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Rebecca Bell in Face to Face, Drayton Arms Theatre. Photo: Sam Mellish

A contemporary dilemma, Heather Jeffery’s new one-act play is an examination of what it means to be isolated in the midst of a busy...
Audience member experiencing the Reassembled, Slightly Askew installation

In this intricate, multidisciplinary installation, artist/writer Shannon Yee has translated a harrowing medical ordeal into a disorientating autobiographical journey into and through the unknown. Seven...
Phoebe and Jonathan Pryce in The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: Tristram Kenton

A climate of prejudice tempers Jonathan Munby’s handsome production, which opens the Globe’s summer season. Starring opposite his real-life daughter Phoebe, here playing an excellent...
Closer to Heaven, Union Theatre. Photos: Darren Bell

The original production of Closer to Heaven closed after a brief run in the West End after tepid reviews and a rapid drop in...
showcase

This weak and disappointing showcase falls on a number of counts although it gives me no pleasure to say so. It’s a mistake to...
The Point of No Return, New Diorama. Photo: Richard Davenport

Demonstrating that they mean business from the start, the cast members surround a nearly naked man, his trousers pulled down to his ankles, as...
Way Upstream, Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Alan Ayckbourn’s Way Upstream famously requires an onstage pleasure boat to float in a real river — and its original London production in 1982...
Comedy of Errors, Chickenshed. Photo: Antonia Jater

This inventive, exuberant take on Shakespeare’s farcical romp about two pairs of twins sets the action in the early 1980s, opening to the sound...
Avenue Q brings bawdy humour to the Theatre Royal, Windsor. Photo: Matt Martin

With the announcement of tours closing early, it is encouraging to see Sell a Door able to continue producing mid-scale musicals with impressive production...
Blood, Tamasha/Belgrade Theatre. Photo: Robert Day

Tamasha celebrates its 25th anniversary with this new play by performance poet Emteaz Hussain, who worked with the company for her debut, Sweet Cider,...
Chiwetel Ejiofor leading the cast of Everyman at the Olivier, National Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton

As entrances go it’s quite something. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Everyman is first seen tumbling from above, descending slowly to earth by way of wires, flailing...
Grant O'Rourke and Jessica Hardwick in The Venetian Twins. Photo: Alan McCredie

Timing is all in Tony Cownie’s utterly splendid new version of Goldoni, which he also directs. For the final production of this Lyceum season...