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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

‘A pin-drop silence falls over the auditorium’: ENDGAME / ROUGH FOR THEATRE II – The Old Vic by Maryam Philpott

Much is to be taken from the strangeness of the settings and fine characterful performances in Endgame and Rough For Theatre II which should please Beckett fans and providing plenty of thoug…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

‘Jodie McNee’s leading performance burns with energy’: FAUSTUS: THAT DAMNED WOMAN – Lyric Hammersmith by Maryam Philpott

In opening-up the female experience of the era in Faustus: That Damned Woman, Chris Bush reinforces the decision to switch the gender of the central character.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

‘Far lighter than the themes of the play might suggest’: UNCLE VANYA – West End by Maryam Philpott

This Uncle Vanya is more roundedly entertaining than other recent productions and while that detracts a little from the emotional undercurrents of the original, the fluidity and richness of …

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

‘It’s fascinating writing’: THE TYLER SISTERS – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

In The Tyler Sisters Alexandra Wood reverses expectations of storytelling and in the process fills a notable gap in charting the experience of just being a sister day-to-day and year-to-year.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Theatre review of the 2019 & what to see in 2020 by Maryam Philpott

With a new year fast approaching, it is an interesting time to reflect on small changes across the theatre landscape in 2019 that will continue to shape how UK theatre will look as it moves …

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

‘Don’t miss the chance to see this charming show’: CURTAINS – West End by Maryam Philpott

In a strong year for new London productions, Curtains finishes 2019 on a high with a true song and dance show that glories in its love of the stage and the process of putting on a production.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

‘Funny, sad & meaningful’: TEENAGE DICK – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

In Teenage Dick Mike Lew has created a version of Richard III that suits the high school context extremely well, asking the audience to consider attitudes to disability, power and social str…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

‘Feels as fresh & relevant as ever’: A TASTE OF HONEY – Trafalgar Studios by Maryam Philpott

With its comment on the burden of expectation placed on women, class struggle, race and sexuality, more than six decades on A Taste Of Honey has lost none of its bite.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

‘An achingly modern & exciting version’: CYRANO DE BERGERAC – West End by Maryam Philpott

Reimagined for the modern stage with a contemporary cast led by James McAvoy, Jamie Lloyd’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac feels at every moment like theatre at its most exciting, libera…

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

‘Hard not to be impressed’: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Melly Still’s reworking of April De Angelis’ adaptation of My Brilliant Friend gives the show both a flowing and episodic quality as the interior monologue of the protagonist in the book…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘Wickedly funny & quietly moving’: THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE – Tower Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The skill with which this production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane has been developed clearly demonstrates a theatre company with a revitalised energy.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

‘Takes the building blocks of the genre in a new & unusual direction’: GHOST QUARTET – Boulevard Theatre by Maryam Philpott

If this inaugural show, Ghost Quartet, means the new Boulevard Theatre is setting out its stall for a programme of unusually staged and challenging productions in the future then there is ev…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

‘This is a writer with lots to say’: THE ANTIPODES – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

While the descent into a kind of collective insanity may seem strange in lieu of a plot in Annie Baker’s Antipodes at the National Theatre, as with all her work you find your thoughts retu…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

‘Wonderful connection between Foy & Smith adds an extra dimension’: LUNGS – The Old Vic by Maryam Philpott

Part of the success of Lungs is that it is not the uber-liberal, finger-wagging climate change play you expect it to be, plus both the production’s stars are superb and entirely believable…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

‘Never less than compelling’: MACBETH – Chichester by Maryam Philpott

It has been a long time since the West End saw a truly great Macbeth so perhaps this is a chance for Simm and Kirwan to buck the trend with impressive performances that offer a different per…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

‘Engaging & atmospheric adaptation’: BLOOD WEDDING – Young Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Marina Carr’s coherent vision for Blood Wedding delivers a production that is unforgiving, creating a portentous world in which notions of love and freedom will always be trampled by the s…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

‘Some of us will just not know what to think’: A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON – Old Vic by Maryam Philpott

In A Very Expensive Poison Lucy Prebble has serious arguments to outlay about the relationship between international governments and narrative misdirection, but the broadly comic approach to…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

‘A great political play’: HANSARD – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Hansard is a great political play, one that tells us everything about the society we have become and why the impasse of the last three years cannot be easily broken.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

‘The past is never just the past’: APPROPRIATE – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

Jacobs-Jenkins explores how even fairly recent national history can be sanitised and reduced when examined from only one perspective in Appropriate at the Donmar Warehouse.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘Will be long remembered’: LES MISERABLES – THE STAGED CONCERT – West End by Maryam Philpott

Like its predecessors, 2019’s Les Misérables: The Staged Concert will be long remembered as another notable event in the musical’s performance history, heralding the return of Michael B…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

‘Thoughtful arguments grounded in a recognisable reality’: ACTUALLY – West End by Maryam Philpott

Actually has its issues as a drama and the heavily discursive competing narratives approach limits how the play is staged that can feel repetitive at times, but Ziegler has created a scenari…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

‘Oh what a show! Raw, fresh & intense’: EVITA – Open Air Theatre by Maryam Philpott

With plenty to say about the shallow foundations of political leaders hiding behind their PR machines, Jamie Lloyd’s triumphant Evita is raw, fresh and intense – “oh what a show!”

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Monday, July 29, 2019

‘Proves valuable & illuminating’: SOUTHERN BELLES – King’s Head Theatre by Maryam Philpott

As the conclusion to a strong season of unusual Williams revivals, Southern Belles proves valuable and illuminating, concluding with an important moment of solidarity that leaves the audienc…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

‘There is something life-affirming about it’: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS – Soho Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Max Vernon’s musical The View UpStairs making its European debut at the Soho Theatre and running for just five weeks, commemorates the 1973 arson attack on a gay bar in New Orleans which w…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

‘Clive Owen makes a superb return to the stage’: THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA – West End by Maryam Philpott

Gripping performances from Clive Owen and Lia Williams, and James Macdonald’s slow-burn direction allows Tennessee Williams’ writing in The Night Of The Iguana to cast its spell.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

‘You can practically hear doors flinging open to Yarrow all over town’: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT – West End by Maryam Philpott

The staging and orchestration of the Palladium’s new version of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat looks to the future, as a whole new set of children fall in love with this pe…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

‘Thorne’s writing is meaningful & engaging’: THE END OF HISTORY – Royal Court Theatre by Maryam Philpott

In The End of History Thorne shuffles various perspectives within the family, examining their different experiences of the same events from multiple angles, and while these differences drive…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘Has nothing to say & misses the point’: BITTER WHEAT – West End by Maryam Philpott

Bitter Wheat is not only frustratingly irresponsible in its treatment of the events that led to the #MeToo movement, it is also a poorly constructed drama.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘Brings a fresh, more contemporary feel’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Bridge Theatre by Maryam Philpott

It is the slight rearrangement of the text and its implication for the female characters that is Nicholas Hytner’s most notable achievement here in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridg…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

‘Highly stylised & fast-moving production which has a lot to say’: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION – Trafalgar Studios by Maryam Philpott

However light its frame, ultimately Education, Education, Education has serious points to make about the short-termist approaches to education funding used cynically as a political tool to w…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Sets Williams’ seminal drama in an entirely new context without changing a word’: THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Arcola Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Femi Elufowoju Jr’s production of The Glass Menagerie is fascinating with the tense and vibrant second half in particular proving both gripping and illuminating

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