Theatre Reviews

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

Victoria Sadler | Posted 31.07.2014 | 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 24.07.2014 | 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 24.07.2014 | 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 17.07.2014 | 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 14.07.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 02.07.2014 | 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 27.06.2014 | 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 17.06.2014 | 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.

Theatre Review: Kevin Spacey Stars in Clarence Darrow

Victoria Sadler | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In this play, an older Darrow (Kevin Spacey) is packing up his office, reflecting on his life, experiences and the choices that he made as he puts the papers and memorabilia of his past into boxes.

Theatre Review: Kathleen Turner Stars in Bakersfield Mist

Victoria Sadler | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Bakersfield Mist is a short, fairly enjoyable play that battles clichés and unbelievable set-ups as it tries to make a point about art, education and the patronising exclusivity and arrogance of the art world.

Fiona Shaw in 'The Testament of Mary', Barbican Centre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Testament of Mary is quite something. Dramatic, moving and beautifully acted by Fiona Shaw, it is unequivocally one of the best shows in town right now.

Microcosm - Soho Theatre - 3 1/2 Stars

Pete Strauss | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pete Strauss

Microcosm is primarily focused on our anti-hero Alex, whose steady capitulation is not dissimilar to a modern day Othello. And indeed the Policeman, played by Christopher Brandon, serves as a kind of unknowing, kind hearted, Iago whose lack of constructive advice only serves to fan the flames of Alex's mania.

A Taste Of Honey: Finding Poetry In Poverty

Paul Drury | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

We've always enjoyed regular trips to Hull Truck Theatre, and with a return home organized for Easter weekend I was delighted to read about a new adaptation of Shelagh Delaney's seminal Salford piece A Taste Of Honey.

Theatre Review, Privacy: Frightening Impact of Mass Surveillance Laid Bare

Victoria Sadler | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Privacy is a really sharp, relevant play that looks at the frightening impact of mass surveillance. By addressing this vital issue head on, Privacy is unequivocally a play for our time.

Handbagged, Review: Maggie and Liz - Handbags at Dawn

Victoria Sadler | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Handbagged is a magnificently funny dramatization of the clash of personalities between the two most iconic Brits of my lifetime - Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II.

Belonging - A Night at Circus Fest 2014

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

As a professional actor of 25 years, since being the first disabled actor to appear in a UK soap back in 1991, and the chair of the actor's union Equity's Deaf and Disabled Members Committee I know all too well just how high the standard of talent is within the disabled acting community.

A View From the Bridge, Review: 'Gut-Wrenching, Heart-Breaking, Perfect'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

I am going to stick my neck on the line and say that, right here, right now, A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic is the best show in London.

Andrew Scott in Birdland, Review

Victoria Sadler | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Birdland is a warning on the perils of fame. That makes it very much a tale of our time but though the bold, exciting presentation from director Carrie Cracknell and the star casting of Andrew Scott catches the eye, this play doesn't really bring anything new to this well-worn subject.

King Charles III Review: 'Provocative, Bold and Brilliant.'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

What will Charles be like as King? We don't know for sure but many fear it. And we get a dark forewarning in King Charles III, a provocative and controversial future-history play at the Almeida Theatre.

Review: Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business at National Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

As a result, A Small Family Business very much seems a play of its time. It doesn't shed any light on our society today. It's not helped by the fact that the whole production is set in the 1980s with plenty of permed hair and shoulder pads.

'Once' the Musical a Rare Success for Current West End Musicals

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

This hasn't been a kind time for musicals, with high profile productions such as Stephen Ward: The Musical and From Here to Eternity struggling, so it's lovely to see such an unassuming but original piece succeed.

Theatre Review: Other Desert Cities, The Old Vic

Victoria Sadler | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Other Desert Cities is a superb, viciously funny but dark family drama that is the perfect start to The Old Vic's exciting in-the-round season.

Angela Lansbury Brings the Joy to Blithe Spirit

Victoria Sadler | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Angela Lansbury is a living legend of the stage and screen and though she doesn't play the main character in this flawed but enjoyable production of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, her wit, charm and comic timing is more than enough to ensure you leave the theatre smiling.

Imelda Staunton Shines in Good People at Hampstead Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

A tough gritty drama about life for a single mother in the rough area of South Boston may not be the kind of production you'd expect to see on a London stage, let alone with Imelda Staunton in it, but Good People is such a phenomenally superb production that it stands out for all the right reasons.