

22nd May 2018
Gift of the Gab, set in 1979 Brighton, takes place in Rizzini’s, an Italian greasy spoon run by fiery Ric and his bellissimo daughter, Concetta. It’s here we meet Gabe, Arthur and Stan, three kings of the grift. Read more...
from Anne Cox

‘This beautiful display of talent deserves to be seen’: 3Women – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★

22nd May 2018
The whole production of Kary Brand’s 3Women is a delight from start to finish. This beautiful display of talent deserves to be seen.Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

‘Difficult to engage despite good character development’: NIGHTFALL – Bridge Theatre

21st May 2018
Nightfall is peppered with amusing lines, which are like pithy sayings providing us with observations about a range of topics. Certainly, Nightfall could be perceived as giving us a social commentary about a variety of issues.Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Movin’ Melvin Brown chats Chuck Berry Lives

21st May 2018
LLLC’s Emma Clarendon spoke to Melvin Brown about bringing his show Chuck Berry Lives to the Brighton Festival. Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

‘Sonic, visual & theatrical feast’: HIKIKOMORI: THE SHELTER – Salford ★★★★

21st May 2018
Hikikomori is a sonic, visual and theatrical feast – the absolute best of what you want to see when you take a chance on new theatre.Read more...
from Kristy Stott

‘I could have stayed all night’: EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS – Gate Theatre

21st May 2018
What an achievement Effigies of Wickedness is. I adored it. It lifted me, and it broke me. It’s a godsend, a wondrous co-production between the Gate and the English National Opera.Read more...
from Victoria Sadler

Text of the Day: The Writer

21st May 2018
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

‘Her natural wit & charm had me smiling from ear to ear’: Louise Dearman’s This is Me – The Other Palace ★★★★★

21st May 2018
Louise Dearman’s performance at The Other Palace was faultless. Her natural wit and charm had me smiling from ear to ear and just feeling joyous.Read more...
from Olivia Mitchell