Theatre Reviews

Review: Jane Eyre, National Theatre 'Less Would Have Been More'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

This adaptation of the much-loved book, Jane Eyre, is a really ambitious attempt to translate the entire novel into a dynamic, energetic production. The result is a whistle-stop trip through the story that touches on every single event in the book, but doesn't always capture the emotion.

Review: Medea, Almeida Theatre - Fresh, Modern but Something Lost

Victoria Sadler | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

I love Medea. For me, the horror in this story is when you feel her terrible act was not just inevitable but understandable. Even logical. Yet that descent, that terrifying unravelling, is missing in this new production at the Almeida Theatre.

Review: Tipping the Velvet, Lyric Hammersmith 'Warm, Witty and Laughs Aplenty'

Victoria Sadler | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The interpretation is risky, yes, but theatre should be risky. And for all the theatrical spectacle and the clever tricks, you feel for Nancy, you really do. You're rooting for her and at the climax, when she understands what it is she truly needs, it's a great feeling. Tipping the Velvet is a bright, witty production - but it also has a heart.

Review: People, Places and Things at National Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Denise Gough is superb as Emma, a woman battling herself and everyone else as she tries to navigate a path through rehab and out the other side. Emma is in a bad way - her addictions are so profound that they are sabotaging her career, and they've already ruined her relationship with her family.

Thoroughly Modern Millie at The Landor Theatre

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 31.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

I didn't realise at the time, but Thoroughly Modern Millie seems to be a somewhat of a divisive show amongst critics. Some can't see past it's over-the-top exterior, and some love it for that very same reason. I can safely say that I'm from the latter way of thinking.

Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Stars in Hamlet, Barbican Centre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Benedict's Hamlet is sarcastic, mean, aloof to his girlfriend and vicious to his mother. He also hams up the supposed mental illness for all its worth, causing much laughter in the auditorium as his Hamlet mocks himself up as a toy soldier brought to life just to confuse and baffle those around him.

Abi Morgan's Splendour Delights at the Donmar

Victoria Sadler | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Hallelujah! Josie Rourke has finally staged an original play written by a woman at the Donmar Warehouse. Until now, all the original works staged during her tenure have been written by men<. But now we have Splendour, an early work from the very talented Abi Morgan (Suffragette, The Iron Lady) and it's a gem.

Review: Three Days in the Country, National Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre is an exciting, absorbing version of Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country. It's smart, funny and overcomes its challenges to keep you entertained.

Review: Ben Whishaw Stars in 'Bakkhai', Almeida Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The star draw is Ben Whishaw and, my, he oozes charisma and a beguiling erotic enticement as an effeminate and dangerous Dinoysus, the self-proclaimed God of wine, madness and ecstasy.

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.