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Catch 22

Catch 22

★★★★☆  Catchy:

As with so many great books, Catch-22 seems to have defied dramatic representation over the years. And while EGTG’s version at the Biscuit Factory does not necessarily kill off such an idea, is still an extremely impressive production.

November 13, 2019 | By | Reply More
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – The Musical

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – The Musical

★★★☆☆ Shimmering:

There is enough flash and dazzling costume changes in Priscilla Queen Of The Desert to convince all but the most curmudgeonly.

November 6, 2019 | By | Reply More
Prism

Prism

★★★★☆    Sad but true:

There is a deeply felt emotional core to Prism at the King’s. Written and directed by Terry Johnson, the play benefits from an excellent central performance by Robert Lindsay.

October 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Barber Shop Chronicles

Barber Shop Chronicles

★★★★☆    Razor sharp:

Barber Shop Chronicles, the production by Fuel, the UK National Theatre and Leeds Playhouse at the Lyceum, has a momentum that is impossible to resist.

October 25, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Night Watch

The Night Watch

★★★☆☆ Uneasy retelling:

The touring adaptation at the King’s of The Night Watch, the best-selling novel by Sarah Waters, has a great deal of emotional clarity, but little in the way of dramatic power.

October 16, 2019 | By | Reply More
An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

★★★★☆    Worryingly compelling:

The revival of a much-garlanded take on J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls at the King’s is wonderfully staged, relevant and more than a little troubling.

October 9, 2019 | By | 4 Replies More
A Woman of No Importance

A Woman of No Importance

★★★☆☆  Curiosity value:

A Woman of No Importance, Classic Spring Company’s touring production at the King’s, is an accomplished piece of theatre whose stately nature contains little in the way of excitement.

October 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
Black Men Walking

Black Men Walking

★★★★☆     Poetic Journey:

There is a scope to Eclipse Theatre Company’s Black Men Walking that is truly impressive. And if its reach sometimes exceeds its grasp, it is none the worse for it.

September 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Showcase 2019

Showcase 2019

★★★★☆  Melodic juggernaut:

Showcase 2019 at the Church Hill Theatre is an object lesson in how to ring the changes on a familiar formula and keep the result delightfully fresh.

September 18, 2019 | By | Reply More
Solaris

Solaris

★★★★☆ Questioning intelligence:

Dealing with troubling questions about human interaction, the Lyceum’s adaptation of Solaris is – like all the best science fiction – not really about alien planets but about our own world.

September 16, 2019 | By | 2 Replies More