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Friday, May 6, 2022

The Misfortune of the English, Orange Tree Theatre review - don't fret, boys, it's only death by Laura De Lisle

Pamela Carter’s slippery tale of a school trip to Nazi Germany explores the price of a stiff upper lip “We all make history, one way or another.” But some of us make more history than…

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Monday, April 18, 2022

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy, Royal Court review - Black joy, pain, and beauty by Laura De Lisle

With boisterous lyricism, Ryan Calais Cameron explores what it means to be a Black man The title is so long that the Royal Court’s neon red lettering only renders the first three words, fo…

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Tom Fool, Orange Tree Theatre review - testing family values by Laura De Lisle

1970s German classic skewers capitalism, but leaves emotional depths unplumbed It’s not hard to see, watching Tom Fool at the Orange Tree Theatre, why Franz Xaver Kroetz is one of Germany…

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Steve, Seven Dials Playhouse review - everything’s charming, except the script by Laura De Lisle

Award-winning hymn to Stephen Sondheim leans too heavily on in-jokes Steven (David Ames) is having a birthday party. He’s invited his closest friends – two of whom have recently started …

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Two Billion Beats, Orange Tree Theatre review - bursting with heart by Laura De Lisle

Sonali Bhattacharyya's new play explores sisterly love and Islamophobia with warmth and wit “You could read at home,” says Bettina (Anoushka Chadha), Year 10, her school uniform perfect…

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Friday, February 11, 2022

Wuthering Heights, National Theatre review - too much heat, not enough light by Laura De Lisle

Emma Rice's punk-rock reworking of the classic is brilliant - when it's good “If you want romance,” the cast of Emma Rice’s new version of Wuthering Heights say in unison just after t…

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Conundrum, Young Vic review - inscrutable and ungraspable by Laura De Lisle

Aptly-named new play from Paul Anthony Morris shows the effects of racism on one man’s psyche Conundrum is a tricky play. Written and directed by Paul Anthony Morris, founder of Crying in …

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Friday, November 19, 2021

The Wife of Willesden, Kiln Theatre review - a saucy ode to Brent by Laura De Lisle

Zadie Smith's updated Chaucerian tale has a spring in its step and a twinkle in its eye Zadie Smith might not be the only writer who can rhyme "tandem" with "galdem", but she’s the only o…

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Duke of York's Theatre review - pure theatrical magic by Laura De Lisle

Spellbinding adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel reminds us of the terror and beauty of childhood This show has been a long time coming. Neil Gaiman had the first inklings of The Ocean at the…

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of), Criterion Theatre review - bursting with wit, verve, and love by Laura De Lisle

Bombastic karaoke adaption of Jane Austen classic gives the spotlight to the servants “We haven’t started yet!” Hannah-Jarrett Scott, dressed in Doc Martens under a 19th-century shift…

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Grenfell: Value Engineering, The Tabernacle review - bruising, necessary theatre by Laura De Lisle

Edited Inquiry transcripts expose the hypocrisy and incompetence behind the tragedy Grenfell: Value Engineering isn’t actually a play. It’s an edited version of the testimony heard by t…

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Rice, Orange Tree Theatre review - whip-smart, but unsure where it stands by Laura De Lisle

Race and belonging are interrogated unevenly in this Australian drama “Careful, there’s a hole in the floor.” The warning’s an unusual one, passed along conscientiously by the stewa…

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

How to Survive an Apocalypse, Finborough Theatre review - millenarian millennials by Laura De Lisle

Canadian writer Jordan Hall’s exploration of modern relationships provokes without fully satisfying Despite its painfully relevant title, How To Survive An Apocalypse was written in 2016.…

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Lodger, Coronet Theatre review - underdeveloped family drama by Laura De Lisle

Strong performances and a gorgeous set just about save a lacklustre script The Coronet Theatre is a beautiful space – it’s a listed Victorian building, and the bar’s like something out…

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Paradise, National Theatre review - war, woe, and a glimmer of hope by Laura De Lisle

Kae Tempest’s urgent new adaptation of Sophocles puts women centre-stage Philoctetes, Odysseus, Neoptolemus: the men’s names in Sophocles’ Philoctetes are all unnecessarily long and …

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's Globe review - foot-stompingly good fun by Laura De Lisle

