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The Paper Man starts off with the story of Austria's 1930s football hero Matthias Sindelar but swiftly dummies the Nazis and nutmegs for a narrative about the construction of narratives - an…
Phil Willmott tries to rescue two shows with the plot of a third, but his show also never quite coheres, for all the energy expended by the hard-working cast.
The King's Head pulls off another re-imagining of a classic opera that packs plenty of punch and is a joy for newbies and old hands alike.
Rip It Up The 60s is unabashed entertainment full of great songs, plenty of dancing and a handful of stars from Strictly.
A wonderful version of The Winter's Tale that is made for young people but has plenty to say to those of us as old as Leontes and Polixenes.
The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre brings its modern, surreal take on Chekhov's classic play to The Barbican, with a barb or two directed towards some familiar faces.
BWW talks to Ruth Mary Johnson about her version of The Winter's Tale at the National Theatre and about her philosophy in making theatre works for young people.
The Orchestra digs into the hearts of the six women and one man stuck playing light classics in a hollowed out French spa town and finds bleak, Chekhovian humour in their plights.
Les Mis has been in London almost as long as I have - here's how we have grown old together.
Pippa Evans talks about the long-running Showstopper back in the West End and about her life in theatre.
Danielle Walker Bush Rat takes on the tricky task of examining a largely happy family for comic material and, aside from a few references to the strange ways of Outback Australia, inevitably…
Kieran Hodgson dissects the history of the UK's relationship with Europe in this funny, poignant and wonderfully well-informed show.
What a strange thing is Violet - indeed, what a strange thing is Violet, our eponymous heroine. But more of that later.
A Modest Little Man tells us something of the man and his achievements, Clement Attlee surrounded by egos and rivals talented though in this gem of a political comedy.
Kristine Landon-Smith talks about directing her revival of Jean Anouilh's The Orchestra and about her unique life in theatre.
Rosenbaum's Rescue compelling drama concerns itself with big questions like what is truth as they apply to a fractured family today and the interpretation of traumatic events in the past.
Gabriel Gbadamosi's writing touches on many hot button topics for 2019, but it never quite finds the characters to lend credibility and, crucially, empathy, to his contemporary and important…
I confess to entering the theatre with a sense of foreboding. The legend of Orson Wells' The War of the Worlds has been done to death - the radio broadcast that createdpanic across the USA, …
Phil Willmott's updating of An Enemy of the People could hardly be more timely, but falls a little flat for want of some attention to detail.
This Australian production of Rumpelstiltskin wanders as far from the original tale as Germany is from Down Under and some might say the same with regard to its distance traditional theatre-…
To the beautifully appointed Laban Theatre on the banks of Deptford Creek now a much sought after locale doncha know for Trinity Laban's Christmas show, Thea Musgrave's A Christmas Carol.
In 2018, I saw 101 productions ranging from black box theatres with more actors in the cast than punters in the stalls to huge productions at the Royal Opera House and London Coliseum.
Sometimes the smallest of spaces can tell the biggest of stories and that's the case with this perfectly judged adaptation of the much-loved fairytale.
Timon of Athens, at times a clunky collaboration and a clunkier mix of verse and prose, has much to say about how money corrupts and how spoiling adults is about as advisable as spoiling chi…
The Messiah has charm and poignancy, but creaks under the weight of its 35 years, its brand of humour now dated by shows like The Play That Goes Wrong.
Some spectacular special effects and a wonderful set are let down by a stodgy and confusing script.
Plaid Tidings is a show full of grand old Christmas songs delivered beautifully by four gifted vocalists.
John Savournin and the Charles Court Opera gang are back with another panto packed with innovatory storytelling and great songs, wonderfully sung KingsHeadThtr ButtonsPanto charlescourt.
An Honourable Man is bold in its ambition and gets a lot of details right, but its excellent first half gives way to a theatrically disappointing conclusion.
BWW talks to Jasmine Pearce, the founder of Riff Productions, about her plans for the future.