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Monday, May 29, 2023

Encore! Surefire shows returning for the Edinburgh festival in 2023 by Chris Wiegand, Anya Ryan, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher, Kate Wyver, Arifa Akbar and David Jays

In the run-up to the festival, our writers will choose new productions that have caught their eye – but here’s a selection of those we’ve already reviewed Richard Marsh has clearly see…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review – giddy shenanigans with a brilliantly chaotic Puck by Kate Wyver

Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonThis bright, bold show tries to balance humour and darkness but tends to land on the silly side of things Michelle Terry’s Puck is an agent of chaos. She slink…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:18AM
Monday, May 8, 2023

Blue Now review – remarkable retelling of Derek Jarman’s final film by Kate Wyver

Theatre Royal BrightonSearing collection of diary excerpts, brought to life by prominent queer voices, recalls the devastation of Aids with fury and frankness A mesmeric reckoning with the d…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Blanket Ban review – startling account of abortion laws in Malta by Kate Wyver

Southwark Playhouse, LondonMaltese duo use firsthand interviews – and warm humour – to highlight the lack of reproductive rights on the island When Marta Vella says “I love Malta” th…

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Sunday, April 30, 2023

It’s a Motherf**king Pleasure review – a darkly comic satire on disability by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonThis debut from disability-led theatre company FlawBored is not afraid to make us squirm as it skewers virtue signalling and corporate buzzwords What starts as an audio-d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
Thursday, April 20, 2023

No ID review – a frank, funny and intimate exploration of gender transition by Kate Wyver

Royal Court theatre, LondonTatenda Shamiso sings delighted duets with the person he once was and considers the logistical hurdles he has jumped to access treatment Warmly lit on a cluttered …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36AM
Friday, April 14, 2023

Private Lives review – Coward’s comedy becomes a stark theatre of cruelty by Kate Wyver

Donmar Warehouse, LondonStephen Mangan and Rachael Stirling bare their teeth in a show that dials up the violence and sometimes struggles to navigate the humour Love is a tempestuous, abusiv…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Wednesday, April 12, 2023

‘Explicitly queer and trans’: the 1580s play that inspired Shakespeare’s cross-dressing love plots by Kate Wyver

John Lyly’s long-forgotten Galatea – featuring gods, mortals and a highly elastic approach to gender and sex – is being revived at the Brighton festival. We meet the team behind it Wi…

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Friday, March 31, 2023

TV-to-stage plays like Stranger Things are turning theatre upside down. They could make it or break it | Kate Wyver by Kate Wyver

Adaptations of existing media get new fans in the building, but they also rob new plays of space Pay attention to the posters lining the walls of Tube stations, and at least half of the stag…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Enter stage right: the new wave of musicals taking on the West End adaptations by Kate Wyver

With everything from Bake Off to Pretty Woman putting bums on seats in Theatreland, launching an original homegrown production is harder than ever. But might salvation be at hand in the unli…

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Friday, March 17, 2023

Marjorie Prime review – gently uncanny sci-fi shows us how to love an AI by Kate Wyver

Menier Chocolate Factory, LondonAnne Reid shines in this delicately written drama about a woman with dementia living with a robot re-creation of her late husband as a young man Jordan Harris…

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Hedda Gabler review – queer update of Ibsen’s intense story of desire by Kate Wyver

Reading Rep theatreIt makes sense to rethink the sexual currents running through the classic drama, but this version has lost the nuance it needs Queering Hedda Gabler feels completely natur…

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Monday, February 27, 2023

‘It stole years’: the musical about those silenced by anti-gay law Section 28 by Kate Wyver

Influenced by the music of Billy Bragg, Bonnie Tyler and Meatloaf, After the Act explores the culture of fear and self-censorship caused by the law, voted through by the Tories during moral …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00AM
Thursday, February 23, 2023

The Winter’s Tale review – the Globe’s two-venue telling loses its way by Kate Wyver

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe, LondonAs this ambitious production switches between stages, and deaths pile up like dishes, neither the comedy nor the tragedy have room to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:00AM
Friday, February 17, 2023

Bootycandy review – thrilling, uproarious comedy explores Black queerness from every angle by Kate Wyver

Gate theatre, LondonInventive direction and a spectacular cast make the London transfer of Robert O’Hara’s kaleidoscopic off-Broadway play a spiralling, high-energy triumph Robert O’Ha…

