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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

‘Wonderful connection between Foy & Smith adds an extra dimension’: LUNGS – The Old Vic by Maryam Philpott

Part of the success of Lungs is that it is not the uber-liberal, finger-wagging climate change play you expect it to be, plus both the production’s stars are superb and entirely believable…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

‘Never less than compelling’: MACBETH – Chichester by Maryam Philpott

It has been a long time since the West End saw a truly great Macbeth so perhaps this is a chance for Simm and Kirwan to buck the trend with impressive performances that offer a different per…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

‘Engaging & atmospheric adaptation’: BLOOD WEDDING – Young Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Marina Carr’s coherent vision for Blood Wedding delivers a production that is unforgiving, creating a portentous world in which notions of love and freedom will always be trampled by the s…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

‘Some of us will just not know what to think’: A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON – Old Vic by Maryam Philpott

In A Very Expensive Poison Lucy Prebble has serious arguments to outlay about the relationship between international governments and narrative misdirection, but the broadly comic approach to…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

‘A great political play’: HANSARD – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Hansard is a great political play, one that tells us everything about the society we have become and why the impasse of the last three years cannot be easily broken.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

‘The past is never just the past’: APPROPRIATE – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

Jacobs-Jenkins explores how even fairly recent national history can be sanitised and reduced when examined from only one perspective in Appropriate at the Donmar Warehouse.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘Will be long remembered’: LES MISERABLES – THE STAGED CONCERT – West End by Maryam Philpott

Like its predecessors, 2019’s Les Misérables: The Staged Concert will be long remembered as another notable event in the musical’s performance history, heralding the return of Michael B…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

‘Thoughtful arguments grounded in a recognisable reality’: ACTUALLY – West End by Maryam Philpott

Actually has its issues as a drama and the heavily discursive competing narratives approach limits how the play is staged that can feel repetitive at times, but Ziegler has created a scenari…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

‘Oh what a show! Raw, fresh & intense’: EVITA – Open Air Theatre by Maryam Philpott

With plenty to say about the shallow foundations of political leaders hiding behind their PR machines, Jamie Lloyd’s triumphant Evita is raw, fresh and intense – “oh what a show!”

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Monday, July 29, 2019

‘Proves valuable & illuminating’: SOUTHERN BELLES – King’s Head Theatre by Maryam Philpott

As the conclusion to a strong season of unusual Williams revivals, Southern Belles proves valuable and illuminating, concluding with an important moment of solidarity that leaves the audienc…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

‘There is something life-affirming about it’: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS – Soho Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Max Vernon’s musical The View UpStairs making its European debut at the Soho Theatre and running for just five weeks, commemorates the 1973 arson attack on a gay bar in New Orleans which w…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

‘Clive Owen makes a superb return to the stage’: THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA – West End by Maryam Philpott

Gripping performances from Clive Owen and Lia Williams, and James Macdonald’s slow-burn direction allows Tennessee Williams’ writing in The Night Of The Iguana to cast its spell.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

‘You can practically hear doors flinging open to Yarrow all over town’: JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT – West End by Maryam Philpott

The staging and orchestration of the Palladium’s new version of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat looks to the future, as a whole new set of children fall in love with this pe…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

‘Thorne’s writing is meaningful & engaging’: THE END OF HISTORY – Royal Court Theatre by Maryam Philpott

In The End of History Thorne shuffles various perspectives within the family, examining their different experiences of the same events from multiple angles, and while these differences drive…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘Has nothing to say & misses the point’: BITTER WHEAT – West End by Maryam Philpott

Bitter Wheat is not only frustratingly irresponsible in its treatment of the events that led to the #MeToo movement, it is also a poorly constructed drama.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘Brings a fresh, more contemporary feel’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Bridge Theatre by Maryam Philpott

It is the slight rearrangement of the text and its implication for the female characters that is Nicholas Hytner’s most notable achievement here in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridg…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

‘Highly stylised & fast-moving production which has a lot to say’: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION – Trafalgar Studios by Maryam Philpott

However light its frame, ultimately Education, Education, Education has serious points to make about the short-termist approaches to education funding used cynically as a political tool to w…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Sets Williams’ seminal drama in an entirely new context without changing a word’: THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Arcola Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Femi Elufowoju Jr’s production of The Glass Menagerie is fascinating with the tense and vibrant second half in particular proving both gripping and illuminating

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘The strength of the production is in its slow-build effect’: OUR TOWN – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Thornton Wilder’s writing in Our Town feels as fresh and innovative as it must have done in the 1930s and taking an early season risk on a less conventional play ultimately pays off.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Consistently interesting & valuable experience’: ORPHEUS DESCENDING – Menier Chocolate Factory by Maryam Philpott

Even a middling Tennessee Williams play – Orpheus Descending – is better than most, and this one still has plenty to say about sacrifice and suffocation in small-town America

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Friday, May 10, 2019

‘It’s more than enough that this eye-opening production exists at all’: DEATH OF A SALESMAN – Young Vic by Maryam Philpott

It’s Marianne Elliott’s impressionistic approach that yields considerable insight into the themes of Death of a Salesman, the characters’ attachment to material possessions as indicato…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘Builds to an edge-of-your-seat tension’: ALL MY SONS – The Old Vic by Maryam Philpott

With compelling performances from the four leads this production of All My Sons fulfils its promise, a gripping Miller tragedy that concludes with a lasting sense of devastation.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘A vibrant & meaningful interpretation’: THREE SISTERS – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

It is a vibrant and meaningful interpretation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters that reaps rewards. Keep on an eye on this new theatre partnership, it could be around for many years to come.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

‘It is a play that requires you to feel rather than to understand’: GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS – Barbican Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Grief on stage and in popular culture is rarely considered as a psychological state of its own but as a means or driver for other behaviour.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

‘Nothing less than astonishing’: Pinter At The Pinter Season – West End by Maryam Philpott

In just six months, Jamie Lloyd’s creative team and ever-changing company of actors has utterly transformed our perspective on Harold Pinter.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘Dramatically engaging but morally troubling’: DOWNSTATE – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Whether rehabilitation is truly possible for such serious crimes committed by sex offenders, Bruce Norris never really decides, leaving only a dramatically engaging but morally troubling out…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

‘It’s everything you could hope for’: BETRAYAL – West End by Maryam Philpott

Betrayal is everything you could hope for. The Pinter at the Pinter season has set a very high standard for itself, but what a swansong this has turned out to be.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

‘Small but hugely powerful’: THE JUMPER FACTORY – Young Vic by Maryam Philpott

For 45 minutes the audience may be gripped, stimulated and entertained in The Jumper Factory but this remains the everyday experience of all the men who contributed to the show, and it sligh…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘Something quite different’: ALL ABOUT EVE – West End by Maryam Philpott

This All About Eve is something quite different, same story deliberately new frame with staging that pushes at the boundaries of theatre and film.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

‘Collections end as confidently & memorably as they began’: PINTER SEVEN – West End by Maryam Philpott

What a difference a few months can make; when the Jamie Lloyd Company first announced its Pinter at the Pinter season finale show back in May (before Betrayal was added to the programme), th…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Adapting Les Misérables: Psychological depth and the period drama by Maryam Philpott

The BBC’s adaptation of Les Misérables has been a huge success, gripping Sunday night viewing for the last five weeks offering the first truly comprehensive dramatisation of Victor Hugo…

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