Category : Show Reviews

Show Reviews / Blog - 6 months ago

Macbeth

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (venue) 25 March 2018 (released) 30 March 2018 Paul Chapinal “Witches!” to quote Marge Simpson from one of the Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror Halloween specials. There’s a lot of witches in Phyllida Lloyd’s product...

Show Reviews / Blog - 6 months ago

The Case of the Frightened Lady

King's Theatre Edinburgh (venue) 26 March 2018 (released) 29 March 2018 The Classic Thriller Theatre Company (formerly the Agatha Christie Theatre Company) is the brainchild of Bill Kenwright, the all-powerful West End impresario - the Binkie Be...

Show Reviews / Blog - 6 months ago

Birdsong

“Even though we blow each other apart, the birds keep on singing”I was moved to tears by Rachel Wagstaff’s stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulk’s much loved novel ‘Birdsong’. This play was clearly a popular choice for Windsor as the theatre was almost...

Show Reviews / Blog - 6 months ago

The Plough and the Stars

Sean O’Casey’s fiery masterpiece has had a bold and energetic re-imagining at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Director Sean Holmes, who brought this production from the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, where it was first staged two years ago, injects it with contempor...

Show Reviews / Blog - 6 months ago

The Great Wave

The world premiere of 'The Great Wave' is thankfully in excellent hands. Francis Turnly’s political thriller which brings to life a family's worst nightmare, is utterly hair raising and engaging throughout. Losing a family member and not knowing what...

Show Reviews / Blog - 6 months ago

Sankara

To those who didn't already know about the great African leader, Sankara, Ricky Dujany’s play comes as a fascinating eye-opener. The leader of Burkina Faso (1983 - 1987) was an inspiration to millions and incredibly progressive for his period, being...

Show Reviews / Blog - 6 months ago

Old Fools

Southwark Playhouse (venue) 15 March 2018 (released) 19 March 2018 Chloe Billington ‘Old Fools’ is worlds away from Boudica, Tristan Bernays epic last play which stormed the Globe last year. According to Bernays, writing a straight play about two...

Show Reviews / Blog - 7 months ago

From the House of the Dead

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (venue) 16 March 2018 (released) 17 March 2018 Dostoevsky’s novel, ‘Memoirs from the House of the Dead’ is filled with darkness and oppression, a grim picture of a Siberian prison camp. Janacek’s opera of the...

Show Reviews / Blog - 7 months ago

The Turn of the Screw

Theatre Royal Windsor (venue) 13 March 2018 (released) 14 March 2018 Matthew Lenton This new adaptation of the famous Henry James novella is billed as “The Classic Ghost Story”, but it’s actually and intentionally much more than that. Tim Luscomb...

Show Reviews / Blog - 7 months ago

The Play That Goes Wrong

Edinburgh Festival Theatre (venue) 12 March 2018 (released) 13 March 2018 If ever there was a play were comic timing is even more important than the actual plot… then THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG IS IT! Two hours of surreal slapstick mania and a pla...

Show Reviews / Blog - 7 months ago

Brief Encounter

Empire Cinema Haymarket (venue) 10 March 2018 (released) 13 March 2018 Chloe Billington The foyer of the Empire Cinema is decked with red roses and filled with the sounds of accordion, ukulele and songs, performed by smiling ushers in period cost...

Show Reviews / Blog - 7 months ago

After the Ball

Spanning sixty years and two catastrophic world wars, Ian Grant's new play 'After the Ball' directed by Nadia Papachronopoulou is hugely ambitious as a piece of theatre. Packed with vivid characters and social and political themes, it follows the liv...

Show Reviews / Blog - 7 months ago

Honest Lies

Etcetera Theatre, Camden (venue) 07 March 2018 (released) 10 March 2018 The pitch for Honest Lies seemed pretty set up in stone: Claire and Sam are a couple and dispute their acting skills in their flat. Their relationship seems all but healthy....

Show Reviews / Blog - 7 months ago

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

The 70s were a glorious age for TV almost it's heyday, certainly for comedy. Scheduling was so much simpler then, there were only three channels and we even had to walk over to the TV to change them. The audience were still getting used to colour as...

Show Reviews / Blog - 7 months ago

Ballet Hispanico Carmen

Festival Theatre Edinburgh (venue) 06 March 2018 (released) 07 March 2018 Bizet meets BALLET HISPÁNICO meets Picasso in this exuberant re-imagining of Carmen.Ballet Hispanico, founded by Tina Ramirez, is as a standard bearer for the Latino commu...