Category Archives: Theatre

Cost of Living, Hampstead Theatre

Hampstead hosts the UK premiere of Polish-American playwright Martyna Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, which explores – with thoughtful tenderness and a refreshing lack of schmaltz – the relationships between two people with disabilities and their carers. Read my full BroadwayWorld review … Continue reading

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When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, National Theatre

Step away from the returns queue. The rare presence of Hollywood star Cate Blanchett on a London stage has caused a box office frenzy, but sadly this would-be provocative vehicle – Martin Crimp’s loose variations on Samuel Richardson’s 1740 proto-novel Pamela, … Continue reading

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Peanuts, Widows, mime and romantic cinemas

Welcome to the new and improved double MoveTo Town and Country Arts section! January highlights include: Exhibition Somerset House celebrates the enduring influence of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang Film Steve McQueen provides thought-provoking genre thrills in Widows Theatre Natasha Gordon’s family drama Nine … Continue reading

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Violet, Charing Cross Theatre

Following Caroline, or Change and Fun Home, the UK is blessed with another work from American composer Jeanine Tesori – this the British premiere of her 1997 musical Violet, which had a Sutton Foster-starring Broadway production in 2014. If not as refined as that exquisite duo, it’s … Continue reading

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Aspects of Love, Southwark Playhouse

“Love Changes Everything”, as immortalised by Michael Ball, is the most enduring feature of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Charles Hart’s 1989 musical – a moderate West End success, and a Broadway flop. Jonathan O’Boyle’s production, seen last year at Manchester’s Hope … Continue reading

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Pinter Five and Pinter Six, Harold Pinter Theatre

Jamie Lloyd’s star-studded season of short Pinter plays continues with two more intriguing productions: one directed by Patrick Marber, the other by Lloyd himself. Among the subjects this time around are family, miscommunication, class and politics – plus an early … Continue reading

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Aspects of Love leads January’s Top 10 new London shows

From a reborn Andrew Lloyd Webber to Cate Blanchett’s UK stage debut. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Fiddler on the Roof, Menier Chocolate Factory

There’s a welcome alternative to panto hijinks in this gem of a Trevor Nunn musical revival – more attuned to the biting hardships of winter, and to the elegiac aspect of change, than to festive jollies. Which is not to say that there … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Musicals Week! The quarter-finals! All to play for on this jazz hands show, and the combination of high-stakes competition and rampant theming produced… mixed results. Some dances fit beautifully with their songs, others were swallowed whole – and the judges … Continue reading

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True West leads December’s Top 10 new London shows

From a starry revival to new plays and the return of a modern classic. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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