Islington Gazette

Darkly comic and provocative
April 13, 2017

Nina Raine tackles the judicial system and its emotional effects in the incendiary Consent at National Theatre.

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Women in combat, virtual reality
March 9, 2017

Kate Fleetwood anchors Lindsey Ferrentino’s flawed but compassionate Ugly Lies the Bone at National Theatre.

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Playful, sometimes bonkers
February 23, 2017

Patrick Marber helms a dazzling revival of Stoppard’s Travesties at Apollo Theatre.

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All-female trilogy is immersive and thrilling
December 1, 2016

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

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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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Branagh 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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congo-600x450Admirable, engaging comment on liberal guilt
September 8, 2016

Adam Brace’s They Drink It In the Congo at the Almeida is educational, but overloaded.

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our_ladies_6_credit_manuel_harlan_2578x1450_2Pitch-perfect, spine-tingling ’90s nostalgia
August 18, 2016

Choirgirls break bad in Lee Hall’s irresistible Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at the National Theatre.

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yerma-2Piper is primal from the soul
August 11, 2016

Simon Stone’s updating of Lorca’s Yerma at the Young Vic features a shattering lead performance from Billie Piper.

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queens-of-syria-106332Urgent, devastating storytelling from Syria
July 14, 2016

Female refugees share their experiences in the profoundly moving Queens of Syria at the Young Vic.

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jessica-regan-and-michelle-terry-as-montjoy-and-king-henry-photo-johan-perssonFrance-England clash is timely and thoughtful
June 30, 2016

Michelle Terry anchors a reflective Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air.

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Jesse Eisenberg, Kunal NayyarSmart 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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June 2, 2016

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

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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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Denise Gough (Emma), Nathaniel Martello-White (Mark) People,Places&Thins by JohanPerssonDark portrait of addiction
April 1, 2016

Denise Gough reprises her tour-de-force performance in Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places & Things at Wyndham’s Theatre.

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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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Jpeg 11Pit drama is grim but gripping
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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640x450.fitdownA schmaltzy but sizzling hit
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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A whimsical vehicle for star Mark Rylance
October 22, 2015

Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King at Duke of York’s is a sumptuous but featherweight showcase.

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Unfunny Brand satire finds nothing new
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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you won't succeedClumsy look at Jewish Broadway history
September 3, 2015

You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews at St James Theatre is dubiously framed, but toe-tapping nostalgia.

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Jpeg-16An engaging study of love’s intoxication
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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Constellations024-MLove tale has astronomical ambition
July 31, 2015

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

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GatheredLeaves2Compassionate but too conventional
July 24, 2015

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

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6_Sian_Thomas_Mrs_Grace_and_Hugh_Skinner_Block_in_The_Trial_at_the_Young_Vic._Photo_by_Keith_Pattison-700x455Unemotional Kafka is a trial
July 3, 2015

Richard Jones’s stylishly surreal version of The Trial at the Young Vic fails to engage.

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An Audience with Jimmy Savile - Alistair McGowan 5 - cHelen MaybanksSavile victims honoured in chilling story
June 19, 2015

Jonathan Maitland’s An Audience With Jimmy Savile at Park Theatre is respectful, though dramatically limited.

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waiting for godotA poignant take on a post-apocalyptic world
June 12, 2015

Sydney Theatre Company offer a warm but studied Waiting for Godot at the Barbican.

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Beaux-StratagemRestoration revival packs a modern punch
June 6, 2015

Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem is a sumptuous and surprisingly thought-provoking joy at the National Theatre.

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CLARION 9 Greg Hicks as Editor Morris Honeyspoon Laura Smithers as Pritti Photo Simon Annand copySkewering of tabloid excess packs an urgent topicality
May 1, 2015

Former hack Mark Jagasia’s incisive and darkly funny tell-all Clarion at the Arcola is anchored by an indelible performance.

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Binoche-antigoneMoody and modern Greek tragedy lacks emotional core
March 20, 2015

Ivo van Hove’s take on Sophocles’ Antigone at the Barbican, starring Juliette Binoche, is less than the sum of its illustrious parts.

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THE NETHERTopical fable shines light on darkest corners of life online
March 6, 2015

Jennifer Haley’s The Nether, transferred to Duke of York’s, offers a gripping dystopian view of urgent issues.

