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Thursday, April 20, 2023

‘A hopeful & meaningful night’: THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The source material for The Secret Life of Bees may have a perhaps overly simplistic plot and limited character development but Lynn Nottage, Duncan Sheikh and Susan Birkenhead have done muc…

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Friday, April 14, 2023

‘The approach unbalances the play entirely’: PRIVATE LIVES – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

The sun is setting on Michael Longhurst’s time at the Donmar Warehouse and his penultimate production is a timeless classic, Noel Coward’s sparky and charismatic relationship comedy abou…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

‘Highly entertaining & all-too-pertinent social satire’: BETTY BLUE EYES – Union Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The Union Theatre reopened some time ago but Betty Blue Eyes is its first in house production since then, a revival of the Stiles and Drewe musical from 2011 about social mobility, the weddi…

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Friday, March 31, 2023

‘A blistering experience’: A LITTLE LIFE – Harold Pinter Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Anyone who has read the book will know what to expect or if you haven’t then there are enough content warnings to prepare you at least for some of what is to come in Ivo van Hove and Koen …

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

‘An often thrilling production’: DANCE OF DEATH – Coronet Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Usually, European productions find a home at the Barbican but The National Theatre of Norway has gone west to Notting Hill for the UK transfer of Dance of Death performed in the original Nor…

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Friday, March 17, 2023

‘The changing tone is very engaging’: FURTHER THAN THE FURTHEST THING – Young Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Malevolent forces shaping small communities is a strong premise for all kinds of drama, from the arrival of outsiders that tend to be the focus of horror to the power shifts of Pinter plays …

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

‘About the confrontation between past & present’: THE CITY & THE TOWN – Touring by Maryam Philpott

Playing for a few nights at Wilton’s Music Hall as part of a nationwide tour, Anders Lustgarten’s new play The City and the Town is about the confrontation between past and present, abou…

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Thursday, February 23, 2023

‘The play struggles for dramatic momentum’: WOMEN BEWARE THE DEVIL – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

What are the limits of a woman’s ambition at a time when she had no power? Lula Raczka’s new play Women Beware the Devil explores accusations of witchcraft and the meaning of evil at the…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

‘Deep wells of emotional resonance roll out into the audience’: STANDING AT THE SKY’S EDGE – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

It is still a relatively rare experience to see a working class drama that invests its characters with a profound and complex, even a poetic interior, life, but from the first moments of Ric…

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Friday, February 10, 2023

‘The actors create a compelling story as soon as the lights go on’: PHAEDRA – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Simon Stone turns his attention to another important literary woman, Phaedra as imagined by Euripides, Seneca and Racine and given a modern retelling in a production at the National Theatre …

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

‘Nicely tragicomic’: Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons – Harold Pinter Theatre by Maryam Philpott

“Words, words, words,” Eliza Doolittle was sick of them particularly as empty descriptions of the love she wanted a practical demonstration of. Sam Steiner’s play Lemons, Lemons, Lemon…

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

‘Frayn’s play has still got it’: NOISES OFF – Phoenix Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Noises Off at the Phoenix Theatre is a fast-paced show that still demands an enormously skilled and precise technical performance from every member of its cast and Lindsay Posner’s team ma…

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Friday, January 13, 2023

‘Brings a devastating new clarity to the play’: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Director Rebecca Frecknall tackles one of the greatest plays of all time, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire back in the intimacy of the Almeida Theatre and brings a devastating …

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

‘There is more than one play lurking within this story’: ON THE ROPES – Park Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The sports biography is a great focus for drama and at the Park Theatre the focus is on boxing legend Vernon Vanriel who is telling his own story in the world premiere of On the Ropes, a pla…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

‘Plenty of theatricality to enjoy along the way’: THE ART OF ILLUSION – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

From a red handkerchief disappearing within the hands of a magician to fake footage in the early 20th century, Hampstead Theatre’s latest international import is the UK premiere of The Art…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

‘This is a writer fully grasping her moment’: ONE WOMAN SHOW – Ambassadors Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show at the Ambassadors is then more than a pot shot at Fleabag and the like, and is instead an assessment of the performative nature of female roles in popular cu…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

‘Starting a lot of conversations that it doesn’t manage to finish’: SONS OF THE PROPHET – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet at the Hampstead Theatre, first staged in 2011, makes its European debut here by starting a lot of conversations that it doesn’t manage to finish.

