Writing down what I think about theatre I've seen in That London, whether I've been asked to or not.
Saturday, 23 April 2022
Theatre review: Henry VI: Rebellion (RSC / RST)
Richard II, the inevitable end point was the series of Henry VI plays leading up to Richard III. The play usually known as Henry VI Part 1 is probably Shakespeare's least-loved work and the company must have been dreading having to convince people to come see it, so they used the excuse of lockdown to present it as a streamed rehearsed reading, aka Let's Not Stage It And Say We Did. Which does have the added advantage of being able to skip ahead and present a trilogy of plays that were actually intended as such.
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Labels: Aaron Sidwell, Ben Hall, Hannah Clark, Henry VI, Lucy Benjamin, Mariah Gale, Mark Quartley, Nicholas Karimi, Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Owen Horsley, Paola Dionisotti, Richard Cant, Stratford-upon-Avon
Thursday, 21 April 2022
Theatre review: The Corn is Green
Tuesday, 19 April 2022
Theatre review: Wolf Cub
Friday, 15 April 2022
Theatre review: Anyone Can Whistle
Thursday, 14 April 2022
Theatre review: Scandaltown
The 47th was a tragicomedy so dark it bordered on the apocalyptic, Scandaltown, opening at the Lyric Hammersmith in a production by Rachel O'Riordan, goes for much less ambiguous laughs, applying the convoluted plots and stock characters of Restoration comedy to 21st century concerns. Phoebe Virtue (Cecilia Appiah) and her twin brother were raised in the country, and are considerate, environmentally conscious and unselfish.
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Labels: Ami Okumura Jones, Aysha Kala, Cecilia Appiah, Good Teeth, Kinnetia Isidore, Luke Hornsby, Matthew Broome, Mike Bartlett, Rachael Stirling, Rachel O'Riordan, Richard Goulding, Thomas Josling
Tuesday, 12 April 2022
Theatre review: The 47th
King Charles III took Shakespearean themes and language and applied them to an imagined future of the British Royal family. Later this week he'll be premiering his take on Restoration Comedy, but for The 47th he returns to blank verse, also reuniting with director Rupert Goold, and Lydia Wilson on Lady Macbeth duties, although the venue changes to the much larger Old Vic, befitting a lead character who's fond of a rally: As with the previous production, most of the fictionalised characters aren't played as impressions of the real people, but Donald Trump's mannerisms are so pronounced and familiar that it would be odd not to recreate them. And after a few years of TV work where you could actually tell what his face looked like, Bertie Carvel returns to his days as a theatrical chameleon with a comic but creepily uncanny impersonation of the 45th President of the United States.
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Labels: Ami Tredrea, Bertie Carvel, Cherrelle Skeete, Freddie Meredith, James Cooney, James Garnon, Jenni Maitland, Lydia Wilson, Mike Bartlett, Miriam Buether, Oscar Lloyd, Rupert Goold, Simon Williams, Tamara Tunie
Saturday, 9 April 2022
Stage-to-screen review: Much Ado About Nothing
(RSC / RST & BBC)
himself the beneficiary of a sudden promotion, dropped out just before opening and Luke Wilson (not that one) got the plum role of Benedick. And he makes the most of the opportunity, easily becoming one of the best things in a frankly bizarre production whose high concept design overwhelms it.
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Labels: Akiya Henry, Ann Ogbomo, Curtis Kemlo, Jemima Robinson, Kevin N Golding, Luke Wilson, Melissa Simon-Hartman, Micah Balfour, Mohammed Mansaray, Much Ado, Roy Alexander Weise, stage to screen, Taya Ming
Thursday, 7 April 2022
Theatre review: "Daddy" A Melodrama
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Labels: Claes Bang, Danya Taymor, Ioanna Kimbook, Jenny Rainsford, Jeremy O Harris, John McCrea, Keisha Atwell, Lee Kinney, Matt Saunders, Rebecca Bernice Amissah, Sharlene Whyte, T'Shan Williams, Terique Jarrett
Monday, 4 April 2022
Theatre review: The Fever Syndrome
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Labels: Alex Waldmann, Alexandra Gilbreath, Alexis Zegerman, Bo Poraj, Jake Fairbrother, Lisa Dillon, Lizzie Clachan, Nancy Allsop, Robert Lindsay, Roxana Silbert, Sam Marks, That American Play
Saturday, 2 April 2022
Theatre review: Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe / Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank)
Macbeth or Romeo & Juliet, and the fact that this thrust is a blasted heath is a clue as to whose turn it is.
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Labels: Aoife Gaston, Beth Hinton-Lever, Chris Nayak, David Hartley, Fiston Barek, Francesca Amewudah-Rivers, Hannah Azuonye, Issam Al Ghussain, Macbeth, Patrick Elue, Rose Revitt, Sarah Frankcom
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