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Thursday, November 26, 2020

This Lockdown, England’s Theaters Know What to Do Online by Matt Wolf

The first coronavirus shutdown caught playhouses unawares, but they learned lessons that stood them in good stead when the shutters came down again.

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Friday, November 20, 2020


Our critic looks back on 32 years with a publication he was with from its very first issue, in 1988.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Death of England: Delroy, National Theatre review - a furious if fleetingly seen sequel by Matt Wolf

Opening and closing night were the same for vital solo show Broadway tends to be the Darwinian environment where a show's opening night can also mark its closing.

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Partying Like It’s 1925 as London’s Theaters Go Dark (Again) by Matt Wolf

Two long-running immersive theater productions — “The Murdér Express” and “The Great Gatsby”— offered some much-needed merriment just before a new lockdown hit England.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Nine Lives, Bridge Theatre review - engaging if slim finale to ambitious solo season by Matt Wolf

Sparky solo play leaves you wanting yet more Call him Ishmael, and the Zimbabwe-born, UK-based writer Zodwa Nyoni has done just that. That's the name of the solo character in Nyoni's slight…

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Politics, Poems and Charm in Two London Monologues by Matt Wolf

Two young Black playwrights chronicle tales of the Nigerian diaspora in performances at the Bridge Theater, but only one digs deep.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Hermione Lee: Tom Stoppard, A Life review - the last word on a theatrical wordsmith by Matt Wolf

Capacious biography pins down an elusive subject "The older he got, the less he cared about self-concealment," or so it is said of Sir Tom Stoppard, somewhere deep into the 865 pages of …

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

'The Last Five Years' at Southwark Playhouse soars even higher after shutdown by Matt Wolf

'The Last Five Years' revival is itself revived at Southwark Playhouse

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Nights in the Garden of Spain & Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet, Bridge Theatre review - potent mix of pain and comedy by Matt Wolf

Essential series of Alan Bennett stage pairings comes to an end Stillness works like a stealth bomb in Nights in the Garden of Spain, in which Tamsin Greig further confirms her status as on…

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Playing Sandwiches & A Lady of Letters, Bridge Theatre review - the darkness dazzles, twice over by Matt Wolf

Masterclasses make up a mighty hour of theatre "Getting dark," or so comments Irene Ruddock (a pitch-perfect Imelda Staunton) in passing midway through A Lady of Letters, and, boy, ain't th…

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Solo Plays for Anxious Times by Matt Wolf

The Bridge theater in London has resumed performances after the coronavirus shutdown with a series of monologues by David Hare and Alan Bennett.

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Michael Sheen, David Threlfall, Indira Varma 'mesmerise' in Old Vic 'Faith Healer' by Matt Wolf

review of Old Vic In Camera presentation of the late Brian Friel's 1979 play 'Faith Healer'

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Intimate 'Pippin' at Garden Theatre invokes the past and present by Matt Wolf

Alfresco 'Pippin' revival at south London pub theatre

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Rose, Hope Mill Theatre online review - a performer at her peak by Matt Wolf

Maureen Lipman in fearless form in Martin Sherman's discursive solo play Solo plays and performances are, of necessity, the theatrical currency of the moment, whether across an entire seaso…

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Friday, September 4, 2020

Showstopper! The (Socially Distanced) Improvised Musical, review: Whimsical and witty by Matt Wolf

The sheer brio of the endeavour proved irresistible, and one wasn’t surprised to see the performers’ eyes misting over

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Review - C-o-n-t-a-c-t at various locations by Matt Wolf

C-o-n-t-a-c-t — the letters are aptly distanced to suit the times — marks the English-language premiere of an alfresco theatre piece that premiered in Paris during lockdown.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

‘Sleepless’ Revives London’s Pandemic Musical Scene, if Only Just by Matt Wolf

Based on the hit 1993 hit film “Sleepless in Seattle,” the production is London’s first fully staged indoor musical in months. Applause for that, at least.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Declan, Traverse Theatre online review - compressed and compelling by Matt Wolf

Traverse Theatre two-hander transfers well to the screen In normal times, Edinburgh Festival audiences would now be packing into the city’s invaluable Traverse Theatre, home to some of th…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

A Little Night Music, Opera Holland Park review - wasn't it bliss? by Matt Wolf

For one night, we were part of a full-on theatrical experience once again A lot of rain and untold bliss: those were the takeaways from Saturday night’s alfresco Opera Holland Park concer…

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Theatre Unlocked 4: Shows in concert and a contemporary classic comes to TV by Matt Wolf

A New York duo celebrates Sir Noël and Samuel Beckett bewitches and bewilders once again After months spent sifting amongst the virtual, I'm pleased to report that live performance looks t…

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Some Light in the Darkness for London’s West End by Matt Wolf

The Donmar Warehouse is the first major playhouse in the city to reopen, with a socially distanced sound installation.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Imagine... My Name is Kwame, BBC One review - interesting but incomplete by Matt Wolf

Profile of Young Vic artistic director could go still further Filmed, as one would, well, imagine, prior to lockdown, Imagine .... My Name is Kwame hearkens to what now seems a bygone era …

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Theatre Unlocked 3: Signs of activity after a long siesta by Matt Wolf

Theatre comes to life, albeit gently, and some familiar names crop up online After a weeklong hiatus due to an absence of noteworthy material, this column is back heralding the return, as w…

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Looking Back, Watching Stars as They Rise in Britain by Matt Wolf

Streamed productions from the archive of the Royal Shakespeare Company show the development of some top-rank British performers.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Theatre Unlocked 2: A starry premiere and musical revival alongside Greek tragedy where it began by Matt Wolf

Empty playhouses caught on camera and an online 'Merchant' complete a typically varied week of theatrical fare Theatres will begin gently unlocking their doors as we head into August. In the…

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Theatre Unlocked 1: George Floyd remembered, a classic transformed, and a call to action re climate change by Matt Wolf

A Broadway legend in concert lends musical buoyancy to this week's ever wide-ranging theatrical array We're easing out of lockdown, haircuts are being had, and the theatre continually shape…

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Theatre Lockdown Special 13: Early Lloyd Webber, vintage Rattigan, and a Dame or two in conversation by Matt Wolf

Medeas past and present conjoin across a characteristically eclectic theatre week Stop the presses! For the first time in nearly four months, The Arts Desk can point to the first of several…

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Theater Review: 'Staged' and 'Talking Heads' by Matt Wolf

“Staged,” a six-episode sitcom, and “Talking Heads,” a remake of a group of vaunted monologues, show what good can come of a bereft theatrical scene in Britain.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Theatre Lockdown Special 12: An American rarity, a British savoury, and fresh Apples by Matt Wolf

Nigel Slater is back, as is Richard Nelson's Apple family for a second time via Zoom Can this weekly lineup really now be three months old?  As we move towards at least some degree of rela…

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Theatre Lockdown Special 11: Shakespeare-as-rave, a starlit Old Vic, and, yes, those singing nuns by Matt Wolf

Some celeb-heavy revivals and a kids-friendly showstopper feature amongst this week's lineup Might we be nearing light at the end of the lockdown tunnel? It definitely seems that way, with t…

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