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‘Toxic masculinity drowns the tension’: THE SWORD OF ALEX – White Bear Theatre ★★★

23rd September 2018
Any surprises in The Sword of Alex come from violent acts rather than revelations but I don't think that is the play it sets out to be.Read more...
from Rev Stan

‘There is an awareness in Rynne’s writing’: Hear Me Howl – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★

23rd September 2018
Written by Lydia Rynne and directed by Kay Michael, Hear Me Howl looks at Jess (Alice Pitt-Carter) a young professional whose life mirrors many women in Britain.Read more...
from Michael Davis

‘Hauntingly beautiful’: 4.48 PSYCHOSIS – New Diorama Theatre

23rd September 2018
Now at last my prayer has been answered. Deafinitely Theatre currently brings a bilingual approach to 4.48 Psychosis – spoken English and British Sign Language — to the play, using an all-male cast.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

‘The evening is full of invention’: ARABIAN NIGHTS – Hoxton Hall

23rd September 2018
It is in the telling of the tales, though, that Arabian Nights really comes alive. Iris Theatre uses a spectacular array of puppets, from a towering, glowing-eyed King Shahryar to birds, ships and sea monsters. Read more...
from Tom Bolton

Sizing up the casting issues

22nd September 2018
You are not supposed in 2018 – George Orwell’s Thought Police have certainly arrived – to notice or comment on the body shapes of actors. Read more...
from Susan Elkin

‘Informative, fascinating & barmy’: AN EVENING WITH BRIAN BLESSED – Birmingham ★★★★★

22nd September 2018
An evening with the extraordinary gentleman Brian Blessed promised to be informative, fascinating and barmy. It was all of those things and more. Read more...
from Helen McWilliams

‘A grim tale of human endurance & sacrifice’: EYAM – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★

22nd September 2018
Eyam, the final production of The Globe’s summer season, drags in the autumn with a grim tale of human endurance and sacrifice, reimagining for the stage the true story of a plague-ridden parish in 1655. Read more...
from Anne Cox

REVIEW ROUND-UP: Foxfinder at the Ambassadors Theatre

22nd September 2018
Iwan Rheon and Heida Reed star in the West End premiere of Dawn King’s thriller Foxfinder, now playing at the Ambassadors Theatre. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews…Read more...
from Emma Clarendon

‘A visual, aural, emotional & intellectual invigoration’: MISTY – Trafalgar Studios

22nd September 2018
Arinze Kene’s visceral writing for Misty places us from the offset within the throbbing organ that is London; packed night buses in its veins, we are its cells colliding against each other with our own truths.Read more...
from Shanine Salmon

‘Well-crafted, gently allusive & pulsing with warm humanity’: LOSING VENICE – Orange Tree Theatre

22nd September 2018
Losing Venice at the Orange Tree Theatre is a remarkable rediscovery by this ever-enterprising venue and is a well-crafted and elegantly written curiosity.Read more...
from Aleks Sierz

‘Dark, sharp new comedy’: HOLY SH!T – Kiln Theatre ★★★★★

22nd September 2018
The renamed Tricycle (no, I am not taking sides) is open: its leader Indhu Rubasingham launches her sprauncy new theatre with Alexis Zegerman’s dark, sharp new comedy about one of the great corruptions of British society.Read more...
from Libby Purves

‘A captivating world of magic and mystery’: ARABIAN NIGHTS – Hoxton Hall

22nd September 2018
Arabian Nights is highly recommended for an evening of high-quality escapism and entertainment, presented by a talented and incredibly hard-working cast – with a little help from some seriously cool puppets.Read more...
from Liz Dyer

‘It demands that you listen’: Hear Me Howl – Old Red Lion Theatre

22nd September 2018
One woman, her drums and a whole lotta rage against the patriarchy, Hear Me Howl is a defiant roar at the Old Red Lion Theatre.Read more...
from Ian Foster

NEWS: Love Island’s Dani Dyer to make stage debut alongside her father in the London run of Nativity! The Musical

21st September 2018
Dani Dyer will be joining her father Danny Dyer in Nativity! The Musical this Christmas at the Eventim Apollo, from 19 to 31 December.Read more...
from Press Releases

Album Reviews: Renée Fleming / The Quentin Dentin Show

21st September 2018
Two new music releases – Renée Fleming tackles Broadway classics in style, and The Quentin Dentin Show releases its cast recordingRead more...
from Ian Foster

‘Boldly brash & and brazen with it’: BENIDORM LIVE – Touring ★★★★

21st September 2018
However, by the time the whole auditorium is on its feet for the finale, dancing along to Y Viva Espana, you’d be forgiven for forgetting how many cracks in the Benidorm carapace have been papered over to get there.Read more...
from Thom Dibdin

‘Nothing short of superb’: QUEEN MARGARET – Manchester ★★★★

21st September 2018
Queen Margaret is an extraordinary production which combines the insight and depth of a Shakespearian history play with contemporary humour and ingenuity.Read more...
from Kristy Stott

‘One of the best shows I’ve seen this year’: SYLVIA – The Old Vic

21st September 2018
Sylvia is one of the best shows I’ve seen this year. So therefore what follows isn’t a review, not really (I’m not going to tell you what the very evident issues were, for a start). It’s just some thoughts, gut reaction, rendered into something.Read more...
from Rachel Williams