3.0★ ★ ★

Endgame

A tragicomic masterpiece, but… sometimes seen as a ‘difficult’ and alienating play. I couldn’t have put it better than the programme notes in issuing a guarded recommendation of this valiant production ...
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4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Kafka’s Monkey

Olivier award-winning actor Kathryn Hunter delivers a remarkable performance of one of Kafka’s most Kafkasque musings about an ape who ‘becomes’ a human in this polished kernel of a play that is – merci...
3.0★ ★ ★

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The genre-smashing, cliché-bashing success that was Maxine Peake’s Hamlet was always going to be a hard act for the Royal Exchange’s to follow. Sure enough, despite Tennessee Williams’s raw, intense scri...
Around the World in 80 Days
4.5★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Around the World in 80 Days

The beating, 28 degree sunshine cooled down to a breezy summer evening with not a cloud in the sky. There were many things I wanted to do with my evening - most involving tables and chairs outside and chilled a...
Pests
2.0★ ★

Pests

You know when you’re at school, and you’re forced to read a play and analyse every word to death, and it’s not until way later that you see it onstage that you feel you’re actually allowed to appreciate...
The Way You Tell Them
3.0★ ★ ★

The Way You Tell Them

There’s something appealingly childlike and vulnerable about comic Rachel Mars – she made her name on the small fringe stages of London by turning up in a wolf onesie and trying to adjust the mike ‘with m...
Orlando
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Orlando

A bubbly bunch of fresh, fun actors and Max Webster’s beautiful production add up to an absolute treat at the Royal Exchange Theatre. It’s light, musical and dance-like – not, perhaps, things you’d exp...
Kodo- One Earth Tour 2014- Legend
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Kodo: One Earth Tour 2014: Legend

Primeval, beautiful, visceral, explosive, bone-shaking, spine-thrilling, mind-freezing… just how many overblown adjectives will it take to show that you must grab whatever fleeting chance you get to see the K...
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4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Many Apologies Of Pecos Bill

Fresh, short and engaging, with humour rippling through – Greg Wohead’s monologue show (plus musical accompanist) is just the sort of show you want to pop up at a small, easy, quirky venue like the Batterse...
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3.0★ ★ ★

The Fu Manchu Complex

Five East Asian actors “whiting up” to play posh, dago-hating Brits – it could be a biting, thought-provoking satire on racial stereotypes. The team behind the Fu Manchu complex certainly seems to be aimi...