Ham & High

Kinnear is excellent as self-centred writer, but this is unwieldy drama
November 2, 2017

Richard Bean and Clive Coleman’s Young Marx doesn’t quite measure up to London’s new Bridge Theatre.

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Loss, loneliness and love in Crouch End
October 19, 2017

David Eldridge’s Beginning at National Theatre is a meticulously crafted, real-time gem of a romcom.

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Follies, National Theatre
September 14, 2017

In Dominic Cooke’s revival, Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s musical is thrilling, heartrending, spectacular.

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A rich, timely piece but tonally uneven
August 24, 2017

Ben Whishaw ably anchors Christopher Shinn’s well-intentioned but unwieldy Against at Almeida Theatre.

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Common, National Theatre
June 15, 2017

DC Moore’s historic epic, starring Anne-Marie Duff and Cush Jumbo, is ambitious but wilfully bewildering.

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Riot Club still has bite but lacks real danger
April 6, 2017

The all-female version of Laura Wade’s Posh at Pleasance Theatre needs a clearer purpose.

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Honours Stoppard’s dazzling intellect
February 23, 2017

Patrick Marber helms an impressive revival of Travesties at Apollo Theatre.

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Such thrilling stuff as dreams are made on
December 1, 2016

Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy at King’s Cross Theatre is a kinetic portrait of wide-ranging humanity.

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tamsin-greig-empty-the-intelligent-homosexuals-guide-to-capitalism-and-socialism-with-a-key-to-the-scriptures-at-hampstead-theatre-photo-by-manuel-harlanAt worst, a Kushner seminar, but engaging
November 3, 2016

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… at Hampstead Theatre bows under the weight of lengthily explored ideas.

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1-yolanda-kettle-and-anne-marie-duff_c-richard-h-smithAnne-Marie Duff is magnificently complex
October 20, 2016

Ella Hickson’s sprawling odyssey Oil at Almeida Theatre is vivid and unsettling.

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kathryn-hunter-and-temesgen-zeleke-in-the-emperor-at-the-young-vicphotSpellbinding story of Selassie
September 15, 2016

Chameleonic Kathryn Hunter gets an extraordinary showcase in Colin Teevan’s The Emperor at the Young Vic.

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company-labyrinth_photo-manuel-harlanA financial thriller to get the blood pumping
September 15, 2016

Beth Steel returns to Hampstead Theatre with ambitious but unwieldy Labyrinth.

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The Entertainer (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company) - Kenneth Branagh (Archie Rice) Credit Johan Persson 00497Branagh is assured but lacks true desperation
September 8, 2016

The Entertainer finishes his Garrick residency with a flourish, but doesn’t dig deep enough.

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imageUnconvincing Greek political drama
June 9, 2016

Alexi Kaye Campbell’s morality tale/history lesson Sunset at the Villa Thalia at the National skirts contemporary crises.

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Alfie Allen, Jesse EisenbergSmart dialogue, but too much millennial self-analysis
June 9, 2016

Jesse Eisenberg writes and stars in cynical sitcom The Spoils at Trafalgar Studios.

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Lily_James_and_Richard_Madden_s_Romeo_and_Juliet_reunion_is_no_Cinderella_story____Style over substance but Lily shines
June 2, 2016

Kenneth Branagh’s starry Romeo and Juliet at Garrick Theatre is more great beauty than great tragedy.

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imageAll aboard for a fleet revival
May 5, 2016

Daniel Evans’s Show Boat at New London Theatre is a lush, intimate epic.

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imageA nostalgic, gentle gem
April 15, 2016

Mikel Murfi mightily impresses in one-man show The Man in the Woman’s Shoes at Tricycle Theatre.

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imageHard to invest in tale of altruistic formula
April 8, 2016

Laura Farmworth and Lydia Adetunji’s Calculating Kindness at Camden People’s Theatre is overstuffed.

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March 4, 2016

Jamie Lloyd’s unflinching revival of Genet’s The Maids at Trafalgar Studios benefits from a resonant casting choice.

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L-R - Harry Melling (Jason), Tyrone and Jemima Rooper (Jessica)Brash but glib puppet tale
February 26, 2016

Robert Askins’ semi-autobiographical farce Hand to God at Vaudeville Theatre is heartfelt, but too scattershot.

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uncle-vanya-reviewModern passion in a revitalised Chekhov
February 19, 2016

Robert Icke puts his contemporary spin on Uncle Vanya at Almeida Theatre.

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Jemma & Jolene - 01‘Good theatre should be provocative’
February 19, 2016

Hand to God actress Jemima Rooper talks puppetry, repression and blind casting.

