From the audience at the Duke of York’s Theatre, it’s clear that Shirley Valentine is a much loved story and after seeing Sheridan Smith’s performance, I think it’s only going to receive further love and praise.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Mother Goose at the Duke of York’s Theatre & Touring
We take a look at what critics have had to say about Mother Goose at the Duke of York’s Theatre & touring, the pantomime starring John Bishop and Ian McKellen, currently touring until April.
‘A kind of triumph’: MOTHER GOOSE – Duke of York’s Theatre & Touring ★★★★★
The pleasure of Mother Goose at the Duke of York’s Theatre is in the feeling that despite the topflight cast and the direction of Cal McCrystal, peerless physical comedy guru, it has the feeling of a local panto, even a community one. No big technical showpieces, but plenty of old-fashioned gags: puppets popping out of pans, a ‘self-raising flower’ swannee-whistling up from a table, a custard pie scene and rapid costume changes.
‘Applauds Williams’ technique as a conjurer’: THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Duke of York’s Theatre
Amy Adams, already an acclaimed and multi Oscar-nominated film actor with some notable stage experience in the US, makes her West End debut in Jeremy Herrin’s new version of The Glass Menagerie.
‘You feel Amy Adams’ absence when she is not on stage’: THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Duke of York’s Theatre ★★★
Amy Adams’ Amanda is a matriarch full of bustle and bristle in Jeremy Herrin’s production of The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York’s Theatre. She is an irritating spark to her despondent and bored son and pushes her shy, nervous daughter Laura further into her own world. And, she is such a spark that you feel Amanda’s absence when she is on stage.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: The Ocean at the End of the Lane in the West End
On LoveLondonLoveCulture, Emma Clarendon rounds up the reviews for the National Theatre’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, now transferred to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre.
‘A new retelling of the most ancient of true legends’: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE – West End ★★★★
Sometimes a violent rip occurs in the thin veil of materialism, commonsense, morality and law. Children know this.
NEWS: Amy Adams to make West End debut in new production of The Glass Menagerie
Six-time Academy Award nominated actress Amy Adams will make her West End debut in a new production of Tennessee Williams’ celebrated memory play The Glass Menagerie, the debut production from Second Half Productions, a new entertainment company founded by Jeremy Herrin, Alan Stacey and Rob O’Rahilly.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Blithe Spirit at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the London transfer of Richard Eyre’s production of Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit.
NEWS: Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Steve Pemberton star in The Pillowman’s West End premiere, Tickets onsale
Award-winning playwright Martin McDonagh is back in London’s West End this summer with his acclaimed play, The Pillowman, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton.
‘Jennifer Saunders’ performance will not disappoint’: BLITHE SPIRIT – Touring & West End
The psychology of Blithe Spirit snaps convincingly into place in Richard Eyre’s production while at the same time it fully utilises every opportunity to make the audience laugh.
Love London Love Culture’s Favourite Shows of 2019
Emma Clarendon selects her favourite theatre productions of the year…
Text of the Day: Touching the Void
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.
‘Quintessential tale of survival against the odds’: TOUCHING THE VOID – West End
David Greig’s much-lauded mountaineering survival story fails to reach the dizzy heights.
Best of the Blogs: Mary Poppins, Touching The Void, La Clique & more
In our continuing series, our editor Lisa Martland picks out some of her Top Picks from the last week of theatre (to 17 November 2019) including Ian Foster’s delight at the arrival of Mary Poppins to its original West End home.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Touching the Void at Duke of York’s Theatre
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Tom Morris’ production of Touching the Void which is now playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre .
‘This play is epic’: TOUCHING THE VOID – West End ★★★★★
Make no mistake, Touching The Void at the Duke of York’s Theatre is tantalising theatre & what David Greig has achieved in this adaptation is remarkable.
NEWS: Almeida Theatre’s production of Robert Icke’s The Doctor transfers to the West End
Robert Icke’s Almeida Theatre production, The Doctor, will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre from 20 April to 11 July 2020, with press night on 29 April. Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson will reprise her role as Professor Ruth Wolff.
‘Devastatingly raw piece of drama’: THE SON – West End ★★★★★
Brilliantly and emotionally engagingly translated by Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller’s The Son is a piece of writing that draws you in from the start and never relinquishes its hold until the very end.
‘Akin to a beautifully composed piece of music’: THE SON – West End
The Son is akin to a beautifully composed piece of music. A perfect balance of light and shade with an inevitable surge to a heart thumping climax.