Best of the Blogs: Uncle Vanya, The Welkin, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie & more

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Lisa Martland

In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 26 January 2020), ranging from Maryam Philpott’s thoughts about Conor McPherson’s emphasis on comedy scenarios and personalities in his adaptation of Chekhov’s timeless play Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre to Ian Foster’s critique of Lucy Kirkwood’s return to the National Theatre with The Welkin, starring a brilliant ensemble led by Maxine Peake.

Plus find out what the Mates think of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Scenes with Girls and The Canary and the Crow.

Uncle Vanya – Harold Pinter Theatre
Maryam Philpott: “It is only later in the play that this Vanya shakes off those expectations and stakes a claim to an estate that he has worked hard to maintain, a moment that surprises others with its ferocity and hysteria.”
The Welkin – National Theatre
Ian Foster: “The power class holds over justice, just how much men’s ignorance of female biology allows them such control, how the idea of an inconvenient truth has always existed. Much here to think about and much here to appreciate in a historical epic that demands to be heard.”
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Apollo Theatre
Olivia Mitchell: “This is a musical which inspires us all to own what makes us ‘different’ and is just a lovely portrayal of family, friendship and acceptance. Contemporary, sassy and so very British, let’s keep talking about Jamie!” ★★★★
Scenes with Girls – Royal Court Theatre
Aleks Sierz: “From the start, Mancunian playwright Miriam Battye’s Scenes with Girls grabs you in its loving grip. And then shakes you around for some 80 minutes. At the end, it spits you out. Sounds mad, but it feels great!”
The Canary and the Crow – Arcola Theatre
Amy Toledano: “This is most certainly a show for the world we now find ourselves in. There is an urgency and an immediacy about this piece that will leave you thinking and questioning everything about British society.” ★★★★★
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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.

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An editor, writer and critic, Lisa Martland is the founder of Vuelio top-ranked website Musical Theatre Review which she set up in 2013. She has largely single-handedly developed it into one of the UK’s must-read sites for professionals and expert followers of the sector. In 2018, Lisa also joined the Terri Paddock Group, taking on the role of editor for both MyTheatreMates and our sister musical theatre site Stage Faves. Formerly, she was deputy editor at The Stage Newspaper.