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Friday, December 13, 2019

Kneehigh's Ubu! A Singalong Satire review – karaoke hell by Kate Wyver

Shoreditch Town Hall, LondonA missed opportunity to satirise modern politics, this show resorts to panto for its obvious parodies and easy laughs We get it: dictators are bad. Roughly assimi…

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Fitter review – a love letter to masculinity by Kate Wyver

Soho theatre, LondonEll Potter and Mary Higgins radically push on from previous show Hotter, in this fantastic, sexy, athletic examination of male identity Hilarious, sincere, sexy and bruta…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Joan of Leeds review – randy lesbian nun runs wild by Kate Wyver

New Diorama theatre, LondonBreach Theatre’s hilariously heretical satire of medieval mystery plays is a celebration of queer voices and a fine alternative Christmas show Breach Theatre wor…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

The Wolf of Wall Street review – how can criminal decadence be this bland? by Kate Wyver

Secret location, LondonIn this immersive show we are promised a globetrotting night of drugs and sex … but are left loitering in a living room The best immersive theatre makes its audience…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Escape from Planet Trash review – a Christmas B-musical misadventure by Kate Wyver

Pleasance theatre, LondonGroan-worthily unfunny jokes litter this blooper reel of a show about the last people left on Earth The second show of Sink the Pink’s queer Christmas trilogy is m…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

White Christmas review – love and music amid the glitz and glamour by Kate Wyver

Dominion theatre, LondonWith firecracker performance and singalong sounds, this version of the Bing Crosby classic glistens with sexy razzmatazz, but tenderness lies beneath the shiny surfac…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Henry VI and Richard III review – floundering leaders fight for miserable England by Kate Wyver

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, LondonThe winter of our discontent gets an ungrounded production that even scene-stealing performances by the Globe ensemble can’t make glorious Fickle, brittle he…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Thursford Christmas Spectacular review – a sugar rush of festive cheer by Kate Wyver

Thursford Collection, NorfolkA fever-dream of outrageous talent and suffocating joy, this extravaganza must be seen to be believed, albeit just the once I close my eyes and can see only sequ…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Lucy McCormick: 'I don't stop until I've gone too far' by Kate Wyver

Transgressive, intimidating and smeared with ketchup, the performer loves to give audiences more than they’ve bargained for – from an X-rated Jesus to a bare Boudicca Lucy McCormick pull…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Little Wimmin review – off-kilter cocktail of am-dram and anarchy by Kate Wyver

Pleasance, LondonTheir tongues firmly in their cheeks, Figs in Wigs’ boisterous parody ranges from pun-filled comedy skits to cocktail-making in hazmat suits You probably won’t remember…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Green Fairy review – absinthe musical lacks spirit by Kate Wyver

Union theatre, LondonCliche-drenched lyrics and a lightweight storyline put a cork in the emotional reckoning at this unremarkable story’s heart Empty bottles dangle from the ceiling in th…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ghost Quartet review – an intoxicating night of ghosts and stars by Kate Wyver

Boulevard theatre, LondonOn a set that looks like an abandoned attic, four characters sing of love, loss and bears, in Dave Malloy’s unearthly song cycle Working its way through myth, magi…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

When the Crows Visit review – an uncomfortable watch devoid of hope by Kate Wyver

The Kiln, LondonFor all its good intentions, Anupama Chandrasekhar’s play about patriarchal violence against women in India relies too heavily on shock I want to shed my skin and scoop out…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing review – the Beatrice and Benedick show by Kate Wyver

Tobacco Factory, BristolA party feel in the first half of Elizabeth Freestone’s production slumps like a hangover when Dorothea Myer-Bennett and Geoffrey Lumb are off-stage Dorothea Myer-B…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cyrano review – sorely lacking in panache by Kate Wyver

Bristol Old VicA strong poetic lead and fine support can’t make this meandering new adaptation anything more than a slog ‘That was mercifully short,” one actor jokingly sneers, after t…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

There Are No Beginnings review – Yorkshire Ripper drama reclaims female narrative by Kate Wyver

