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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre review - a necessary corrective to our traumatic times by Matt Wolf

9/11-themed musical crosses the Atlantic, its capacious heart intact Against the grimmest of backdrops, generosity and even grace can be possible. That's the eternally uplifting message of C…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

9 to 5 the Musical - Dolly Parton-led film is now a witless musical by Matt Wolf

More like nein to five, as a beloved celluloid title is reduced to subpar pantoA musicals-intensive season gets off to a wan start with 9 to 5, a retooled version of a 2009 Broadway flop bas…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre review - less a bumpy night than an erratically arresting one by Matt Wolf

Gillian Anderson and a superb Lily James headline Ivo van Hove's latest celluloid deconstructionWomen spend a lot of time gazing at themselves in the mirror in the Belgian auteur direct…

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London Theater: A Hit and a Miss for 2 Russian Productions in London by Matt Wolf

The Moscow Pushkin Drama Theater, on a short visit to Britain, impressed with Brecht’s “The Good Person of Szechwan,” but fell short with Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.”

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Katherine Parkinson on Playing a 1950s-Obsessed Housewife in the West End's Home, I’m Darling by Matt Wolf

A beloved name on British TV thanks to shows like The IT Crowd, Doc Martin and Humans, Katherine Parkinson makes regular, always-welcome appearances on stage and can currently be found playi…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Natalie McQueen on Bringing 9 to 5 to the West End in the #MeToo Era and Her Dream Trip to Dollywood by Matt Wolf

Scarcely had Natalie McQueen finished closing out the hit London engagement of Kinky Boots before she was crossing the road to co-star with Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley in the West End d…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Nine Night Playwright/Performer Natasha Gordon on Making History in the West End by Matt Wolf

Actress-playwright Natasha Gordon made history when she became the first-ever black British female dramatist to have a play commercially produced in the West End. First produced by the Natio…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

All About Eve Star Julian Ovenden on Bringing the Classic Film to Life on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Julian Ovenden’s lustrous singing voice has graced many a musical and concert performance both sides of the Atlantic. In recent years, though, the actor has turned his attention to pla…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

London Theater Reviews: Cate Blanchett’s S-and-M Play Is More Tiresome Than Titillating by Matt Wolf

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other” opened at London’s National Theater on a wave of controversy and hype. But it’s pretty boring, our critic writes.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Caroline, or Change Star Sharon D. Clarke on Playing Americans on the London Stage & More by Matt Wolf

The English performer Sharon D. Clarke has lent her formidable presence to many an American title on the London stage, from her 2014 Olivier Award-winning performance in James Baldwin’…

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Coming Clean, Trafalgar Studios review - Kevin Elyot play has lost the pathos if not the plot by Matt Wolf

1982 play needs sharpening in this shallow revival of a revival Time and a transfer haven't been kind to this well-meaning but surface-thin revival of Coming Clean, the 1982 Kevin Elyot play…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

From Margo Channing to Tom Hiddleston: What to See in London in 2019 by Matt Wolf

A new year brings with it the promise of theatrical bounty, nowhere more so than in London where the calendar buzzes across the year. From a flotilla of musical transfers from Broadway on to…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pinters Five and Six, Harold Pinter Theatre review - superlatively acted esoterica by Matt Wolf

The Pinter season gallops into the home stretch, with Rupert Graves and Jane Horrocks leading the chargeThe scintillating, commercially bold season of Pinter one-acts at the theatre bearing …

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

London Theater Reviews: On London Stages, the Atmosphere Is Tragic by Matt Wolf

There’s new writing, Shakespeare and a classic musical on offer. And the tone of them all is bleak.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Best of 2018: Theatre by Matt Wolf

American titles were everywhere but British plays and the classics got a look-in, tooWill pride of place amongst theatre productions every year go in perpetuity to the work of Stephen Sondhe…

