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Thursday, July 18, 2024

Hello, Dolly! review: Good old-fashioned razzmatazz gleams brighter than ever by Alice Saville

Imelda Staunton brings heart and substance to this lavish feast, as Dominic Cooke’s revival of the 1964 show lights up the London Palladium

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:06PM
Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Slave Play review: Jeremy O Harris’s sensational show is not an easy watch – but a necessary one by Alice Saville

Therapy sessions, dildos, Rihanna, and an exposing performance from Kit Harington... ‘Slave Play’ has finally arrived – loudly – in London, and it’s a sharp, intelligent, multi-lay…

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:02PM
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

MJ the Musical review: Dark and dazzling production exposes singer’s late career for the haunted circus it was by Alice Saville

Nods to accusations of paedophilia are kept to a bare minimum, but there’s sufficient darkness in Lynn Nottage’s script to tarnish MJ’s over-exploited stardom

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:42PM
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Opening Night review: Sheridan Smith exquisitely self-destructs in weird meta-West End musical by Alice Saville

Rufus Wainwright’s songs reach new emotional heights, Smith’s performance is radiant – but Ivo van Hove’s stage adaptation of John Cassavetes’s 1977 film is sometimes misjudged

SOURCE: The Independent at 08:48PM
Thursday, March 14, 2024

Harry Clarke review: A strangely accented Billy Crudup stars in shlocky one-man show by Alice Saville

Unlike ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’, ‘Saltburn’ and other stories of queer anti-heroes, ‘Harry Clarke’ lacks psychological depth – and star Billy Crudup’s Estuary accent is somet…

SOURCE: The Independent at 05:18AM
Thursday, March 7, 2024

Nye review: Michael Sheen stars in a surreal take on the NHS origin story by Alice Saville

The man who helped create our National Health Service is found lying sickly in a hospital bed in the National Theatre’s new play about the Labour politician’s life – despite a baggy sc…

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:18AM
Saturday, December 16, 2023

Macbeth review: David Tennant is a compellingly intense Scottish king in Donmar’s show of sonic trickery by Alice Saville

Lady Macbeth’s whispers crackle in your ear as audience members wear headphones in Max Webster’s intimate production, but the sound design can sometimes feel like a distraction

SOURCE: The Independent at 12:54PM
Thursday, December 14, 2023

Stranger Things: The First Shadow review – Netflix explodes into the West End with thrills galore by Alice Saville

Humungous projections, a big musical score, an onslaught of foam, dry ice and flares: this big-budget stage play from the ‘Stranger Things’ universe spares no bombastic effect to bring n…

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:36PM
Monday, April 17, 2023

Why are British audiences suddenly so out of control? – podcast by Nosheen Iqbal With Alice Saville; Produced By George McDonagh and Solomon King; Executive Producer Homa Khaleeli

From fights at the Bodyguard musical to wild drunken antics at comedy clubs and even heckling at the opera, performers and theatre staff say crowds are getting out of hand. What’s going o…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24AM
Thursday, April 6, 2023

A Little Life review: A naive and psychologically incurious narrative of abuse by Alice Saville

Ivo Van Hove’s adaptation is cold, surgical and humourless

SOURCE: The Independent at 03:06AM
Sunday, March 19, 2023
Sunday, June 26, 2022

Mad House review: David Harbour is tremendous fun in this old-fashioned comedy by Alice Saville

It’s a fine showcase for the talents of Harbour and Bill Pullman, but ‘Mad House’ is built on shaky foundations

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:37PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Glass Menagerie review: Amy Adams makes a likeable but underpowered West End debut by Alice Saville

The Oscar nominee lacks flamboyant charisma in a Tennessee Williams revival that’s frustratingly light on laughter

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:54AM
Saturday, April 30, 2022

Jerusalem review: Mark Rylance returns for a dark, potent revival of Jez Butterworth’s 2009 play by Alice Saville

There’s a real cruelty to the Englishness of ‘Jerusalem’, which has returned to the West End with its original star

SOURCE: The Independent at 02:24AM
Sunday, March 6, 2022

Trouble in the stalls: when audience drama upstages the show by Alice Saville

What’s going on in our theatres? A recent spate of rowdy behaviour – notably at jukebox musicals – raises the question: have audiences simply forgotten how to behave? A drunk woman in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:42AM
Friday, February 25, 2022

The Collaboration review: Paul Bettany is a neurotic Andy Warhol in this fantastically enjoyable play by Alice Saville

Anthony McCarten’s Young Vic pacy production is an exercise in giving the audience what they want

SOURCE: The Independent at 06:54AM
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Ava: The Secret Conversations review: Elizabeth McGovern paints an uneven portrait of a fading Hollywood star by Alice Saville

Biographical drama is a feeble attempt to immortalise an already-fading Hollywood star

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:06AM
Thursday, January 20, 2022

Conundrum review: A frustratingly undersketched look at prejudice and failure by Alice Saville

Anthony Ofoegbu takes on the role of both energetic schoolboy and brow-beaten adult with impressive nimbleness in this swirling, repetitive Young Vic production

SOURCE: The Independent at 09:06AM
Friday, October 22, 2021

White Noise review: A provocative satire full of witty energy by Alice Saville

Suzan-Lori Parks’ gripping new work at the Bridge Theatre explores the scars slavery has left on today’s Americans

SOURCE: The Independent at 07:42AM
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Color Purple; who gets to play gay? by Alice Saville

Alice Saville writes on what 'The Color Purple' casting controversy says about theatre producers' attitudes towards queer actors, and queer audiences. The post The Color Purple; who gets t…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Theatre’s Plans for Brexit Weekend by Alice Saville

A tear-stained rundown of all the ways in which the UK's theatre scene will mark Britain's (probable) parting of ways with the EU. The post Theatre’s Plans for Brexit Weekend appeared firs…

SOURCE: at 07:10AM
Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: Waitress – The Musical at Adelphi Theatre by Alice Saville

"THIS pie was SO perfect!" - Alice Saville responds to the hit musical, using real TripAdvisor reviews of American diners. The post Review: Waitress – The Musical at Adelphi Theatre appea…

SOURCE: at 08:41PM
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Exeunt Recommends: March 2019 by Alice Saville

Mess, horror and queer celebration: here are Exeunt's UK-wide picks for March in theatre and performance. The post Exeunt Recommends: March 2019 appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

SOURCE: at 02:44PM
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Review: The Trick at Bush Theatre by Alice Saville

Staged magic: Alice Saville writes on Eve Leigh's play, and its explorations of grief and artifice. The post Review: The Trick at Bush Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

SOURCE: at 12:30PM
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

All in a Row by Alice Saville

Alex Oates' play about an autistic child has sparked a multi-layered conversation about disability and representation. Alice Saville writes on why it's time for its makers to listen. The po…

SOURCE: at 07:14AM
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Vault Odyssey: Hard Relate by Alice Saville

Alice Saville writes on ideas of relatability and representation in three Vault Festival shows. The post Vault Odyssey: Hard Relate appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

SOURCE: at 07:26AM
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Review: Counting Sheep at Vault Festival by Alice Saville

Protest theatre: Alice Saville writes on an immersive show sparked by the 2014 Kiev Uprising. The post Review: Counting Sheep at Vault Festival appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

SOURCE: at 08:46AM
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Exeunt Recommends: January 2019 by Alice Saville

Vault, Push Festival, and more mime than you can shake an (invisible) stick at: here's Exeunt's UK-wide picks for January in theatre. The post Exeunt Recommends: January 2019 appeared first …

SOURCE: at 10:47AM
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Review: Hadestown at National Theatre by Alice Saville

The boy with the lyre: Alice Saville writes on Anais Mitchell's infernal concept album-turned-musical. The post Review: Hadestown at National Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

SOURCE: at 01:23PM
Friday, November 9, 2018

Opportunity: British Council bursaries for bloggers by Alice Saville

A new British Council project will support UK bloggers to discover and write about international work. The post Opportunity: British Council bursaries for bloggers appeared first on Exeunt M…

SOURCE: at 12:48PM
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review: Dealing With Clair at Orange Tree Theatre by Alice Saville

Suspicious stains: Martin Crimp's unsettling 1988 play picks away at a real estate-selling couple's hypocrisy and greed. The post Review: Dealing With Clair at Orange Tree Theatre appeared f…

SOURCE: at 05:51AM

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