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Follies, National Theatre

This is a golden age of London Sondheim revivals, with Marianne Elliott’s thrilling Company still playing in the West End, and Dominic Cooke’s Follies getting a hugely welcome second run at the National – both testament to a director’s transformative vision. A few key cast changes add extra … Continue reading

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Shipwreck, Almeida Theatre

“Isn’t that the problem with political theater, too much directness?” queries one of Anne Washburn’s characters in her new play – which, in meta fashion, and over a leisurely three hours, not only addresses Trump head on, but also painstakingly … Continue reading

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Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre

A remarkable true story birthed this modest Canadian musical, which went on to storm Broadway in 2017, and now makes it West End debut at a time when its heartfelt message seems more necessary than ever. In these murky, cynical … Continue reading

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9 to 5 the Musical, Savoy Theatre

In a programme interview, Patricia Resnick – writer of both the original 1980 film and this 2008 musical adaptation – notes that Jane Fonda wanted to convey a political message about workplace sexism, but realised couching it in comedy would make it more … Continue reading

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The American Clock, Old Vic

This year’s unofficial Arthur Miller season – following The Price and ahead of All My Sons at the Old Vic and Death of a Salesman at the Young Vic – now turns to his 1980 work, The American Clock, inspired in part by Miller’s own memories of … Continue reading

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All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre

Fasten your seatbelts! Ivo van Hove has taken on the ultimate quotable backstage melodrama: Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 Oscar-winning film about a celebrated actress and her young wannabe assistant. And the modern star power is assured: Gillian Anderson succeeds Bette … Continue reading

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Pinter Seven, Harold Pinter Theatre

Jamie Lloyd’s outstanding season of Pinter shorts – chock-full of mini revelations, innovative stagings, and a thrilling range of work from both actors and creatives – finishes on a high note with this thoroughly entertaining pair. Read my full BroadwayWorld … Continue reading

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Jenna Russell With Seth Rudetsky, Leicester Square Theatre

West End favourite Jenna Russell made a surprisingly belated solo concert debut at Leicester Square Theatre, but, judging by this entirely winning performance, she’s a natural. Read my full BroadwayWorld review here

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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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