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imageWorthy but thin tale of broken Britain fails to engage
February 13, 2015

Tian Glasgow’s Changing State at Hen and Chickens tackles youth disenfranchisement with blunt statistics, not resonant theatre.

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hellogdbye-127Odd-couple love story is soulful and snappy but nothing new
February 5, 2015

Peter Souter’s Hello/Goodbye, though losing intensity in its promotion to the Hampstead main space, is a romance for our times.

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3 winters picDark, resonating epic keeps it in the family
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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Hannes Langolf 3, Hugo GlendinningDance grippingly explores world of social outsiders
November 14, 2014

DV8’s verbatim physical theatre work JOHN at the National Theatre is electrifying viewing.

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Jonah_Dress940x420Strange tale of odd couple is ambitious but elusive work
November 6, 2014

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

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Our-TownStripped-back piece makes us focus on human condition
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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imageA solid enough production let down by its predictability 
October 17, 2014

Damien Tracey’s Warde Street at Park Theatre diminishes real tragedy – the 7/7 London bombings – by adding overwrought and over-familiar melodrama.

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Lindsay Lohan (Karen), Richard Schiff (Bobby Gould) STP-D-190 copyNot quite a train wreck but Lohan’s inexperience shows 
October 10, 2014

The real drama is offstage in Lindsay Posner’s miscast revival of Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow at Playhouse Theatre.

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rudys_rare_records312.jpgHenry’s comedy lacking in originality but has charm
October 2, 2014

Rudy’s Rare Records at Hackney Empire betrays its old-fashioned radio sitcom roots, but offers irresistible entertainment.

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91150Shock factor gone…but haunting tale is worth revisiting
September 18, 2014

Ridley’s Ghost from a Perfect Place gets a chilling revival at the Arcola, where its East End setting has particular resonance.

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90834Colliding worlds of innocent schoolboy and trapped prostitute are a powerful experience
September 12, 2014

Anna Jordan’s provocative Chicken Shop at Park Theatre conveys the discovery of horror close to home, but is hamstrung by sluggish subplots.

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lady windermere's fan picEvening with Nunn’s Lady is pleasurable and provocative
August 15, 2014

An amiable updating of Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan at the King’s Head is anchored by Ellie Nunn’s star turn.

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helen-mccrory-as-medea-89733McCrory magnetically powerful
July 31, 2014

Carrie Cracknell’s riveting modern staging of Euripides’ Medea at the National Theatre is all the more devastating for placing tragedy in a familiar context.

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Elli (Maureen Lipman) and Billy (Oliver Cotton) in Daytona Photo Credit Johan Persson.Playwright fails to hit heights of acting career in this protracted saga
July 11, 2014

Oliver Cotton’s Daytona at Theatre Royal Haymarket takes so long getting to its big twists, there’s no time to deal with the emotional fallout.

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a-human-being-died-that-night-cape-town-04Thought-provoking encounter with an articulate ‘monster’
June 5, 2014

Nicholas Wright’s riveting A Human Being Died That Night at Hampstead Theatre presents an unsettling portrait of South Africa’s infamous Eugene de Kock.

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all my sons picPowerful tale lost as tensions evaporate in open air
May 29, 2014

Miller’s All My Sons gets a solid rendering at Regent’s Park Open Air, but needs to feel more unbearably oppressive to be truly devastating.

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foreplay picMostly build-up…debatable climax
May 8, 2014

Carl Djerassi’s didactic Foreplay at King’s Head Theatre is more seminar with a dash of thriller pastiche than full-blooded drama.

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Joshua McGuire in Privacy at the Donmar WarehouseDrama reflects on oversharing and concerns in world of data
May 1, 2014

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

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Archimedes' Principle picSwimming pool tale unafraid to tackle horror in deep end
April 24, 2014

Josep Maria Miró i Coromina’s Archimedes’ Principle at Park Theatre, which tackles paedophilia and trial by social media, falls short of fully formed work.

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Gary Beadle in BANKSY: The Room in The Elephant opens at The Arcola, London,UKLike Banksy himself, offering is ‘frustratingly out of reach’
April 11, 2014

Tom Wainwright’s topical Banksy: The Room in the Elephant at the Arcola debates art, value and social responsibility, but surrenders emotional engagement.

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people_showCrime does pay in this silly but inventive comedy sketch
October 25, 2013

The gleeful whodunit pastiche in The People Show 121: The Detective Show at the Old Red Lion is fun old-fashioned entertainment.

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