Fringe Online 2020
Brenton powerfully concertinas a continent’s politics and one artist’s refraction of it. Wong is outstanding
Stoppard looks at society’s phantom limb ethic. Even when it’s gone it aches, and it aches to have someone opting out.
A triptych of solos, presented from people stuck in their houses who dare us to join in their creative deliciousness in an imaginative, terrifying and fantastic manner.
A landmark production
Did I say sucker-punch? It’s what the Orange Tree do every time.
The great discovery was the multi-roling Marcus Lovett, sexy and lethal, able to attack several roles and convince you he was born for them, even into them.
Supremely worth it to see a pair so famous weighing equal in their own balance, perhaps for the first time.
Barber Shop Chronicles is a breath-taking revelation for those of us who had small inkling of a world in miniature.
An engrossing hour in the company of two scallywags involved in a modern smuggling tale that goes wrong and right by the end.
A thoroughly enjoyable period-style musical.
Easily the finest production we’ll get
Devastating drama about the DNA of bigotry played as surreal farce.
The notorious tale of the making and unmaking of Peter Marino's West End-Blondie-Madonna musical “Desperately Seeking Susan”
Terrific, a harrowing education.
A pulsating tale of a mental breakdown in a gig theatre piece that works on all levels.
The acting scales cliff-edges of unreason. One remembers the scale of betrayal and loss of redemption
The acting scales cliff-edges of unreason. One remembers the scale of betrayal and loss of redemption. Benedict Cumberbatch here is Frankenstein, Jonny Lee Miller the Creature. The alternate version aired first is still available.
In Michelle Terry’s quicksilver, quick-quipping Hamlet, much has been proved, from interpretive to gender fluidity in tragic action, that sets a privilege on being in at a beginning.
An effective cabaret style run at the issues facing women in the 21st century with a popular theatrical style of the previous century which entertains is unsure of itself.
A brilliant solo piece in lockdown showing a woman looking for love, who thinks she may have found it, but then are we thinking she is after THE man or hedging her bets?
Will leave you in a heap and wonder what else Lauren Gunderson has written that comes near this.
There’s no reason not to see this rare gem
You’ll never see a better adaptation of this classic
A sovereign production, unlikely to be equalled for the foreseeable
A salutary reminder of how a great musical talent and collaboration started
One of the most fascinating dark-hued musicals Lloyd-Webber’s written
Outstanding. An immediate comic classic.
An extraordinarily assured debut
Do see this.
Completeness is just one reason to cherish this clean-driven clear-headed production
Tickle-your-fancy interactive kids show
A unique take on the isolation foisted on all of us
A classic film in a theatrical homage which retains the sparkle of the original and adds exceptional performances onstage to add to the spectacle.
Ted Talks for ordinary people
Fast paced sketch comedy for a global audience
The Albert Hall’s sovereign production, unlikely to be surpassed particularly with the special encore.
Treat this as a wonderful premiere you’ve not had to stir for.
Phenomenal singing all round. A more than solid recommendation for that alone.
We’re looking at a bright Book of Hours. Barrie Rutter’s done it profound service, adding a warmth and agency that opens up this pageant. This is hopefully just the first of many such he’ll bring to the Globe.
Enjoy its slow burn miracles.
Far more than a curate’s egg, this production reveals things we’ve never seen
Vibrant proof as to why it’s been called the play of the decade
Tells us more truthfully then any play has, the heroism that hardens, the sacrifice that endures.
First-rate theatre. In Joshua James’ Ben Gunn and above all Pasy Ferran’s Jim, we see stars rising quicker than Arthur Darvill’s superb Silver can point them out.
Tamsin Greig’s extremes as Malvolia mark the first intimations of the terrible and define this production. The ground’s shifted.
Everyone dies in the end.
A delight for the ears as two haunting characters of Shakespeare’s Hamlet explore things Kingly before one makes his final, and first entrance.
Theatrically the most thrilling end to any Bartlett play
Outstanding. Surely the definitive study of the dignity of physical labour, and breaking of its amity.