The music, big choruses and goodnatured showbiz of elegant ensemble scene-changes in Michael Fentiman’s production of Amelie somehow makes the tale of the sweet-natured waitress (who interferes in everyone’s life while blind to her own needs) genuinely work.
The exceptional company for Amelie at the Criterion Theatre is superbly led by a captivating Audrey Brisson, at once vulnerable and determined, in the title role, bringing heart as well as serious craft to its enveloping warmth.
Following its successful Christmas season at The Other Palace in 2019, a Grammy nomination and three Olivier Award nominations, Amélie The Musical arrives at the West End’s Criterion Theatre from 20 May 2021.
Fantastic collaboration between Rachel Bagshaw and Chris Thorpe results in the really amazing show The Shape of Pain at Wilton’s Music Hall.
The Weir is a piece of theatre that will remind you that at its best all you need are a few good voices with some well-chosen words for a thoroughly enthralling evening.
Alice Birch’s third-wave feminist roller-coaster from 2014 is both thrilling and messy (mostly in a good way).
Discombobulating: Taut, hilarious and shocking, Right Now – at Edinburgh’s Traverse following its run at London’s Bush Theatre – plays with farce and comedy before finding a dark corner of the psyche in which to settle.
You know you’ve seen something good at the theatre when you’re still thinking about it 24 hours later. Catherine-Anne Toupin’s darkly comic drama Right Now is as unsettling as it is often hilarious, with a plot that twists and turns until we (quite literally) have no idea where we are, and a conclusion that leaves a lasting impression and sends its audience away with just as many questions as answers.
Quebec drama about a young mother’s disintegrating sense of self is brilliantly strange and inspiring.