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NEWS: Peter Hamilton’s new dark comedy Blue will play at London’s White Bear Theatre
6th July 2022Peter Hamilton’s new play Blue, a dark comedy about the quest for spiritual meaning in a modern secular and cynical age, directed by Ken McClymont, will run at London’s White Bear Theatre from 12-23 July 2022 (press night is 13… .. Read more
FEATURED SHOW: ‘Spell-binding’, ‘jaw-dropping’ Coventry-set May Queen is back. Read the reviews!
26th June 2022Have you read the reviews for Frankie Meredith's May Queen yet? Originally premiered last year as part of Paines Plough's Roundabout season, this 'spell-binding' piece set in Coventry is now back for one week only at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre. Book before it's too… .. Read more
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‘Know us by our courage, not by our fear’: VOICES FROM UKRAINE – Finborough Theatre (Online Show)
6th July 2022Finborough Theatre, London – until August 2022 The second pair of plays from #FinboroughFrontier’s quartet of pieces #VoicesFromUkraine reflecting on the situation in the war torn nation is now available. They join the first couple to form a suite of programmes focusing on… .. Read more
‘The chemistry between Condou & Roscoe is fantastic’: THE THRONE – Charing Cross Theatre
6th July 2022Charing Cross Theatre, London – until 30 July 2022 Acclaimed screenwriter John Goldsmith brings his first play to Charing Cross Theatre this summer. It is set in 2002, the year of the Golden Jubilee, and imagines an encounter between a… .. Read more
‘The old story echoes as it should’: PARADISE LOST – Touring
5th July 2022Touring – reviewed at Thorington Theatre, Suffolk Thorington is a new outdoor theatre, a beautiful bomb-crater amid tall sighing pine trees and beneath a great oak in Suffolk. It runs only one-night, occasionally two-night shows through the summer so won’t… .. Read more
‘Entertaining & thought-provoking family drama’: FAVOUR – Bush Theatre
5th July 2022Bush Theatre, London – until 6 August 2022 Guest reviewer: Zahid Fayyaz This is a brand new play by Ambreen Razia, co-commissioned by the Bush Theatre and Clean Break Theatre Company. Clean Break was formed in 1979, and focuses on… .. Read more
’Heartbreaking story told beautifully’: MOMENT OF GRACE – Hope Theatre
4th July 2022Hope Theatre, London – until 16 July 2022 On both the eve of Pride, and what would have been the 61st birthday of Diana Princess of Wales, there felt no more appropriate place to be at The Hope Theatre watching… .. Read more
‘Refreshing take on a tale as old as time’: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – London Palladium ★★★★
4th July 2022London Palladium – until 17 September 2022 Alan Menken’s classic score is shown off to its best in this suitably charming production based on Disney’s animated film. Heading to London for a limited season as part of its UK tour, this… .. Read more
‘Two spectacular performances’: Switch_MCR Double Bill – Manchester ★★★★★
3rd July 202253Two, Manchester – until 9 July 2022 Guest reviewer: Rebecca Hampson Switch_MCR are a Manchester-based theatre company creating new and exciting accessible work. The company was founded by Royal Exchange Young Company members and is now one of the biggest… .. Read more
‘I hope some bigger theatre gets the bottle to pick up this production’: TONY! [THE TONY BLAIR OPERA] – Park Theatre ★★★★★
3rd July 2022Park Theatre, London – until 9 July 2022 In a spirit of joyful pastiche, it’s a Sweeney-Todd sound that opens the show: “Prepare! To be made Aware! Of the most successful Labour Premier! Now a Millionaire!” The deathbed scene, with… .. Read more
‘A show to lift your spirits’: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Touring
2nd July 2022Touring – reviewed at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London Based on the iconic 1952 musical film featuring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, Singin’ in the Rain has both a great pedigree and a lot to live up to.… .. Read more
‘A heartfelt epic play’: THE FELLOWSHIP – Hampstead Theatre
2nd July 2022Hampstead Theatre, London – until 23 July 2022 I live in Brixton, south London. A few days ago, the borough’s aptly named Windrush Square hosted events which celebrated the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. With Windrush Day being… .. Read more