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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Kiss Me, Kate review: A supremely silly evening of summer escapism by Tim Bano

‘Line of Duty’ star Adrian Dunbar teams up with Broadway legend Stephanie J Block for another perfectly pitched Cole Porter revival at the Barbican

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

A View from the Bridge review: Dominic West gently reinvents Arthur Miller’s tragic hero by Tim Bano

‘The Crown’ star is a man in freefall in a Miller revival that works its magic by being that rare thing: a really decent production of a really great play

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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Boys from the Blackstuff review: Alan Bleasdale adaptation needs to feel more like a play for today by Tim Bano

Leading political playwright James Graham is burdened by the need to preserve this classic piece of writing about unemployed men in 1980s Liverpool, but the show comes alive when it finds th…

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Bluets review: Ben Whishaw and Emma D’Arcy lead slow, demanding production by Tim Bano

Alienating production of Maggie Nelson’s 2009 philosophical memoir, is not a good showcase for the lead actors’ talents

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Romeo & Juliet review: Tom Holland’s star-cross’d sad boy lover falls flat by Tim Bano

Hot on the heels of his triumphant ‘Sunset Boulevard’ revival, Jamie Lloyd has recruited one of the biggest young stars in Hollywood to take on Shakespeare – but this stripped back pro…

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Friday, May 3, 2024

The Cherry Orchard review: Chekhov characters banter and vape while the world burns by Tim Bano

Bafta-winner Adeel Akhtar and ‘Tár’ star Nina Hoss are excellent, but Benedict Andrews’s clever but annoying contemporary Chekhov revival insists on a grating quirkiness

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

London Tide review: The National’s moody Dickens musical is hamstrung by PJ Harvey’s dirge-like songs by Tim Bano

Ben Power’s deft adaptation of Dickens’ sprawling novel emphasises its brilliant characters and eternally relevant themes, but the bleak production and dour music wrestle with one anothe…

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

The Comeuppance review: Play about the miseries of millennials promises more than it delivers by Tim Bano

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's production is rich in ideas and beautifully staged, but it’s still two hours of listening to middle-aged millennials feeling sorry for themselves

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Player Kings, review: Watching Ian McKellen in this is like seeing your granddad at a rave by Tim Bano

The veteran actor stars in a long uneven new production fusing both parts of Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV’ at London’s Noël Coward Theatre

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Long Day’s Journey Into Night review: Brian Cox’s tyrannical Tyrone is a masterclass in impotent rage by Tim Bano

The ‘Succession’ star returns to his stage stomping ground, and it’s where he stomps best. Alongside an extraordinary Patricia Clarkson, he owns the stage in Jeremy Herrin’s spare, b…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Dear Octopus review: Dodie Smith’s slow burning pre-war family saga will suck you in by Tim Bano

Why is the National Theatre staging this frightfully old fashioned play from the 1930s? A superb performance from Lindsay Duncan and a production tinged with foreboding are reason enough

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Blithe Spirit review at Duke of York’s Theatre, London – ‘Jennifer Saunders delights as a dotty medium’ by Tim Bano

After multiple manifestations at Theatre Royal Bath and a southern UK tour, Noel Coward’s deathless comedy hits the West End in a

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Stages – A Video Game Musical review at Vault Festival, London – ‘bold new musical’ by Tim Bano

Christian Czornyj’s video game-inspired musical is the first by Adam Lenson’s exciting new production company, which gives voice and space to artist-led

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

The Last Five Years review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle revitalised’ by Tim Bano

It’s one of those shows that has almost become too familiar. In the last two decades every number of Jason Robert Brown’s

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Prince of Egypt review at the Dominion Theatre, London – ‘epic new musical that’s lacking in magic’ by Tim Bano

What is it about the Bible and musical theatre? While the UK has the gospel according to Andrew Lloyd Webber – Joseph

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Monday, February 17, 2020

The Upstart Crow review at Gielgud Theatre, London – ‘a fantastic comedy cast’ by Tim Bano

Even if Ben Elton’s successful sitcom about William Shakespeare had been given a fourth series, it seems only natural that they would

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Friday, February 14, 2020

The Visit review at National Theatre, London – ‘Lesley Manville is resplendent’ by Tim Bano

There’s a fierce relevance in the story of a woman failed by a patriarchal justice system and seeking justice her own way.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Leopoldstadt review at Wyndham’s Theatre, London – ‘Tom Stoppard’s supremely moving new play’ by Tim Bano

Tom Stoppard has spent a career searching for the key to the human condition through metaphor: quantum mechanics, gymnastics, Latin love poetry,

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Death of England review at the Dorfman, National Theatre – ‘blazing Rafe Spall delivers powerful state-of-the-nation monologue’ by Tim Bano

Brexit gets only a couple of mentions in this roar of a monologue by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams. But the play

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Endgame and Rough for Theatre II review at the Old Vic, London – ‘wonderful comic performances from Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe’ by Tim Bano

Maybe it’s a little histrionic to stage a play about existence and extinction right now. Maybe not. If director Richard Jones does

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Carmen review at the Coliseum, London – ‘underpowered revival of a bold production’ by Tim Bano

As soldiers piss in phone boxes, smash things up, generally kick and punch objects both animate and not, it becomes clear that

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Sugar Syndrome review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘strong revival of Lucy Prebble’s debut play’ by Tim Bano

Lucy Prebble’s debut play, The Sugar Syndrome, about two people who meet in an online chat room, premiered at London’s Royal Court

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Sara Bareilles: ‘Theatre people work harder for less money than anybody else’ by Tim Bano

The Waitress composer and singer-songwriter, fresh from winning her first Grammy, is taking to the West End stage to star in the

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Sunset Limited review at Boulevard Theatre, London – ‘great performances enliven Cormac McCarthy’s tedious play’ by Tim Bano

Although Cormac McCarthy is best known as a novelist, winning the Pulitzer for The Road in 2006, he has also written two

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Remaking a West End landmark – how Cameron Mackintosh transformed the Queen’s into the Sondheim Theatre by Tim Bano

After a six-month closure, the home of Les Misérables is back with a new name and lavish decor. Owner Cameron Mackintosh tells

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Les Misérables review at Sondheim Theatre, London – ‘still spectacular’ by Tim Bano

After so much time and so much tinkering, when it comes to Les Misérables the philosopher’s axe springs to mind. Every time

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Rags the Musical review at Park Theatre, London – ‘builds to a moving climax’ by Tim Bano

Since closing on Broadway in 1986 after four performances, Rags has been stitched and unstitched so many times that this version, which

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Playwright Conor McPherson: Troubled men, ghosts, drinkers – ‘sounds a lot like real life to me’ by Tim Bano

Playwright Conor McPherson found fame in his 20s with a work about barflies telling ghost stories, went on to write a Bob

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Teenage Dick review at Donmar Warehouse, London – ‘a riveting performance by Daniel Monks’ by Tim Bano

Instead of staging Richard III as a vehicle for some able-bodied actor to show off how great they are by playing the

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Ocean at the End of the Lane review at National Theatre, London – ‘makes you marvel at what theatre can do’ by Tim Bano

Neil Gaiman’s 2013 novel is meant to be his most autobiographical. Maybe the monsters and the magic that populate the book are

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fairview review at Young Vic, London – ‘stunning production of an extraordinary play’ by Tim Bano

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Pulitzer-winning play is simultaneously a microcosmic, tightly controlled look at a family through the prism of a middle-class sitcom,

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