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Thursday, July 4, 2019

the end of history ..., Royal Court review - raises more questions than it answers by Matt Wolf

The starry director-writer team behind 'Harry Potter' onstage return to their frequent home at the Royal Court An apocalyptic title proves somewhat of a red herring for a slight if intriguin…

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In a New ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ Darkness and Wonder by Matt Wolf

Nicholas Hytner’s production at the Bridge Theater in London finds something fresh in a work that sometimes feels as if it’s being done out of duty.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Andrew Langtree on How the New West End Musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ Brings Up Cringeworthy Memories by Matt Wolf

Andrew Langtree has appeared in the world premiere productions of the musicals Mamma Mia!, Ghost and Groundhog Day, receiving a 2017 Olivier nomination for his performance as Ned Ryerson in …

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Alex Mugnaioni on the Thrill of Making His West End Debut in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Matt Wolf

Alex Mugnaioni has worked at Shakespeare’s Globe, touring the Bard to North and South America, but only now is the actor making his West End debut, and in a work well away from the Bard. B…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Present Laughter, Old Vic review - Andrew Scott continues his rise and rise by Matt Wolf

The Irish star is sublimely funny - and moving, too - in Noël Coward classic "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" can be heard pulsating through the Old Vic auditorium as the curtain rises o…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

West End Mamma Mia! Star Mazz Murray on Graduating from Tanya to Donna, Performing in We Will Rock You for a Decade & More by Matt Wolf

Mazz Murray (the snappy first name is short for Marianne) has lent her distinctive rock sound to such West End musical mainstays as We Will Rock You, as the Killer Queen, and Chicago. The gu…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘Bitter Wheat’ Misfires, in Monstrous Fashion by Matt Wolf

Despite the formidable presence of John Malkovich, David Mamet’s new play is as reprehensible as the predatory film tycoon at the center of it.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Light in the Piazza, RFH review - Broadway musical looks good and sounds even better by Matt Wolf

Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron align in starry London debut for six-time Tony-winner A Broadway show as melodically haunting and sophisticated as it is niche, The Light in the Piazza has t…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

London On Your Feet! Star Christie Prades on Meeting Gloria Estefan, Making Her West End Debut & More by Matt Wolf

Cuban-American performer Christie Prades is headlining the London premiere of On Your Feet!, the Broadway musical about Gloria Estefan opening June 27 at the London Coliseum, following a sho…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

While the Sun Shines, Orange Tree Theatre review - frothy, yes, up to a point by Matt Wolf

Slice of Rattigan esoterica is useful to see even as it shows its age Terence Rattigan completists, and count myself among them, will leap at the chance to see a rare production courtesy th…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

London's The Light in the Piazza Star Dove Cameron on Her Friendship with Ariana Grande and Dream of Playing Wicked's Glinda by Matt Wolf

Onetime Disney Channel teen queen Dove Cameron has been spreading her theatrical wings of late. Last December the 23-year-old performer opened off-Broadway in the New Group production of the…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Starry Messenger, Wyndham's Theatre review - Matthew Broderick gets all cosmic by Matt Wolf

Kenneth Lonergan's Off Broadway play trades heavily on deadpan as it crosses the pond A small-scale Off Broadway venture late in 2009, The Starry Messenger has arrived in London to mark the…

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In This ‘Death of a Salesman,’ Willy Loman Is Black by Matt Wolf

Three new theater productions in London explore questions of race and skin color in different ways.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

User Not Found, The CoffeeWorks Project review - solo play set in a café offers food for thought by Matt Wolf

Dante or Die's latest is mirthful and mournful in turn Who is that slithering on the floor by your foot, or coming to rest by or upon your knee? Audiences lucky enough to find themselves at…

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New West End Tina Star Nkeki Obi-Melekwe on Meeting Ms. Turner & What Adrienne Warren Gave Her by Matt Wolf

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe at only 22 has stepped into the starring role of anyone’s dreams, succeeding 2019 Olivier nominee Adrienne Warren in the title role of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at th…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

West End Star Adrianna Bertola on Entering The Twilight Zone and Memories of Matilda by Matt Wolf

