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Friday, January 14, 2022

Year in review: Ian’s 10 favourite shows of 2021 by Ian Foster

Just a little bit late… Here’s 10 of my favourite shows, both online and onstage but fully acknowledging that I saw a lot less than usual, I might actually have broken the back of this t…

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Year in review: Ian’s 10 top theatrical moments of 2021 by Ian Foster

As distinct from my favourite shows of the year, this list celebrates the fact that sometimes the good and the not-so-good co-exist right next to each – some of my favourite moments.

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Monday, January 10, 2022

‘This revival can’t help but resemble a middling 1970s sitcom’: HABEUS CORPUS – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

Alan Bennett’s Habeus Corpus gets a belated revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Stuck in the past, should it have been left in the past too?

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

‘The routines are without fail breathtakingly good’: BRING IT ON – Queen Elizabeth Hall then Touring by Ian Foster

Fabian Aloise’s banging choreography spikes, basket-tosses and split-lifts this cracking production of Bring It On – the Musical.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2021

‘Eddie Redmayne & Jessie Buckley shimmer & scintillate in this striking reworking’: CABARET – West End by Ian Foster

Director Rebecca Frecknall and designer Tom Scutt have done an awesome job in reconfiguring the Playhouse Theatre into the risqué surroundings of The Kit Kat Club.

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Panto not your thing? Lucie Jones & other alternative festive shows this Christmas by Ian Foster

Not up for seeing panto but still fancy getting out of the house before Omicron burns it all down? Here are some alternatives to pantomimes this month.

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

‘The show really is a visual treat like no other’: LIFE OF PI – West End by Ian Foster

If it isn’t necessarily the best play around, Life of Pi at Wyndham’s Theatre can seriously lay claim to being one of the finest productions open right now. 

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

‘We’re joyously submerged in the thrills & terrors of this parallel universe once again’: THE BOOK OF DUST – La Belle Sauvage – Bridge T by Ian Foster

Nicholas Hytner returns to the world of Philip Pullman with an impressively atmospheric take on The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage at the Bridge Theatre.

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

‘A beautiful reunion for Michael Xavier & Emma Williams’: LOVE STORY 10th Anniversary Concert – Cadogan Hall by Ian Foster

This 10th Anniversary Concert of Love Story was such a gorgeous way to spend a Sunday evening.

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Friday, December 3, 2021

‘This play can’t help but end up as something of a disappointment’: MANOR – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Despite the presence of Nancy Carroll and Shaun Evans, Moira Buffini’s Manor proves a disappointment at the National Theatre.

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‘The questions that resonate really do feel pertinent’: ASSISTED – Golden Goose Theatre by Ian Foster

Alexa who? Greg Wilkinson’s new play Assisted takes an amusing and assured look at the growing role AI takes in our lives.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

‘We’re actually bearing witness to some serious soul-bearing’: WHAT THEY FORGOT TO TELL US (& other stories) – BOLD Elephant by Ian Foster

A little elusive in nature but utterly enrapturing, devised piece What They Forgot To Tell Us (and other stories) makes for an exhilarating evening at BOLD Elephant.

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

‘Productions like this are precisely why Agatha Christie has endured so long’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall by Ian Foster

Witness for the Prosecution is an absolute marvel in the atmospheric surroundings of County Hall.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

‘Humorous then utterly heart-rending with much to say to all of us’: MUM – Soho Theatre by Ian Foster

Following on from the brilliant Emilia, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Mum is a powerfully bracing experience at the Soho Theatre “Motherhood’s not for everyone” Morgan Lloyd Malc…

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Monday, November 1, 2021

‘A notoriously difficult play to stage well’: THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH – Almeida Theatre by Ian Foster

At more than three hours, The Tragedy of Macbeth stretches the patience at the Almeida Theatre, despite strong work from Saoirse Ronan and James McArdle.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

‘Heartbreaking but fiercely essential work’: THE NORMAL HEART – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart receives a masterful revival courtesy of Dominic Cooke at the National Theatre, starring Ben Daniels.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

‘A truly affecting and effectual performance’: HAMLET — Young Vic by Ian Foster

Cush Jumbo is excellent, and there’s a great Ophelia, but do we really need another Hamlet? Three hours plus at the Young Vic will soon tell you

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

‘A revue is always tricky to review’: CLOSER THAN EVER – BroadwayHD (Online review) by Ian Foster

This new production of Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever just about gets there, though it occasionally struggles to break through the digital form.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

‘Tear-jerkingly beautiful as ever’: HAMILTON — Victoria Palace Theatre by Ian Foster

You know how it is, when a ticket to Hamilton falls into your lap, you can’t really say no to this… So a return to the Victoria Palace Theatre, my first since this behemoth of a show act…

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

‘I’m damned glad we have something as good as this’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – Prime Video by Ian Foster

This cinematic adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is fabulously enjoyable, led by a fine performance by Max Harwood.

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

‘A warm hug of perfect decision making’: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – London Palladium by Ian Foster

Now this is how you do stunt casting! Linzi Hateley returns in glorious style to Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat after 30 years.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

‘Sings & stings with hard-won truths’: No Cure for Love / The Rice Krispie Killer – Camden Fringe by Ian Foster

Taking inspiration from the music of Leonard Cohen, Emma Burnell’s No Cure For Love – a play with original songs (rather than Cohen covers) – bucks the trend a little when it comes to …

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

‘Strikes gold’: PARADISE – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Kae Tempest makes a stirring National Theatre debut with Sophocles adaptation Paradise, starring a superb Lesley Sharp.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

‘There’s an appealing openness to much of the music’: DORIAN: A ROCK MUSICAL – Stream.Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

A strong lead performance from Bart Lambert impresses in this streaming Oscar Wilde adaptation, but Dorian A Rock Musical lacks a real sense of identity.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

‘A visual language that suggests promise’: TWO WORLDS NO FAMILY – Lion & Unicorn Theatre by Ian Foster

The Lion and Unicorn Theatre hosts Draft99 Theatre and their production of Ben Reid’s new LGBTQ+ play Two Worlds No Family.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

‘The show is definitely best enjoyed with a drink in hand’: SH!TFACED SHAKESPEARE – Leicester Square Theatre by Ian Foster

The chaotic Sh!tFaced Shakespeare makes a tipsy Macbeth intermittently entertaining at the Leicester Square Theatre.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

‘A sexy & striking surprise’: CONSTELLATIONS – Vaudeville Theatre by Ian Foster

The Donmar West End production of Constellations launches its first two casts in Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah and Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

‘A talented ensemble plays well off the comic energy’: GOING APE! – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

The Bible and evolution go head to head in broad and bawdy comedy Going Ape at the Union Theatre. It’s a frippery that takes not a minute of itself seriously.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

’It is really packing a punch’: seven methods of killing kylie jenner – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

Jasmine Lee-Jones’ award-winning seven methods of killing kylie jenner transfers downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

‘Thought-provoking revival’: STAIRCASE – Southwark Playhouse by Ian Foster

Returning to the not-so-distant past when same-sex relationships were illegal, this is a thought-provoking revival of Charles Dyer’s Staircase at Southwark Playhouse.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘Fascinating, challenging, probing theatrical experience’: BAD NIGHTS & ODD DAYS – Greenwich Theatre by Ian Foster

Paul McGann and Kerrie Taylor, among others, shine in Bad Nights and Odd Days, a set of four short plays by Caryl Churchill at Greenwich Theatre.

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All that Chat

REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
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