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Friday, September 29, 2023

'Operation Epsilon' review – this riveting and timely history play dissects the ethics of nuclear physics by Matt Wolf

Nathaniel Parker, of "Wolf Hall," and Jamie Bogyo, from the flop revival of "Aspects of Love," are amongst the all-male cast of Andy Sandberg's UK premiere of this decade-old American play.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

'Frank & Percy' review – Ian McKellen and Roger Allam are charming company in this sweet love story by Matt Wolf

Ian McKellen, age 84, is as spry and welcome a stage presence ever opposite the equally invaluable Roger Allam

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

'untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play' review – a furious and necessary skewering of colonialist classics by Matt Wolf

2023 Olivier nominee Mei Mac stars in Kimber Lee play about Asian stereotyping over time

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Friday, September 22, 2023

'Mlima's Tale' review – Lynn Nottage's stealthy poaching drama has animal magnetism by Matt Wolf

Lynn Nottage's 2018 Public Theater play gets a powerful London airing courtesy director Miranda Cromwell and leading player Ira Mandela Siobhan.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

'The Little Big Things' review – this new musical movingly and buoyantly puts disability centre stage by Matt Wolf

Henry Fraser's inspirational memoir is now a musical, directed by Luke Sheppard of "& Juliet" renown.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

'Red Pitch' review – this nimble play scores with its celebration of friendship by Matt Wolf

Tyrell Williams's Olivier-nominated and Evening Standard Theatre Award-winning play returns for an encore engagement, fronted once again by the dazzling Francis Lovehall

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Review: ‘Next to Normal’ Is Back, With Extra Pathos by Matt Wolf

A London revival of the hit musical brings extra warmth to the story of a woman in psychological free fall.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2023

'The Way Old Friends Do' review – this new play is one for the ABBA enthusiasts by Matt Wolf

Ian Hallard stars in his own play, directed by his husband, Mark Gatiss, and with a scene-stealing supporting performance from Sara Crowe.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2023

'The Garden of Words' review – this wistful, rain-soaked Japanese tale draws you in by Matt Wolf

Japanese anime continues to have its day onstage with this latest show coming in between London premieres of My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away.

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Saturday, August 5, 2023

'Macbeth' review – part action hero, part politician, Max Bennett compels throughout by Matt Wolf

A ripped Max Bennett takes the title role in a play soon to be seen again in London with David Tennant and then Ralph Fiennes: Matti Houghton plays his Lady.

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

'Cuckoo' review – this new family drama is alarming, surprising and highly entertaining by Matt Wolf

Jodie McNee gives a superb performance in Olivier-winner Michael Wynne's eighth play for the Royal Court, this one all-female and directed by Vicky Featherstone

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

'Beneatha's Place' review – Cherrelle Skeete gives a star-making performance by Matt Wolf

Kwame Kwei-Armah revisits his 2013 play, this time in London and with a rejigged second act - and superb leading lady

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

'Modest' review – this cheer-worthy art herstory lesson mixes drag, music and revolutionary spirit by Matt Wolf

Emer Dineen heads a non-binary cast of six in author Ellen Brammar's study in female empowerment and gender politics set during the 1870s

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Crazy For You, Gillian Lynne Theatre review - high-kicking heaven by Matt Wolf

Susan Stroman returns to the well, to wondrous results Who says you can't go home again? As proof that you can, and to giddy and gorgeous results, along comes the current West End revival o…

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Friday, June 30, 2023

'Robin Hood: The Legend. Re-written.' review – laudable in principle, but this revamp is a muddled polemic by Matt Wolf

Carl Grose gives the Robin Hood legend a contemporary makeover that misses the mark, in onetime Tony nominee Melly Still's production

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023

'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' review — Jamie Parker gives a performance for the ages by Matt Wolf

Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Jamie Parker gives a tremendous performance in the title role of this return engagement of a genuinely striking British musical

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' review – Daniel Rigby has extraordinary stamina in this furiously funny police satire by Matt Wolf

Daniel Rigby and Mark Hadfield head cast of Daniel Raggett's high-octane production, seen previously at Sheffield Theatres and the Lyric Hammersmith

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

'Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical' review – this puppet-based satire mainly preaches to the converted by Matt Wolf

39 years after they first came to British TV, the satiric puppets take to the London stage

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Dear England, National Theatre review - filtering the national narrative through sport by Matt Wolf

James Graham's life-affirming new play locates hope and feeling amid the ravages of defeat "Is everything loss?" the great Oliver Ford Davies once asked on the National's Olivier stage, in …

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

'The Third Man' review – this musical adaptation of the classic film feels sadly redundant by Matt Wolf

Sam Underwood of TV's Dynasty looks understandably worries in this faltering knock-off of the storied Graham Greene novella and Carol Reed film, directed by Trevor Nunn

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A mighty force in both drama and politics, Glenda Jackson rarely played it safe by Matt Wolf

Glenda Jackson was a rare and rightly awarded talent

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'School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play' review – sparky study of beauty, identity and teen friendships by Matt Wolf

Monique Touko directs UK premiere of buoyant, keenly observed play from Jocelyn Bioh, with a breakout performance from Tara Tijani

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Friday, June 16, 2023

‘Romeo and Juliet’ Review: Toheeb Jimoh Shines by Matt Wolf

Toheeb Jimoh, Emmy-nominated for “Ted Lasso,” takes on Romeo in a riveting production from the British director Rebecca Frecknall.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Aspects of Love, Lyric Theatre review - not much has actually changed by Matt Wolf

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1989 musical resurfaces, its luscious score and curious logic jointly intact Love may change everything, as we're reminded multiple times during Andrew Lloyd Webber's …

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

'Bleak Expectations' review — a Dickensian comedy that lacks character by Matt Wolf

Radio 4 comedy Dickens pastiche comes wearisomely to the stage, with a different guest star every week; Caroline Leslie directs.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' review — lively production is extravagant but busy by Matt Wolf

Michelle Terry plays Puck at the theatres she runs, directed by Elle While and with Mariah Gale as a female Bottom here called Nicola Bottome

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Monday, May 22, 2023

'The Comedy of Errors' review — Sean Holmes's production finds emotional depth amid the comedy by Matt Wolf

Season opener at Shakespeare's Globe captures the shifting moods of early Shakespeare comedy; Michael Elcock, late of the musical Hex, co-stars.

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Friday, May 19, 2023

‘Brokeback Mountain,’ Onstage, Lacks Some Intensity by Matt Wolf

A new West End adaptation, starring Lucas Hedges and Mike Faist, recasts Annie Proulx’s 1997 short story as a memory play.

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Monday, May 15, 2023

'Christina Bianco: In Divine Company' review — a musical revue honours a dizzying array of divas by Matt Wolf

Christina Bianco brings her exuberant solo show to the Menier for a short, very sweet run, with Ryan MacKenzie her ace accompanist

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Monday, May 8, 2023

The Motive and the Cue, National Theatre review - theatrical titans face off by Matt Wolf

Play about a onetime Broadway smash surely has Broadway in its sights Plays about the theatre are many and varied, from Gypsy and Noises Off to the numerous Shakespeare works that absorb the…

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

'Dixon and Daughters' review — Brid Brennan commands a visceral, hotheaded play by Matt Wolf

Onetime Tony-winner Brid Brennan ("Dancing at Lughnasa") delivers bigtime as a fierce matriarch fresh out of prison

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