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Thursday, May 19, 2022

‘The only person who transforms Eliza is Eliza herself’: MY FAIR LADY – London Coliseum by Maryam Philpott

If you want to see a My Fair Lady that feels like a scene for scene remake of the film, then this production at the London Coliseum will not disappoint, but equally for anyone looking for a …

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

‘A reminder of what a powerful actor Mark Rylance can be’: JERUSALEM – Apollo Theatre by Maryam Philpott

As Jez Butterworth’s production returns to the West End, with original cast members Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook, it is interesting to reflect on how well-anointed modern classics fare…

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Friday, May 6, 2022

‘Something that disconcerts more than entertains’: OKLAHOMA! – Young Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The Young Vic presents a rather sexy version of Oklahoma! that replaces twee interpretations of cowboy country with a throbbing desire that inflicts the inhabitants of this rural town, and b…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

‘A tough watch with an abstract style & disjointed scenes’: MARYS SEACOLE – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s new play is an entirely female affair, no male characters are present, implied or even speak, only the time-travelling idea of Mary, her ghostly mother, Mary’s da…

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

‘Both a parody & a warning about that future’: THE 47th – Old Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Mike Bartlett has made a bit of an art out of notions of the counter-factual future. In The 47th, he grounds his flights of fancy in the knowledge of institutions, people and political tides.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

‘One of the strangest & least performed musicals in the Sondheim canon’: ANYONE CAN WHISTLE – Southwark Playhouse by Maryam Philpott

This wacky tale of faked miracles, town economics, mental health and social segregation is a puzzling one, combining some really great Stephen Sondheim songs and some strong female character…

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

‘Courtroom fireworks are what Aaron Sorkin does best’: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD – West End by Maryam Philpott

Aaron Sorkin’s much-anticipated production of To Kill a Mockingbird may have had to exchange original British lead Rhys Ifans for the equally impressive Rafe Spall, but otherwise emerges r…

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Monday, March 28, 2022

‘Ruth Wilson & Ivo van Hove once again prove a dynamic pairing’: THE HUMAN VOICE – West End by Maryam Philpott

Ivo van Hove puts aside his filmic style for an intimate monologue about the end of love. Starring Ruth Wilson, Jean Cocteau’s play The Human Voice, is a sympathetic study of a woman drive…

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

‘Mike Bartlett’s play continues to fascinate & challenge’: COCK – West End by Maryam Philpott

Theatre has always been a place to explore identity by using different character perspectives to consider points of view, social structures or inherited notions of what an individual can and…

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

‘Stylised dialogue, questionable gender politics & a too literal setting’: THE WOODS -Southwark Playhouse by Maryam Philpott

The Woods feels decidedly old-fashioned in style and structure, using its characters as ciphers for David Mamet’s abstract conclusions about relationships between men and women.

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Monday, February 28, 2022

‘This is easily Kit Harington’s finest career performance on stage or screen’: HENRY V – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

Henry V is the greatest war play ever written and is the template for all literary responses to conflict since produced.

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Saturday, February 26, 2022

‘Places the classic boy-meets-girl-but-can’t-have-her template in a new location’: BROKEN WINGS – Charing Cross Theatre by Maryam Philpott

In Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan’s new musical Broken Wings, there are plenty of soaring melodies for lovers and just as many haunted and broken-hearted ballads for the less romantic.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

‘An extraordinary piece about infidelity, guilt & distorted reality’: THE FOREST – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

It has been an extraordinarily fruitful partnership between writer Florian Zeller and translator-playwright Christopher Hampton over the past few years with adaptations of Zeller’s disconn…

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

‘What could be a very clinical piece can also be deeply human’: A NUMBER – Old Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

It may be the second time in as many years that Caryl Churchill’s A Number has been performed in London, but it is a play that bears restaging, yielding greater insights every time you see…

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Monday, January 31, 2022

‘Elizabeth McGovern captures the mercurial complexities of Ava Gardner’: AVA: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS – Riverside Studios by Maryam Philpott

Beautiful, sexy and luminous are words most associated with Hollywood starlets of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and indeed they were, but they were also talented and savvy movie actors who command…

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

‘A masterclass in succinct & intensive storytelling’: THRILL ME The Leopold & Loeb Story – Jermyn Street Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Stephen Dolginoff’s 2003 musical Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story was the latest in a long line of cultural products inspired by this infamous murder case in 1920s America.

