Burnt Lemon Theatre’s Tokyo Rose shows that you don’t need a big budget to stage a compelling musical.
This is the first show in the Jermyn Street Theatre’s Encounters season, and they have certainly started it off on a high note. This is a production of one of Alan Ayckbourn’s first plays from 1965, a comedy and farce set around the misunderstandings between two couples.
Both Barrels Theatre’s revival of Peter Gill’s 1976 Small Changes looks back to postwar Cardiff through the eyes of two Catholic, working-class families.
Despite the best of intentions, working with friends doesn’t always turn out well. It can lead to crossed boundaries, arguments, and environments that make others uncomfortable.
Written by Gail Louw, the good dad (a love story) is a compelling piece about the devastating impact sexual abuse and incest has on 3 different women. It is a masterclass in shifting perspectives that add new nuance and intrigue to what would otherwise be a horribly bleak story. Donna was sexually abused and raped from childhood by her Dad. Her twin sister Carol surely must have suspected something, why didn’t she say anything? Or did she? And her mother, well lets just say she sees Donna as the other woman. As time goes by, and Donna can see her Dad falling back into recognisable patterns, it is up to her to do something about it. Except that isn’t where we start, we start at the end and look back, with the story told from the rubble of these 3 women’s lives.
Written and performed by Rachel E. Thorn, Lovefool makes nostalgia a fun treat for those who can take hints involving pop music lyrics and a magazine’s cringe sections. If that’s you, this show will tell you what you want, what you really really want.
Six Serpents and a Tarantula is a new play written and directed by Maryanna Clarke and presented by Old School Players.
Hjem at the Greenhouse Theatre is suffused with tenderness and has the potential to magnify the characters and their songs to embark on a more extensive, profound journey.
12 at the Greenhouse Theatre draws a line between language, environment and memory in a tender story of hope and deep affection that questions what is worth preserving as we lose our grasp of the world around us.
Theatre needs more bisexual stories and with further development, Somewhere To Belong at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre could go a long way in improving representation.
Definitely a bold valley to travel down, Friends fans should explore Friend (The One With Gunther), a nugget of not-so-guilty pleasure watching.
This digital production of The Money (written by Isla van Tricht and directed by Guy Woolf), is really well done. It’s slick, with an excellent script and fantastic actors.
With S-27, the Finborough once again punches well above its weight, making another compelling contribution to the brave new world of streamed theatre.
Despite the show only having a week’s run and now closed due to London’s descent into Tier 3, Frostbite: Who Pinched my Muff? deserves recognition.
Fanny & Stella is a funny, bawdy, light-hearted musical that provides a very welcome distraction from the seriousness of the world.
If you can afford your own private performance, Bard in the Yard is a wonderful, gentle re-introduction to live theatre and a reminder of why we love it so much.
A rediscovered Edwardian problem play gives a clear picture of marriage and morals in a bygone era.
‘It feels to me like, with The Great Gatsby, we had an opportunity, and resulting from that a duty, to use the show to work out some of the key things that might help the industry as a whole.’
Head of theatre and artist development at Brixton House (formally Ovalhouse*) Owen Calvert-Lyons talks about life during the lockdown, the post-Covid future for fringe theatre and streaming.
Between Ben Yeoh and David Finnegan, there’s an impressive array of interests, knowledge and skills. Theatre, economics and climate change are among them.