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Summer and Smoke, Almeida Theatre

That this 1948 Tennessee Williams play is rarely performed seems nothing short of a travesty, thanks to the awe-inspiring case made for it by Rebecca Frecknall’s exquisite Almeida production. Aided by the skyrocketing Patsy Ferran, it also makes a case for director Frecknall as … Continue reading

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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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Girl from the North Country, Noel Coward Theatre

The rolling stone is now at home in the West End, as Conor McPherson’s inimitable dramatic take on Bob Dylan transfers from the Old Vic, where it premiered last summer. Described as “a play with songs”, it’s the distinct harmony of two art … Continue reading

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Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre

Does Hamilton live up the hype – and will it appeal to British audiences? Yes, and yes again. It’s not like America has a monopoly on national identity crisis, leadership, immigration, parenthood, grief, sex scandals and political rivalries. But beyond … Continue reading

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Big Fish, The Other Palace

Based on Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s 2003 film adaptation, this musical is quite the oddity. Screenwriter John August has tinkered with the book since its brief Broadway run in 2013, but it remains an unfathomable mixture of magical … Continue reading

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Apologia, Trafalgar Studios

Back in 2009, Alexi Kaye Campbell followed up his bold first play The Pride with Apologia, which takes the well-trodden path of a fraught family reunion where past grievances stalk the present. If more conventional, it’s still an enjoyable combination of big ideas, sharp … Continue reading

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Girl from the North Country, Old Vic

Defiantly rejecting the standard jukebox model, Conor McPherson’s much-anticipated new work mining the back catalogue of Bob Dylan is labelled “a play with songs” – or perhaps that should be a play and songs, with two distinct forms of storytelling weaving around … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Bronagh Gallagher

The actress and musician talks Conor McPherson’s new Bob Dylan-infused play Girl from the North Country. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Annie, Piccadilly Theatre

Has there ever been a time when we’re more in need of irrepressible optimism? The orphan who convinces everyone around her that “the sun will come out tomorrow” has certainly hit the West End at an opportune moment, and there’s … Continue reading

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Russian phantoms, American identity and S-Town

On my April MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Russian phantoms The Design Museum resurrects utopian Soviet architecture Don’t miss: American abyss From Edward Hopper to Grant Wood: 1930s Americana at the Royal Academy Commuter corner Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream and new podcast … Continue reading

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