3.0★ ★ ★

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

This sequence of performances is a revival of the interpretation first staged at Covent Garden in 2005, which made a major impression initially for its production values, and has offered some remarkable operati...
Vanities: The Musical at Trafalgar Studios
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Vanities: The Musical

The original play from which this fine work stems was a hit on Broadway some forty years ago, and the musical version has been around for a decade. But neither has ever made an appearance in Europe before, and ...
2.0★ ★

Britten In Brooklyn

In late 1940 Benjamin Britten crossed the Atlantic and moved in with his friend W.H.Auden, who was occupying a floor of a large Brooklyn brownstone. He became part of a bizarre Bohemian household that also acco...
ALLEGRO at Southwark Playhouse.
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Allegro is something of a ‘missing link’ in musical theatre history. Coming after Oklahoma! and Carousel in 1947, it has never found the audiences or critical acclaim of those breakthrough works. In fact hi...
The Kreutzer Sonata at Arcola Theatre
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The Kreutzer Sonata

There is a lot more to Tolstoy’s literary output than simply War & Peace and Anna Karenina. Those great masterpieces – and their adaptations – have eclipsed the fact that in later life he carried on w...
Sunset at the Villa Thalia at National Theatre
3.0★ ★ ★

Sunset at Villa Thalia

Alexi Campbell’s The Pride was highly successful in interweaving two separate periods of time in order to juxtapose contrasting attitudes in Britain to homosexuality. He attempts something similar here, but u...
French Without Tears Orange Tree Theatre
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French Without Tears

There is a lot of Rattigan about in London recently, and rightly so. Few of his fifteen or so plays are without value, several are still hardly known, and a handful rank among the best dramas written in Britain...
La Fanciulla delWest Grange Park Opera
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La Fanciulla del West

This is the final year of Opera Grange Park’s eighteen-year residency at its tastefully derelict neo-classical home, Northington Grange, hidden in the idyllic folds of the Hampshire Downs. Next year they move...
Falstaff & Son t Gielgud Theatre, RADA
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Falstaff & Son

This notable contribution to this year’s RADA Festival extracts the central relationships and confrontations from Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and places them within a framing device of an older and younger acto...
In Parenthesis ROH
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In Parenthesis

When we think of the poetry of the First World War it is Owen and Sassoon who first come to mind, not the name of David Jones. However, when his epic prose-poem In Parenthesis first appeared in 1937, it was hai...