Best Of The Blogs 3 March 2020

Best of the Blogs: Upstart Crow, The Prince Of Egypt, Macbeth & more

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

In our continuing series, editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 1 March 2020), ranging from Love London Love Culture’s thoughts on David Mitchell’s West End debut in the stage adaptation of TV favourite Upstart Crow at the Gielgud Theatre to the major musical opening, The Prince Of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre, which Ought To Be Clowns finds inconsistent despite an excellent cast.

Plus find out what the Mates think of Pass Over, Macbeth and Love, Loss And Chianti.

The Upstart Crow – Gielgud Theatre ★★★★
Emma Clarendon: “Believe it or not I hadn’t heard or seen anything of Ben Elton’s BBC comedy before hearing about this new stage version – but after seeing this brilliantly funny production I definitely left wanting more.”
The Prince of Egypt – Dominion Theatre
Ian Foster: “Matters aren’t helped by an inconsistent production from director Scott Schwartz that always prioritises scale over subtlety, apart from one moment of true grace in the loss of those firstborns.”
Pass Over – Kiln Theatre
Aleks Sierz: “Despite its absurdist style, Pass Over is a political play whose message is indisputable. Young black American men are constantly and illegally being killed by white men and white cops… This is definitely not only a disturbing play, but a haunting one.”
Macbeth – Greenwich Theatre ★★★★
Debbie Gilpin: “This Macbeth is probably my favourite Lazarus Shakespeare production since their glorious version of The Taming of the Shrew back in 2017. Its focused direction means it is inclusive and engaging.”
Love, Loss & Chianti –
Riverside Studios
Stephanie Ressort: “Director Jason Morell clearly understands that the power of both pieces sits very firmly on the shoulders of his two actors, so the production is designed to embrace Bathurst and Johnson’s resonant performances.”
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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.