Rare Philip King play tries to turn a farcical situation into a serious drama – and it doesn’t quite work.
“Must-see”, “perfect”, “hysterics” – audiences and critics have been laughing their way through Sexy Laundry at the Tabard Theatre since the comedy opened at the Chiswick venue in early November. Find out what they’ve been saying, then book tickets to find out for yourself!
Bathrobes, pyjamas and a very specific textbook – what else would you need for a hotel trip to reinvigorate a marriage? Here’s your first glance at what’s going on behind closed doors in Sexy Laundry, the hit comedy currently running at the Tabard Theatre.
After her 2017 success with thriller Tryst, director Phoebe Barran heads back to the Tabard Theatre this autumn to direct a very different show, global hit comedy, Sexy Laundry. Find out why she thinks Michele Riml’s play has been a universal hit.
Chiswick’s Tabard Theatre offers audiences a hilarious glimpse of a very special hotel trip this autumn, when it stages the UK premiere of Michele Riml’s global hit comedy, Sexy Laundry. The tale of a marriage in need of spicing up runs from 31 October to 25 November.
Because this is an exceptional year, imperfections seem more glaring, plays that haven’t quite found their rhythm are more obvious, and Amy Herzog’s new play Belleville, premiering at the Donmar Warehouse, relies on excellent central performances to cover its dramatic weaknesses.
Joy, in which learning disabled characters are played by trained actors with learning disabilities, is a play and a directorial choice commendably at the forefront of diversity and accessibility, but like all vanguard work with no previous models to follow, it needs further shaping and development.
George Joseph Smith was a petty thief and con man who preyed on the most vulnerable women he could find. He would win their love, persuade them to elope, then strand them on their honeymoon after cleaning out their bank account.
Rape culture is real. Victims are blamed, perpetrators are excused and conviction rates are low. Of reported rapes – estimated to be less than 20% – only 3% are deemed to be false accusations.
David Storey’s family celebration drama of 1989 is typically natural, subtle and poignant, but also retro
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In 1949, George Orwell lived the final months of his life in University College Hospital due to a severe case of tuberculosis. Torn between an uncertain faith in a recovery and the consciousness of the approaching end, hoping to write again, he decided to marry Sonia Brownell, a young and beautiful magazine editor.
The show revolves around three couples; central are husband and wife Steven and Amelia, whose clashes over television choices mask deeper communication problems in their relationship. Amelia is a Kardashian fanatic and composer Steven loves Mozart, dismissing his lawyer wife’s obsession.
Deciding what is best is a tricky thing to do. It’s particularly difficult if you’re trying to do what is best for someone else. How do you know if you’re doing the right thing? Is your aim and end admirable but your means slightly suspect?
Becoming Mohammed, in its story of a young white man’s conversion to Islam and the subsequent familial negotiations of his journey, not only adds to the diversity on the London fringe but reframes the stigma against white, western Christians converting to Islam, and the inherently peaceful nature of the religion.
Equally devastating and hilarious, Hwang makes his characters vibrant and alive rather than fully relying on stereotypes and shallow humour to generate laughs. Though the script is over-convoluted with too many layers of deception, it’s a fantastic vehicle for diversity, smartly written and great fun.
Delightful two-hander is a comedy about married life and the truth of parenthood that is both funny and wise.