Adrianna Bertola was a pintsized powerhouse in the title role of Matilda the Musical, played Gretl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and, now age 20, has made the transition with ease to an ad…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Orpheus Descending, Menier Chocolate Factory review - Tennessee Williams scorcher needs more firepower by Matt Wolf

Troubled but tantalising Williams play doesn't entirely land this time around Where would Tennessee Williams's onetime flop be without the British theatre to rehabilitate it on an ongoing b…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, Park Theatre review - unwieldy at times but undeniably funny, too by Matt Wolf

Jonathan Maitland skewers Brexit-era realpolitik and largely scores What could have been merely a cheap and cheesy piss-take registers as considerably more robust in The Last Temptation of …

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

West End Fiddler on the Roof Star Judy Kuhn on a Surprising Email from Trevor Nunn & Why She Doesn't Plan Ahead by Matt Wolf

Broadway veteran and four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn has given over the better part of the past year to London and to Trevor Nunn’s beautiful Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Fiddler o…

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London Theater Reviews: Women Onstage, Not Getting What They Want by Matt Wolf

Productions in London of classic plays — from Chekhov to Cy Coleman — feature strong female performances.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Rosmersholm, Duke of York's Theatre review - little-known Ibsen lands with force by Matt Wolf

Ian Rickson finds the fury and dynamism in a piece of Ibsen esoterica The past haunts the present and looks likely to torpedo the future in Rosmersholm, the lesser-known Ibsen play now rece…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Olivier Winner Giles Terera on Starring in London's Rosmersholm and Sniffling Through Hamilton by Matt Wolf

Giles Terera’s many and varied credits include Honk!, The Book of Mormon, and a revelatory National Theatre revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but the versatile performer reached a new…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019


A wonderfully inventive productive balances gore, humor and pathos exceedingly well.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Director Phyllida Lloyd on 20 Years of Mamma Mia! in London and Broadway's Upcoming Tina: The Tina Turner Musical by Matt Wolf

Mamma Mia! has transformed the lives of a lot of people, not least its gifted and versatile director, Phyllida Lloyd, who came to the ABBA musical from a career in the British not-for-profit…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

London Theater Reviews: On the London Stage, ‘Top Girls’ and a Grande Dame by Matt Wolf

Maggie Smith tackles an impressive one-woman show at the Bridge Theater, and a British classic of the 1980s gets a new lease on life at the National.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Kelly Mathieson on Having a Phantom of the Opera Birthday Cake to Starring as Christine Daae in the West End by Matt Wolf

Kelly Mathieson grew up in Scotland and started ballet lessons when she was two. But after training at London's prestigious Royal College of Music, she forsook the world of actual opera to m…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Ben Edelman on Starring in London's Admissions Amidst College Scandal Headlines by Matt Wolf

Ben Edelman burst onto the New York theater scene like a proverbial comet in last year’s Lincoln Center Theater production of Admissions, the fiery play about family dynamics and race from…

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Ben Edelman on Starring in London's Admissions Amid College Scandal Headlines by Matt Wolf

Ben Edelman burst onto the New York theater scene like a proverbial comet in last year’s Lincoln Center Theater production of Admissions, the fiery play about family dynamics and race from…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Joanna Riding on Stepping into London's Follies and Her Strong Take on "Losing My Mind" by Matt Wolf

Joanna Riding has won two Olivier Awards, starting with her matchless Julie Jordan in Nicholas Hytner’s landmark 1992 production of Carousel, and is now giving a career-defining performanc…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

London Theater Reviews: A Pinter Marathon Saves the Best for Last by Matt Wolf

A revelatory new production of “Betrayal” starring Tom Hiddleston comes after a season of the playwright’s one-act plays.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Richard Fleeshman on Stripping Down in London's Company, His Olivier Nomination & What Patti LuPone Calls Him by Matt Wolf

Richard Fleeshman starred on the West End and Broadway opposite Caissie Levy in Ghost the Musical and was part of the British ensembles of Urinetown and The Last Ship. But it’s fai…

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