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imageGripping slick revival of tricky spy thriller
December 18, 2015

Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood comes in from the cold in Howard Davies’ excellent Hampstead Theatre production.

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here-we-goMusing on death; you’ll lose the will to live
December 11, 2015

Caryl Churchill’s Here We Go at National Theatre is fascinatingly elliptical, but seems lost in the Lyttelton.

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imagePertinent politics but sterile play of ideas
December 4, 2015

Harley Granville Barker’s Waste at the National Theatre is more interesting than truly stirring.

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Women triumph in Branagh’s starry rep
November 12, 2015

Dame Judi Dench and Zoe Wanamaker elevate a flawed opening to Kenneth Branagh’s Garrick season.

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November 5, 2015

David Hare’s Glyndebourne origin story at Hampstead Theatre is more about a place than a driving idea.

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November 5, 2015

Husbands & Sons, Ben Power’s inspired melding of three DH Lawrence mining plays at the National Theatre, is an intimate epic.

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October 22, 2015

In the Heights at King’s Cross Theatre has a weak book, but is elevated by choreography and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s propulsive score.

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Michelle Bonnard (Maxine), Ayesha Antoine (Afreeka Organdy), Lucian Msamati (Toof), Wil Johnson (Organdy), Karl Queensborough (Gumper). Photo by Mark Douet I80A7811Unsubtle Tartuffe update misses target
October 22, 2015

Marcus Gardley’s broadly farcical A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes at Tricycle Theatre sells Molière short.

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A whimsical star vehicle
October 16, 2015

Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King at Duke of York’s is a featherweight showcase for Mark Rylance.

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Obvious, unfunny satire finds nothing new on Brand furore
October 9, 2015

Daniel Dingsdale’s Dark Tourism at Park Theatre is as mean-spirited and vacuous as the celebrity culture it’s trying to satirise.

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September 25, 2015

Alistair McDowall’s Pomona brings brilliant and brutal contemporary urban horror to the National’s Temporary space.

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98959Shattering soliloquy of grief and isolation
September 11, 2015

Simon Stephens’ Song from Far Away at the Young Vic, directed by Ivo van Hove, lingers long after the event.

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you won't succeedClumsy look at Jewish Broadway history is toe-tapping nostalgia
September 3, 2015

Revue You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews at St James Theatre is dubiously framed.

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Jpeg-16An engaging study of love
August 7, 2015

Three Days in the Country, Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Turgenev at the National Theatre, is a hazily erotic hit.

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July 31, 2015

Andrew Keatley’s family drama The Gathered Leaves is a curiously old-fashioned choice for Park Theatre.

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Constellations024-MLove and physics in a parallel universe
July 24, 2015

Nick Payne’s ingenious theoretical physics romcom Constellations tracks the roads not taken in a strong Trafalgar Studios revival.

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July 3, 2015

Torben Betts’s sparky free adaptation of The Seagull and a memorably striking design give the Open Air another hit.

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imageSavagely powerful play takes us inside dementia
May 21, 2015

Florian Zeller’s The Father at Tricycle Theatre is an extraordinary immersive experience.

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Alexander Hulme as Jackson and David Butler as PatrickClichéd take on closeted star misfires
April 23, 2015

Golden Age Hollywood’s repression gets a rote revisiting in Dylan Costello’s The Glass Protégé at Park Theatre.

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After-Electra-cast-credit-Steve-Tanner-700x455April de Angelis’s new work is bold but rigid
April 17, 2015

Motherhood, ageing and the right to die are explored in ambitious but uneven After Electra at Tricycle Theatre.

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imageFlawed but urgent look at British Islam
March 10, 2015

John Hollingworth’s Multitudes at Tricycle Theatre fires complex topical debate, but chaotic, overly busy plotting strains credulity.

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muswell-hill-cast3Kitchen drama fails to connect
February 27, 2015

Torben Betts explores modern malaise via the dinner party from hell in entertaining but limited Muswell Hill at Park Theatre.

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December 12, 2014

Tena Štivičić’s terrifically impressive Croatian epic 3 Winters at the National Theatre puts female experience centre stage.

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imageThriller asks big questions
November 21, 2014

Revival of David Edgar’s Iron Curtain Trilogy at the Cockpit Theatre offers shrewd contemporary provocation.

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Jonah_Dress940x420Odd couple tale fails to satisfy
November 14, 2014

Robert Holman’s offbeat, existential Jonah and Otto at Park Theatre frustrates as much as it intrigues.