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

‘Interesting themes about human behaviour under extreme pressure’: FORCE MAJEURE – Donmar Warehouse by Maryam Philpott

Force Majeure is a random act of God that cannot be predicted or measured that entirely disrupts planned activity, something we can all appreciate a little better in the past two years.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

‘Tamsin Greig is exceptionally funny, candid & cutting in equal measure’: PEGGY FOR YOU – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

What is a play? A message to the future, a fart in your face or a pain in the arse? What is a play? A message to the future, a fart in your face or a pain in the arse? Just a few of th…

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Sunday, January 9, 2022

‘A smart story about composition & the appropriation of music’: FOLK – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

With its interest in identity, ownership, tradition and the ‘rules’ applied to written rather than oral forms, Nell Leyshon’s play, which aired on Radio 3 in 2021, now earns a fully-st…

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Friday, December 31, 2021

New work, new voices, hybrid approaches: How theatre changed in 2021 by Maryam Philpott

It has been another complicated year for theatres with venues unable to welcome in-person audiences for more than five months of 2021 and the tail end of the year returning to enforced closu…

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

‘The in-your-face ferocity is hugely impactful in such a small space’: SPRING AWAKENING – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Directed by Rupert Goold with a cast of highly talented young performers, this energetic production about teenage desire and the failure of parental direction is a rare musical choice for th…

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

‘You may as well hand this company a truckload of Oliviers right now’: CABARET – West End by Maryam Philpott

We’ve all spent far too long sitting alone in our rooms so the cabaret is exactly where we need to be. What emerged as a delicious theatre rumour a few months ago has not only become a rea…

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Friday, December 10, 2021

‘James Graham asks interesting questions about public posturing versus private belief’: BEST OF ENEMIES – Young Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

James Graham’s new play Best of Enemies takes us back to the 1960s, demonstrating that the roots of our division partially lay in the creation of televised intellectual debating.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

‘Each number is sensationally staged’: THE DRIFTERS’ GIRL – West End by Maryam Philpott

The nostalgia musical is back in full force with crowd-pleasing easy listening stories that looks back to the 1950s and 60s for their inspiration.

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

‘Ralph Fiennes delivers a quite mesmeric performance’: FOUR QUARTETS – West End by Maryam Philpott

Translating poetry to the stage can be challenging for both performer and audience, the importance of the language while alive and vivid on the page can feel verbose or intangible, even stat…

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Friday, October 29, 2021

‘This 40-year-old Pulitzer-winning play still feels bold & purposeful’: ‘NIGHT, MOTHER – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

It’s fascinating to see a play that, 35 years after its UK premiere, has the courage of its convictions, a drama that stays true to its characters with no soapy or simplistic conclusion th…

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

‘An interesting character study of the King & his best man’: THE MIRROR & THE LIGHT – West End by Maryam Philpott

Hilary Mantel and Ben Miles have combined a sizeable semi-fictional tome and the familiar historical story of Henry VIII, distilling them into a properly theatrical show with something new t…

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Friday, October 1, 2021

‘This incredible play’:’ THE NORMAL HEART – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Creating socio-political change and even recognition doesn’t just happen, somewhere, sometime, someone has to fight for it, and history is full of organisations who since the end of absolu…

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Saturday, September 18, 2021

‘Bringing Ferran & Thallon together for the first time is a masterstroke’: CAMP SIEGFRIED – Old Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Brought to life by two theatre actors on their way to a big career and finally united at the Old Vic, Ferran and Thallon are great now and are only going to get better – make sure you’re…

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Friday, September 3, 2021

‘Entirely compelling’: THE MASTER BUILDER – Radio 4/BBC Sounds by Maryam Philpott

Once Britain’s premier political playwright, David Hare’s more recent plays have received considerably mixed reviews, largely for issues around characterisation which particularly affect…

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

‘Owes more to D.H. Lawrence & Patrick Hamilton than it does to Hollywood’: CAROUSEL – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Taking a hard line on a troublesome musical is smart work and Sheader has given considerable thought to reconfiguring Carousel for twenty-first century audiences. In a mini-season of no…

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