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Sunday, October 10, 2021

‘An interesting character study of the King & his best man’: THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT – West End by Maryam Philpott

Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles have combined a sizeable semi-fictional tome and the familiar historical story of Henry VIII, distilling them into a properly theatrical show with something new t…

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Friday, October 1, 2021

‘This incredible play’:’ THE NORMAL HEART – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Creating socio-political change and even recognition doesn’t just happen, somewhere, sometime, someone has to fight for it, and history is full of organisations who since the end of absolu…

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

‘Bringing Ferran & Thallon together for the first time is a masterstroke’: CAMP SIEGFRIED – Old Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Brought to life by two theatre actors on their way to a big career and finally united at the Old Vic, Ferran and Thallon are great now and are only going to get better – make sure you’re…

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Friday, September 3, 2021

‘Entirely compelling’: THE MASTER BUILDER – Radio 4/BBC Sounds by Maryam Philpott

Once Britain’s premier political playwright, David Hare’s more recent plays have received considerably mixed reviews, largely for issues around characterisation which particularly affect…

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

‘Owes more to D.H. Lawrence & Patrick Hamilton than it does to Hollywood’: CAROUSEL – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Taking a hard line on a troublesome musical is smart work and Sheader has given considerable thought to reconfiguring Carousel for twenty-first century audiences. In a mini-season of no…

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

‘Intriguing if not entirely satisfying’: THE TWO CHARACTER PLAY – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

This rare revival of The Two Character Play at Hampstead Theatre proves an interesting addition to works that reassess Tennessee Williams’ impact as a dramatist – an intellectual exercis…

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

‘A fierce West End debut’: ANNA X – Harold Pinter Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Who are we and who are the people we meet? These rather profound questions have, in one way or another, been at the heart of Sonia Friedman’s brief Re:Emerge season at the Harold Pinter Th…

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

‘A meaningful experience’: THE DUMB WAITER – Old Vic by Maryam Philpott

We may not have been able to see our fellow digital audience members but we knew they were there, making The Dumb Waiter feel like a communal event.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

‘Completely irresistible’: HAIRSPRAY – London Coliseum by Maryam Philpott

Fourteen months and four attempts later, Hairspray is finally back in the West End – the energy, sentiment and exhilaration of the show is completely irresistible.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

‘Beautifully pitched adaptation’: UNDER MILK WOOD – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Making Under Milk Wood a story within a story is a risk but one that pays off, adding a tender father-son connection that ties that multifaceted sprawl of Dylan Thomas’ story together.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

‘A significant step forward’: In the Heights plays its part in the evolving genre of movie musicals by Maryam Philpott

As a modern movie musical, In the Heights employs many of its shot, direction and choreographic techniques to create a swirling visual experience that immerses the audience in the story.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

‘Fagon’s astoundingly contemporary drama feels significant’: DEATH OF A BLACK MAN – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Alfred Fagon’s fascinating two act drama opened at the venue in 1975 and while some of its gender attitudes may have dated, so much of Death of a Black Man feels as fresh and challenging n…

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

‘A West End stage is exactly where this story belongs’: CRUISE – Duchess Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Duchess Theatre, London – 13 June 2021 As theatres reopen, the long influence of digital forms is already making itself felt. Jack Holden’s new play Cruise premiered online last month vi…

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

‘A tense & gripping two-hander’: THE BARN – Turbine Theatre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

The Barn is a gripping two act piece whose perfect storm of story, tone and character will be a must-see on stage before too long.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

‘Ridley excels at these forensic character studies’: TARANTULA – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Tarantula isn’t perfect and is certainly too long but Ridley’s latest twin works have been ideally suited to the nature of hybrid theatre, utilising the intimate and seemingly one-to-one…

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

‘Offers a faithful reading with some contemporary resonance’: THE WINTER’S TALE – RSC / BBC Lights Up Festival (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