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Our-TownPeriod piece stripped back to shed light on human truths
October 24, 2014

David Cromer’s revival of Wilder’s Our Town at the Almeida is startlingly profound in its seeming simplicity.

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A melodramatic production that needs more bite to really engage
October 17, 2014

Damien Tracey’s Warde Street at Park Theatre diminishes real tragedy – the 7/7 London bombings – with the addition of predictable sensationalism.

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Lindsay Lohan (Karen), Richard Schiff (Bobby Gould) STP-D-190 copyA Lindsay Lohan vehicle that doesn’t really get into gear
October 17, 2014

Tabloid-baiting but fatally lethargic Speed-the-Plow revival at Playhouse Theatre has more drama offstage than on.

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'True West' by Sam Shepard, directed by Phillip Breen.The American nightmare
September 26, 2014

The savagery of blood bond is laid bare in this searing revival of Sam Shepard’s masterful True West at Tricycle Theatre.

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Breeders-by-Ben-Ockrent.-Jemima-Rooper-Sharon-Tamzin-Outhwaite-Andrea-Nicholas-Burns-Jimmy.-Credit-Manuel-Harlan.-750x400Comedy about lesbians’ quest for a child needs to be more daring
September 19, 2014

Ben Ockrent’s topical Breeders at St James Theatre is too nice to do its provocative subject matter justice.

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90834Horror of prostitution lurking close to home
September 12, 2014

Anna Jordan’s provocative Chicken Shop at Park Theatre conveys brutal loss of innocence, but is hamstrung by sluggish domestic scenes.

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ToastDourly funny insight into grind of factory life
September 6, 2014

Man of the moment Richard Bean adds to his 2014 tally with a strong production of early work Toast at Park Theatre.

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Geoffrey Streatfeild (Daniel), Jonathan Broadbent (Guy) and Julian Ovenden (John) in My Night With Reg. Photo by Johan Persson..jpgThe messiness and painfulness of love examined
August 15, 2014

My Night With Reg, Kevin Elyot’s incisive study of deception and desire, gets a storming revival at Donmar Warehouse.

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helen-mccrory-as-medea-89733McCrory magnetic in an electrifying production
August 1, 2014

Carrie Cracknell’s modern-dress Medea at the National is all the more horrifying for its empathetic reading and familiar setting.

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lili picCompelling tale from the underrepresented
August 1, 2014

The Theatre Writers Workshop’s Lili at Etcetera Theatre, honouring the first transwoman with input from a trans team, is flawed but heartfelt.

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JW3Theatre company defends culture in dark times
June 27, 2014

David Schneider’s Making Stalin Laugh at the new JW3 centre balances backstage squabbles with riveting history.

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henna night picMeeting of love rivals needs to be spikier
June 20, 2014

Amy Rosenthal’s Henna Night at the New Diorama Theatre is refreshingly perceptive about women, but needs to be spikier.

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circles_2929387bUrban inter-generation relationships explored
June 6, 2014

Rachel De-lahay’s Circles at the Tricycle offers a unique and urgent perspective on inescapable cycles of violence.

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Eugene-de-KockThought-provoking encounter with a killer
June 6, 2014

Nicholas Wright’s A Human Being Died That Night at Hampstead Theatre examines the soul of South Africa’s Eugene de Kock.

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May 29, 2014

The necessary tension of Arthur Miller’s masterful All My Sons unfortunately dissipates in the open air of Regent’s Park.

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pic privacy 2A dazzling debate about privacy
in the digital age

May 2, 2014

James Graham’s Privacy at Donmar Warehouse tackles urgent ideas with disarming lightness of touch.

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lucifer saved picVerse drama about deception is incoherent
May 2, 2014

Peter Oswald’s Lucifer Saved at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre aims for Shakespearean epic, but comes up unwieldy Jeremy Kyle.

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Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsRazzle-dazzle treatment leaves smile on your face
April 10, 2014

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the latest film-turned-West End musical, is a slick, sublimely silly jazz-hands throwback.

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king lear picSolid but unremarkable Lear does what it says on the tin
March 21, 2014

Darker Purpose produces a curiously muted King Lear that fails to take advantage of The Cockpit’s intimate setting.

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King LearWonderfully lucid Lear with licence to thrill
January 30, 2014

Sam Mendes’ gripping King Lear at the National Theatre features a revelatory performance from Simon Russell Beale.

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same deep waterKiller one-liners but play only skims the surface
August 22, 2013

Nick Payne’s The Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar Warehouse is a jocular dig at the ‘no win, no fees’ claims culture, but doesn’t get to the root of the issue.

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