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Sunday, January 16, 2022

‘It’s naughty & not always nice’: HABEAS CORPUS – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★ by Alun Hood

Joe Orton had been dead six years when Alan Bennett’s 1973 Habeas Corpus made its West End debut in a production starring Sir Alec Guinness.

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

‘Beautiful, a bit strange, quite sinister & entirely transporting’: CABARET – West End ★★★★★ by Alun Hood

I’m not sure anything prepared me for quite how earth-shatteringly sensational Rebecca Frecknall’s take on Cabaret would turn out to be.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

‘An enthralling, bewitching new staging with a terrific young cast’: SPRING AWAKENING – Almeida Theatre by Alun Hood

I’m not sure even the greatest admirers of this 2006 Broadway smash will be prepared for the emotional and visceral impact of this jaw-droppingly fine new production by the Almeida’s art…

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

‘The term crowdpleaser was coined for shows such as this’: THE CHOIR OF MAN – Arts Theatre ★★★ by Alun Hood

Big burly men who sing like angels while dispensing free beer….what’s not to love, right?! It isn’t hard to fathom the appeal of The Choir Of Man.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

‘The music provides a haunting, grounding overlay’: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS – Barbican Centre (RSC) by Alun Hood

It might seem a bit odd to come out of a Shakespeare play raving about the singing and music. Yet these elements are part of what lifts Phillip Breen’s captivating new RSC production.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

‘Commendably, it never descends into cliché’: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Alun Hood

A long-standing darling of the avant-garde downtown Off-Broadway theatre scene where she has her own company, Young Jean Lee is known for creating plays that are punchy, free-form and advent…

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Friday, November 19, 2021

‘It takes you to that smashing place where you just can’t stop laughing’: PRIDE & PREJUDICE (sort of) – West End ★★★★ by Alun Hood

Every so often a little show comes along pretty much unheralded and without star casting that strikes a chord with audiences and critics alike, and ends up sticking around in the West End fo…

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

‘It’s refreshing to see Australian writing on the London stage’: THE SUGAR HOUSE – Finborough Theatre ★★★ by Alun Hood

Nobody who sees this award-nominated Australian drama is likely to accuse playwright Alana Valentine of lacking ambition.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

‘Devastating, dark & rich’: LOVE & OTHER ACTS OF VIOLENCE – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★★ by Alun Hood

The birth of a new star is always a source of theatrical excitement, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen a professional debut as impressive as that of Abigail Weinstock.

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

‘Really a rather marvelous surprise’: INDECENT PROPOSAL – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Alun Hood

Unlike the critically mauled Broadway tuner Pretty Woman, Michael Conley and Dylan Schlosberg’s tangy and surprising chamber musical is only “inspired” by, as opposed to slavishly foll…

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

‘An enjoyable evening, superbly acted’: HOW TO SURVIVE AN APOCALYPSE – Finborough Theatre ★★★ by Alun Hood

Jordan Hall’s multi-award-winning Canadian comedy, in a smart staging by Proud Haddock artistic director Jimmy Walters, is so engaging you don’t really need a glass of overpriced wine to…

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

‘Good intentions & a fascinating central figure’: IDA RUBINSTEIN – Playground Theatre ★★ by Alun Hood

Disparaging somebody else’s passion project is a bit like telling a doting parent that their baby is ugly. This stage tribute to Art Nouveau darling Ida Rubinstein is one such endeavour.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

‘Thunderously exciting’: & JULIET — West End ★★★★★(★!) by Alun Hood

A musical that riffs on Shakespeare while plundering the back catalogue of one of the most successful and prolific songwriters in pop history (Max Martin, who is only not a household name be…

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

‘A bonkers theatrical thrill ride’: IS GOD IS – Royal Court ★★★★★ by Alun Hood

One of the Urban Dictionary definitions of “nasty” is a word to describe something that is ridiculously good. Between that and the more traditional meaning of the word, I have no hesitat…

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Monday, September 27, 2021

‘Theatrical comfort food’: BLITHE SPIRIT – West End ★★★ by Alun Hood

Written and premiered in the early 1940s while WW2 raged on and the prospect of losing a precious loved one at short notice felt like a very real possibility, Noël Coward’s ghostly comedy…

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Friday, September 24, 2021

‘This gem of a show’: THE LAST FIVE YEARS – Garrick ★★★★★ by Alun Hood

Jonathan O’Boyle’s inspired actor-musician take on Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle-cum-musical felt like an eye-opening reinvention of a fascinating but conflicted piece (one half of t…

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

‘A revival to savour’: SMALL CHANGE – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Alun Hood

First presented at the Royal Court in 1976 and last seen in London in a starry 2008 revival directed by the author, Peter Gill’s knotty, elegiac text is a dense, tense jumble of memory pla…

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Monday, September 20, 2021

‘Disconcerting, essential stuff’: CAMP SIEGFRIED – Old Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Alun Hood

Highly recommended, but I wouldn’t bank on getting a good nights sleep afterwards. Evil in plain sight is a real chiller, and that’s exactly what Wohl is serving up here. Disconcerting, …

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

‘This is powerful, thought-provoking stuff’: NW TRILOGY – Kiln Theatre ★★★★ by Alun Hood

Educational and richly entertaining, NW Trilogy emerges, in Taio Lawson and Susie McKenna’s vibrant production as a sparky, moving valentine to what is traditionally one of the capital’s…

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

‘Unmissable, breathtaking piece of theatre’: INDECENT – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★★ by Alun Hood

This may be a sweeping statement, but if you’re not profoundly affected by Indecent, Paula Vogel’s provocatively titled powder keg of a play, as staged here in Rebecca Taichman’s Tony …

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

’Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first solid smash hit for quite some time’: CINDERELLA – Gillian Lynne Theatre ★★★★ by Alun Hood

Andrew Lloyd Webber may have composed better scores than his new Cinderella, but he has certainly never created anything camper, and no, I haven’t forgotten Sunset Boulevard. This collabor…

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

‘It’s as much fun as it is unexpected’: 13 – Cadogan Hall ★★★★ by Alun Hood

British Theatre Academy’s 13 proves to be an upbeat piece of musical theatre that could well prove a calling card into the industry for enthusiastic young people on both sides of the footl…

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Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre