Theatre

Even Adrian Lester's sweetness, grace and nobility can't rescue Almeida's Hymn

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The Almeida is fighting back against lockdown with a sprawling family drama about two long-lost siblings. Adrian Lester plays Gilbert…

This fabulous play is like a Chekhov classic: The One Day in the Year reviewed

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The One Day In the Year is an Australian drama about the annual commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.…

Perfect to fall asleep to: Good Grief reviewed

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Good Grief is a new drama starring Sian Clifford who shot to fame as the older sister in Fleabag. The…

Netflix should turn this into a series: Southwark Playhouse’s Fabulist Fox Sister reviewed

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The Fabulist Fox Sister is a one-man show about the three American women who are credited with inventing the trade…

How Facebook became a freedom-gobbling corporate monster

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Southwark Playhouse is beating the latest lockdown with a zingy new musical about social media. The performers, Francesca Forristal and…

Actors will be in trouble if the Bridge Theatre's latest experiment catches on

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Flight has been hailed as a new form of dramatic presentation — prefab theatre. It’s great to look at. A…

Stick it on the BBC: Love Letters at Theatre Royal Haymarket reviewed

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney began life as an epistolary novella about two childhood friends, Andy and Melissa, whose on-off…

Deserves to be a permanent winter fixture: Potted Panto at the Garrick reviewed

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Potted Panto is a 70-minute parody presented by two burlesque comedians. Jeff is a tall, playful bungler and his colleague,…

Like eating 58 luxury chocolates: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk reviewed

12 December 2020 9:00 am

The Flying Lovers of Vitebskbegins with a phone conversation between a pretentious art critic and a man called Marc. This…

Absorbing and beautifully designed: Jane Eyre reviewed

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Blackeyed Theatre is another victim of the virus. Its production of Jane Eyrewas midway through a UK tour, and due…

Skilful and riveting: Poltergeist at the Southwark Playhouse reviewed

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Sasha is angry. He’s a gay artist on his way to his niece’s birthday party and he keeps popping codeine…

As an essay in cheap comedy the show is a great success: Emilia reviewed

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Emilia is a period piece about Emilia Bassano who may have been the ‘dark lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets. The writer,…

Racists will love it: National Theatre's Death of England – Delroy reviewed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Death of England: Delroy is a companion piece to Death of England, which ran in February at the NT and…

The Beeb could turn this script into TV gold: Howerd's End reviewed

7 November 2020 9:00 am

It’s touch and go whether the theatre will survive this latest assault. Some venues have pushed back their entire programme…

Finally a lockdown drama that will endure: James Graham's Bubble reviewed

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Theatres can open if they want to. That’s the current position. The only factor keeping a playhouse dark is a…

The mix of slapstick and sermonising is certainly original: In Bad Taste reviewed

24 October 2020 9:00 am

In Bad Taste is a slapstick comedy about five female terrorists who murder the governor of the Bank of England.…

The jackboot zealotry of ushers is ruining theatre

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Southwark Playhouse has revived an American show, The Last Five Years, whose run was cancelled in March. In advance, I…

A night of angry pipsqueaks: Young Vic's 50th birthday gala reviewed

10 October 2020 9:00 am

When Kwame Kwei-Armah took over the Young Vic he strapped a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign over the front of the…

Enjoyable but hardly classic Alan Bennett: The Outside Dog & The Hand of God reviewed

3 October 2020 9:00 am

The season of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads continues at the Bridge. In The Hand of God we meet Celia, a…

Brilliantly performed twaddle: Old Vic’s Faith Healer reviewed

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The Old Vic refuses to reopen. Director Matthew Warchus says the social distancing rules make it impossible for him to…

Does Rada seriously believe George Bernard Shaw was an Irish Mengele?

26 September 2020 9:00 am

What has happened to Rada? The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is the latest arts establishment to have gone mad.…

Covid marshals are killing theatre: The Shrine & Bed Among the Lentils reviewed

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Covid marshals have invaded theatreland. Arriving for a weekday matinee at the Bridge, I was greeted by stewards holding up…

An investor should snap up this weepy musical: Sleepless reviewed

12 September 2020 9:00 am

It has roughly the same proportions as Shakespeare’s Globe. The Roman Theatre in Verulamium (St Albans) is an atmospheric ruin…

Edinburgh Festival is in ruins – but there's one gem amid the rubble

29 August 2020 9:00 am

The virus has broken Edinburgh. The shattered remnants of the festival are visible on the internet. Here’s what happened. The…

Unique and disturbing: Donmar Warehouse's Blindness reviewed

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Okay, I admit it. I have a girl crush on Juliet Stevenson. Ever since I first saw her in the…