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Monday, December 24, 2018

2018 Wrap-Up: Best London Shows of the Year by Matt Wolf

American work was everywhere on the London stage during 2018, as it looks to be again in the year ahead when, for example, there will be five major Arthur Miller revivals within the first si…

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

2018 Wrap-Up: Best London Performances of the Year by Matt Wolf

Whoever thinks actresses are getting a raw deal these days should hang out in London, where show after show during 2018 put one or another terrific female center-stage—sometimes solo, …

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Sweat, Donmar Warehouse review - America at once fractured and fractious by Matt Wolf

Lynn Nottage Pulitzer Prize-winner emerges even more strongly in London A tremendous year for American theatre on the London stage is resoundingly capped by Sweat, the Lynn Nottage Pulitzer …

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Best (and Worst) Theater in Europe in 2018 by Matt Wolf, Laura Cappelle and A.j. Goldmann

Our three European theater critics pick their favorite productions of the year — plus a turkey for the festive season.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

The Tell-Tale Heart, National Theatre review - bloody good fun as well as bloody by Matt Wolf

Anthony Neilson's latest is a Poe-faced delightThe Tell-Tale Heart may be the title of an 1843 short story by Edgar Allen Poe, but rest assured that Anthony Neilson's adaptation of it f…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

West End Star Bonnie Langford on Diva Behavior and Jumping from 42nd Street to 9 to 5 by Matt Wolf

here's this for next week but please run Joshua Jenkins from CURIOUS first :-) x Bonnie Langford q-and-a / Matt Wolf Bonnie Langford began her career as a child actor in such shows as th…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018


It’s not easy making history twice, but that’s what Rosalie Craig has managed and within not very many years.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Double Dealer, Orange Tree Theatre review - high spirits and low morals by Matt Wolf

Congreve's Restoration-era rarity is boisterous to a fault It's been 40 years since The Double Dealer last had a major airing (indeed, perhaps any airing) in London, so on the basis of …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Joshua Jenkins on Playing a Teen Again in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in the West End by Matt Wolf

Joshua Jenkins has spent a sizable chunk of his acting life playing Christopher, the teenager at the wounding and wounded heart of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The much…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

True West, Vaudeville Theatre review - sizzling take on seminal Sam Shepard by Matt Wolf

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn go hell for leather as savagery-prone siblingsDon't be deceived by Kit Harington's matted, slicked-back hair that is immediately visible the minute the audienc…

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London Theater Reviews: In These Plays About Couples, Hell Is Other People by Matt Wolf

Three productions in London look at pairings (romantic and otherwise) that come to grief, including a retelling of the myth of Orpheus in the underworld.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Summer and Smoke Star Patsy Ferran on American Voices, Working with Angela Lansbury and More by Matt Wolf

Patsy Ferran was barely out of the prestigious London drama school, RADA, when she proved that she could steal a scene or two from none other than Angela Lansbury in the 2014 West End reviva…

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Reeve Carney on Descending into London's Hadestown After Soaring in Broadway's Spider-Man by Matt Wolf

Reeve Carney soared above the audience as Spider-Man in the much-chronicled Broadway musical of the same name and this time descends to the underworld as the singing, romantically smitten Or…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Rising Star Douglas Booth on Returning to the London Stage in A Guide for the Homesick, His Broadway Girlfriend and More by Matt Wolf

Still only 26, Douglas Booth has been appearing on film and TV for a decade and has won screen attention in such titles as Noah, The Riot Club, Great Expectations and the experiment in paint…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

London theatre is at the top of its game, so who will win our awards? by Matt Wolf

Much of the success has to do with a range of artists whose own creativity isn’t tethered to the Brexit-era antics at large

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pinters Three and Four, Harold Pinter Theatre review - double-bill boasts double-acts to treasure by Matt Wolf

The Pinter season continues, this time in largely comic form The West End is specialising in two-parters of late. To Imperium and The Inheritance we can add to a growing list the latest duo …

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