UK Reviews

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The Sensemaker and The Anchor

This double-bill of dance pieces both star an impressive and athletic Elsa Couvreur – often centre stage without even music. The Sensemaker is the ...
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Downstate

Was this timely? Was it necessary? Was it important? These are the questions I’m contemplating after watching this play. It was moving certainly. T...
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The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute returns to the English National Opera this week to much applause. The revival of the 2016 production, with Simon McBurney's direction,...
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Idomeneo

English Touring Opera is an indispensable part of the opera scene in the UK. Both their touring schedule – more than 20 locations between now and June...
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Blood Knot

Athol Fugard’s play Blood Knot receives an important revisit from director Matthew Xia at the Orange Tree Theatre in a tender and angry navigation of ...
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Feel

Good fringe theatre goes one of two ways. Either it’s so out there that it shocks you, or it’s small, personal, and deeply touching. In Feel, the latt...
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Midsummer Night’s Dream

Britten is often thought of as a precocious composer, enjoying a brilliant success as a young man, especially in opera, but with his inspiration gradu...
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Elizabeth I

Among Rossini’s 39 operas ‘Elizabeth, Queen of England’ is unaccountably neglected. It marked perhaps the most important turning point of his life, as...
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Circa

After successful outings in Amsterdam and at The Vaults, this debut play comes to Islington for almost a month in newly revised form. It offers an amb...
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The Turn of the Screw

Bury Court Opera has surpassed its own high standards with this superb version of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. In a perceptive programme note dire...