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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

What to See on London Stages This Summer by Matt Wolf

British theater recommendations for visitors and residents of all ages — and inclinations.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

'Kiss Me, Kate' review – Adrian Dunbar and Stephanie J Block deliver big time in this rip-roaring revival by Matt Wolf

Stephanie J Block delivers a knockout UK stage debut in Bart Sher staging of Cole Porter classic

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Friday, May 31, 2024

June on the London Stage: James Corden Returns, Stephanie J. Block Leads Kiss Me, Kate and Mean Girls Crosses the Pond by Matt Wolf

In June, New York may be in thrall to the Tonys, but life on the London stage continues apace. The month ahead promises a broad array of musicals, from a pocket-sized hit of the Edinburgh Fe…

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Romeo and Juliet, Duke of York's Theatre review - doomy and deathly, and much-hyped by Matt Wolf

★★★ ROMEO AND JULIET, DUKE OF YORK'S THEATRE Doomy and deathly, and much-hyped Tom Holland reaches for the stars and makes it to the theatre's roof One of Shakespeare's longest plays …

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

'Jerry's Girls' review – this buoyant revue celebrates Jerry Herman's gift for turning adversity into triumph by Matt Wolf

Olivier winner Cassidy Janson is the standout performer in director Hannah Chissick's production of decades-old Jerry Herman musical revue

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Friday, May 17, 2024

'Between Riverside and Crazy' review – Danny Sapani is a roaring, contradictory patriarch in this Pulitzer-winning play by Matt Wolf

Danny Sapani moves on from King Lear at the Almeida to the UK premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis´s trophy-bearing play, co-starring Ayesha Antoine and Martins Inghambe.

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Friday, May 10, 2024

'The Cherry Orchard' review – this electrifying staging grabs Chekhov's play by the scruff of the neck by Matt Wolf

A radiant Nina Hoss, from the film Tar, heads the splendid cast of adaptor-director Benedict Andrews's electrifying reclamation of Chekhov's final play

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Review: Impressed, but Not Transported, by ‘Spirited Away’ by Matt Wolf

A stage production of the beloved Studio Ghibli movie is big on spectacle, but rarely grabs the heart.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

May on the London Stage: A Miyazaki Classic, Tom Holland as Romeo and a Fawlty Farce by Matt Wolf

While Broadway spends the month of May in pre-Tony Awards overdrive, the London theater continues to do what it does so well—namely, offering a broad array of shows to suit all tastes. Som…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

'Minority Report' review – this sci-fi adaptation about futuristic crime-fighting has visuals to kill for by Matt Wolf

A gender-flipped Jodie McNee stars in visually impressive, emotionally subpar adaptation of the same Philip K Dick story that spawned the Tom Cruise film

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Saturday, April 27, 2024

'The Ballad of Hattie and James' review – this empathetic drama explores love, loss and the power of music by Matt Wolf

Charles Edwards shines in overly tricksy, overlong Sam Adamson play tracing a friendship over time

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

'The Comeuppance' review – a high school reunion is stalked by death in this brilliantly acted drama by Matt Wolf

The stunning Anthony Welsh heads a pitch-perfect quintet in UK premiere of 2023 Off Broadway play by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins and directed once again by Eric Ting.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

2024 Olivier Awards: The Snubs and Surprises by Houman Barekat, Matt Wolf and Alex Marshall

Our theater critics and a reporter discuss the big winner — “Sunset Boulevard” — and the rest of the honorees at Britain’s equivalent of the Tonys.

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Friday, April 12, 2024

‘Player Kings’ Review: Ian McKellen’s Juicy Assignment as Falstaff by Matt Wolf

In Robert Icke’s adaptation of Parts 1 and 2 of “Henry IV,” the veteran stage actor’s performance belies his age.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Power of Sail, Menier Chocolate Factory review - alternately stiff and startling by Matt Wolf

Dominic Dromgoole directs UK premiere of Paul Grellong play, wit Julian Ovenden, 2024 Olivier nominee Giles Terera, and Michael Benz

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Power of Sail, Menier Chocolate Factory review - alternately stiff and startling by Matt Wolf

Paul Grellong play delivers in its final passages The Menier Chocolate Factory has made something of a habit of late out of trawling unexpected corners of the contemporary American reper…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Trevor Griffiths, Marxist Writer for Stage and Screen, Dies at 88 by Matt Wolf

For him, “art played a particular role in social change,” the director Mehmet Ergen said. “Everything was political.”

