A cheering musical to be sure, but But I’m a Cheerleader is ill-suited to the intimacy of the Turbine Theatre, it needs a bigger stage (and a bit of an edit) to truly shine.
‘This is a powerful revival of this punchy play’: COCK – West End
If some of the detail of Mike Bartlett’s Cock now feels a little dated, the skill of his writing is as fresh as ever, performed brilliantly at the Ambassadors Theatre.
‘Entertainingly put together & starrily cast’: STEVE – Seven Dials Playhouse
The Seven Dials Playhouse opens with the European premiere of Mark Gerrard’s gently amusing and affecting Steve.
Year in review: Ian’s 10 favourite shows of 2021
Just a little bit late… Here’s 10 of my favourite shows, both online and onstage but fully acknowledging that I saw a lot less than usual, I might actually have broken the back of this theatre obsession – it just took a global pandemic to do it…!
‘Heartbreaking but fiercely essential work’: THE NORMAL HEART – National Theatre
Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart receives a masterful revival courtesy of Dominic Cooke at the National Theatre, starring Ben Daniels.
‘I’m damned glad we have something as good as this’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – Prime Video
This cinematic adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is fabulously enjoyable, led by a fine performance by Max Harwood.
‘Honouring the profound truths of these stories’: SAFE – Hackney Empire (Online review)
Alexis Gregory’s Safe puts the stories of homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ young people front and centre.
‘Intelligently nuanced & perceptive’: CRIPS WITHOUT CONSTRAINTS PART 2 – Graeae (Online theatre)
Graeae’s Crips Without Constraints Part 2 shows off UK Deaf and disabled artists firing brilliantly on all creative cylinders.
‘Streaming feels like the show’s ideal home’: The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special – Soho Theatre (Online review)
Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme tackle Christmas the only way they know how in the highly entertainting The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special.
‘A bittersweetly beautiful chamber musical’: PIECES OF STRING – Mercury Theatre (Online review)
Finally, a show I haven’t seen before being streamed! And what a beauty Pieces of String turned out to be.
‘Smart & funny two hander’: SEX/CRIME – Soho Theatre
Alexis Gregory’s script for Sex/Crime takes an uncomfortable glance at our obsession with serial killers, sexual violence and 21st century homosexuality.
‘Nothing lost & so much gained’: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Chiswick Playhouse
A genuinely updated I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a really rather lovely thing at the newly renamed Chiswick Playhouse.
‘The stuff musical theatre dreams are made of’: THE GREEN FAIRY – Union Theatre
New musical The Green Fairy is a bold experience at the Union Theatre, featuring the unmissable, almighty voice of Julie Atherton.
‘Performances hit the mark from top to bottom’: THE STRANGE CASE OF JEKYLL & HYDE – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre & Touring
Arrows & Traps’ queer noir take on The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde is a contemporary adaptation that speaks to the ages at the Brockley Jack Theatre.
‘We need to talk about everything’: Jack Albert Cook on creating his new play Fast Love
How did an Adele song and a playwright’s own mental health experiences come together to inspire Fast Love, a new piece of writing about a 25-year-old struggling to cope? Jack Albert Cook explains all below. Read his interview then book your tickets!
NEWS: Jack Albert Cook makes Lion & Unicorn debut with first full-length play, Fast Love
Associate Artist, Jack Albert Cook, makes his Lion and Unicorn Theatre debut in July, when his tale of mental health within the gay community, Fast Love, runs at the Kentish Town venue. Book your tickets now
10 questions for 10 years – Playwright Tom Wells
How many of us can say we’ve inspired some branded condoms?! Find out more as playwright Tom Wells becomes the first person to answer 10 questions for 10 years.
‘Part dance party, part therapy session, part orgy’: HOTTER – Soho Theatre
they have made a noticeable effort to share the experiences of many, to both hilarious and humbling effect in word, movement and dance.
‘Just one more trip to see this glorious show before it departs’: COMPANY – West End
Just the one more trip to see the glorious Company at the Gielgud Theatre before it sadly departs. Marianne Elliott’s multi Critics Circle Award-winning and Olivier-nominated revival of Stephen Sondheim’s modern classic must finish tonight (30 March 2019).
Undetectable Q&A video: Tom Wright, Rikki Beadle-Blair & guests on chemsex & the gay community
Why is intimacy so hard? In the bedroom, when can drugs be a help and when a hindrance? How much should we reveal to a new partner? What new demons do today’s young gay men carry with them into relationships? After the fun we had last month with My Dad’s Gap Year at the Park Theatre, […]