Category Archives: Journalism

Frozen, Theatre Royal Haymarket

No, it’s not that Frozen – although the immortal words “Let it go” do appear in the second half. Otherwise this is a far cry from the Disney juggernaut. Bryony Lavery’s 1998 play deals with the abduction of a child, and asks whether … Continue reading

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Girls & Boys, Royal Court

“It just seems to be a thing that we do, this incomprehensible violence thing.” So says the narrator of Dennis Kelly’s new one-woman play, performed in a staggering tour-de-force from Carey Mulligan. She’s been reflecting on an American mass shooting … Continue reading

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night leads February’s Top 10 new London shows

From O’Neill and flamenco to punk and Pippin. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Andreas Gurky, Three Billboards, Pinter and mermaids

On my (new and improved!) February MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition The Hayward Gallery reopens in style with a retrospective of Andreas Gurky Film Frances McDormand is riveting as the foul-mouthed avenging angel in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Theatre Sixty years on, Harold Pinter’s The … Continue reading

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Thank you for the music

A new exhibition celebrates ABBA – the band that gets everyone dancing. Read my full Dancing Times article here

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Wyndham’s Theatre

Though a long journey indeed, Richard Eyre’s is a vital revival, giving vigour to Eugene O’Neill’s mighty, semi-autobiographical work and making all the more poignant this tormented but fast-talking family’s gradual dwindling into a despairing silence. Read my full BroadwayWorld review here

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Brendan Cole chat on BBC Radio

I joined Gayle Lofthouse on her BBC radio show to discuss Brendan Cole’s exit from Strictly Come Dancing. Click here to listen to the interview (I’m on at about 2hr 40min)

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Dry Powder, Hampstead Theatre

Inequality is a hot topic for dramatists, but Sarah Burgess’s deliciously dark comedy comes at it from a surprising perspective: allowing those high-finance gorgons to have their say. Of course, part of the strategy is giving them enough rope to … Continue reading

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Mary Stuart, Duke of York’s Theatre

“Heads.” One word, and one coin toss, decides which roles Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams will play on the night: Mary Queen of Scots, or her rival Elizabeth I. Last night Williams took the latter – the company immediately bowing … Continue reading

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John, National Theatre

Pulitzer-winning American playwright Annie Baker returns to the National – where The Flick was a quiet triumph in 2016 – with another work that is epic in form (three hours and change), but similarly spellbinding in its ability to draw an audience close. Though … Continue reading

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