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Monday, July 1, 2019

‘A lovely ode to a well-loved piece of music theatre’: GODSPELL IN CONCERT – Cadogan Hall by Laura Kressly

The British Theatre Academy presents this colourful, semi-staged concert version of Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell. Providing a space for young performers to gain real theatrical experience, …

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Friday, June 28, 2019

‘Performances are wonderful all round’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall by Laura Kressly

The orchestra, along with the actors and fantastic creative team, create an atmosphere that will leave you longing for your own Italian holiday romance in Light in the Piazza.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

‘A fine production of a play that still feels vital’: STRANGE FRUIT – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Strange Fruit is a complex, dense play that is beautifully played by a talented ensemble and thoughtfully directed by Nancy Medina.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘The entire cast brings excitement & energy to the piece’: KILL CLIMATE DENIERS – Pleasance Theatre by Laura Kressly

While the name of the show, Kill Climate Deniers, invokes images of violence and negativity – a fact not unnoticed by the playwright – the show is poignant, entertaining and a clever way…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

‘A smart play & a welcome one’: ARMADILLO – Yard Theatre by Laura Kressly

British plays attempting to criticise America’s gun problem often come across as distant and condescending, but American Sarah Kosar shows in Armadillo that as awful as gun culture is, it …

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Friday, June 21, 2019

‘Questions bandied about with gleeful nihilism’: THE FUTURE – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

In The Future, Little Bulb has drawn on research from the finest minds in science, mathematics and philosophy to look at the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the impact it could…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘A comforting reminder that we’re all suffering together’: EXCEPTIONAL PROMISE – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

The relaxed vibe of Exceptional Promise that encourages audience reaction is hugely refreshing, especially as the topic is one that unites people against a common evil.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘A wonderful feat of ensemble storytelling’: CITYSONG – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Citysong contemplates the timeless cycle of life by following three generations of a family on one important day.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

‘Roars with generations of unheard black voices’: WOKE – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

Apphia Campbell performs the two central characters in Woke at Battersea Arts Centre, embodying their passion and anger through storytelling and song, in this lightning-strike of a show.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

’Well-crafted & nuanced story’: GARRY – White Bear Theatre by Laura Kressly

Garry is a play that deserves to be staged again, and to be considered part of the canon of gay plays. Its homophobia and self-repression are a hard watch and could certainly be triggering f…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

‘Already brims with love & pride’: J’OUVERT – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

In her female-led, debut play J’ouvert, taking place over a day at Notting Hill Carnival, Yasmin Joseph pays homage to the people, young and old, that make up the event’s vibrant landsca…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

‘Dreams & aspirations are devastatingly unreachable’: THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Arcola Theatre by Laura Kressly

This revival of American classic The Glass Menagerie is given new, unfamiliar, and achingly resonant life with its kitchen-sink drama set in the home of a black family.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Elegance & raw energy scorches throughout’: HARPER REGAN – Tabard Theatre by Laura Kressly

Overall Harper Regan is a strong starting point for a company which is striving to tell more female-led stories.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

‘Extravaganza of murder, betrayal & spectacle’: DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE – Lyric Hammersmith by Laura Kressly

Dead Dog In A Suitcase comes with stellar ensemble performances and a visual feast, making for a show that is both highly theatrical and political – an effective combination with a necessa…

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘Easy to forget the real people behind the headlines’: DOES MY BOMB LOOK BIG IN THIS? – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Does My Bomb Look Big In This? points out that in a world where sensationalist headlines are brandished as political weapons, it is easy to forget that behind them, there are real people who…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

‘The casting of this play is on point’: OUR TOWN – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Laura Kressly

All of the actors in Our Town create a beautiful puzzle of different personalities, dynamics and ages that really make their performance shine as a whole.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘Plenty of panache & satirical social commentary’: OPERATION MINCEMEAT – New Diorama Theatre by Laura Kressly

The true story of a British intelligence operation is told with plenty of panache and satirical social commentary (and heaps of high camp) in smashing new show Operation Mincemeat.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘Dark comedy is the tonal core of the work’: WHITE PEARL – Royal Court Theatre by Laura Kressly

White Pearl is a thematically dense play that tells a compelling story at a pace that matches the speed of social media downfall, but with nuance, tension and ferocity.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Occasionally bizarre & irrefutably theatrical’: DIE! DIE! DIE! OLD PEOPLE DIE! – Battersea Arts Centre by Laura Kressly

Yet for Norman and Vivian, the elderly couple in Ridiculusmus’ new show about ageing, time is a languid, sluggish force. Every weighty moment is stretched to its limits, threatens to stall…

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Friday, May 17, 2019

‘Stressful & exciting to watch’: DRAG BECOMES HER – Touring by Laura Kressly

Subtle Drag Becomes Her is not. But, if you are familiar with the source material and stars, there is no chance you’ll have a bad time.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Not clear exactly who this production is for’: DIDO – Unicorn Theatre by Laura Kressly

Dido attempts to make opera accessible to young people, but it hasn’t gone far enough to create a vibrant, engaging story for adults or children.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘Deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible’: CLASS – Bush Theatre by Laura Kressly

Class, a play from Ireland co-written and directed by Iseult Golden and David Horan, is set around a teacher-parent meeting in a Dublin primary school.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘Quirky, lovely & completely self-aware’: AMOUR – Charing Cross Theatre by Laura Kressly

Musically, Amour soars and Michel Legrand’s score is in good hands with the brilliant band and musical director Jordan Li-Smith.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘Stylised & striking to watch’: THE GLASS PIANO – Coronet Theatre by Laura Kressly

Alix Sobler’s new play The Glass Piano is a full-length fairy tale based on the true case of Princess Alexandra of Bavaria, born in 1826, who convinced herself that as a child she had swal…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

‘Part dance party, part therapy session, part orgy’: HOTTER – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

they have made a noticeable effort to share the experiences of many, to both hilarious and humbling effect in word, movement and dance.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘An uneasy but compelling tale’: THE AMBER TRAP – Theatre503 by Laura Kressly

Writer Tabitha Mortiboy has succeeded in creating a succinct little world that feels very cut off from the town that must (presumably) surround it in The Amber Trap.

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‘The singing is really where it gets you’: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – Southwark Playhouse by Laura Kressly

The dresses sparkle, the band swings, and the dancers fly at the Southwark Playhouse, where Ain’t Misbehavin’ runs through June.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘It makes theatre radically more accessible than any ticket discount scheme’: Putting the focus on virtual reality theatre streaming service by Laura Kressly

Virtual reality might be the largest innovation the theatre has seen in a long time, and it’s happening on your sofa.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘Wise & shocking’: Brawn – King’s Head Theatre & Touring by Laura Kressly

What makes some people obsess over fitness? That’s the question at the heart of Brawn, a new play written and performed by Christopher Wollaton under the direction of Matt Staite.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘A compelling creation’: MOUTHPIECE – Soho Theatre by Laura Kressly

Written with deft humour, Mouthpiece is a sharp scalpel used to dissect the highly sensitive and nuanced issues of representation, consent, agency and the ongoing ignorance between the oppos…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

‘Important story for our times’: FUNERAL FLOWERS – The Bunker Theatre by Laura Kressly

Angelique’s story in Funeral Flowers at The Bunker Theatre is one that demands action and puts accountability on adults who work with young people. An excellently written, important story …

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