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Review: Gutted (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

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We love new writing. We love it even more when a London writer whose work we’ve been following steps up a level: in the same way as David Eldridge’s remarkable In Basildon won him fresh respect at the Royal Court, Rikki Beadle-Blair’s newest script Gutted edges him alongside Mark Ravenhill or Steven Berkoff in the […]

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Review: Gutted (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

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We love new writing. We love it even more when a London writer whose work we’ve been following steps up a level: in the same way as David Eldridge’s remarkable In Basildon won him fresh respect at the Royal Court, Rikki Beadle-Blair’s newest script Gutted edges him alongside Mark Ravenhill or Steven Berkoff in the […]

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Review: The Weir (Donmar Warehouse)

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Did you hear the one about the three Irishmen who walk into a bar and bore each other witless for the rest of the evening? On the most superficial level, that’s what you get, in real time and with total realism, in Conor McPherson’s much admired play at the Donmar. Set in the empty and […]

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Review: The Weir (Donmar Warehouse)

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Did you hear the one about the three Irishmen who walk into a bar and bore each other witless for the rest of the evening? On the most superficial level, that’s what you get, in real time and with total realism, in Conor McPherson’s much admired play at the Donmar. Set in the empty and […]

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Review: Untold Stories (Duchess Theatre)

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Untold Stories was a hasty project for Alan Bennett: started in 2005 when he believed he was dying of cancer and wanted to get down some confessional and anecdotal biography he believed would be published posthumously. That his cancer went into remission is a cause for national celebration, although the two stories chosen for National […]

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Review: Untold Stories (Duchess Theatre)

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Untold Stories was a hasty project for Alan Bennett: started in 2005 when he believed he was dying of cancer and wanted to get down some confessional and anecdotal biography he believed would be published posthumously. That his cancer went into remission is a cause for national celebration, although the two stories chosen for National […]

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Review: Carmen (London Coliseum)

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If you saw the header ‘Opera Review’ and thought ‘not for me’, stick with us for a moment. We’ve always thought Carmen was the crossover vehicle for people who don’t think they like opera: it has lots of recognisable songs, an easy-to-follow story and it’s a landmark piece of social propaganda since, although written in […]

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Review: Carmen (London Coliseum)

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If you saw the header ‘Opera Review’ and thought ‘not for me’, stick with us for a moment. We’ve always thought Carmen was the crossover vehicle for people who don’t think they like opera: it has lots of recognisable songs, an easy-to-follow story and it’s a landmark piece of social propaganda since, although written in […]

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Review: Our Boys (Duchess Theatre)

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Television can make gods of competent actors. The womanly throng crowding the stage door of Our Boys is hungry for Laurence Fox (Lewis), Arthur Darvill (Dr Who) and Matthew Lewis (a nicely matured Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter). But it’s to their credit that the other three actors in this six-man piece are equally good. […]

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Review: Our Boys (Duchess Theatre)

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Television can make gods of competent actors. The womanly throng crowding the stage door of Our Boys is hungry for Laurence Fox (Lewis), Arthur Darvill (Dr Who) and Matthew Lewis (a nicely matured Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter). But it’s to their credit that the other three actors in this six-man piece are equally good. […]

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Review: Hindle Wakes (Finborough Theatre)

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Eeh by gum, ‘appen I’ll go to the foot of our stairs, this is a right bobby dazzler of a play. OK, enough of the cod Northern jargon — although only those of us actually born in Manchester are allowed to ridicule it — but suspend your Corrie-fuelled preconceptions about ‘Northern writing’ and you’ll be properly […]

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Review: Porgy And Bess (London Coliseum)

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We’re not ones to tut-tut about moral standards in the London theatre but this is the second show in two nights where the eponymous heroine does cocaine onstage. And you don’t expect that from the Gershwins. In Thom Southerland’s clever and noir-ishMack and Mabel at Southwark Playhouse, the darker side of Mabel Normand’s character is […]

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Review: Porgy And Bess (London Coliseum)

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We’re not ones to tut-tut about moral standards in the London theatre but this is the second show in two nights where the eponymous heroine does cocaine onstage. And you don’t expect that from the Gershwins. In Thom Southerland’s clever and noir-ishMack and Mabel at Southwark Playhouse, the darker side of Mabel Normand’s character is […]

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Review: Carmen (King’s Head Islington)

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We have been here before. Many times, it feels: ‘stripped-down’ pub opera featuring the concomitant apparatus of skinny jeans, transfer tattoos, funky tights, DMs, bad haircuts, jazz beards and studentish ensembles. With its garret-full of debris, vodka bottles, cellphones, laptops and fairy lights, Carmen at the King’s Head does not disappoint. The chaise-longue on which […]

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Review: South Pacific (New Wimbledon Theatre)

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If you thought £92.50 including booking fee was going it a bit for an average stalls seat at theBarbican’s Lincoln Center production of South Pacific you’ll be delighted to know that substantially the same show, with the same leads, is currently available for less than half that and your Zone 3 Oyster. When successful London […]

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Review: Carmen (Wilton’s Music Hall)

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At Londonist Towers, our fondness for Wilton’s – the last surviving ‘grand musical hall’ in the country – knows few bounds.  We love its raffish ‘beautiful state of disrepair’ auditorium, its varied repertoire and its super nice cheap bar. The shabby chic auditorium is so adaptable and for this week’s performances of Carmen it could […]

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Review: A Clockwork Orange (Stratford East)

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Not many of London’s ‘urban villages’ have been more mauled about than Stratford. A combination of attritive decay with a succession of ham-fisted local authority interventions begat a poundshop-dominated 70s shopping arcade on a windswept island choked by a red necklace of double-deckers. The construction of the Olympic site andWestfield complex is a further haymaker […]

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Review: Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Gielgud Theatre)

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Sacre Bleu, Zut Alors, Quelle Horreur, and as for the choreography: Fosse septique … pick your own Francophone diatribes, this is vachement awful. It’s a shame, because the hand on the Kneehigh Theatre tiller is Emma Rice who helmed their extraordinarily inventive Brief Encounter, but to continue the boating metaphors it’s no coincidence that Cherbourg […]

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Review: Life Of Riley (Richmond Theatre)

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A brand new Alan Ayckbourn comedy, his 74th, celebrating he’s now twice a prolific as Shakespeare, comes as close to London as its six month tour permits (Richmondthis week, Windsor next) and seems to ask ‘am I ready for the West End?’ It has some familiar ingredients: three differently disappointed wives, three feckless or inert […]

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Preview: Aida (Royal Opera House)

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Tuesday morning 11am and Londonist is royally chuffed to be invited to put its feet up in the Director’s box at Covent Garden for dress rehearsal of the David McVicar Aida which opens on Friday.  Apart from the close-up view of the singers’ facial expressions and a position right over the pit where we can […]

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