The Royal Shakespeare Company joins forces with BBC4 for the world premiere of A Winter’s Tale, a production intended for the 2020 stage and all but lost to theatre history.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

‘Not all subterfuge & double jeopardy’: A SPLINTER OF ICE – Original Theatre Company (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

A Splinter of Ice moves away from a basic biography by mirroring its spy subjects and never allowing the audience to be quite sure which of its many faces is the real one.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

‘Manages to be inherently theatrical & a successful movie experience’: ROMEO & JULIET (National Theatre / Sky Arts) by Maryam Philpott

National Theatre and Sky Arts’ hybrid theatre and film production of Romeo & Juliet has been a fascinating experiment resulting in a smart, interesting and entirely collaborative piece…

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

‘Celebrating the breadth & creativity of the theatre industry’: THE MEANING OF ZONG / AFTERPLAY – BBC Sounds by Maryam Philpott

The Meaning of Zong and Afterplay showcase the power of audio drama to transport an audience’s imagination and to see the familiar a little differently. With light at the end of the t…

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

‘The creativity & visual style really impress’: ASSEMBLY – Donmar Warehouse (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Assembly, the first production from the Donmar Local company, shows a lot of promise, combining an enthusiastic group of performers with a creative team eager to explore technical boundaries…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

‘A significant achievement of this third lockdown’: Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

When we left 1 and A in Episode 14 of Athena Stevens’ Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels they were both in some kind of moral and emotional jeopardy, and it seemed appropriate on Intern…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

‘You’ll be eager to find out what happens next’: Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels has already become a gripping anatomy of relationships and the attempts to manipulate two quite different women.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

‘Offers very human portraits of great writers’: LITTLE WARS (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

With a charitable donation for every digital ticket sold going to Women for Refugee Women, Little Wars is still an all too rare experience – a play that puts women at its centre without fo…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

‘Engaging insights into living with & exploring the nature of disability’: Unlimited Festival – Southbank Centre (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Festivals are a vital part of the theatre ecosystem, a place to try out new material, explore form and style while giving a valuable platform to all kinds of performance. These activities ha…

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

‘Will be just the kind of theatre magic we’ve all been waiting for’: SWINGIN’ THE DREAM – RSC (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

The RSC, Young Vic and Theatre for a New Audience have a difficult but fascinating task ahead in re-creating lost work Swingin’ the Dream that honours the original while offering something…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

‘Atmospheric & absorbing short drama’: THAT DINNER OF ’67 – BBC Radio 4 by Maryam Philpott

With director Stanley Kramer’s making of the groundbreaking film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner as its subject matter, Tracy-Ann Oberman and David Spicer’s new radio drama has a compelli…

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

‘Makes a virtue of its scratch staging’: SUNSET BOULVARD IN CONCERT – Leicester Curve (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Curve Leicester’s Sunset Boulevard certainly offers ‘new ways to dream,’ proving a beautiful and fitting finale to a year of considerable change for theatre.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

‘Will put a warm glow in your heart’: THE NUTCRACKER – Birmingham Royal Ballet (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Integral to the festive Birmingham experience, the chance to watch this delightful production of The Nutcracker from home is a rare silver lining in an otherwise troubled month for the perfo…

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

‘Will only go from strength to strength as the run continues’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Old Vic (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Andrew Lincoln brings a real gravitas to proceedings in A Christmas Carol, anchoring the production and delivering a performance of variety and skill that will leave you hoping he returns to…

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

‘Sparkles with ghostly Christmas chill’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Bridge Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Filled with a real love of Dickens’ words as well as his characters the Bridge Theatre has found a fresh and exciting way to tell the familiar tale of A Christmas Carol and give Scrooge’…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

‘Joseph Potter is more than a match for this quick-fire writing’: THE POLTERGEIST – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by Maryam Philpott

Philip Ridley’s play The Poltergeist made an intimate transition to the screen and will be unmissable as soon as live performances can be scheduled.

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