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Long Day's Journey Into Night, Wyndham's Theatre review - O'Neill masterwork is once again driven by its Mary by Matt Wolf

Patricia Clarkson powers the latest iteration of this great, grievous American drama Memory is a confounding thing. By way of proof, just ask the Mary Tyrone who is being given unforgettable…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Opening Night, Gielgud Theatre review - brave, yes, but also misguided and bizarre by Matt Wolf

Sheridan Smith gives it her all against near-impossible odds Is there a more purely likeable actress than Sheridan Smith, the performer who was still a teenager when she stole the show at t…

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Monday, April 1, 2024

April on the London Stage: A Tight Olivier Awards Race, Alex Newell in Pippin and a Starry Long Day's Journey by Matt Wolf

New York isn’t the only game in town. London is continually busy, as befits a theater town that thinks not in terms of seasons but of exciting and rewarding shows throughout the year. Just…

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Friday, March 29, 2024

'The Divine Mrs S' review – Rachael Stirling commands the stage in this portrait of a pioneering actress by Matt Wolf

Rachael Stirling and Dominic Rowan are in fine, aptly fruity form in April De Angelis play about the legendary British tragedienne

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

'Priscilla The Party!' review – let your hair down at this joyfully immersive shindig by Matt Wolf

30 years on from the film, Stephan Elliott's road movie is now an excuse to grab some drinks

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Monday, March 25, 2024

'Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle' review – prepared to be amazed at this joyfully silly comedy by Matt Wolf

Henry Lewis and Jonathan Sayer bring their Mischief-inflected silliness back to London after a New York run

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

'Faith Healer' review – Rachel O’Riordan’s scorching revival of Brian Friel's play is the best production in years by Matt Wolf

Justine Mitchell gives a performance for the ages in superb revival of Brian Friel's onetime Broadway flop, with Nick Holder and Declan Conlon in fine form, as well

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

'Harry Clarke' review – Billy Crudup is mesmerising as an unreliable shapeshifter in this Ripley-esque tale by Matt Wolf

Billy Crudup makes his West End debut in David Cale play previously seen Off Broadway

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Uncle Vanya, Orange Tree Theatre review - Chekhov served up choice by Matt Wolf

Trevor Nunn, age 84, makes a blinding return to form "We all live here in peace and friendship," notes Telegin (David Ahmad), otherwise known as Waffles, early in Uncle Vanya, to which one …

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Monday, March 4, 2024

'The Duchess of Malfi' review – Rachel Bagshaw's staging of this dark tale is a genuine sensation by Matt Wolf

Francesca Mills is a first-rate Duchess, with sterling support from, amongst others, Arthur Hughes, Jamie Ballard, and Olivier Huband in Rachel Bagshaw's expert production

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

'Shifters' review – Tosin Cole and Heather Agyepong are simply irresistible in this heavenly romance by Matt Wolf

Benedict Lombe returns to the site of her award-winning solo play 'Lava' with a follow-up two-hander

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Hills of California, Harold Pinter Theatre - ladies' night for Jez Butterworth by Matt Wolf

Laura Donnelly once again soars in tailor-made part/s scripted by her partner Art makes for unexpected bedfellows, and so it proves in Jez Butterworth's moving if meandering The Hills of Ca…

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'King Lear' review – this thrillingly epic production is both atmospheric and viscerally felt by Matt Wolf

At last, a "King Lear" that achieves lift-off, thanks to director Yael Farber, leading men Danny Sapani, Fra Fee, and Clarke Peters, and a thrilling design team

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

An Enemy of the People, Duke of York's Theatre - performative and predictable by Matt Wolf

Matt Smith stars in heavy-handed adaptation of Ibsen's 1880s classic, here with onetime Tony nominee Paul Hilton (The Inheritance) in glowering support

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