Leeds PlayhouseThe murderer is never named in Charley Miles’s furious, funny play about women in Leeds between 1975-80 With a panoramic sense of empathy, Charley Miles’ heated play sees …

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Out of Order review – putting the boot into a world ruled by clowns by Kate Wyver

Southbank Centre, LondonOur era of buffoonish leadership is brilliantly skewered in Forced Entertainment’s mimed maelstrom of aggression Sweaty, sad and stupidly funny, Forced Entertainmen…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Variant 31 review – immersive zombie caper is more theme park than theatre by Kate Wyver

New Oxford Street, LondonIn an elaborate game of hide and seek, you have to avoid the marauding undead – but the fear and the fun soon fizzle out A hand grabs my ankle and a veiny arm slip…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

One review – two stubborn clowns form a political potboiler by Kate Wyver

Battersea Arts Centre, LondonTalking over each other, getting the audience to choose the ending: Bert and Nasi’s new show may look scrappy but it’s highly relevant Maybe it’s a state-o…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Last King of Scotland review – Ugandan history without the drama by Kate Wyver

Crucible, SheffieldTobi Bamtefa gives a swaggering, thundering performance as the dictator Idi Amin, but this adaptation of Giles Foden’s novel is stodgy and plodding Swaggering and lumber…

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story review – klezmer life lessons by Kate Wyver

Wiltons Music Hall, London The affecting tale of Jews escaping persecution to find new beginnings in Canada a century ago is a rollicking piece of folk music theatre Old Stock is a pleasantl…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Big: The Musical review – 80s movie hits wrong notes today by Kate Wyver

Dominion theatre, LondonJay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh have chemistry in the lead roles but this revival is flat and insipid, and the story’s sexual politics are still a problem For a …

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Monday, September 16, 2019

The Home review – 48-hour show turns residential care into theatre by Kate Wyver

Surrey House, Goldsmiths College, LondonA two-night stay in a simulated care home, recreated with exceptional intricacy, probes the line between care and control I urinate into the cup and …

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Hedda Tesman review – meet Ibsen's heroine, 30 years on by Kate Wyver

Minerva theatre, ChichesterA woman’s withering agency is examined through nostalgia and regret, in Cordelia Lynn’s rewrite of the tragedy Cordelia Lynn’s bleak, modern-day rewrite of H…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Strung out: the afterlife of War Horse's Joey and other puppet stars by Kate Wyver

When the curtain falls on a marionette’s show, they’re put out to pasture, given a facelift – or turned into burglar deterrents ‘This thing is alive, this thing is alive, this thing …

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

'Surprisingly cruel': does Fleabag still work as a stage show? by Hannah J Davies, Laura Snapes and Kate Wyver

Six years after its debut, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s monologue is back in the theatre after its tearaway success on TV. We sent three millennial critics to watch it Related: Sexy, subversive…

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

15 of the best Edinburgh festival shows now touring by Kate Wyver, Catherine Love, Anna Winter, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher and Chris Wiegand

The festival is over for another year but plenty of its theatre, comedy and dance hits have announced dates around the UK CollapsibleBreffni Holahan gives a searing performance as Essie in M…

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Civilisation review – an audacious study of everyday heartbreak by Kate Wyver

Underbelly Cowgate, EdinburghIn a thrilling piece of theatre, a grieving woman immerses herself in quotidian distractions oblivious to three dancers who invade her space Complex, raw and ins…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

The End review – beautiful duet asks what happens when it's all over by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghBert and Nasi’s ramshackle duet explores the end of the world and of their relationship in tender, silly, heart-rending style As doomsday draws near, this impossibly b…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Since U Been Gone review – life-affirming study of grief, gender and friendship by Kate Wyver

Assembly Roxy, EdinburghTeddy Lamb untangles the difficulties of relationships in a bold monologue that is bursting with love The ache of lost time is contained in this delicate monologue gr…

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Hearty review – a ferocious cry for the safety of trans women by Kate Wyver

Summerhall, EdinburghEmma Frankland plays a winged guide to a burning world in this charged and vulnerable piece about fighting for one’s survival This is a play of knives and fireballs. M…

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