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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Review: Translations, National Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Translations, National Theatre 5.0stars It feels a little bit silly to be writing a review of Translations after it’s sold-out run last year. Tickets sold like hot cakes, and now, …

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Review: Fast, Park Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Fast, Park Theatre2.0starsSet over a Century ago, Fast tells the tale of Linda Hazzard, a quack Doctor who operated in both Washington State and then New Zealand. She obtained her me…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Review: ‘Master Harold’ … and the boys, Lyttleton Theatre  by Jessica Handscomb

Review: ‘Master Harold’ … and the boys, Lyttleton Theatre 5.0starsApartheid. A word that conjures up images of racism and injustice. South Africa, up until 1994, was segregated. Now, …

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Review: Faith, Hope and Charity, National Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Faith, Hope and Charity, National Theatre 5.0stars Faith, Hope and Charity is the most important play of the year, perhaps the most important of our age. The story centres on Hazel (…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Review: Don Giovani, Royal Opera House by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Don Giovani, Royal Opera House2.0starsMozart’s Don Giovanni first premiered in Prague in 1787. With libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, it tells the story of the walking STI that is Don …

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Review: A Doll’s House, Lyric Hammersmith by Jessica Handscomb

Review: A Doll's House, Lyric Hammersmith4.0starsHenrik Ibsen’s original 1879 play A Doll’s House centres on Nora, and her stifling relationship with her husband Torvald. In Tanika Gupta…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Review: Refract, King’s Head Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Refract, King's Head Theatre 2.0stars I think it’s fair to say that most of us, at some point in our lives, have uttered the words “It’s not what you said, it’s how you said …

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Review: The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre3.0starsIt’s September 1940, and Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon (Clive Owen) has just arrived at the Costa Verde Hotel. A disgraced pries…

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Review: Jesus Christ Superstar, Barbican by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Jesus Christ Superstar, Barbican3.0starsWhat strikes me halfway through the first act of Timothy Sheader’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar, is what a truly bizarre subject thi…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: the end of history…, Royal Court by Jessica Handscomb

Review: the end of history..., Royal Court3.0stars‘Most mothers threatened to send their kids’ food to the starving Africans, she actually did it.’ These are the words that Sal’s (Le…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Review: Present Laughter, The Old Vic by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Present Laughter, The Old Vic5.0starsEmbarrassingly, I had never seen a production of a Noël Coward play before Present Laughter. I had of course read some of his work, and heard of…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Review: Brooklyn, Napoli, Park Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Brooklyn, Napoli, Park Theatre4.0starsOn 16 December 1960, two planes collided above New York. One landed in Staten Island, the other in Brooklyn. The latter became known as the Park…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Review: Citysong, Soho Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Citysong, Soho Theatre3.0starsI think it’s fair to say that the Irish are famed for their musical and literary prowess almost as much as they are for their drinking habits and four…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: The Starry Messenger, Wyndham’s Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: The Starry Messenger, Wyndham's Theatre3.0starsIf I have learned anything from The Starry Messenger, it’s that watching someone else’s mid-life crisis unfold is really quite bori…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Review: Beneath the Blue Rinse, Park Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Beneath the Blue Rinse, Park Theatre3.0starsRaise your hand if you’ve ever had a grandparent be taken advantage of by some sort of salesperson. My hand is raised, and yours probabl…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Review: Don’t Look Away, Pleasance Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Don't Look Away, Pleasance Theatre 3.0stars Since the Syrian civil war officially began in 2011, we’ve become increasingly aware of the scale of the subsequent refugee crisis. 5.6 …

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Review, Avalanche: A Love Story, The Barbican by Jessica Handscomb

Review, Avalanche: A Love Story, The Barbican4.0starsIt’s mad to think that the first IVF baby was born just over forty years ago. Before then, couples who failed to conceive naturally jus…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Review: Shit-Faced Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew, Leicester Square Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Shit-Faced Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew, Leicester Square Theatre3.0starsShit-Faced Shakespeare has been absolutely destroying the sanctity of Shakespeare for almost a decade…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Review: Top Girls, Lyttleton, National Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Top Girls, Lyttleton, National Theatre 3.0stars In the programme, playwright Caryl Churchill writes “When I wrote Top Girls I imagined 16 women in a play, though I knew I’d be un…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Review: Downstate, National Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Downstate, National Theatre5.0starsDownstate, Bruce Norris’ new play, takes place in a group home in Illinois. The residents are Fred (Francis Guinan), Dee (K Todd Freeman), Gio (G…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Review: All About Eve, Noël Coward Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: All About Eve, Noël Coward Theatre5.0starsAll About Eve is, somewhat predictably, all about Eve. Eve Harrington (Lily James), in particular – a down and out war widow with a l…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review: My Dad’s Gap Year, Park Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: My Dad’s Gap Year, Park Theatre3.0starsMy Dad’s Gap Year – already the title sounds like my idea of a nightmare. Would I want my father to go on a gap year at his ripe old age?…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: Songs For Nobodies, Ambassadors Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Review: Songs For Nobodies, Ambassadors Theatre4.0starsJudy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Maria Callas. How could it be possible that one woman may play all of these i…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Review: Sweat, Donmar Warehouse by Jessica Handscomb

Written in 2015, Sweat is Lyndsey Nottage’s second Pulitzer Prize winning play, preceded by Ruined, written in 2009. The story is set in Reading, Pennsylvania, an industrial town in which …

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review: Dandelion, King’s Head Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

“Children are being taught they have an inalienable right to be gay. All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life.” I was, ignorantly, shocked to hear a recording of …

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Review: A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic by Jessica Handscomb

“Christmas time is a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of when men and women open their shut-up hearts freely, and think of people below them as…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: The Crumple Zone, The Kings Head Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

The crumple zone, for those who may not know, is the part of a car designed to take the full force of the impact if and when a collision occurs. It’s also the title of Lambco productions…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Review: Redefining Juliet, The Pit at the Barbican by Jessica Handscomb

Juliet Capulet of Shakespeare’s world-renowned Romeo & Juliet might be one of, if not the most famous female character ever written for the stage. Countless big names have played her i…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: Paid Fantasist, Camden People’s Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

The Camden People’s Theatre never ceases to amaze me with the sheer range of productions they put on. The bizarre and avant-garde can often be found here, and Paid Fantasist is no exceptio…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Review: Pinter Four: Moonlight/Night School, Harold Pinter Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Harold Pinter is considered one of the greatest British playwrights of all time. Producing much of his work in the twentieth century, he wrote 29 full plays alongside poetry and doing plenty…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Review: Beauty and the Beast, King’s Head Theatre by Jessica Handscomb

Beauty and the Beast is a tale as old as time, almost quite literally, as the famous story of the girl locked away in a tower by a ferocious and unforgiving beast is thought to be about 4,00…

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