Writing down what I think about theatre I've seen in That London, whether I've been asked to or not.
Friday, 30 October 2015
Thursday, 29 October 2015
Theatre review: Dinner With Friends
Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Theatre review: Omeros
Sunday, 25 October 2015
Theatre review: Treasure
Friday, 23 October 2015
Theatre review: Playground
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Theatre review: Xanadu
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Theatre review: Plaques and Tangles
Monday, 19 October 2015
Theatre review: A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes
House That Will Not Stand. So I was very much looking forward to him teaming up with director Indhu Rubasingham again for a play based on a much lighter source: A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes is an adaptation of Molière’s satirical farce Tartuffe. The play could also be seen as a comic companion piece to Lucas Hnath's The Christians, as both playwrights are the sons of preachers in American megachurches, and that's where they've set their stories. But unlike Hnath's successful church, Gardley's play takes place in one that's hardly thriving: Tardimus Toof (Lucian Msamati) is the self-styled Apostle whose apparently successful healing of the sick isn't drawing in any cash - although it does give him the chance to hit on the young women he heals, much to the fury of his wife.
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Theatre review: Richard III (The Wars of the Roses at the Rose Theatre, Kingston)
Edward IV as the Yorkist enforcer, doing the dirty work that'll get his family into power. Once they've got it, it turns out that the biggest obstacle to keeping it is the family themselves, so he proceeds to turn on them, killing both relatives and former allies.
Theatre review: Edward IV (The Wars of the Roses at the Rose Theatre, Kingston)
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Labels: Alex Waldmann, Alexander Hanson, Alexandra Gilbreath, Freddy Carter, Henry VI, James de Lauch Hay, Joely Richardson, John Barton, Kåre Conradi, Mark Friend, Oscar Batterham, Trevor Nunn, William Shakespeare
Theatre review: Henry VI (The Wars of the Roses at the Rose Theatre, Kingston)
I don't know why, but I just get the impression that Trevor Nunn favours the white roses.
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Labels: Alex Waldmann, Alexander Hanson, Alexandra Gilbreath, Henry VI, Imogen Daines, Joely Richardson, John Barton, Kåre Conradi, Peter Hall, Rufus Hound, Trevor Nunn, William Shakespeare
Thursday, 15 October 2015
Theatre review: French Without Tears
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Theatre review: Ticking
Monday, 12 October 2015
Comedy review: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Lights! Camera! Improvise! On being told they ask the audience for genre suggestions, he wanted to know if they ever do a musical (they don't, although they usually do a song somewhere along the way.) It wasn't long after that I found out Alex was going to get his wish, as another company were going to bring their improvised show to the West End; and the Showstopper! team's USP is that they exclusively make up musicals. On the spot, a new one every night. Dylan Emery acts as master of ceremonies and takes suggestions of a theme and style from the audience. Tonight we ended up with a show about NASA called Rock-It (a pun the woman who suggested it hadn't quite intended, but she got a mug as a reward anyway.) The last two Mischief shows we saw were also sci-fi, so if that's what audiences keep voting for there's obviously an untapped market somewhere.
Sunday, 11 October 2015
Re-review: In The Heights
at Southwark Playhouse last year, Luke Sheppard's UK premiere of In The Heights was widely rumoured for a transfer. It's taken nearly 18 months to happen, but the timing may be fortuitous - as a London audience eagerly awaits the latest Broadway smash Hamilton to make it across the pond, Lin-Manuel Miranda's earlier show is an exciting alternative, and as the limited run has already announced an extension it seems to be doing well in its new home. That home is the King's Cross Theatre, a disused platform of the train station, converted specially to house an adaptation of The Railway Children. So the show has been restaged to suit a larger, traverse stage, but Drew McOnie's memorably energetic choreography has settled in well, with a lot of the original cast also returning.
Saturday, 10 October 2015
Theatre review: Hecuba
Icke's Oresteia and Cusk's Medea as well, commissioned Marina Carr to write an entirely new play based on the legend - in this case, that of Hecuba. There's a lot of dead children in this story too but Hecuba (Derbhle Crotty) isn't as okay with this as Medea: A mother of eighteen and the former queen of Troy, as the play begins the city has just been taken after ten years of war, and she's not yet quite understood the "former" part of her title. The Greeks have demanded that no male Trojans be left alive, and as most of her children were sons, she sits in her throne room surrounded by their dismembered bodies. Taking comfort from her two remaining children, she stands up to the triumphant Agamemnon (Ray Fearon.)
Friday, 9 October 2015
Theatre review: Measure for Measure (Young Vic)
Cheek by Jowl's Russian arm and an unsuccessful attempt to ramp up the bawdy comedy at the Globe, the Young Vic's production pitches it somewhere in the middle. Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the venue where he made his name, although instead of the jelly that featured heavily last time he was here, he brings along the video cameras from his Edward II at the National. Miriam Buether's set is a plain wooden box that, when the curtains go back, is piled high with blow-up plastic sex dolls. This, it seems, is what the people of Vienna have been reduced to in the eyes of the Duke (Zubin Varla.) The city's morality laws are actually incredibly strict, so he's let them slip during the 19 years of his rule. He now feels this was a mistake, but he'd feel hypocritical enforcing them now himself. So he pretends to leave the city, posing as a friar to see what happens when he leaves the puritanical Angelo in charge. What could possibly go wrong?
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Theatre review: Teddy Ferrara
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Labels: Anjli Mohindra, Christopher Imbrosciano, Christopher Shinn, Dominic Cooke, Griffyn Gilligan, Hildegard Bechtler, Luke Newberry, Matthew Marsh, Nathan Wiley, Oliver Johnstone, Pamela Nomvete, Ryan McParland
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
Theatre review: La Musica
Friday, 2 October 2015
Theatre review: Medea (Almeida Theatre)
King Lear last year: The first professional role I ever saw Kate Fleetwood in was as part of the chorus to Fiona Shaw's Medea, and now it's her turn at the titular role, in one of her comparatively rare collaborations with her husband. As with Robert Icke's take on the Oresteia, Rachel Cusk's adaptation of the story of the woman who takes brutal revenge when her husband leaves her is a pretty broad re-write of the original; and while Goold's production and his cast's performances are excellent, I'm a bit less sure about how well the story changes work.
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