Theatre Reviews

Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs, Southwark Playhouse Review

Peter Yeung | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

The original production - an unqualified failure at the Edinburgh Fringe - had Halliwell in the title role, was directed by a 22-year-old Mike Leigh, and lasted nearly six hours (down from more than twice that in written material).

Rory Kinnear Stars in a Bizarre Adaptation of 'The Trial', Young Vic Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

It really pains me to say that, despite the best efforts of the magnificent Rory Kinnear, The Trial at the Young Vic is not one to remember.

Review: 'The Motherf**cker With the Hat', National Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Its premise is simple but layered with complexity. Jackie (Ricardo Chavira) is out on parole and back in the arms of the woman he's loved since he was a teenager, Veronica (Flor De Liz Perez). And this time he's going to make a go of it. He's given up the drug dealing for a job as a security guard and he's got a sponsor to help with his addictions. This time he's going to get it right.

Untold Theatre's 'The Scar Test': Have You Heard of Yarl's Wood?

Chris Osburn | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Chris Osburn

Written by Hannah Khalil and directed by Audrey Sheffield, The Scar Test is set within Yarl's Wood and based on verbatim interviews of its former and present detainees. According to the interviews upon which the play is based, much of what goes on at Yarl's Wood is appalling...

Review: Marianne Jean-Baptiste Stars in 'Hang', Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

What is hang about? I cannot tell you. What happens in it? Even after watching it, I do not know for sure. Everything in this play is a little elusive. Facts, motivations, even names, place and time. Yet this is a play that plunges headlong into a dark situation where victim's justice is taken to its farthest point.

Review: Oresteia, Almeida Theatre 'Gripping, Relevant'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

It's not just the story that has been overhauled but the production design too. Out have gone the Grecian robes and sandals to be replaced with a sparse set and simple, contemporary clothes.

Theatre Review: Imelda Staunton Stars in a Stunning Revival of Gypsy

Victoria Sadler | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Gypsy, the musical based on the life of burlesque striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee and her mother Rose, is rightly considered one of the greatest m...

Review: Chiwetel Ejiofor Stars in Everyman, National Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Occasionally, just occasionally, a show comes along that is so exciting, so dynamic but so profoundly moving that, irrelevant of personal preference, I just say, "Go see this show." Go see Everyman.

Theatre Review: Death of a Salesman, RSC 'Superb, Extraordinary'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Death of a Salesman is a beautiful play and The RSC version, now transferred to the West End, is a beautiful production that shows this Arthur Miller classic at its very best.

Review: Kristin Scott Thomas in 'The Audience', Apollo Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The play initially opened back in 2013 with Helen Mirren as the Queen. It was very popular then too and it remains pleasant and engaging but almost nothing has changed from this production, in style or content, other than the casting.

Review: The Angry Brigade, Bush Theatre - 'heady, intoxicating'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Angry Brigade at Bush Theatre isn't subtle but it is energetic, powerful and brutally effective in punching its message across, that message being: look around you, people! This isn't freedom and we are not free!

Theatre Review: Golem, Trafalgar Studios 'A Dazzling Visual Feast'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Golem is a dazzling visual feast with a biting social commentary that's enough to put a spring in the step of even the most jaded theatre-goer. In a show that fuses performance with animation, film and music, Golem challenges us to confront the lie that we've been sold - that technology will set us free.

Roald Dahl's 'The Twits' Takes to the Stage

Victoria Sadler | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

There is a delicious darkness to Roald Dahl's original book about a vile and dirty couple who are rotten to the core. You relish their horrid plots and laugh at their wickedness. I desperately wanted this adaptation to capture that spirit but the result is not good, patchy at best.

Theatre Review: Oppenheimer, Vaudeville Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Oppenheimer is a powerful, intelligent, huge scope of a play that examines J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man at the centre of the Manhattan Project, and the professional and personal cost he paid to create the atomic bomb.

Game at Almeida Theatre is a Game-Changer

Victoria Sadler | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

If theatre is going to thrive then it must take risks. And the Almeida Theatre takes a risk with Game, a thrilling - and chilling - examination of the tipping point of our humanity that doesn't just excite and disturb, but also transforms the experience of theatre itself.

Review: 'A View From the Bridge', Wyndham's Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

It's interesting what you remember and what you forget about a production. The tension, the gut-wrenching tragedy in the piece is as devastating as when I saw it last year. Yet I'd forgotten how good the sound and lighting design are.

The Merchant of Venice Goes to Vegas at Almeida Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Shakespeare's classic tale becomes The Merchant of the Venetian as director Rupert Goold replaces the play's traditional setting of Venice with the casino floors and glitzy lights of Las Vegas, complete with Elvis impersonators, Vegas showgirls and even Cirque de Soleil-style gymnasts.

Review: Henry IV Parts One and Two, Royal Shakespeare Company

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Anthony Sher is the star casting as Falstaff and, of course, he is superb. Everything about his performance is superb - the delivery, the warmth, Falstaff's arrogance and his manipulation of those around him, and that great speech on the eve of war on the perversity of honour is moving and powerful.

Amanda Abbington Stars in 'God Bless the Child', Royal Court Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

On the surface, God Bless the Child is a satire on our education system and the hoops we make our teachers, and our children, jump through. Only it's so much more than this as it's also an examination of where power truly resides in a classroom.

Review: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 21.01.2015 | 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 29.12.2014 | 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 29.12.2014 | 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 28.12.2014 | 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 26.12.2014 | 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 13.12.2014 | 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.