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Saturday, April 17, 2021

‘The writing rejoices in the sound of the words’: CRUISE – Stream.Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Writer/performer Jack Holden’s full on powerhouse performance in Cruise will hold you in awe for 90 minutes.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

‘At one point I found myself rushing off to my cutlery drawer’: THE TEMPORAL SOCIETY – CtrlAltRepeat (Online review) by John Chapman

Directors Sid Phoenix and David Alwyn have delivered the goods once again for CtrlAltRepeat with The Temporal Society providing a mind-blowing evening which more than stimulates “the littl…

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Monday, April 12, 2021

‘There’s life in the monologue formula yet’: SITTING – BBC Lights Up Festival (Online review) by John Chapman

Written skilfully by Katherine Parkinson, Sitting thankfully mixes up the monologue format a little to provoke interest and show that there’s life in the formula yet.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

’An impressive piece of work with sharp writing’: SADIE – BBC Lights Up Festival (Online review) by John Chapman

Lights Up has performed a valuable service in rescuing David Ireland’s latest piece Sadie from oblivion.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

‘Introduces an interesting new voice to the industry’: PLAYFIGHT – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Julia Grogan’s Playfight, the winner of the 2020 ETPEP Award, is given a rehearsed reading online directed by Blanche McIntyre.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

‘It will do nicely’: THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN (Online review) – Shakespeare’s Globe by John Chapman

Thirty-eight Shakespeare plays in a year, that was the aim, and the project is completed by The Two Noble Kinsmen as performed at the Globe Theatre in a 2018 production helmed by Barrie Rutt…

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

‘The sound design is all important’: MONSTER / HAIRY HANDS FM (Online review) by John Chapman

Two horror based audio plays/experiences, Monster and Hairy Hands FM, use sound to full effect to creep you out.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

‘Captivating’: DUST / PARTY – Half Moon Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Half Moon Theatre in the east end of London can usually be relied on for quality product and they are just in the middle of streaming a trilogy of filmed plays so I settled down to watch a p…

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Monday, March 22, 2021

‘A bold theatrical experiment’: ASSEMBLY – Donmar Warehouse (Online review) by John Chapman

Assembly is a new piece in a livestream experiment that mixes live action, animation and sound. Initially planned to play live at the venue last July, it has now been reconfigured as an onli…

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Friday, March 19, 2021

‘Visually the production is a treat’: THE DUCHESS OF MALFI – Creation Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Despite the general negativity inherent in John Webster’s work, Creation Theatre has managed to give us something which is full of positive creativity in the company’s production of The …

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

‘A true sense of wonder & fascination’: WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT (Online review) by John Chapman

A theatrical phenomenon in a recorded stream from a converted shed – unusual? Well, you could say that of White Rabbit Red Rabbit.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

‘Uncomfortable though riveting watch’: CHATROOM – Northern Comedy Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Chatroom, a play about being online from Northern Comedy Theatre, is an uncomfortable but riveting watch.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

‘From sobering to hilarious’: Letters Live – International Women’s Day (Online review) by John Chapman

Following the release of two compilation “best of” videos earlier in the year, the Letters Live project returns for another outing in celebration of International Women’s Day.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

‘A cornucopia of solo pieces’: Aisha (The Black Album) / Putting A Face On / Burn – Old Vic (Online review) by John Chapman

Three monologues from the Old Vic for International Women's Day cover a range of issues.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

‘A thought-provoking set of performances’: ONE HAND TIED BEHIND US – Old Vic (Online review) by John Chapman

Marking International Women’s Day, the Old Vic is streaming One Hand Tied Behind Us, a collection of short plays originally staged in 2018 to mark 100 years since women were given the righ…

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Friday, March 5, 2021

‘You don’t have to think big to think big’: I Am Sending You The Sacred Face / Blood Meal – Theater In Quarantine (Online review) by John Chapman

Theater In Quarantine has now established itself at the forefront of innovative technique and have found some surprising ways to utilise the limited performance space at their disposal.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

‘Fun listening & sharp observations’: Lem ‘n’ Ginge: The Princess Of Kakos (Online review) by John Chapman

If you’re in search of something a bit left field and quirky and that deconstructs some of the tropes of fairy tale telling, you should find Lem ‘n’ Ginge: The Princess Of Kakos a toni…

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

‘A dense & intense piece of work’: Late Night Staring at High Res Pixels – Finborough Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Late Night Staring At High Res Pixels is a dense and intense piece of work which examines the interplay of relationships but leaves the audience to come to its own conclusions about the moti…

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Monday, March 1, 2021

‘Educational, informative & entertaining’: CATO STREET 1820 (Online review) by John Chapman

A past event recreated from a contemporary perspective makes for an interesting history lesson in Cato Street 1820.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

‘Expect the unexpected’: Grimm Tales for Fragile Times & Broken People – Creation Theatre (Online review) by John Chapman

Calling their collection Grimm Tales For Fragile Times And Broken People, Creation have woven together five of the Grimm brothers’ stories which have resonances with the current lockdown s…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

‘Has a contemporary resonance’: MYTH (Online review) by John Chapman

Ancient Myth clashes with modern Myth in a powerful rock musical about fame and mental health.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Seems to have hit the appropriate moment’: TROILUS & CRESSIDA – RSC (Online review) by John Chapman

The RSC’s stirring production of the not often seen Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida with canny casting and a thrilling percussive score.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘Right up to standard & terrific fun’: Sherlock In Homes 2: Murder On Ice (Online review) by John Chapman

If you’re a whodunnit devotee and you like plenty of (frozen) red herring then you’ll love Sherlock In Homes 2: Murder On Ice.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

‘A novel & quite chilling piece of home theatre’: THE WHITE PLAGUE (Online review) by John Chapman

A pandemic sweeps the land and the government introduces new quarantine rules - yes, that is the plot of The White Plague, not the news headlines.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

‘Perfect for the season’: THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA – RSC (Online review) by John Chapman

A rom com with a dark edge makes for good Valentine's Day entertainment

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

‘Richly rewarding’: THE WHIP – RSC (Online review) by John Chapman

The legacy of Britain's involvement in the slave trade is fascinatingly examined in the audio version of The Whip from the RSC.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

‘One of the most well crafted & thoughtful of the 1990s’: BEAUTIFUL THING (Online review) by John Chapman

As I settled to watch Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing yesterday, I wondered whether it might also fall into the category of an historical artefact that had had its day; as it was, I was …

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Monday, February 8, 2021

‘It’s as though the aesthetic has been created by Jean Paul Gaultier’: 6 DEGREES BELOW THE HORIZON – Imitating The Dog (Online review) by John Chapman

Though the story of 6 Degrees Below The Horizon seems simple there’s a whole wealth of meaning bubbling away under the surface and it’s the sort of piece where different people will find…

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

‘I found myself found myself working in intelligence again!’: VIPER SQUAD REMASTERED – CtrlAltRepeat (Online review) by John Chapman

You know you’ve been in lockdown for far too long when you reattend a show you’ve already seen and they have had time to restructure the original into a new improved version. That’s wh…

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Friday, February 5, 2021

‘It’s a noise that is well worth your time’: SHOOK (Online review) by John Chapman

Following a critically acclaimed run at Southwark Playhouse, a transfer to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios was in progress when lockdown intervened. Shook has now emerged in a filmed vers…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

‘Engaging but not without their darker side’: Paper Aeroplane / Clever Cakes / The Twits (Online review) by John Chapman

Three of London's most prolific children's theatres make the OnComm Award finalist's list.

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre
Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre