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Review: Lindsay Lohan in Speed-the-Plow

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There has been a huge amount of what I can only call noise in both the popular and trade press about whether ‘ravaged’ ‘former child star’ Lindsay Lohan could pull off her stage debut in Speed-the-Plow or even prove sufficiently reliable to turn up to the theatre eight times a week since she’d clearly be […]

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Review: Hay Fever (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

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My first thoughts on seeing the audience shuffling in to the Theatre Royal Brighton for a Thursday matinee were – ‘if there’s a fire, we’re all toast: most of this lot are old enough to have known Noel Coward personally. Or his dad.’ Thoughts of age are inescapable: apart from anything else, today is leading […]

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Review: Hay Fever (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

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My first thoughts on seeing the audience shuffling in to the Theatre Royal Brighton for a Thursday matinee were – ‘if there’s a fire, we’re all toast: most of this lot are old enough to have known Noel Coward personally. Or his dad.’ Thoughts of age are inescapable: apart from anything else, today is leading […]

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Review: My Night With Reg (Donmar Warehouse)

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As a comedy about gay sex and the importance of protection, it’s unwittingly symbolic that My Night With Reg starts with a young painter and decorator recklessly glossing conservatory woodwork without a sheet to collect his white splashes. It’s also brilliant that such a modern morality play should be set in a theatrically conventional living room with […]

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Review: My Night With Reg (Donmar Warehouse)

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As a comedy about gay sex and the importance of protection, it’s unwittingly symbolic that My Night With Reg starts with a young painter and decorator recklessly glossing conservatory woodwork without a sheet to collect his white splashes. It’s also brilliant that such a modern morality play should be set in a theatrically conventional living room with […]

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Review: Hobson’s Choice (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park)

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Placing traditional, Victorian Northern comedy ‘Hobson’s Choice’ in the directorial hands of Nadia Fall was always going to be an exciting risk. The writer/director of ‘Home’ at the National’s pop-up venue knows everything about documentary realism, resilience and despair, and a youngster’s sense of place in the world.  How would she treat the old-fashioned repertory […]

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Review: Hobson’s Choice (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park)

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Placing traditional, Victorian Northern comedy ‘Hobson’s Choice’ in the directorial hands of Nadia Fall was always going to be an exciting risk. The writer/director of ‘Home’ at the National’s pop-up venue knows everything about documentary realism, resilience and despair, and a youngster’s sense of place in the world.  How would she treat the old-fashioned repertory […]

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Review: POSITIVE (Waterloo East Theatre)

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It’s unfortunate that this piece doesn’t meet the minimum 3-week run to be considered for the Off West End awards because there’s much to appreciate in POSITIVE. I was initially put off by the predictable gushing from the gay websites at yet another ‘gay play’ but this one wanders nicely off-piste with some almost off-colour […]

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Review: POSITIVE (Waterloo East Theatre)

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It’s unfortunate that this piece doesn’t meet the minimum 3-week run to be considered for the Off West End awards because there’s much to appreciate in POSITIVE. I was initially put off by the predictable gushing from the gay websites at yet another ‘gay play’ but this one wanders nicely off-piste with some almost off-colour […]

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Review: Banksy — The Room In The Elephant (Arcola Theatre)

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If this play demonstrates anything it’s that in the art world dog eats dog and nobody really enjoys their dinner. Two years ago the artist Banksy spotted an abandoned water tank the size of a bus on a Los Angeles county hillside and, although this wouldn’t have been the work of a moment, graffiti’d it with ‘This […]

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