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Thursday, July 12, 2018

As You Like It, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - love among the bucolic hippies by Heather Neill

Earnest environmental messages underpin a celebratory, musically gleeful revival of Shakespeare's cross-dressing favouriteIt's been raining in Regent's Park. On a balmy summer evening d…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Peter Pan, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - ensemble playing at its best by Heather Neill

The boy who never grows up flies into the First World War This exuberant production both clarifies and further complicates the conundrum of Peter Pan. In any production true to Barrie there …

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Country Wife, Southwark Playhouse review – knowing Restoration update by Heather Neill

Wycherley’s sexy comedy transplanted to the Roaring TwentiesEven in its successful early days Wycherley’s 1675 comedy was notorious, but it was considered too lewd to be staged at all be…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Brief Encounter, Empire Cinema review – poignant, hilarious revival by Heather Neill

Emma Rice's lauded stage version of the film returns with charm and inventiveness intactIt would be so easy to make fun of the 1945 Noel Coward/ David Lean film in which, famously, noth…

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Brief Encounter, Empire Cinema review – poignant, hilarious revival by Heather Neill

Emma Rice's lauded version of the film returns with charm and inventiveness intactIt would be so easy to make fun of the 1945 Noel Coward/ David Lean film in which, famously, nothing ha…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Somewhere a Gunner Fires review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘wordy constraints’ by Heather Neill

Tom Stuchfield tells fascinating stories. They are jam-packed with detail: heroic, messy, bloody, romantic, humorous. Unfortunately, this rich material about a group

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Imaginationship review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘neatly structured’ by Heather Neill

Sue Healy’s Imaginationship, previously staged as a reading at the Finborough, is expertly patterned. Events and characters, each embodying some aspect of

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dick Whittington review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – ‘rollicking traditional panto’ by Heather Neill

Here’s a clever invention: a ratnav. This gilded box both susses out vermin and bursts into song at the least hint: say

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Dear Brutus, Southwark Playhouse review – a judicious mix of comedy and sadness by Heather Neill

Barrie’s grown-up fantasy gets a welcome centenary revivalConfused people, some of whom may have made the wrong choices in life and love, find themselves in an enchanted wood at Midsummer.…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Saint George and the Dragon, National Theatre review – a modern folk tale in the Olivier by Heather Neill

England’s patron saint travels through time to demonstrate changing views of heroismBold and fearless are adjectives that might describe playwright Rory Mullarkey as accurately as any chiv…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Nikki Amuka-Bird interview: 'There’s huge enthusiasm among actors of colour' by Heather Neill

Ibsen hits the Caribbean in The Lady from the Sea at the Donmar. Its star explainsNikki Amuka-Bird spent the summer in Antigua, swimming and scuba diving and could have claimed to be working…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

The Night Pirates review at Rose Theatre, Kingston –’high production values’ by Heather Neill

You can’t go wrong with pirates. All that swash and buckle, big hats and treasure trove provide excellent ingredients for a show

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Waiting for Godot review at the Arts Theatre, London – ‘a well-oiled machine’ by Heather Neill

When the 24-year-old Peter Hall unleashed the first English language version of Waiting for Godot at this very theatre 62 years ago,

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

A Fox on the Fairway review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘laughs are thin on the ground’ by Heather Neill

The costumes in Colin Falconer’s design are paint-box bright – scarlet, lime green and bilious yellow. There should be no room for

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Windows review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘period charm’ by Heather Neill

There are French windows in Alex Marker’s splendid set, but they are not the kind through which someone is likely to burst

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Brassed Off review at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton – ‘joyous’ by Heather Neill

Brassed Off is a heart-warming story with a tough streak, not unlike this production. The first in-house show for almost 40 years

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Around the World in 80 Days review at Cadogan Hall, London – ‘simple theatrical magic’ by Heather Neill

Forget the holiday airport hassle. Instead, take a good-natured trip around the world without leaving Chelsea, or somewhere nearer you on this

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Romeo and Juliet review at St James’s Square, London – ‘delightful open air Shakespeare’ by Heather Neill

Shakespeare’s youthful romance acted full-throttle on a balmy summer evening in the flowery surroundings of London’s garden squares – what could be

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Mentor, Vaudeville Theatre review - having fun with artistic integrity by Heather Neill

F Murray Abraham crackles as a temperamental playwright German writer Daniel Kehlmann’s light-touch 90-minute comedy is a chic satire on the slippery business of making art – and especia…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Emma review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – ‘a pedestrian staging’ by Heather Neill

Emma is a challenge for the Jane Austen adaptor. Capturing the essence of the novels – witty, humorous, a touch acerbic –

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Twelfth Night review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – “energetic comedy” by Heather Neill

This Twelfth Night opens in a jazz-age speakeasy and never really leaves there. Paul Hart’s playful production centres on the considerable musical

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Life of Galileo, Young Vic review - shared experience Brecht is powerful, timely by Heather Neill

Reason versus dogma under the starsNever mind breaking the fourth wall, Joe Wright and the Young Vic have smashed the other three as well. This isn’t simply because their engaging producti…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - 'Damian Lewis devastates' by Heather Neill

Revival of Edward Albee's gripping late play echoes Greek tragedyAsked in an interview if there remained any taboos in the theatre, Albee answered, “Yes. I don’t think you should be…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

The Missing Light review at the Old Vic, London – ‘delightful animation’ by Heather Neill

On days when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are not wandering in confusion among the clouds on their Old Vic set, the stage transforms

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Incident at Vichy review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a timely, focused revival’ by Heather Neill

This one-acter, written quickly by Arthur Miller in 1964 when the ANTA Washington Square Theater in New York City needed another play

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Anna Maxwell Martin: 'I like playing baddies' - interview by Heather Neill

She's been Sally Bowles, Lady Macbeth and Elizabeth Darcy. Now for a gritty courtroom drama about rapeShe was Lyra in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at the National, she has shar…

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Harold Pinter Theatre by Heather Neill

Humour and vitriol contend in a tightly orchestrated production of Albee's celebrated playMartha is described in the script of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as "a large, boisterous wo…

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

10 Questions for Director Ellen McDougall by Heather Neill

On directing Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and taking over at the GateIn a few days' time, Ellen McDougall will become artistic director of the dynamic little Gate Theatre in Notti…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Low Level Panic review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘beautifully realised’ by Heather Neill

So much remains unchanged. While that might be the first reaction to Clare McIntyre’s 1988 play, Low Level Panic, here getting its

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Henry V review at Southwark Cathedral, London – ‘a poignant production’ by Heather Neill

Old enemies have become allies in this poignant version of Henry V originally performed in 2015 to mark both the 600th anniversary

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Great Expectations review at Merton Arts Space, London – ‘welcoming’ by Heather Neill

The Attic Theatre Company has been going for over 20 years – its last outing was with Beacons, a new play, at

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