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Sunday, December 16, 2018

‘Proves a gory & gothic delight’: THE TELL-TALE HEART – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Edgar Allan Poe via Anthony Neilson might not seem the typical recipe for your festive fare but The Tell-Tale Heart proves a gory and gothic delight. Marking Neilson’s National Theatre deb…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Album Review: The Grinning Man – 2018 London cast live recording by Ian Foster

I loved The Grinning Man in both its incarnations – from Bristol’s Old Vic to the West End – and so I was most pleased to hear that it would be immortalised in vinyl, or whatever the d…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘No less affecting for its smaller scope’: DRIP – Bush Theatre by Ian Foster

Tom Wells’ Drip popped up briefly in the library at the Bush Theatre last year, played Edinburgh over the summer and returns to W12 in the studio where its idiosyncratic charms prove well …

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Album Review: Natasha Barnes – Real by Ian Foster

Natasha Barnes really impresses with debut album Real, a shining example of contemporary pop done well.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

‘Has lost none of its power here’: NINE NIGHT – Trafalgar Studios by Ian Foster

We celebrate the fact that Nine Night is the first play by a black British female playwright to make it into the West End, as Natasha Gordon’s debut makes the move from the National’s sm…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Album Review: The Norm Lewis Christmas Album by Ian Foster

I’m not sure who we apply to for these things but I really would like to see Norm Lewis return to the West End stage – I didn’t catch him in Les Mis but I did get the briefest look at …

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

‘There’s few better ways to spend a Sunday evening’: AUSTENTATIOUS – Savoy Theatre by Ian Foster

The first of three opportunities to see Austentatious at the Savoy Theatre in December in a hilariously scandalous affair indeed.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘Michelle Visage’s casting is a rather inspired move’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – West End by Ian Foster

Chucking Michelle Visage into the cast of Everybody’s Talking About James at the Apollo Theatre is actually a rather inspired move.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Album Review: Alfie Boe’s As Time Goes By by Ian Foster

Alfie Boe’s As Time Goes By makes for a hugely enjoyable listen, infused with passion and a thrilling musicality that should see it stuffed into many a stocking come 25 December.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘There’s not a weak link here’: SUMMER & SMOKE – West End by Ian Foster

Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Summer & Smoke has lost none of its charge, mainly through retaining the electric chemistry between its leads – an exceptional Patsy Ferran as Alma…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

‘Poses some really big questions about integration & representation’: THE MOORS – Tara Theatre by Ian Foster

Tonderai Munyevu’s The Moors at the Tara Theatre follows two African men on the hunt for Shakespeare and coming up hard against the realities for actors of colour.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

‘Truly innovative & potentially life-changing’: HADESTOWN – National Theatre – via smart caption glasses by Ian Foster

I try out the new smart caption glasses while watching Hadestown at the National Theatre and am blown away both by the show and the frankly amazing technology.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

‘Exploring how subjective memories can be’: PINTER FOUR – West End by Ian Foster

Pinter Four serves up something of a difficult double bill at the Harold Pinter Theatre, but Bríd Brennan and Janie Dee are there to help us through the dark times.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘An enthusiastically warm-hearted show to watch’: FANATICAL – Playground Theatre by Ian Foster

Matt Board and Reina Hardy’s new musical Fanatical taps into the apparently unstoppable rise of comic-book culture, but takes a refreshingly uncynical slant on the subject.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

‘Certainly thought-provoking’: A PUPIL – Park Theatre by Ian Foster

Strong performances from Lucy Sheen and Flora Spencer-Longhurst make Jesse Briton’s A Pupil an interesting watch at the Park Theatre.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

‘The writing cuts deep with a convincing sense of authenticity’: GILDED BUTTERFLIES – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

Capturing something of the tragedy of solitary confinement, Gilded Butterflies is an evocative hour at the Hope Theatre.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

‘Suffused with the joy of music’: BRASS THE MUSICAL – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

There’s a neat symmetry to the life of Brass the Musical thus far. Originally commissioned by the National Youth Music Theatre to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First Wor…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘Modern & moving’: ROMEO & JULIET – Barbican Theatre by Ian Foster

It’s sometimes a little difficult to take seriously how old everyone is meant to be in Romeo & Juliet but Erica Whyman’s modern-day production for the RSC, playing in rep now at the…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

‘A fitting tribute’: THE GREATER GAME – Waterloo East Theatre by Ian Foster

At Waterloo East Theatre, The Greater Game is a sobering reminder of the individual stories behind the statistics of our war dead, and a fitting tribute too.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

‘Quite often breathtaking’: EAR FOR EYE – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

Ear for eye, Debbie Tucker Green’s new play for the Royal Court, is ferocious and uncompromising and challenging and quite often breath-taking.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

‘What better time to redress this’: FORGOTTEN 遗忘 – Arcola Theatre by Ian Foster

It is still a shock to discover the history lesson that Daniel York Loh has in store for us in Forgotten 遗忘 at the Arcola Theatre.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

‘Lacks clarity & intent’: MACBETH – Barbican Theatre by Ian Foster

Despite a cast including Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack, this proves another disappointment of a Macbeth as the RSC starts is autumn residency at the Barbican.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

‘It is achingly done’: SUNDOWNING – Tristan Bates Theatre by Ian Foster

The latest dementia play is Nessah Muthy’s Sundowning, currently showing at the Tristan Bates Theatre and based as it is, in part at least, on Muthy’s own family history, it is achingly …

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

‘A hugely frustrating watch’: I & YOU – Hampstead Theatre by Ian Foster

Probably best not to read this beforehand if you’re planning to see Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams in her stage debut in I and You at the Hampstead Theatre…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Entertaining & impeccably acted’: STORIES – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Ultimately, Stories might not necessarily be too profound or truly enlightening, but it does speak to the ways in which a plan for life can lead you most astray and I did find it entertainin…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘All really rather good fun’: ON YOUR HEAD BE IT – Old Red Lion Theatre by Ian Foster

There’s nothing quite like being smacked around the head by the brilliance of a theatre company and that was my experience the first time I saw Out of the Forest Theatre with their strikin…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘Full of artistic ambition’: JERICHO’S ROSE – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

A striking look at immigration and dementia, Jericho’s Rose brings the loop pedal and no little invention to the Hope Theatre.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

‘Proves a curious enterprise’: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre by Ian Foster

A Scott Alan song cycle promises much but The Distance You Have Come doesn’t quite deliver at the Cockpit Theatre, despite its excellent cast.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

‘Finds an entirely new lease of life’: COMPANY – West End by Ian Foster

Phone rings, door chimes, in comes an adaptation of Company that subtly but definitively realigns it for a contemporary audience and makes you wonder how you could ever go back to the origin…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

‘Pleasingly diverting’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Katzplace by Ian Foster

A youthful and enthusiastic Much Ado About Nothing from Exploding Whale in the Katzpace Studio Theatre in London Bridge.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘Pretty much a perfect representation of a play with songs’: TO HAVE TO SHOOT IRISHMEN – Touring by Ian Foster

Too often, the term ‘play with songs’ is abused by marketing types to avoid using the word musical in all its apparent divisiveness. So what a blessed relief to find that Lizzie Nunnery…

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