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The Girls of Slender Means

The Girls of Slender Means

★★★☆☆ Poignant

Gabriel Quigley’s adaptation of Muriel Spark’s The Girls of Slender Means for the Lyceum is an enjoyable and wonderfully acted piece of theatre, that does justice to its source’s substance if not its ambition.

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Blue Beard

Blue Beard

★★★★☆ Furiously funny

A riotous combination of anger and dizzying theatrical invention, Blue Beard at the Lyceum until the end of the month, is troubling and messy in exactly the right ways.

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Two Sisters

Two Sisters

★★★☆☆ Wistful

Two Sisters at the Lyceum until the beginning of March, is a touching and well-observed piece that is ultimately too diffuse.

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Jekyll & Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde

★★★★☆ Atmospheric

The Lyceum’s presentation of the Reading Rep Theatre production of Jekyll and Hyde features an ingenious adaptation by Gary McNair and a powerful performance by Forbes Masson.

Jan 17 2024 | By | Reply More
The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

★★★★☆ Epic

The Snow Queen at the Lyceum provides thrills, humour and imaginative theatricality. Morna Young’s adaptation (directed by Cora Bissett, with music by Finn Anderson) could not be staged in 2020 for obvious reasons.

Nov 25 2023 | By | Reply More
Through The Mud

Through The Mud

★★★★☆ Powerful

Review by Hugh Simpson

Through The Mud by Apphia Campbell at the Lyceum is a story of the struggle for civil rights in the USA in the face of racism. Its portrayal of the African American experience across the generations is both depressing and inspiring, told with craft and tunefulness.

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Group Portrait in a Summer Landscape

Group Portrait in a Summer Landscape

★★★★☆ Philosophical weight

Group Portrait in a Summer Landscape at the Lyceum deals unapologetically with difficult emotional and political themes, eschewing any easy answers or resolutions in a way that could be difficult but is made palatable by performances of power and nuance.

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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

★★★★☆ Powerful

The glowing passion of this Anna Karenina comes as much from the staging as from the characters. Written by Lesley Hart after Leo Tolstoy, and directed by Polina Kalinina, the Lyceum’s co-production with Bristol Old Vic is an urgent and thoroughly contemporary affair.

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The Multiverse is Gay

The Multiverse is Gay

★★★★☆ Weirdly wonderful

The Multiverse is Gay, at the Lyceum Rehearsal Studio until Saturday, is written for the Lyceum Young Company with great imagination by Lewis Hetherington and directed with flair by Sophie Howell.

Apr 13 2023 | By | Reply More
Kidnapped

Kidnapped

★★★★★ Rattling adventure

Isobel McArthur has excelled herself in her latest adaptation of a classic story to the stage, this time giving Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped a music-filled, comic and heartfelt makeover.

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