Theatre Reviews

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

Victoria Sadler | Posted 27.04.2015 | 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 16.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 17.03.2015 | 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.

All-Female Henry IV Takes Over at Donmar Warehouse

Victoria Sadler | Posted 09.12.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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 29.11.2014 | 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.