24 April 2014 Last update less than 5 hours ago

Reviews

Day by day - Productions - Venues - Reviews

Monday’s Child York Theatre Royal Studio

The Tutti Frutti company looks at declining memory in an older person and how we build memories in its deeply moving new play, Monday’s Child.

Theatre Published on Thursday April 24 2014 at 16:30

the-silver-tassie

The Silver Tassie Lyttelton, National, London

Sean O’Casey’s dream-like, disjointed 1928 anti-war play was rejected by Yeats’ Abbey Theatre and has rarely been performed since, and on tonight’s showing you can sometimes see why.

Theatre Published on Thursday April 24 2014 at 10:19

things-we-do-for-love

Things We Do For Love Theatre Royal Bath

Natalie Imbruglia already has a richly varied portfolio of showbiz success - Australian soap star, award-winning pop diva and cinema leading lady opposite Rowan Atkinson - so it is perhaps surprising that this dazzling revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s 1997 dark comedy is her first excursion into UK drama.

Theatre Published on Thursday April 24 2014 at 10:11

dorian-gray

Dorian Gray Riverside Studios, London

Chiefly notable for featuring the stage debuts of the latest two members of the Redgrave and Fox acting dynasties, in Daisy Bevan and Jack Fox, this is an otherwise rather misjudged reworking of Oscar Wilde’s classic novel.

Theatre Published on Thursday April 24 2014 at 09:59

smashed

Smashed Udderbelly, Southbank Centre, London

When juggling is just about numbers it can be a bit mechanical, but here the numbers - including two women, four tea sets, seven men, nine chairs and 80 apples - are anything but dull.

Light Entertainment Published on Thursday April 24 2014 at 09:51

The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon The Dukes, Lancaster

In these days of selfies and social networking it’s difficult to imagine just how astonishing the achievements of pioneering film makers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon must have seemed.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 17:37

20th-century-boy

20th Century Boy Opera House, Manchester

There is a feeling of foreboding in the early stages of this new production of 20th Century Boy - a biographical, jukebox musical dedicated to the life and career of Marc Bolan - and it’s not caused by the projections of newspaper cuttings reporting the singer’s death at 29 in a car accident more than 30 years ago.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 15:41

an-intervention

An Intervention Palace Theatre, Watford

As prolific as ever, Mike Bartlett follows up one new play, Kings Charles III, with this smart two-hander, which begins with a drink-fuelled confrontation between A, a young woman who has just been on an anti-war protest, and her best friend, B, who stayed at home.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 10:13

Some Enchanted Evening Crazy Coqs, London

While singer/songwriter Amanda McBroom is no stranger to London audiences, this is the first time that she has performed in the capital with husband, the singer George Ball.

Light Entertainment Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 10:11

every-last-trick

Every Last Trick Royal and Derngate, Northampton

James Dacre’s inaugural season as artistic director at the Royal and Derngate continues with Tamsin Oglesby’s new version of George Feydeau’s Le Systeme Ribadier - in which a philandering husband uses his powers of hypnotism to put his wife to sleep while he gads about with another woman.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 10:01

privacy

Privacy Donmar Warehouse, London

For once, you are requested to leave your phone on at the theatre.

Theatre Published on Wednesday April 23 2014 at 09:53

romeo-and-juliet

Romeo and Juliet King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Scottish Ballet’s revival of Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet sits well with the recent tenure of Christopher Hampson as artistic director.

Dance Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 12:03

a-spoonful-of-sherman

A Spoonful of Sherman St James Studio, London

It’s a slight paradox to put a pair of songwriters who didn’t write for the theatre at the centre of a theatrical entertainment, even if two of the biggest movie hits they scored - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins - subsequently migrated to the stage.

Theatre Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 10:11

la-traviata

La Traviata Royal Opera House, London

The first of two casts takes to the Covent Garden stage in the latest revival, by Daniel Dooner, of Richard Eyre’s production - new in 1994 - of Verdi’s classic.

Opera Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 09:59

headspace-dance-if-play-is-play

HeadSpace Dance - If Play Is Play Linbury Studio, London

For a small, fledgling (founded in 2012) and modestly funded dance company, HeadSpace Dance is making progress in leaps and bounds.

Dance Published on Tuesday April 22 2014 at 09:55

Loading