Michelle Terry is gunning for a second Olivier with her first Viola The greatest version of Twelfth Night is not called Twelfth Night. It is, of course, the 2006 masterpiece She’s the Man…

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

ANNA X, Harold Pinter Theatre review - lacking in substance by Laura De Lisle

Emma Corrin and Nabhaan Rizwan perk up one-dimensional drama about a Russian conwoman There just isn’t enough there, with ANNA X. Daniel Raggett’s production is the third and final of th…

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Last Easter, Orange Tree Theatre review - over-performative and strangely off-putting by Laura De Lisle

The lighting's gorgeous, but Bryony Lavery's drama about theatre friendships never quite clicks Last Easter has become a lot more relatable since it was forced to postpone this run at the Or…

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

The Invisible Hand, Kiln Theatre review - balanced on a knife edge by Laura De Lisle

Scott Karim soars in taut revival of Ayad Akhtar’s political thriller A lot’s changed since Kiln Theatre boss Indhu Rubasingham directed The Invisible Hand’s first UK outing in 2016, …

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Constellations, Vaudeville Theatre review - a starry revival by Laura De Lisle

Atim and Jeremiah flare bright, Wanamaker and Capaldi burn slow A cosmologist and a beekeeper walk into a barbecue. Or a wedding. The beekeeper is in a relationship, or married, or just out…

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Being Mr Wickham, Original Theatre Company online review - an uncontroversial apologia by Laura De Lisle

Adrian Lukis proves himself far better at portraying Austen's rake than he is at writing him It wasn’t Jane Austen’s subtlest move, naming her roguish soldier George Wickham. As countle…

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Living Newspaper, Edition 3, Royal Court online review – bleak news, sharp words by Laura De Lisle

Third instalment of the irreverent series takes on Boris, star signs, and casual sexism “The crocus of hope is, er, poking through the frost.” When he uttered that dodgy metaphor back in…

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Assembly, Donmar Warehouse online review - the future is coming, ready or not by Laura De Lisle

The theatre's local community assembles a strange little show about the apocalypse “Your task is to imagine the future.” That’s what the citizens of Assembly, a new streamed production…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Hung Parliament review – choose-your-own whodunnit by Laura De Lisle

Playful interactive show casts audience members as amateur detectives I’ll admit, I’ve never been a fan of murder mysteries. Patience is not one of my virtues; if I can’t work somethi…

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Good Grief, Platform Presents online review - a little more, please by Laura De Lisle

Sian Clifford and Nikesh Patel do their best with a show that's as mercurial as grief Good Grief, a new show from American screenwriter and playwright Lorien Haynes, can’t work out what i…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Peter Pan: The Audio Adventure review - the perfect bedtime story by Laura De Lisle

Sharon D Clarke and Olivia Colman sparkle in delightful radio play in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital The blurb for Peter Pan: The Audio Adventure, Shaun McKenna’s new adaptation of J…

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Living Newspaper: A Counter Narrative, Royal Court online review – the news, but better by Laura De Lisle

The Royal Court’s experimental piece is political theatre at its finest and fiercest Edition 2 of Living Newspaper: A Counter Narrative, an experimental new piece of online theatre from th…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Troy Story, RSC online review – biting off more than it can chew by Laura De Lisle

Gregory Doran's outdated vision of Greek myth is bolstered by five great performances At just under five hours, Troy Story, the RSC’s adaptation of as many tales from Greek myth, takes ab…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

15 Heroines, Jermyn Street Theatre online review - putting the women back into Greek myth by Laura De Lisle

Scorching adaptation of Ovid is a welcome theatrical respite from lockdown Women have an awful time of it in the Greek myths. Raped, abandoned, blamed for murdering people, blamed for not m…

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Sunnymead Court, Tristan Bates Theatre review - a lovely lockdown romance by Laura De Lisle

Socially-distanced dramedy is short and sweet, with a knockout performance from Remmie Milner The first words of Sunnymead Court, a new play at the Tristan Bates Theatre, are ominous. “We…

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Monday, September 7, 2020

C-o-n-t-a-c-t, Musidrama review - a beautifully bonkers promenade by Laura De Lisle

Real-life theatre bounces back with this lovely meander through grief and loneliness A woman sits on a bench. She’s got a song stuck in her head – she can’t remember how one of the lin…

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