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Monday, December 13, 2021

Best of Enemies, Young Vic review – fast-paced portrait of a clash between two titanic egos by Rachel Halliburton

A vivid and witty recreation of politics in the late Sixties No playwright has a scalpel as sharp as James Graham’s when it comes to dissecting politics; he has a brilliance and edge that …

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Book of Dust, Bridge Theatre review – as much intelligence and provocation as fleet-footed fun by Rachel Halliburton

The stage magic is both ingenious and beguiling It’s been seventeen years since Nicholas Hytner first directed Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, ambitiously wh…

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Life of Pi, Wyndham's Theatre review - visually ravishing show uplifted by astonishing puppetry by Rachel Halliburton

Despite its deceptive lightness, at heart this is a dark terrifying story When the Canadian Yann Patel went to India as a young adult backpacker he fell in love – not with one person but w…

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Four Quartets, Harold Pinter Theatre review - brilliant Fiennes breathes air and physicality into Eliot's work by Rachel Halliburton

His earthy informality instantly anchors the philosophy Words flow like water in TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, shimmering with allusion, swirling and eddying with the ideas and fractured philo…

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Little Women The Musical, Park Theatre review - broad brush comedy redeemed by a talented cast by Rachel Halliburton

Musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott classic is enjoyable but undemanding Louisa May Alcott did not think she could write a successful book for girls. After her publisher suggested this …

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Friday, October 22, 2021

The Shark Is Broken, New Ambassadors Theatre review - how Spielberg's first blockbuster almost didn't happen by Rachel Halliburton

This shark-tooth-sharp comedy provides a behind-the-scenes glance at "Jaws" Jaws was the Moby Dick of late 20th century capitalism, a fantasy about fear and the unknown for a society that ha…

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Love and Other Acts of Violence, Donmar Warehouse review - snappy and tightly intelligent but flawed by Rachel Halliburton

How do traumas from former generations affect how we behave in the present? This is simultaneously a love story and an archaeology of hate, a sparky, spiky encounter between two individuals …

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Metamorphoses, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - punchy, cleverly reworked classic by Rachel Halliburton

Any figure in Roman mythology today would be at the pointy end of cancel culture Ovid was exiled – or to put it in twenty-first century terms, ‘no-platformed’ – by an indignant Emper…

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Indecent, Menier Chocolate Factory review - cabaret-style depiction of a rapidly changing world by Rachel Halliburton

An intriguing if flawed evening, boosted by ebullient ensemble work Indecent is a play wrapped inside a news story about stigma. Playwright Paula Vogel was at Cornell University when she s…

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied Tunisia, Almeida Theatre review - flawed theatre but a great experiment by Rachel Halliburton

Playwright Josh Azouz's absurdism owes as much to Sacha Baron Cohen as to Beckett An ageing Nazi, stuffed into a slightly too tight white linen suit, sits at the opposite end of the dining …

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Monday, July 19, 2021

Mr and Mrs Nobody, Jermyn Street Theatre review – as comfortable as afternoon tea with jam puffs by Rachel Halliburton

Edward Baker-Duly seems to have sprung fully formed from the pages of 'Punch' If you’re looking for a distraction from the apocalyptic headlines that seem to be the norm right now, then it…

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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe review - unsatisfactory mix of clumsy and edgy by Rachel Halliburton

Too many of the messages seem reductive and irrelevant "It is dangerous for women to go outside alone," blares the electronic sign above the stage of the new Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare'…

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Bach & Sons, Bridge Theatre review - humorous and deeply intelligent by Rachel Halliburton

Raine beautifully evokes how music captures the mess of life In John Eliot Gardner’s magnificent wide-ranging biography of Bach, Music In The Castle of Heaven, he tells the story of the co…

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Death of a Black Man, Hampstead Theatre review - blistering theatre with an unflinching vision by Rachel Halliburton

Uncomfortable truths beneath the poisoned patter This blistering, fearless play about an 18-year-old black entrepreneur on the King’s Road raises a myriad of uncomfortable questions that r…

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's Globe review - a blast of colour from our post-vaccine future by Rachel Halliburton

A production that revels in the joyously absurd while hinting at the play's darker edges A little less than two years after Sean Holmes’s kick-ass Latin American carnival-style A Midsummer…

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Money, Southwark Playhouse online review - ethical dilemmas for the Zoom generation by Rachel Halliburton

