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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

‘Nicely tragicomic’: Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons, Lemons – Harold Pinter Theatre by Maryam Philpott

“Words, words, words,” Eliza Doolittle was sick of them particularly as empty descriptions of the love she wanted a practical demonstration of. Sam Steiner’s play Lemons, Lemons, Lemon…

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

‘Frayn’s play has still got it’: NOISES OFF – Phoenix Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Noises Off at the Phoenix Theatre is a fast-paced show that still demands an enormously skilled and precise technical performance from every member of its cast and Lindsay Posner’s team ma…

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Friday, January 13, 2023

‘Brings a devastating new clarity to the play’: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – Almeida Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Director Rebecca Frecknall tackles one of the greatest plays of all time, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire back in the intimacy of the Almeida Theatre and brings a devastating …

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Wednesday, January 11, 2023

‘There is more than one play lurking within this story’: ON THE ROPES – Park Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The sports biography is a great focus for drama and at the Park Theatre the focus is on boxing legend Vernon Vanriel who is telling his own story in the world premiere of On the Ropes, a pla…

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

‘Plenty of theatricality to enjoy along the way’: THE ART OF ILLUSION – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

From a red handkerchief disappearing within the hands of a magician to fake footage in the early 20th century, Hampstead Theatre’s latest international import is the UK premiere of The Art…

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

‘This is a writer fully grasping her moment’: ONE WOMAN SHOW – Ambassadors Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show at the Ambassadors is then more than a pot shot at Fleabag and the like, and is instead an assessment of the performative nature of female roles in popular cu…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

‘Starting a lot of conversations that it doesn’t manage to finish’: SONS OF THE PROPHET – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet at the Hampstead Theatre, first staged in 2011, makes its European debut here by starting a lot of conversations that it doesn’t manage to finish.

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

‘Too lightweight in its treatment of the issues it covers’: KERRY JACKSON – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

The National Theatre has quite mixed fortunes when it comes to new play commissions, some become and instant hit – like After Life and the storming success this year of Jack Absolute Flies…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

‘Continues to resonate’: OTHELLO – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Othello at the National Theatre is a production that has thought very carefully about the things it wants to say and, particularly, what Othello has meant at different points in its performa…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

‘Feels like a lost treasure restored’: LONDON WALL – Tower Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Office-based plays are relatively few and far between particularly those from the 1930s, so the revival of John Van Druten’s London Wall at the Tower Theatre is particularly interesting, n…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

‘Munro’s writing is sharp & fearsome’: MARY – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Rona Munro’s latest piece, Mary, treads similar ground to historical trilogy The James Plays in its examination of Mary Queen of Scots and the series of fateful activities that led to her …

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Saturday, October 29, 2022

‘What does Williams think is the root of this reaction?’ KING HAMLIN – Park Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Gloria Williams takes a more decided position on good and evil in the world premiere of her play King Hamlin at the Park Theatre in which an almost inevitable decline into crime is born out …

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

’An increasingly affecting experience’: GOOD – Harold Pinter Theatre by Maryam Philpott

C. P. Taylor’s play Good, written in 1981 is about the easy slide into extremism, how a decidedly ordinary, peaceable even tolerant man with no obvious belief in the outcomes of Nazism can…

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Friday, October 7, 2022

‘Some may find it ponderous while others will be fascinated’: BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Looking across cultural representations of women in the past 100 years it is possible to draw connections between characters such as Hester Collier in Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea,…

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

‘Finds all of the complexities’: The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore – Charing Cross Theatre by Maryam Philpott

In recent years the ‘rediscovery’ of Summer and Smoke and an impressive production of The Night of the Iguana have awakened an interest in what are considered Williams’ lesser-known ma…

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

‘Powerful without being sentimental’: THE APOLOGY – Arcola Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Kyo Choi’s new play, The Apology, looks at sexual slavery in the Second World War and insists that a tactical political apology isn’t remotely enough for the women and their families den…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

‘Certainly makes a statement’: WHO KILLED MY FATHER – Young Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

It is always exciting seeing van Hove’s work for the Internationaal Theater Amsterdam with its cinematic vision encapsulated in theatrical form. Here in Who Killed My Father at the Young V…

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Friday, September 2, 2022

‘Vastly overlong & tonally varied piece of drama’: I, JOAN – Shakespeare’s Globe by Maryam Philpott

History wasn’t only written by the winners, but by the men on the winning side so what can it really tell us about the lives, experiences and identities of anyone else? That is the central…

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

‘Transports the viewer to different locations & into diverse lives’: MILES / THE FALL – Original Theatre Company (Online Show) by Maryam Philpott

Riverside Studios has partnered with the Original Theatre Company to make their three competition-winning plays from debut writers available for on-demand viewing. Across three nights in Jul…

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Friday, August 5, 2022

‘Sets the standard against which future productions will be judged’: SOUTH PACIFIC – Sadler’s Wells & Touring by Maryam Philpott

This is a smart and thoughtful interpretation of South Pacific that takes carefully considered approach to some of the problems in the scenario without fully absolving the characters for the…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

‘Experiments with its theatrical form’: CHASING HARES – Young Vic by Maryam Philpott

Exploitation can take many forms and sometimes it even begins with a creative opportunity. Sonali Bhattacharyya’s lead character in new play Chasing Hares at the Young Vic takes a while to…

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

‘Still has a hold’: CLOSER – Lyric Hammersmith by Maryam Philpott

Not quite a perfect version of Closer at Lyric Hammersmith but a compelling one. If the heart really just looks like a fist wrapped in blood then why, Lizzimore’s production asks, does it …

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Friday, July 15, 2022

‘Utterly joyous’: JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN – National Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Delayed by Covid for over two years, Jack Absolute Flies Again finally lands on the Olivier stage when we have never needed Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’ goofy and hilarious romp more. An…

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

‘Class, race & past activism haunt this family saga’: THE FELLOWSHIP – Hampstead Theatre by Maryam Philpott

First female friendship is the focus of Roy Williams’ latest play The Fellowship, premiering at the Hampstead Theatre as class, race and past activism haunts this family saga.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

‘Really gets to grips with the multiple meanings of its title’: MAD HOUSE – Ambassadors Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Ambassadors Theatre, London – until 4 September 2022 For the second time in successive weeks an American family drama opens in the West End and while Jitney may be a less obvious group of …

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

‘There are real moments of magic’: JITNEY – Old Vic Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Jitney, revived at the Old Vic in a production by Tinuke Craig, is a piece that took the best part of 40 years to make it to Broadway in late 2016 after decades of smaller productions around…

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

‘Well on the way to being a very fine political satire’: TONY! [THE TONY BLAIR OPERA] – Park Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Tony Blair became an MP and Prime Minister with the sole intention of meeting Mick Jaggers [sic], at least in Harry Hill and Steve Brown’s new satire Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] at t…

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

‘Applauds Williams’ technique as a conjurer’: THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Duke of York’s Theatre by Maryam Philpott

Amy Adams, already an acclaimed and multi Oscar-nominated film actor with some notable stage experience in the US, makes her West End debut in Jeremy Herrin’s new version of The Glass Mena…

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Friday, May 27, 2022

‘Worth the wait’: THE UNFRIEND – Chichester by Maryam Philpott

Delayed two years by the pandemic, one of the most hotly anticipated shows of 2020 finally makes it to the stage in 2022. The combination of TV writer and former Dr Who showrunner Steven Mof…

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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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