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Thursday, April 18, 2019

London Theater Reviews: On the London Stage, ‘Top Girls’ and a Grande Dame by Matt Wolf

Maggie Smith tackles an impressive one-woman show at the Bridge Theater, and a British classic of the 1980s gets a new lease on life at the National.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Kelly Mathieson on Having a Phantom of the Opera Birthday Cake to Starring as Christine Daae in the West End by Matt Wolf

Kelly Mathieson grew up in Scotland and started ballet lessons when she was two. But after training at London's prestigious Royal College of Music, she forsook the world of actual opera to m…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Ben Edelman on Starring in London's Admissions Amid College Scandal Headlines by Matt Wolf

Ben Edelman burst onto the New York theater scene like a proverbial comet in last year’s Lincoln Center Theater production of Admissions, the fiery play about family dynamics and race from…

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Ben Edelman on Starring in London's Admissions Amidst College Scandal Headlines by Matt Wolf

Ben Edelman burst onto the New York theater scene like a proverbial comet in last year’s Lincoln Center Theater production of Admissions, the fiery play about family dynamics and race from…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Joanna Riding on Stepping into London's Follies and Her Strong Take on "Losing My Mind" by Matt Wolf

Joanna Riding has won two Olivier Awards, starting with her matchless Julie Jordan in Nicholas Hytner’s landmark 1992 production of Carousel, and is now giving a career-defining performanc…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

London Theater Reviews: A Pinter Marathon Saves the Best for Last by Matt Wolf

A revelatory new production of “Betrayal” starring Tom Hiddleston comes after a season of the playwright’s one-act plays.

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Blood Knot, Orange Tree Theatre review - defining apartheid-era drama delivers afresh by Matt Wolf

Athol Fugard's seminal 1961 play hasn't lost its potency London's impromptu mini-season devoted to the work of Athol Fugard picks up real steam with Blood Knot, Matthew Xia's transfixing ta…

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Richard Fleeshman on Stripping Down in London's Company, His Olivier Nomination & What Patti LuPone Calls Him by Matt Wolf

Richard Fleeshman starred on the West End and Broadway opposite Caissie Levy in Ghost the Musical and was part of the British ensembles of Urinetown and The Last Ship. But it’s fai…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Downstate, National Theatre review - controversial but also clear-eyed and compassionate by Matt Wolf

Bruce Norris's ever-provocative play puts people first, labels second "Some monsters are real," notes a retribution-minded wife (Matilda Ziegler) early in Downstate, Bruce Norris's beautiful…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Bay at Nice, Menier Chocolate Factory - David Hare talkfest takes intermittent wing by Matt Wolf

Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond face off in revival of little-known 1986 play David Hare knows a thing or two about sustaining an onstage face-off. Skylight and The Breath of Life consi…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Her Long History with Wicked by Matt Wolf

Rachel Tucker is known both sides of the Atlantic as an especially thrilling Elphaba in Wicked and as a singer who has enlivened various concert halls and cabaret rooms, performing both solo…

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London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Why She's Through with Wicked by Matt Wolf

Rachel Tucker is known both sides of the Atlantic as an especially thrilling Elphaba in Wicked and as a singer who has enlivened various concert halls and cabaret rooms, performing both solo…

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London Come From Away Star Rachel Tucker on Her First Olivier Award Nomination and Her Long History with Wicked by Matt Wolf

Rachel Tucker is known both sides of the Atlantic as an especially thrilling Elphaba in Wicked and as a singer who has enlivened various concert halls and cabaret rooms, performing both solo…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Admissions, Trafalgar Studios review - topical and whiplash-smart by Matt Wolf

Alex Kingston stars in darkly comic Off Broadway transfer Joshua Harmon knows how to stir and excite an audience and does that and more with Admissions, newly arrived in the West End as par…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Charity Wakefield on Making Her West End Debut in Emilia and Realizing She Resembles Shakespeare by Matt Wolf

Charity Wakefield has made a name for herself both sides of the Atlantic in TV shows like Bounty Hunters and Wolf Hall but is only now making her West End debut in the transfer to the Vaudev…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Waitress, Adelphi Theatre review - sweet if sometimes silly musical arrives from Broadway by Matt Wolf

Tale of female emancipation gets a necessary post-interval lift There's a lovely, quietly subversive musical lurking somewhere in Waitress, and for extended passages in the second act that …

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

London Theater Reviews: In London Theaters, Reinvention’s the Thing by Matt Wolf

Productions of Molière’s “Tartuffe,” Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” and Martin Sherman’s “Gently Down the Stream” all find something new.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Layton Williams on How Playing Angel in Rent Prepared Him for Starring in London's Everybody’s Talking About Jamie by Matt Wolf

Layton Williams q-and-a / Matt Wolf Layton Williams wasn’t yet a teenager when in 2007 he became the first mixed-race actor to play the title role on the West End in Billy Elliot the Music…

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Young Vic review - shards of power amidst much that is overwrought by Matt Wolf

★★★ JESUS HOPPED THE 'A' TRAIN, YOUNG VIC Shards of power amidst much that is overwrought Stephen Adly Guirgis play is best when most reflective An entirely electric leading performanc…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Shipwreck, Almeida Theatre review - Trump-inflected fantasia mixes the polemical and the poetic by Matt Wolf

★★★★ SHIPWRECK, ALMEIDA THEATRE Trump-inflected fantasia mixes polemical and poetic Anne Washburn's shape-shifting play won't be confined, nor will the man at its thematic centre J…

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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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