A vivid and credible production that is also limited by its form To accept or not accept a donation: that’s certainly the burning political question of the moment.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Dream, RSC online review - gaming version unleashes revolutionary potential by Rachel Halliburton

Co-production with Manchester International Festival, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Philharmonia Orchestra brings Shakespeare's metaphor to life Which of Shakespeare’s plays is most plagued …

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Monday, February 22, 2021

The Color Purple - at Home, Curve online review – life-affirming musical retelling of Alice Walker's novel by Rachel Halliburton

Celie learns how to live from the strong, rebellious women she encounters This production of The Color Purple is an extraordinary testimony to the fact that many of the twentieth century’s…

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

All On Her Own, Stream.Theatre online review - a vivid monologue on bereavement by Rachel Halliburton

The tilt between our actual selves and our idealised selves will never cease to be an existential tension This stunningly delivered online monologue from a bereaved widow to her husband feel…

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

Nine Lessons and Carols, Almeida Theatre review – spiky portrayal of a world turned upside down by Rachel Halliburton

Skilfully interwoven accounts of a life in which togetherness is forbidden How do you create a secular version of the Nine Lessons and Carols? The original can feel like a formulaic trot thr…

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Saturday, December 5, 2020

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Wise Children review – ravishing vision of Chagall's early life by Rachel Halliburton

An ingenious depiction of the artist's gravity-defying love One of Marc Chagall’s last commissions was for a stained-glass window in Chichester Cathedral, which channelled his characterist…

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Friday, October 23, 2020

The Great Gatsby, Immersive London review – a warm and electric tribute to the book by Rachel Halliburton

It's a true achievement to feel the chemistry of a cast whirring into action again The Prohibition-era setting of The Great Gatsby brings an appropriately illicit feel to this bold decisio…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

The Outside Dog & The Hand of God, Bridge Theatre review - gems of frustration and disquiet by Rachel Halliburton

Alan Bennett's monologues make us reflect on our own little worlds For some of us, it doesn’t take a lockdown to imprison us in our own hellish little world. Since his first series of dram…

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Beat the Devil, Bridge Theatre review – Ralph Fiennes delivers an arresting account of Covid-19 by Rachel Halliburton

Theatre itself become an act of rebellion against the microbe For a riveting, cathartic – and often surprisingly humorous – 50 minutes Ralph Fiennes paces the stage at the Bridge Theatre…

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Amadeus, National Theatre at Home review – wild dance at the edges of sanity by Rachel Halliburton

As Mozart, Adam Gillen erupts onto the stage as a Tourette’s tornado It is 41 years since Peter Shaffer ripped off Mozart’s respectable façade to reveal a foul-mouthed verbally incontin…

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Friday, July 10, 2020

The Deep Blue Sea, National Theatre at Home review - hauntingly elegiac portrayal of Rattigan's world by Rachel Halliburton

Helen McCrory is the broken, irreparable heart of this production Helen McCrory is an actor who can inject a world of feeling into one syllable that many actors would struggle to muster in a…

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Toast, Lawrence Batley Theatre online review - pungent adaptation of Nigel Slater's autobiography by Rachel Halliburton

Food crimes of the Sixties and Seventies are revealed here as Michelin-starred memories I knew what a Howard Hodgkin painting would look like before I ever saw one because of Nigel Slater. T…

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Friday, June 12, 2020

The Madness of George III, National Theatre at Home review – a powerful, elegant depiction by Rachel Halliburton

A story told with the wit and elegance of a tune played on a harpsichord It has been the fate of George III – who on many levels was a visionary and accomplished monarch – to go down in …

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Coriolanus, National Theatre at Home review – gritty 21st century update by Rachel Halliburton

The power of the mob still resonates in a production that speaks powerfully to our times An arrogant leader contemptuous of his people. Could there be a more perfect timing for Josie Rourke…

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Friday, May 29, 2020

This House, National Theatre at Home review – timely revival of brilliant House of Commons drama by Rachel Halliburton

James Graham acutely perceives the obsessions and motivations of our times There is a line of argument that – unfairly – blames playwright James Graham for Dominic Cummings. Would Cummin…

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre at Home review - still lively after all these years by Rachel Halliburton

Barbershop banter and the place it occupies in black male identity Barber shops – as we are all starting to appreciate in this time of lockdown – fulfil an emotional as much as a cosmeti…

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All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre