UK Reviews

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Paradise

Kae Tempest’s Paradise is a bold, modern reimagining of Sophocles’ Philoctetes. For a play famed since antiquity for its focus on character and dialog...
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John and Jen

John and Jen is an interesting two-character musical.  Well performed, with detailed orchestrations of simple songs, a teenage brother and sister go t...
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Die Walküre

Back in 2019 Grimeborn began its exploration of Wagner’s Ring cycle with the inspired idea of reviving the reduced-scale version devised by Jonathan D...
3.0★ ★ ★
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My Night with Reg

This tragicomedy from 1994 is set in the early 1980s as the impact of HIV/AIDS becomes felt in the London gay community. It takes the lives of three g...
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L’amico Fritz

We are very familiar with Mascagni’s first opera ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’, from whose successful shadow he strove in vain to escape for much of his late...
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The Cunning Little Vixen

The Longborough Opera Festival ends its season every year with a show that highlights young professionals just starting their careers in opera, and th...
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Hymn

This show effervesces with life: heart-warming, hilarious yet painfully realistic throughout… Hymn is a recreation of reality. Hymn follows the sto...
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The Cunning Little Vixen

Rather like ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, this opera is fairly indestructible in any production. As environmental awareness has grown so this parable abou...
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The Two Character Play

This is an intriguing and brave revival of Tennessee Williams’s The Two Character Play. It is brave because like all Williams’s late plays it was sava...
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Violetta and Tatyana

Making a formidable return to music-making, Opera Holland Park’s latest recital series was a tonic for concert-goers. “Opera in Song”, a collaborative...