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Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, National Theatre review - terrifying, magical coming of age story by Rachel Halliburton

A stunning tribute to the wild and wonderful life of the mind This scary, electrically beautiful adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book about living on the faultline between imagination and real…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Bridge Theatre review – spellbinding narrative of parallel worlds by Rachel Halliburton

An electric interpretation in which the White Witch – like the devil – has all the best tunes We all remember that moment when we walked through the back of the wardrobe: the heaviness o…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Stray Dogs, Park Theatre review – no fire in this historic encounter by Rachel Halliburton

The script misses all that was distinctive about Berlin and Akhmatova's meeting How do you begin to dramatise one of the most extraordinary conversations of the 20th century between two of i…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Death of a Salesman, Piccadilly Theatre review - galvanising reinvention of Arthur Miller's classic by Rachel Halliburton

Wendell Pierce confirms a performance as exciting as any this theatrical year It is 70 years since Willy Loman first paced a Broadway stage; 70 years since audiences were sucked into the vor…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

As You Like It, Barbican review – uneven comedy lacks bite by Rachel Halliburton

  RSC transfers works best when it engages with the complex emotions of the play Even the most ardent Bardophile has to admit that most of the time the Fool doesn’t shine in a Shakespeare…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Translations, National Theatre review - stunning revival of poignant tragicomedy by Rachel Halliburton

A potent anatomy of how words and power intertwine At a point in history where – yet again – a few misplaced words from English politicians could wreak havoc with Irish lives, this is a …

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Either, Hampstead Theatre review - funny, ingenious investigation of gender and love by Rachel Halliburton

First-time playwright Ruby Thomas is a daring and exciting new voice This ingenious short work deftly investigates themes of love and identity with a breezy assurance that marks first time …

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Friday, September 20, 2019

The Permanent Way, The Vaults review – devastating resurrection of play tackling corporate greed by Rachel Halliburton

Incisive, intelligent and deeply moving The Permanent Way first roared its way into the national consciousness in 2003 when, after a triumphant opening in York, it toured the UK before tran…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

A Very Expensive Poison, Old Vic review – bold evocation of a post-truth world by Rachel Halliburton

The evening is as devastatingly moving as it is bitingly funny If Russia is, as Winston Churchill once so memorably said, “a riddle, wrapped inside a mystery, wrapped inside an enigma”, …

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Secret River, National Theatre review - turbulent tale of Australia's past by Rachel Halliburton

A resonant tragedy of mutual incomprehension, fresh from the Edinburgh Festival Neil Armfield’s resonant, turbulent production of Kate Grenville’s classic Australian novel The Secret Riv…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Whitewash, Soho Theatre review - a wild-at-heart linguistic joy-ride by Rachel Halliburton

Energetic two-hander offers a sparky portrait of a transforming city This witty street-smart play about a white-skinned boy born to a mixed-race mother deploys its narrative with the dexteri…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Dark Sublime, Trafalgar Studios review – sci-fi tribute is less rocket, more Reliant Robin by Rachel Halliburton

Navigating the script is a bit like going in a car with a driver who's just passed their test This lovingly lo-tech visit to galaxies far far away is a curious proposition, which, while neit…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bridge Theatre review – gender-juggling romp by Rachel Halliburton

Nicholas Hytner's vivacious 21st-century take shines like a disco glitterball Nicholas Hytner’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre is a feat of exuberant brilliance, a gende…

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Our Town, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review – small-town tale that raises profound existential questions by Rachel Halliburton

A moving antidote to fast-paced narratives and rampant individualism Our Town was written shortly before World War Two about a small town in America in the years leading up to World War One,…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Lehman Trilogy, Piccadilly Theatre review - stunning chronicle of determination and dollars by Rachel Halliburton

A simultaneously sweeping and intimately human production Mammon and Yahweh are the presiding deities over an epic enterprise that tells the story not just of three brothers who founded a ba…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Firm, Hampstead Theatre review - ferociously funny exploration of gang culture by Rachel Halliburton

