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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

‘Complex, urgent & moving’: SWEAT – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

If you want to understand why working-class Americans voted for Donald Trump or even why people in Sunderland voted for Brexit then look no further than Lynn Nottage’s complex, urgent and …

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

‘Felt that I was trapped in a theatrical microwave oven’: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND – Almeida Theatre by Anne Cox

Borrowing a technique from American long-form TV drama, The Tragedy of King Richard The Second begins in medias res. The wonderful Simon Russell Beale steps forward, ashen-faced, to deliver …

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

INTERVIEW: Jonathan Maitland on the nightly rewrites required for The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson at the Park Theatre by Anne Cox

Journalist and playwright Jonathan Maitland will be kept on his toes rewriting his latest play, The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, nightly to ensure it keeps up with the politician’s ev…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

‘Packed with cracking Irish humour & good performances’: CHASING BONO – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Neil McCormick’s autobiography has now been turned into an engaging new musical play, Chasing Bono, which has opened at London’s Soho Theatre.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Rivalry, Riots & Romance in the Age of Garrick: Norman S Poser writes about The Birth of Modern Theatre by Anne Cox

Former law professor, author and academic Norman S Poser is spending his retirement writing about his two passions, the Georgian era and English theatre, and, in particular, the life and tim…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘Fails to entirely convince’: DOCTOR FAUSTUS – Shakespeare’s Globe by Anne Cox

Paulette Randall’s gender-swap, colour-blind, version of Christopher Marlowe’s fiendish morality tale Doctor Faustus succeeds in ticking a lot of trendy boxes but fails to create innovat…

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

‘There’s something not quite right’: TRUE WEST – West End ★★★ by Anne Cox

Sibling rivalry and dysfunctional families are at the heart of Sam Shepard’s True West, a black comedy that has emerged from an initial drubbing Stateside with a revival in the West End.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘Let the warmth of saccharine-coated sweetness work its magic’: PLAID TIDINGS – Bridge House Theatre ★★★ by Anne Cox

The twist in Plaid Tidings at London’s Bridge House Theatre is, of course, that the stars are dead, killed in a car crash. But when has a trivial mishap like that ever stopped a group from…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘Heart-warming & utterly delightful’: JEANNIE – Finborough Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

It has been nearly 80 years since Aimée Stuart’s enchanting and whimsical comedy, Jeannie, has been performed in London so thank god for the Finborough Theatre in staging a revival.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘Gets my vote’: AN HONOURABLE MAN – White Bear Theatre by Anne Cox

Michael McManus’ An Honourable Man which has arrived at London’s White Bear Theatre, after a successful tryout earlier this year.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

’An intoxicating, vibrant, infectious set of tunes’: HADESTOWN – National Theatre ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Hadestown’s journey onto the stage of the National Theatre – and, indeed, its upcoming transfer to Broadway – has been as tortuous and precarious as the story it tells.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

‘A cheesy, sparkly, feelgood, family show’: NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

Parents, if the thought of sitting through yet another (yawn) pantomime this Yule fills you with dread, then I’d recommend the dazzling, cheery musical Nativity! The Musical as an outstand…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘Packed with power & poetry’: BRASS THE MUSICAL – Union Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

As we mark #Armistice100 it seems right that Benjamin Till’s award-winning musical Brass should return to remind us, as if we need any reminding, of the terrible price paid by communities …

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘Is this a good meal for a Jewish boy?’: Saul Reichlin on lunch with Jackie Mason & his Fiddler on the Roof postscript by Anne Cox

The the funny, heartfelt stories of Sholom Aleichem were turned into what became Fiddler On The Roof. Now Saul Reichlin’s one-man show, Sholom Aleichem In The Old Country, imagines the…

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‘Showcasing comic brilliance & an ability to move an audience’: PINTER THREE & FOUR – West End ★★★★ by Anne Cox

The Pinter at the Pinter season continues with parts Three and Four which showcase both Pinter’s comic brilliance and his ability to move an audience.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

