A sold-out Pleasance Grand suggests that Fishbowl may be one of the hits of the summer.
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You can’t accuse upcoming composer Finn Anderson of resting on his laurels. His fingerprints are all over this year’s Fringe, from the buzz-worthy Islanders over at Summerhall, to this, Limbo: City Of Dreams.
Who needs that double espresso shot when shows like Meghan Tyler’s Crocodile Fever exist?
Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical is unlikely to go down as a musical theatre classic but you’re guaranteed a good night out, even if you can’t quite believe what you’re watching.
It may not be the company hitting their absolute heights, but it knows what its audience wants having been versed over the past few years and plays all the hits. Like your favourite festival and a week by the pool, I’d expect it to become a summer institution.
Rupert Everett’s fascinating performance hides some of the deficiencies inherent in this production of Uncle Vanya which never gets to the heart of this transcendent play.
The Malory Towers company deserves great plaudits for putting their all into such a high-intensity show; it’s a charming piece but one that undoubtedly feels like minor-key Rice.
What may have worked as a leisurely memoir, consumed over a period of a few weeks, fails to ignite in Vanessa Redgrave’s Vienna 1934-Munich 1938.
It’s is not going to change your life but for a chance to see a national treasure and to wallow away from the pressures of the real world for a couple of hours, Blithe Spirit ticks all the boxes.
Jonathan Church has a showman’s eye for the popular and it’s a relief to report that Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike provides a strong start to another Bath summer season.
Who could have predicted that Kenneth Grahame’s genteel Edwardian tale about riverbanks and hot buttered toast would translate so well to Metta Theatre’s grime infused retelling? I went in sceptical; I came out converted by one of the freshest, most original pieces of theatre I’ve seen this year.
Theatre is tackling a constant diversity issue, a key component being how to attract an audience that rarely feels the theatre is open to them. Barber Shop Chronicles is the kind of work that should open some doors.
Our Country’s Good still grips, it would take a very poor production indeed to ruin that, but you can’t help feeling that Anna Girvan hasn’t fully got to grips with this one. Theatre does change lives, but this production is unlikely too.
Arousing and disturbing in equal measures, English Touring Theatre’s production of Equus stirs the senses as much as engages the brain.
In Dougie Blaxland’s fascinating new play, The Long Walk Back, currently on a national tour, we see former England cricket international Chris Lewis (Martin Edwards) contemplating his life from his prison cell alongside his cellmate/angel/devil on his shoulder (Scott Bayliss).
The Ustinov studio concludes its season of premieres from the Americas with a slow-burning gem from Argentina, The Omission of The Family Coleman, Claudio Tolcachir’s cult Buenos Aries hit that played for four years in Tolcachir’s kitchen-slash-theatre, now adapted and relocated to Ireland by Stella Feehilly.
Many of us will be all too aware of the 9-to-5 drudge that office life can encompass. Yet in Gecko’s Institute, the office becomes a place of both dream and nightmare.
Intronauts, the new co-production from Green Ginger and the Nordland Visual Theatre is a work badly in need of a writer.
Trainspotting Live is a theatrical experience like little else. It may not hit the heart like it does the gut but most will be far too caught up in the ride to care.
Truly great acting is rare to see on stages these days, the type that elevates good work into a higher form of art. Yet right now at Bristol Old Vic, Tom Mothersdale’s Tricky Dicky, Richard III, is music, verse and sculpture of the highest order.
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