Roy Williams revival looks beyond the headlines to see the codes, complexity and camaraderie of crime We are living in a time when gang culture rips and roars its way down London streets, an…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Glass Piano, Print Room at The Coronet review – fascinating story undermined by absurdism by Rachel Halliburton

The production's levity eviscerates the underpinning emotional realities Often the greatest works of dramatic absurdism spring from the worst extremes of human experience, whether it’s Ion…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

After Edward, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - delightfully risky by Rachel Halliburton

A soaringly irreverent postmodern caper through shifting attitudes to homosexuality A loo with fuschia-pink carpet to catch splashback; an Archbishop of Canterbury who’s in it for the skir…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof, Playhouse Theatre, review – energetic production whips up an emotional storm by Rachel Halliburton

A spikily poignant reminder of humanity in politically dark times In an age where political, social, and gender norms seem to be in perpetual meltdown, it should be pretty much impossible fo…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Richard II, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - electrifying mixed-race all-female production by Rachel Halliburton

Adjoa Andoh is a magnetic Richard with her hawk-like glare and vigorous swagger Richard II has become the drama of our times, as it walks us through the impotent convulsions of a weak and va…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Twilight Zone, Ambassadors Theatre review – retro wit for our new space age by Rachel Halliburton

Anna Washburn's play for the Almeida achieves lift-off in the West End As China and the US arm-wrestle for world-domination in everything from trade to military power, we find ourselves in t…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Berberian Sound Studio, Donmar Warehouse review – improves the original by Rachel Halliburton

This dark comedy raises disturbing questions about sound and intimacyTwo men called "Massimo" face the audience, one very tall, one very, well, minimo. The tall Massimo (Tom Espiner, picture…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Cherry Orchard, Pushkin Drama Theatre, Barbican review - stunning absurdist Chekhov by Rachel Halliburton

Sex and technology run like faultlines through this workThere is no doubt that this Cherry Orchard, whirled into town by Roman Abramovich from Moscow, is going to be divisive. If you, like …

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Counting Sheep, The Vaults review - visceral recreation of an uprising by Rachel Halliburton

Revolution is about youth, music, anger, and - frankly - sexIs there a connection between revolution and theatre? The answer has to be yes – a visceral one. The supremacy of symbols, the c…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Rosenbaum's Rescue, Park Theatre review - curiously solid Jewish drama by Rachel Halliburton

Revelations that should feel toxic seem tepidTheatrical alchemy is eternally slippery.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Tragedy of King Richard II, Almeida Theatre review - Simon Russell Beale leads revelatory interpretation by Rachel Halliburton

Shakespeare's study of flawed leadership becomes a paralable for our ageJoe Hill-Gibbins’ uncompromising production of The Tragedy of Richard II for the Almeida hurtles through Shakes…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Box of Delights, Wilton's Music Hall review - captivating adaptation of John Masefield's darkly thrilling novel by Rachel Halliburton

Justin Audibert's production excels at portraying the book's alchemical qualitiesIf you’re looking for a Christmas with more pagan edge than saccharine cheer, where the wolves ar…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Doctor Faustus, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - female Faustus reaps rich rewards by Rachel Halliburton

A deceptive lightness of tone brings new resonance to the textWhat do you gain by casting Dr Faustus and Mephistopheles as women? In the programme for this often illuminating production, dir…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Jeannie, Finborough Theatre review - unusual romantic comedy builds to fast spin by Rachel Halliburton

Our heroine is torn between the charms of a washing-machine inventor and a CountThe convention-challenging sexually adventurous life of Glaswegian writer Aimée Stuart is worth a play all on…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Summer and Smoke, Duke of York's Theatre, review – Patsy Ferran's remarkable performance by Rachel Halliburton

West End transfer from the Almeida retains pressure-cooker intensityThis production of Tennessee Williams’ neglected classic, Summer and Smoke, arrives from the Almeida into the West End w…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Macbeth, Shakespeare's Globe review - sexually-charged production draws power from the shadows by Rachel Halliburton

A daring counterintuitive reading proves richly rewardingMacbeth has rarely seemed quite as metrosexual as in this gorgeous shadow-painted production that marks artistic director at the Glob…

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