‘Wish it had more to say’: THE NIGHTINGALES – Touring ★★★ by Anne Cox

Actor and writer William Gaminara plumbs Ayckbourn territory for The Nightingales, an odd bird which has just opened at Theatre Royal Bath with TV actress Ruth Jones tempted back to the stage

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘A beguiling character study about two flawed but superbly gifted individuals’: A PUPIL – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Musicians have a reputation for being highly strung and that finely tuned temperament is tested to the extreme in Jesse Briton’s absorbing new play A Pupil at London’s Park Theatre.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘A riveting thriller that had me gripped throughout’: REBUS: LONG SHADOWS – Touring ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

The past catches up with the whisky-swilling ex-DI in Rebus: Long Shadows, a brooding, noirish, thriller especially written by Rankin for the stage and skilfully adapted by Rona Munro.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

‘Captivating, uplifting & courageous’: THE GREATER GAME – Waterloo East Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

The Greater Game tells the remarkable true story of what happened when 41 members of Leyton Orient Football Club, including ten first team players, officials and backroom staff, enlisted at …

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

‘Witty & somewhat reinvigorating’: BREXIT – King’s Head Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Brexit is a farce. Of all the things Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky’s Brexit could have been, their critically-acclaimed satire about the current Euro-debacle is not the play this mired, pol…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

‘Enthralling, thought-provoking & terrifically well acted’: HONOUR – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Joanna Murray-Smith’s 2003 play Honour is surprisingly relevant to the current #MeToo debate while highlighting a generational division over the question of love and fidelity.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

‘A powerful, explosive & compelling piece of storytelling’: SOLDIER ON – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Anne Cox

This transfer of Soldier On, which has toured the UK and won public and critical acclaim, is a powerful, explosive and compelling piece of storytelling from a former soldier-turned-actor, no…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

‘Hard to view favourably through retro, rose-tinted, glasses’: BABY – Drayton Arms Theatre by Anne Cox

David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr’s 1983 Broadway hit Baby has finally made it over the pond for a UK premiere in London but you have to ask yourself, was it worth the wait?

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Northern Stage finds inspiration in Peaky Blinders & Great Gatsby for its production of A Christmas Carol by Anne Cox

Northern Stage is taking its inspiration from Peaky Blinders for a new production of Charles Dickens’ classic story of ghosts, greed and goodwill, A Christmas Carol.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

‘A new kind of Shakespearean tragedy’: OTHELLOMACBETH – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Director Jude Christian’s othellomacbeth, two-for-one offer on Shakespearean tragedies at the Lyric Hammersmith, sounds like a bad idea. Crammed into two and half hours, there’s too much…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘Profoundly moving & tragic semi-autobiographical play’: IN PRAISE OF LOVE – Bath ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Terence Rattigan was understandably consumed with thoughts of love and death – and the right way to die – when he wrote his last great play, In Praise Of Love. Dying himself from leukaem…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

‘Hugely ambitious & wildly engaging’: DRACULA – Brockley Jack Theatre ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Arrows and Traps Theatre Company has followed up last year’s autumnal treat of Frankenstein with a new adaptation of Dracula.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

‘One of the most moving & beautifully written shows that I’ve seen’: THE INHERITANCE – West End ★★★★★ by Anne Cox

The West End transfer of Matthew Lopez’s modern masterpiece The Inheritance, nearly seven hours of epic storytelling, is a phenomenal play which sold out when it first opened at London’s…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘Nail-biting & exhilarating’: TOUCHING THE VOID – Touring ★★★★ by Anne Cox

David Greig’s riveting adaptation of Simpson’s Touching The Void has made the transition for an innovative co-production, led by Bristol Old Vic, which is now touring.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

‘Simultaneously entrancing & exhilarating’: THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM – West End ★★★★ by Anne Cox

Florian Zeller’s new play The Height Of The Storm at Wyndham’s Theatre is as enigmatic as it is engaging. Even the title confounds.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

‘Heavyweight storytelling & punchy performances’: THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Anne Cox

With a winning combination of heavyweight storytelling and punchy performances, The Sweet Science of Bruising gives a ringside seat not only to the true story of women boxers in the Victoria…

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