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Monday, December 17, 2018

Peter Pan review at Royal and Derngate, Northampton – ‘packed with music and dance’ by Dave Fargnoli

Light, tight and cheerful, Barbara Evans’ boisterous staging of JM Barrie’s much-loved adventure might have had its story stripped to the bare

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Chasing Bono review at Soho Theatre, London – ‘a tale of ambition, fame and failure’ by Dave Fargnoli

Adapting their 2011 movie Killing Bono – itself an adaptation of music critic Neil McCormick’s only-slightly-bitter memoirs – writers Dick Clement and

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Sleeping Beauty review at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre – ‘big energy and silly banter’ by Dave Fargnoli

Benefiting from a serious dose of kids’ TV nostalgia, Sleeping Beauty at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is a warm-hearted pleasure. Director Ian Adams

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aladdin review at Orchard Theatre, Dartford – ‘action-packed but wildly uneven’ by Dave Fargnoli

Wildly uneven in terms of tone, Aladdin at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, is more fantasy adventure than traditional panto, despite sticking close

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Just So review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘Gentle but joyful revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Capping off the Barn Theatre, Cirencester’s first season with an enthusiastic musical revival, Just So puts a warm, light-hearted spin on Rudyard

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Cinderella review at Churchill Theatre, Bromley – ‘flat and uninspired’ by Dave Fargnoli

There’s a fine line between embracing tradition and going through the motions. Stripped back to the barest plot beats, this glitzy but

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Snow White review at Cambridge Junction – ‘warm, family-friendly fairytale with a smart twist’ by Dave Fargnoli

Smartly shifting the focus of the familiar fairytale, New International Encounter’s Snow White unfolds as a playful but unusually nuanced storytelling session.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Robinson Crusoe review at Greenwich Theatre, London – ‘uncomplicated but upbeat’ by Dave Fargnoli

Light, bright, and cheerful, Andrew Pollard’s Robinson Crusoe is a breezy adventure with a few subversive twists. After a boilerplate first half

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Friday, November 30, 2018

The Wizard of Oz review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – ‘breezily paced and visually inspired’ by Dave Fargnoli

Bursting with energy and colour, Liam Steel’s Wizard of Oz in an inventive but faithful take on L Frank Baum’s beloved yarn.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Cinderella review at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury – ‘lively, lovely and lavishly designed’ by Dave Fargnoli

Finding the tricky balance between spectacle and sincerity, the Marlowe Theatre’s Cinderella is a finely-tuned fairytale. Written and directed by Paul Hendy,

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The Dark review at Ovalhouse, London – ‘richly textured elegy for Uganda’ by Dave Fargnoli

Pieced together from what author and poet Nick Makoha describes as fragments of “memory and imagination,” The Dark is a richly textured

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Robin Hood review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘chaotic appeal’ by Dave Fargnoli

Daft and rambling though it is, the Watermill Theatre’s madcap crack at the story of Robin Hood has a certain chaotic appeal.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Bullet Tongue review at Big House, London – ‘ferocious and powerful’ by Dave Fargnoli

The Big House is gaining a solid reputation for making raw, powerful work with at-risk young people, and Bullet Tongue is no

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Love-Lies-Bleeding review at the Print Room, London – ‘Don DeLillo’s poignant philosophical drama’ by Dave Fargnoli

The need to find meaning in the face of mortality is at the heart of Love-Lies-Bleeding, a swaggeringly bleak story of assisted

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Monday, November 12, 2018

The Recruiting Officer review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘scrappy, but likeable revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

Highly successful in its own time, George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer is a wry restoration sex comedy with a subversive streak that

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Return of the Unknown review at Dover Marine Station – ‘uneven promenade piece’ by Dave Fargnoli

Marking the centenary of the Armistice, Return of the Unknown is a clumsy but undeniably ambitious interrogation of the act of remembrance.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Indebted to Chance review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘unpolished historical biography’ by Dave Fargnoli

Actor, puppeteer, and author Charlotte Charke was an intriguing but often overlooked historical figure, a woman who, in the early 1700s regularly

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Haunting Julia review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘Ayckbourn’s ghostly reflection on grief’ by Dave Fargnoli

Far more than any supernatural scariness, the simple inability to move on from the death of a loved one is at the

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Trench review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘visually stunning, vividly realised’ by Dave Fargnoli

Beneath the war-torn fields of France, a desperate soldier becomes trapped in the mythic labyrinth of The Trench in this dark, compelling

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Summit review at Shoreditch Town Hall, London – ‘an exploration of the limits of language’ by Dave Fargnoli

Exploring the limitations of language and the vacuity of political discourse, Summit imagines an unlikely, optimistic butterfly effect which begins when international

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Maydays review at the Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘an assured revival of David Edgar’s play’ by Dave Fargnoli

Sprawling, cerebral, and at times unflinching in its dissection of radicalism at both ends of the political spectrum, Maydays tells an epic,

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Friday, September 28, 2018

A Kettle of Fish review at Yard Theatre, London – ‘a muddled multi-media staging’ by Dave Fargnoli

Stuck on an international flight when she learns that her life has been spectacularly derailed, data analyst Lisa grapples with overwhelming feelings

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Rebus: Long Shadows review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre – ‘pensive, plodding police drama’ by Dave Fargnoli

Chafing against retirement and a lingering alcohol problem, Ian Rankin’s maverick detective John Rebus cracks open a cold case in this latest

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Trial by Laughter review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s courtroom comedy’ by Dave Fargnoli

With our current crop of world leaders often seemingly beyond parody, Trial by Laughter is a timely reminder that political incompetence, corruption,

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tartuffe review at Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘bold, contemporary adaptation’ by Dave Fargnoli

Opening with a bone-rattling blast of Black Sabbath, it’s clear from the outset that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new adaptation of Moliere’s

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Midnight review at the Union Theatre, London – ‘energetically staged musical with smart design’ by Dave Fargnoli

Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, 1937, a couple surviving tenuously in the Soviet Union are visited by the devil in

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

An Adventure review at Bush Theatre, London – ‘tender, lyrical study of migration and upheaval’ by Dave Fargnoli

Charting the shared journey of a newly married couple from 1950s India to present-day Britain, An Adventure is a sprawling, impressionistic study

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Gastronomic review at Theatre Royal Norwich – ‘a vivid, multisensory experience’ by Dave Fargnoli

The unpleasant feeling of chewing while wearing headphones does little to detract from the immersive, experiential quality of genre-blurring multimedia piece Gastronomic.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Abi review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘a vivid performance’ by Dave Fargnoli

Commissioned as a companion piece to Mike Leigh’s acerbic drama Abigail’s Party – a remount of which runs alongside this production at

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Abigail’s Party review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘an uneven revival’ by Dave Fargnoli

As a 1977 Play for Today, Mike Leigh’s waspish comedy-drama Abigail’s Party became an impactful and influential examination of the suburban underbelly.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four review at Apollo, London – ‘daft, dirty, and gleefully puerile’ by Dave Fargnoli

The fourth instalment of Birmingham Stage Company’s long running sketch show based on the delightfully nasty children’s franchise, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain

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