It’s always fascinating when life imitates arts and vice versa. When Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky premiered their play Brexit in 2018, we may have hoped that it wouldn’t remain quite so relevant months and months later. However, its current run at London’s King’s Head Theatre proves that that is hardly the case, as reviewer John Chapman explains.
Elsewhere the 40-plus affiliated bloggers who contribute to My Theatre Mates have been busy covering every possible style of theatre up and down the country.
Carrying on a new series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out seven of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (10-17 June 2019, including the aforementioned coverage of Brexit). Amidst her other top choices are Libby Purves’ description of her blissful time at Nicholas Hytner’s immersive production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre and Aleks Sierz’s thoughts on the Kiln Theatre’s new opening, Samuel Adamson’s take on A Doll’s House in Wife.
There’s also time to catch up on a couple of intriguing London Fringe openings with Rachel Williams and Laura Kressly, plus two high-profile regional productions (thank you to Matt Merritt and Kris Hallett) which feature strong performances from leading British actresses. Read on and enjoy.
Brexit – King’s Head Theatre, London
John Chapman: “I do take my hat off to the entire team for getting me to respond positively to a situation which has got beyond satire/parody and which has certainly gone far beyond the proverbial joke.”
Wife – Kiln Theatre,
Aleks Sierz: “As its name indicates, Wife is a drama that both examines the damage that such a role can do to women, and at the same time shows how this partner status can mutate and change over time.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Bridge Theatre, London ★★★★★
Libby Purves: “The big fun is that Nicholas Hytner decided to “reassign” some 300 key lines, so that it is not Titania who is conned and bewitched in their quarrel over a changeling child. It is Oberon.”
Hedgehog – Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London
Rachel Williams: “Hedgehog is definitely one of my favourite shows so far this year. The writing is brilliant, the production is brilliant and it is brilliantly performed.”
Woke – Battersea Arts Centre, London
Laura Kressly: “This is a little show that roars with generations of unheard Black voices, past and present, who have been oppressed by white supremacy in America.”
Plenty – Chichester Festival Theatre
Matt Merritt: “This, we’re told is a play viewed as a modern classic. For the life of me I have no idea why and the sterling work of this excellent cast can do nothing to dissuade me.”
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike – Ustinov Studio, Bath ★★★★
Kris Hallett: “Dee is the star of the show, bringing the self-absorbed actress to glittering life. Looking every inch, the movie star in her hemmed jumpsuit and killer heels, her voice husky and full of grit.”