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

‘Too lightweight in its treatment of the issues it covers’: KERRY JACKSON – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The National Theatre has quite mixed fortunes when it comes to new play commissions, some become and instant hit – like After Life and the storming success this year of Jack Absolute Flies…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

‘Continues to resonate’: OTHELLO – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Othello at the National Theatre is a production that has thought very carefully about the things it wants to say and, particularly, what Othello has meant at different points in its performa…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

‘Feels like a lost treasure restored’: LONDON WALL – Tower Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Office-based plays are relatively few and far between particularly those from the 1930s, so the revival of John Van Druten’s London Wall at the Tower Theatre is particularly interesting, n…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

‘Munro’s writing is sharp & fearsome’: MARY – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Rona Munro’s latest piece, Mary, treads similar ground to historical trilogy The James Plays in its examination of Mary Queen of Scots and the series of fateful activities that led to her …

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

‘What does Williams think is the root of this reaction?’ KING HAMLIN – Park Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Gloria Williams takes a more decided position on good and evil in the world premiere of her play King Hamlin at the Park Theatre in which an almost inevitable decline into crime is born out …

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

’An increasingly affecting experience’: GOOD – Harold Pinter Theatre by Maryam Philpott

C. P. Taylor’s play Good, written in 1981 is about the easy slide into extremism, how a decidedly ordinary, peaceable even tolerant man with no obvious belief in the outcomes of Nazism can…

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Friday, October 7, 2022

‘Some may find it ponderous while others will be fascinated’: BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Looking across cultural representations of women in the past 100 years it is possible to draw connections between characters such as Hester Collier in Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea,…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

‘Finds all of the complexities’: The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore – Charing Cross Theatre by Maryam Philpott

In recent years the ‘rediscovery’ of Summer and Smoke and an impressive production of The Night of the Iguana have awakened an interest in what are considered Williams’ lesser-known ma…

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

‘Powerful without being sentimental’: THE APOLOGY – Arcola Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Kyo Choi’s new play, The Apology, looks at sexual slavery in the Second World War and insists that a tactical political apology isn’t remotely enough for the women and their families den…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

‘Certainly makes a statement’: WHO KILLED MY FATHER – Young Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

It is always exciting seeing van Hove’s work for the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam with its cinematic vision encapsulated in theatrical form. Here in Who Killed My Father at the Young V…

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Friday, September 2, 2022

‘Vastly overlong & tonally varied piece of drama’: I, JOAN – Shakespeare’s Globe by Maryam Philpott

History wasn’t only written by the winners, but by the men on the winning side so what can it really tell us about the lives, experiences and identities of anyone else? That is the central…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

‘Transports the viewer to different locations & into diverse lives’: MILES / THE FALL – Original Theatre Company (Online Show) by Maryam Philpott

Riverside Studios has partnered with the Original Theatre Company to make their three competition-winning plays from debut writers available for on-demand viewing. Across three nights in Jul…

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Friday, August 5, 2022

‘Sets the standard against which future productions will be judged’: SOUTH PACIFIC – Sadler’s Wells & Touring by Maryam Philpott

This is a smart and thoughtful interpretation of South Pacific that takes carefully considered approach to some of the problems in the scenario without fully absolving the characters for the…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

‘Experiments with its theatrical form’: CHASING HARES – Young Vic by Maryam Philpott

Exploitation can take many forms and sometimes it even begins with a creative opportunity. Sonali Bhattacharyya’s lead character in new play Chasing Hares at the Young Vic takes a while to…

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