Writing down what I think about theatre I've seen in That London, whether I've been asked to or not.
Monday, 31 July 2017
Theatre review: Road
Theatre review: Queers Part 2
Friday's one-off performance at the Old Vic, Max Webster joins Mark Gatiss on directing duties for the concluding four monologues from BBC4's Queers series. Once again the stories take us through the decades before and after the decriminalisation of homosexuality, beginning during the Blitz with Keith Jarrett's The Safest Spot in Town. Kadiff Kirwan plays a dapper West Indian who immigrated to London a few years earlier, finding a more insidious, two-faced form of racism than he'd expected. The arrival of German bombers has created, for a while at least, a more inclusive atmosphere as everyone's up against a common enemy. But, in what is probably the slightest of the eight short plays, he finds it hard to forget being turned away from the places that now want his custom, and goes cottaging instead - a life-changing decision.
Saturday, 29 July 2017
Theatre review: Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe)
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Labels: Anna Fleischle, Anya Chalotra, Beatriz Romilly, Doreene Blackstock, Ewan Wardrop, Jo Dockery, Marcello Cruz, Martin Marquez, Matthew Dunster, Matthew Needham, Much Ado, Sarah Seggari, Steve John Shepherd
Friday, 28 July 2017
Theatre review: Queers Part 1
Thursday, 27 July 2017
Theatre review: Nassim
Manwatching, the Bush are releasing a list of the performers in advance, but not revealing who will appear at which performance until it actually begins. The performer - Khalid Abdalla tonight - is confronted with a screen on which flash cards are projected, with the script for him to read out, and instructions for him – and occasionally the audience – to carry out. Soleimanpour himself is turning the pages backstage, and about halfway through the play the playwright joins the performer onstage.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Theatre review: Mosquitoes
Chimerica, Lucy Kirkwood’s latest play Mosquitoes gets its premiere at the National Theatre, with Rufus Norris directing, a Katrina Lindsay set full of bells and whistles and spectacular projections, and most of all the central roles filled by two Future Dame Olivias: Williams plays Alice, a particle physicist working at CERN in the buildup to the Large Hadron Collider being switched on for the first time. Colman is her sister Jenny, the black sheep in a family full of scientists, as she’s superstitious and much more likely to believe any unfounded rumour she reads online than empirically proven facts. In particular, she believed the scare stories about the MMR vaccine causing autism and refused to vaccinate her baby daughter, with tragic results that kick off the story: In need of some support Jenny is visiting her sister in Switzerland, along with their mother Karen (Amanda Boxer.)
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Labels: Amanda Boxer, Ian William Galloway, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Joseph Quinn, Katrina Lindsay, Lucy Kirkwood, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Paul Hilton, Rufus Norris, Sofia Barclay, Yoli Fuller
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Theatre review: Nina - a story about me and Nina Simone
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Theatre review: Disco Pigs
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Theatre review: Twilight Song
Monday, 17 July 2017
Theatre review: Dessert
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Theatre review: Bodies
Yerma at the Young Vic, over at the Royal Court we have another childless woman taking a much more pragmatically 21st century approach to the problem. She’s not yet got the profile of someone like James Graham, Lucy Kirkwood or Polly Stenham but ever since her debut with Mogadishu* Vivienne Franzmann has been delivering such consistently good work she’s as much of a must-see playwright for me as any of them. In Bodies the woman desperate for a child is Clem (Justine Mitchell,) who after five miscarriages has opted for surrogacy. Her husband Josh (Jonathan McGuinness, reading in the role after Brian Ferguson got ill,) will provide the sperm, the eggs come from an unknown woman in Russia, while actually carrying the baby will be Lakshmi (Salma Hoque) in India, where surrogates have very few rights.
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
Theatre review: The Mentor
Amadeus made the prospect of seeing the film version’s star, F Murray Abraham, on stage even more of a draw for me. So it’s a good job his performance in The Mentor lives up to expectations, because little else about Daniel Kehlmann’s play was really memorable enough to stay with me past the Vaudeville’s front doors. Kehlmann is apparently a huge name in Germany right now, and being the first to bring him to the UK are the team of translator Christopher Hampton and director Laurence Boswell, who in recent years also introduced us to Florian Zeller. And there is more of a French than German aesthetic to Polly Sullivan’s design, a country garden inside a white box, with chairs shaped like human hands as a clue that pretension is welcome here – a retreat owned by an arts charity that pairs established names with promising newcomers to develop new work.
Thursday, 6 July 2017
Theatre review: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Theatre review: Superhero
Monday, 3 July 2017
Theatre review: Gloria
An Octoroon will know he likes to play around with form. SPOILER ALERT after the text cut.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
Theatre review: Titus Andronicus (RSC / RST & Barbican)
Michael Fentiman's take was one of the things that reminded people of what a crowd-pleaser it could be, and on its next Stratford outing it gets a go on the main stage as well as a limited London transfer, as part of this year's overarching Roman theme.
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Labels: Blanche McIntyre, David Burnett, David Troughton, Dharmesh Patel, Hannah Morrish, Luke MacGregor, Martin Hutson, Nia Gwynne, Patrick Drury, Sean Hart, Stefan Adegbola, Titus, Tom Lorcan, Tom McCall
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