Beauty and the Beast
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Beauty and the Beast

Since the days when Joan Littlewood resurrected the Theatre Royal at Stratford East after World War II, this theatre has had its own special ethos that has produced such landmark plays as Brendan Behan’s The ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Witch of Edmonton

The collaboration by Rowley, Dekker Ford and James Etcetera on The Witch of Edmonton has always seemed to lots of people to me amazing. How can 3+ men write a play that is so coherent, they cry? Well, how can 1...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Marriage of Figaro

It took me a while to grow comfortable with (or even figure out) the visual and metaphoric concept behind this production of The Marriage of Figaro, but by the middle of the second scene I felt I had figured it...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Stones In His Pockets

Stones in his Pockets is a wonderful example of Brecht’s “alienation effect” working as it should. Two men: one short, one tall; one chubby, one lanky. We find them on a virtually empty stage, with a few ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Girl of the Golden West

In some ways, you could think of Puccini’s opera La Fanciulla del West as the first spaghetti western. This aspect is completely adhered to in the new and extremely successful production of The Girl of the Go...
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Though this may be the very first Shakespeare play, and though everyone always talks about how it has sketches within it for what it is to come (girls disguising themselves as boys to pursue lovers, denouements...
The White Devil
3.0★ ★ ★

The White Devil

My main problem with this production of The White Devil was the turning of Flaminio, the brother of Vittoria and secretary to Bracciano into a woman (sometimes irritatingly played by Laura Elphinstone, made to ...
Avenue Q
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Avenue Q

I found this production of Avenue Q quite delightful from the moment it started. Yes, it is a kind of Muppet Show for grown ups! Yes, the script is a ridiculous pastiche of farce, satire, childishness and occa...
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A Streetcar Named Desire

Sometimes a production comes along that makes you rethink your preconceptions of a classic play, and in the case of Benedict Andrews’ A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic, there is a considerable rethink...