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

‘I told my gran: You don’t touch Aidan’s hair!’ Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner on friendship and their daring new play by Kate Wyver

Having starred in some of Britain’s biggest TV shows, the pair are taking to the stage for Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, a minimalist two-hander where words are strictly rationed. An…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:55AM
Friday, January 27, 2023

Saint Jude review – delightfully disturbing immersive theatre in creepy clinic by Kate Wyver

Petty France, LondonTaking part in a trial shift to help coma patients wake up, the tension grows as it slowly becomes clear why you’re really mining strangers’ secrets A deliciously une…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:29AM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Oh yes it is! Oh no it isn’t! Is the panto dame still a suitable cause for mirth? by Kate Wyver

Fire the glitter cannons! Unleash the water pistols! The panto season is here. But how did the cross-dressing dame become so central to the tradition? And in an age of gender fluidity, shoul…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:32PM

Naked truths slathered in hummus: Lucy McCormick’s intimate and alarming cabaret by Kate Wyver

The disruptive artist’s new show is a boisterous evening, with her brazen persona an exhilarating challenge for audiences Lucy McCormick’s half-naked body is covered in tomato puree. The…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Henry V review – a troubled king reaches for foreign quarrels by Kate Wyver

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonIn this coruscating production from Headlong and Shakespeare’s Globe, Henry’s grasp for power is cast in a stark light The king is weeping as his subjects …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36PM
Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! review – Faubert farce flops by Kate Wyver

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonThe cast’s hard work can’t save a confused script that struggles to mine comedy from a desperately sad story A gentle chuckle is never the aim of a great far…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Friday, November 11, 2022

Zachary Quinto: ‘I have lost a certain faith in America’s system’ by Kate Wyver

The Star Trek actor is making his West End debut in a play about the 1968 US TV political debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley. But he fears the pair’s fiery exchanges may be p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:18PM
Thursday, November 10, 2022

Zombiegate review – a Halloween night dive into online toxicity by Kate Wyver

Theatre503, LondonMatthew Gabrielli’s play about abusive online culture cleverly uses puppets as trolls but feels didactic Everyone knows you should never respond to trolls. In Zombiegate,…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:32AM
Thursday, November 3, 2022

Super High Resolution review – compelling exploration of a crumbling NHS by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonDirected by Blanche McIntyre, Nathan Ellis’s drama serves as a reminder of what cuts are doing to our health service but it tells more than it shows The bone-deep exhau…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24PM
Friday, October 21, 2022

A Gig for Ghosts review – a joyous musical meditation on love and death by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonThe raucous folk songs, open-hearted performances and tender love story make this queer gig-theatre romcom a delight Gently directed by Ria Parry, this is a queer romcom …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:55PM
Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes review – a frank discussion of disability by Kate Wyver

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonHumour and rage intertwine in Back to Back theatre company’s playful debate of ethics, language and philosophy The unjust treatment of people with learning d…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:07AM
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore review – a sour night by Kate Wyver

Charing Cross theatre, LondonTennessee Williams’ script about a dying widow dictating her memoirs is dragged into the modern day as characters fidget with their phones on a sparse set Some…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:33AM
Sunday, October 2, 2022

Evita Too review – discos among the death squads in a gorgeously disordered show by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonA different Mrs Perón gets the mega-musical treatment in Sh!t Theatre’s hilarious, sinister comedy about the ethics of populism and the heartbreak of loss As in: Evita…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33PM
Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Gretchen Question – fantastic time-hopping cast deliver a climate cautionary tale by Kate Wyver

Shipwright, DeptfordExquisitely staged on the banks of the Thames, this ambitious and inquisitive production uses its natural surroundings to remind us of everything we stand to lose Sneak a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:43PM
Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Prince review – playful romp through Shakespearean roles by Kate Wyver

Southwark Playhouse, LondonYouTube philosopher Abigail Thorn moves offline and on to the stage with an ambitious exploration of identities and the performance of gender Using the intelligent…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:13AM
Monday, August 29, 2022

‘I forgot I was blaspheming a saint!’ – Charlie Josephine on writing a non-binary Joan of Arc by Kate Wyver

The Globe theatre sparked outrage when it announced its plans to stage a non-binary Joan of Arc. The play’s writer explains why the French warrior would have approved ‘I’m always hungr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:55AM

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