Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

  The problem with this play, and it is a problem, is that it doesn’t know what it is. Is it a comedy, a courtroom drama, a piece of polemic journalism, or a political satire? Laughter may have driven the original rhetoric and William Hone’s own defence two hundred years...

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Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York

Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Rd,  London SW10 9ED Until Saturday 27 October Tickets: https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2018/a-funny-thing-happened.php   Frankly it would be amiss of me to start a review of this play without addressing its interminable title. Perhaps there is something our American friends find hilarious about it that got lost somewhere on...

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The Taming Of The Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre

The Taming Of The Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre

Considering the hundreds of years that separate us from the Bard’s heyday, it only seems that Shakespeare is becoming more relevant to the modern audience. There is not a play in his folios, that has not be re-cut, re-imagined and altogether changed in meaning beyond the Elizabethan playwrights wildest imaginings....

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Review: ‘Revels in Hand’ theatre service

Review: ‘Revels in Hand’ theatre service

Revels in Hand did not sell itself short on the venue. As journalists-cum-bloggers-cum-insta-famous-influencers filed into a Shangri-La Hotel room on the 39th floor of The Shard, there was a pyretic intrigue as to what the evening had in store. Were we entering into the blood-stained lair of Patrick Bateman? Were...

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Spotlight on Spotlight Festival

Spotlight on Spotlight Festival

SPOTLIGHT Festival returned to Seven Dials, Covent Garden for a free music and entertainment festival on Saturday 19th August. Crowds of people collected around the iconic seven dials monument to watch open-air performances from the Five Guys Named Mo musical and 2017 Glastonbury performers, Old Dirty Brasstards. There were pop-up...

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Apologia at Trafalgar Studios

Apologia at Trafalgar Studios

At the curtain call on the opening and press night of Apologia, there was a standing ovation, mainly for the American actress Stockard Channing. This was surprising, as although it was a fine performance within a run-of-the-mill play about family values, resentments and regrets, it was not a great one. She famously played...

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The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court

The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court

The Kid Stays in the Picture7 Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Until 8 April 2017 Box Office 020 7565 5000 The title is from Daryl F Zanuck’s order he bawled through his loud-speaker at the cast of the 1957 movie version of The Sun Also Rises, all of whom, including Tyrone...

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All My Sons at the Rose Theatre

All My Sons at the Rose Theatre

By Marian Maitland Visiting the Rose Theatre is an enjoyable experience. It opened in 2008 and is based on the design of  the Rose Theatre in London that staged the plays of Christopher Marlowe and early works of Shakespeare. It has a shallow thrust stage, but it is more comfortable...

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Harrogate at the Royal Court Theatre

Harrogate at the Royal Court Theatre

Al Smith’s complex and poetic play has just had its London premier at the Royal Court, writes Jeanne Griffiths Not withstanding the many versions of ‘Oedipus’ and ‘Tis A Pity She’s A Whore’, dramatists tend to steer clear of one of the last taboos of theatre – incest. Al Smith...

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Murder, Mystery and a Party: Rambert’s Season at The Sadler’s Wells

  Rambert, Britain’s flagship contemporary dance company, has a rightful place on the world stage.  Now in its 90th year, the 20 dancers perform across the UK and internationally with a sense of being and confidence that is very refreshing. Artistic Director, Mark Baldwin, has a group of dancers at...

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