James McAvoy triumphs in Martin Crimp’s magnificent makeover of the French classic Cyrano de Bergerac: a jaw-dropping success.
The beauty and rawness of Cyrano de Bergerac pull you in and envelopes you and the performances combined with the tragedy of the story haunted me for days.
Reimagined for the modern stage with a contemporary cast led by James McAvoy, Jamie Lloyd’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac feels at every moment like theatre at its most exciting, liberating and inclusive.
For this third time in the role we are told that Ian McKellen deliberately chose to play it in the intimacy of Chichester’s Minerva last year; here in the West End a reconfiguring of the Duke of York’s maintains much of that atmosphere.
Izzy Tennyson’s Grotty at the Bunker Theatre is a brutally frank depiction of an element of LGBT life not much explored on London’s stages.
Semi-autobiographical in nature, Grotty – which is written by Izzy Tennyson and directed by Hannah Hauer-King – looks at the Dalston lesbian subculture in east London.
Grotty is a sharp new play that’s full to the brim with humour, as well as hiding a dark heart – cleverly directed and brilliantly performed.
Theatre has recently taken on more female queer stories with Turkey, Lobster, The Gulf and now Grotty featuring prominently in fringe theatre seasons.
A look around at audience reactions is enough to confirm that Grotty does what it sets out to do: bring an often overlooked subculture into the spotlight in a way that’s both educational and inclusive.
Grotty is a dark, grimy, and vivid exploration of the subcultures of London’s lesbian scene. The end result is a play about nothing in particular. Much like its lead character, Grotty tries to say so much but ultimately, says very little.
Any number of shows could have been included in this post; frankly it’s ludicrous that I decided to stick with my whole top 12 idea… As I’ve seen about 90 more individual shows than last year.
This year variety has been the thing (though I’ve still managed to stack up certain repeat attendances), so that means I’ve seen a serious amount of performers – some even two or three times!
Emma Rice’s Summer of Love got off to a slightly sticky start at the Globe with a mystifying take on Romeo and Juliet from Daniel Kramer and as we move onto Twelfth Night, which she is directing herself, there’s a similarly uncompromising attitude in place.
Listen to the podcast from the post-show Q&A chaired by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock with multi award-winning debut playwright Theresa Ikoko and the cast of GIRLS at Soho Theatre.
New captive drama is well-written in a symbolic vein that helps to humanise the story behind the headlines.
New drama about a desperate single mother is powerfully written and raises some disturbing issues.
Greenwich Theatre, London****Written by William ShakespeareDirected by Yaz Al-ShaaterSmooth Faced Gentlemen’s all female Titus Andronicus is a deftly trimmed take on Shakespeare’s most bloody tragedy. Amidst some cracking performances, a company of 8 c…