Theatre Reviews

Review: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Based on the best-selling book by Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a dynamic, vibrant depiction of the dark side of India's rapid economic success. For under the Mumbai flight-path lies a vast slum that teems with people desperate to grab some of India's riches for themselves - by any means possible.

'Urinetown' Delivers Toilet Humour

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

At the beginning of Urinetown, you are told that this isn't your typical musical, and they're not kidding. After a three year run on Broadway, this unconventional toilet-based musical has arrived at the Apollo theatre; bringing it's host of odd characters and even odder storyline along with it.

Jane Horrocks Stars in 'East is East', Trafalgar Studios

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

East is East is a bright, well-observed comedy about the issues facing second-generation Pakistani children born and raised in the UK. Starring the gloriously talented Jane Horrocks and writer Ayub Khan-Din, the play has a terrific pace with an excellent balance of humour and pathos to keep you hooked.

Wet House Review

Neil Simpson | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Simpson

Wet House, Paddy Campbell's first play, does a fantastic job of exploring these complex questions. Campbell's writing is fantastic, evoking the wit, depth of character and moral ambiguity that we've become accustomed to on programmes like The Wire or Breaking Bad.

'Memphis' Lives in the West End

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Memphis is truly the definition of a triple threat musical. David Bryan delivers an awesomescore of huge numbers and melodies that really soar off the stage. Each song is a moment within itself while still allowing the performers to showcase their mind-blowing vocal abilities.

Theatre Review: David Byrne and Fatboy Slim Team Up for 'Here Lies Love'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim teamed up to create their version of Evita, only with Imelda Marcos the rags to corrupted riches hero. The show debuted last year in New York and has transferred to London as the debut show for the National's brand new Dorfman Theatre.

All-Female Henry IV Takes Over at Donmar Warehouse

Victoria Sadler | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts I &II have been compressed and transformed into a two-hour prison drama with an all-female cast in this bold production at the Donmar Warehouse.

'Damn Yankees' Hit it Out of the Park

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

If you go down to Clapham North today, you're sure of a big surprise: in the form of multi Tony award winning musical, Damn Yankees. A show packed full of certifiable Broadway classics including "Whatever Lola Wants", "Heart" and "Six Months Out of Every Year".

Review: Kristin Scott Thomas in Electra, Old Vic Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The star attraction is Kristin Scott Thomas in the central role and she certainly is a commanding presence on the stage. Her Electra is full of anger and bile but unfortunately not much else. She is bitingly caustic throughout the show, never showing any doubt over her determination to have her mother killed.

Why I Walked Out of 'King Charles III'

Francesca Peak | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Peak

And then there was the ghost of Diana, wafting through the stage as delicately as like a drunk City worker on the train out to the suburbs. Intended as a surprise - maybe? - she was about as expected as regret after a one-night stand, and spoke in a faux-ghost voice that make several in the audience shift uneasily rather than lean forward with intrigue.

Review: Roger Allam Stars in Seminar, Hampstead Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Triple Olivier-Award winner Roger Allam is the star draw in Seminar, a surprisingly absorbing if somewhat unbelievable play about a bitter but famous novelist teaching a group of starry-eyed aspiring writers.

Review: 'Teh Internet Is Serious Business', Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Teh Internet is Serious Business (typo deliberate) at the Royal Court is a really exciting, dynamic production about collaborative hacktivism. Anonymous, LulzSec and 4Chan are all included in this show that blurs fact with fiction as it seeks to reflect the good and the sinister about lives lived online.

Theatre Review: My Night With Reg, Donmar Warehouse

Victoria Sadler | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

That this story is about gay men in the 1980s and that not all of them make it through to the end alive might give the impression that this is a heavy, depressing play. Not at all. In fact, this play is incredibly funny, with moments of real tenderness. I wasn't bored or depressed for a second.

Government Inspector at the Fringe

Asher Huey | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Asher Huey

Incognito Theatre's production of Nikolai Gogol's Government Inspector at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a spectacular piece of theatre. Fringe attendees shouldn't miss the opportunity to see such a well-conceived production of the 1830s Russian satire.

Gillian Anderson Stars in A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

A Streetcar Named Desire is Tennessee Williams' finest play and in this deeply affecting production at the Young Vic, Gillian Anderson gives quite probably her finest performance as Blanche DuBois...

Dessa Rose, Trafalgar Studios, London

David Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Brownlie-Marshall

The story of Dessa (Cynthia Erivo) a young black girl who is pregnant with a fellow slave and is also accused of murder, runs parallel to that of Ruth (Cassidy Janson), a young white mother who has been left in sole charge of a plantation following an unfulfilling marriage.

Dark, Disturbing and Extraordinary. Review: The Nether, Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Nether is a dark, dystopian play that explores the worst of human behaviour in a world where we live almost entirely in a virtual reality. It is disturbing but it is compulsive viewing. You can't look away no matter how much you want to.

Utterly Bewitching: The Crucible, The Old Vic Review

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Yesterday I headed out to the theatre to see the wonderful Richard Armitage take on the audience at The Old Vic in an atmospheric and ambitious performance of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' on a balmy Wednesday afternoon to celebrate my anniversary.

Review: Helen McCrory Stars in Medea, National Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The story of a jilted wife, who murders her children as a way of revenge against her soon-to-be ex-husband is always going to be dark but Carrie Cracknell, in this new version of Euripides' work by Ben Power, brings us a genuinely disturbing production.

Review: Richard Armitage in The Crucible, Old Vic Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

At the heart of this production is an immense performance from Richard Armitage who perfectly captures the profound inner conflict within John Proctor, a man increasingly at odds with both his wife and the society in which he lives.

Review: Martin Freeman in Richard III, Trafalgar Studios

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

I guess it comes down to how you like your Richard III. I prefer mine to be brooding with conspiracy and charisma, for me to be sickened and amused by him in equal measure.

Review: Chigger Foot Boys

Sonia Grant | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sonia Grant

In the dexterous hands of acclaimed playwright Patricia Cumper MBE, Chigger Foot Boys accomplished what a good theatrical production should by being bold, entertaining and enlightening.

National Theatre Takes on Murdoch and Phone Hacking in New Play

Victoria Sadler | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Conceived and rehearsed in secret, Great Britain, a play about phone hacking at a British tabloid, was suddenly announced last week and then on Monday, just days after the hacking trial verdicts were passed down, the show opened.

The Valley of Astonishment: The Mystery of the Human Brain Explored‏

Victoria Sadler | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Valley of Astonishment at the Young Vic is a play about synaesthesia. Sounds dry but actually it is warm, engaging, smart and funny.

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall Takes to the Stage

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The stage adaptation of Wolf Hall is extraordinary. It's dark, absorbing, full of intrigue and historical detail. Yet it is also pacey, at times even funny. And incredibly it even feels modern and fresh.