3.0★ ★ ★

Not John

This is a short, sweet, sensitive one man play depicting a bit of a lost, lonely period for Darryl, a recently unemployed South Wales steel worker. The stage set – a table strewn with crushed beer cans, wi...
Dreamless Sleep at Arts Theatre
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dreamless Sleep

This is a lovely, tender play which will stay with me for a long time.  It shows us a few years in the lives of a young couple – played by Niamh Watson and Hannah Lawrence (their characters are not named in ...
King Lear Richmond Theatre
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

King Lear

The Richmond Theatre’s wonderful ‘King Lear’ opens with discord:  the fragile but steely-eyed Cordelia (Beth Cooke) enters the bare stage alone and fires a shot from an oversized musket into the air.  T...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Lolita

The Duke of Hamilton’s theatre, nestled underneath the Hampstead pub, is a tiny, cellar-like space which makes for a perfect setting for the claustrophobic intimacy and interrupted secrets, and hidden lives, ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Disappearance of Dorothy Lawrence

This short, gripping, engrossing play is all about trying to speak out and being silenced. We come in to the theatre to the sounds of old recordings of popular songs such as ‘Daisy Bell’ and ‘"Oh! It's...
3.0★ ★ ★

What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined.

What’s It All About? is not a musical along the lines of ‘We Will Rock You’ or ‘Mama Mia!’, but is billed rather as ‘Bacharach Reimagined’.  This is a celebration of the music of Bacharach, Ameri...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Titanium — Rojas and Rodríguez

Titanium (Rojas and Rodriguez) is branded as a unique mix of the street styles of flamenco and hip hop.  It features three flamenco dancers, three hip hop dancers, and three break dancers. The music ranges fro...
2.0★ ★

Matchbox Theatre

From the opening pre-recorded, pre-show announcement, requesting that the audience members ‘turn on’ their mobile phones, Michael Frayn’s ‘Matchbox Theatre’ is intent on drawing our attention to the f...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

My Children! My Africa!

Set in South Africa in 1985, Athol Fugard’s ‘My Children! My Africa!’ (1989) is all about divisions and oppositions: black and white, younger and older generation, inside and outside, violence and non-vio...
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ah, Wilderness!

Ah, Wilderness! is billed as a comedy, one of very few written by O’Neill, and it has tended to be held up as a contrast to his more doom-laden, harrowing dramas such as ‘The Iceman Cometh’ and ‘A Long ...