Writing down what I think about theatre I've seen in That London, whether I've been asked to or not.
Friday, 28 November 2014
Thursday, 27 November 2014
Theatre review: Chimera
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Theatre review: Stink Foot
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
Theatre review: Saxon Court
Monday, 24 November 2014
My Night With Reg transfer next year. You can read my original review of Urinetown here; I enjoyed it at the time but probably wouldn't have made a return visit if there hadn't been a very good discount deal at the Last Minute. It turned out to be worth the revisit though, partly thanks to some central recasting. And no, although Nathan Amzi is good as the new Officer Barrel, it's not him I mean.
Saturday, 22 November 2014
Theatre review: Pomona
Friday, 21 November 2014
Almost-a-review: God Bless the Child
The first time I ever went to the Royal Court Upstairs, it had been turned into a pretty realistic B&B room in Scarborough, and this is the most uncanny transformation I've seen there since: Chloe Lamford has turned the attic space into the primary school classroom of Class 4N, who have been chosen to trial a new government teaching initiative.
Thursday, 20 November 2014
Theatre review: Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
Theatre review: Piranha Heights
Piranha Heights was the first Philip Ridley play I ever saw, and in stark contrast to how big a fan of the playwright I've become in the years since, I didn't like it. I know from experience of introducing others to his work, though, that his very particular style can take a while to get used to, and people don't always respond to the first play of his they see. So I was interested to see what I thought of it the second time around, as Max Barton revives it at the Old Red Lion. Piranha Heights layers its characters on one by one, shifting the tone and upping the peril each time. The setting is a tower block flat whose resident of many years has recently died. Her youngest son Alan (Alex Lowe) hopes the housing association will let him have it next, as he plans to leave his wife and wants somewhere to live afterwards. But when his older brother Terry (Phil Cheadle) returns to sign the paperwork, he has plans of his own for the flat.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Theatre review: Not About Heroes
Monday, 17 November 2014
Theatre review: Wildefire
State Red Downstairs. Patrolling a quiet town isn't quite fulfilling enough for Wilde, who at the start of the play transfers to the Metropolitan Police. With stories of her grandfather making a real difference on the same beat, she stays cheerfully optimistic in the face of cynicism from her partner Spence (Ricky Champ,) who keeps an unauthorised informant (Eric Kofi Abrefa) out of his own pocket, and isn't above outbreaks of violence. When things become personal, though, Wilde finds that the pressure soon leads her to even greater extremes than Spence.
Sunday, 16 November 2014
Theatre review: Man to Man
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Theatre review: The Witch of Edmonton
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Labels: David Rintoul, Eileen Atkins, Faye Castelow, Gregory Doran, Ian Bonar, Jay Simpson, Joe Bannister, John Ford, Niki Turner, Shvorne Marks, Stratford-upon-Avon, Thomas Dekker, William Rowley
Friday, 14 November 2014
Theatre review: Far Away
Thursday, 13 November 2014
Re-review: King Charles III
my original review. To start with the whole of the Almeida cast followed the show to Wyndham's, although prior commitments mean Oliver Chris has now been replaced as Prince William by Rory Fleck Byrne, whose portrayal of the next in line to the throne emphasises even more how much of a pawn he is to the Lady Macbeth-like Kate (Lydia Wilson.) And this recasting also means the balance is now redressed to make Richard Goulding's Harry the hotter prince. Unfortunately this isn't the only cast change at the moment as Tim Pigott-Smith has broken his collarbone, so the title role is being understudied by Miles Richardson, with Tim McMullan taking on Richardson's usual role as royal press secretary James.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Theatre review: State Red
Monday, 10 November 2014
Theatre review: 2071
Sunday, 9 November 2014
Theatre review: Girlfriends
Saturday, 8 November 2014
Theatre review: Jonah and Otto
Making Noise Quietly oppressively boring, but there were parts of Across Oka I thought worked beautifully. On the surface Jonah and Otto is as wilfully oblique as the former play, but in Tim Stark's production at least I found it much more successful.
Friday, 7 November 2014
Theatre review: First Episode
Thursday, 6 November 2014
Theatre review: Made in Dagenham
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Labels: Adrian der Gregorian, Bunny Christie, David Arnold, Gemma Arterton, Isla Blair, Mark Hadfield, Naomi Frederick, Richard Bean, Richard Thomas, Rupert Goold, Sophie Stanton, Sophie-Louise Dann, Steve Furst
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Theatre/Dance review: JOHN
Can We Talk About This? physical theatre company DV8 return to the National's Lyttelton with another dance piece based on a verbatim text; but this time the majority of the interviews are with one man. JOHN (Hannes Langolf) describes a pretty nightmarish life: A childhood dominated by an abusive father saw his mother commit suicide, his siblings also dead, and John himself with a heroin addiction. Unsurprisingly, he grows up into a life of crime, mostly petty theft to fund his drug habit, but what sends him away for a long stretch is an act of arson he can't even remember, the result of a psychotic episode following an overdose. As well as the drug addiction, he's dealt with his lifelong depression with compulsive overeating, so when he goes into prison he tips the scales at 25 stone. While inside he trades both addictions for an obsessive exercise regime, and he's released a lot fitter, but it's not the only significant change. He likes cock now.
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Labels: Anna Fleischle, dance, DV8
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Theatre review: Coolatully
Saturday, 1 November 2014
Theatre review: The Rivals
Theatre review: Unidentified Item in the Bagging Area
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