Norma
3.0★ ★ ★

Norma

Bellini’s ‘bel canto’ operas are an acquired taste. This production of his 1831 masterpiece Norma is not likely to convert the sceptics because, despite a bold vision of updating the plot to the present d...
Much Ado About Nothing
3.0★ ★ ★

Much Ado About Nothing

There is so much energy packed into this performance of a shortened version of Much Ado that I left the theatre feeling quite exhausted. The likeable young cast throw themselves – sometimes literally - with c...
Medea
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Medea

Finding a way to put Greek Tragedy on a 21st Century stage is never easy. Some of the conventions of ancient theatre – the chorus, for example - do not sit easily in today’s theatre. This makes the National...
The Ruby Dolls – Fabulous Creatures
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Ruby Dolls – Fabulous Creatures

This show is an absolute delight. Described as a cross between Mansfield Park, Mary Poppins, and Britain’s Got Talent, it is being developed to premier at the Edinburgh Festival. It is still rough around the...
The Turn of The Screw
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Turn of The Screw

Britten’s major operas revolve around a series of key themes and The Turn of the Screw is the most harrowing account of one of them - the corruption of innocence. Based on a Henry James novella, the story is ...
TOOT - Be Here Now
3.0★ ★ ★

TOOT: Be Here Now

Shoreditch Town Hall in the heart of Hoxton is the venue for this charming, chaotic and inconsequential piece of performance theatre. Described by its creators as “about music”, the piece talks about how th...
The Silver Tassie
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Silver Tassie

Sean O’Casey’s anti-war play was famously rejected by W B Yeats for its first production at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Yeats may have had good reason for worrying about how the play would have been receiv...
Dorian Gray
2.0★ ★

Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde’s plays have a special place in British theatre so a stage adaptation of his only novel has a lot to live up to. To find the right tone for the telling of Wilde’s scandalous version of the Faust...
Relative Values
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Relative Values

This Noel Coward comedy from 1951 is a deceptive creation. Its form is a familiar one, the country house comedy. Its preoccupations - class, snobbery, ‘foreignness’, nostalgia, deception – had a particula...
Hidden
3.0★ ★ ★

Hidden

Hidden is a series of short monologues and dialogues with a great deal of humour but with a dark centre. It is delivered with style and passion by its authors who each play three characters. Each has a connecti...