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FringeReview UK 2019

Abigail’s Party

This is a superb revival; its tinted mirror keeps burnishing.


Absurd Person Singular

With vintage Ayckbourn funny is devastating. Vintage BLT too.


Accolade

It grips from start to finish… a huge achievement.


Adam Heron Piano Recital

A truly outstanding young talent


After Edward

This has to be the smartest debut from this venue since Jessica Swales’ Bluestockings: no wonder the playscripts sold out early.


Agnes Colander

A revelation. At twenty-two Granville Barker’s a master in the making. Naomi Frederick’s sovereign in the title role.


Ali and Dahlia

A phenomenally well-written first play


All About Eve

Absorbing. A must-see.


All My Sons

Convinces you All My Sons is even greater than we know.


Alvin Moisey Recital

An exceptionally interesting, exceptionally delivered programme


American Idiot

It’s still revolutionary.


Angry Alan

Funny, sassy, disturbing, necessary.


Belladonna: Sue Mileham Soprano, Jane Plessner Clarinet, Nicola Grunberg Piano

With clarinet piano and soprano, a gloriously rich vocal recital


Benidorm Live

Heartwarming. It has the brash conviction of it origins, out and proud of it.


Berberian Sound Studio

Thoroughly absorbing, full of walking shadows who throw vivid questions.


Blood Knot

With Angela Smith’s phrase ringing in our ears, there’s not going to be a better play anywhere that answers it. Do see it.


Bodies

Still masterly, and in this rare revival, a must-see.


Braimah Kanneh-Mason and Konya Kanneh-Mason

The whole family’s rightly going to stardom. Here’s two of the seven.


Calliope, Flute and Accordion Recital

Beguiling and barnstorming in equal measure.


Clelia Iruzun Piano Recital

Iruzun’s a master and this recital was a revelation.


Club Tropicana The Musical

They deliver, in Costa Blanca spades.


Cougar

You must see this.


Creditors

We’re unlikely to see a better production of this still rarely-performed disturber of ourselves.


Cyprus Avenue

Devastating drama about the DNA of bigotry; and it all starts in surreal farce.


David Soo Piano Recital

A stunning solo debut.


Dismantle This Room

Dismantle this space? Yes. This theatre at least can take it.


Don’t Dress for Dinner

For a farce there’s only one spot of monotony. That’s how uniformly outstanding this is.


Downstate

A masterly, unsettling play that in this production never puts a foot wrong. And wrong-foots us all.


Edward I

Could this be staged any more convincingly? Superb.


Edward II

A flinty lesson, not to be missed.


Fours Company

We really need this quartet back.


Ghost

You’ll know the film. Despite the volume, you should know this.


Gin Jazz Trio

A unique, consummate line-up


Glengarry Glenn Ross

Riveting must-see revival of Mamet's breakthrough play


hello/goodbye

You must queue to see this. It’s quite wonderful.


Hysteria

In all the flurry of Fringe, don’t miss this gem.


Ingrid Cusido Recital

A pianist of integrity and gritty lyricism


INK Festival Feast From the East

I’ve not seen a festival of short plays to compare with these.


Inside Bitch

Visceral and sometimes very very funny. Then not. Essential viewing.


I’m Not Running

Compelling dissection of what hampers the mindset of our main progressive party.


John Collins Organ Recital

Another superb Collins recital


John Collins Organ Recital

Another absorbing Collins recital


Lance Mok Piano Recital

A pianist bristling with oblique lyricism – an ideal twentieth century interpreter.


Laundry and Bourbon/Lone Star

Yet again NVT deliver small gems of Americana. See it.


Loving Androids

A beautifully-constructed play, small in compass, big in scope and deft at managing the transitions


Mary’s Babies

Maud Dromgoole’s proved more than adroit, skilful, and deliciously risk-taking. A must-see.


Michele Roszak and Lynda Spinney: Filial Relationships

Vocally adventurous yet again, a joy to hear


Mike Hatchard Piano Recital

A composer one delights in


Miss Julie

It’s unlikely we’ll get a cleaner version, or a more absorbing production any time soon


Noughts & Crosses

A must-see cry for love and tolerance


Oliver Nelson and David Way Violin and Viola Recital

Consummate and distinctive music-making with repertoire nearly forgotten.


Other People’s Money

A superb revival.


Out of Water

Anything Zoe Cooper writes now must be keenly anticipated.


Outlying Islands

A first rate-revival of a small classic. Do seek out this rare, dream-like play.


Pah-La

A searing arc of a drama based on true events


Pal Banda Bach Cello Suites 1, 5

I’ve heard no interpretation remotely near it.


Paul Gregory and Yoko Ono Guitar and Piano Recital

An elegant case for this unique repertoire and its sovereign performers.


Peter Sulski, Solo Viola

We need more concerts like this.


Plaegan Piano Trio

We’re very lucky to be here.


Richard II

A savage anointing, a revelatory reading.


Richard II

A searingly precise essay on the corruption of entitlement.


Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s an outstanding play about sexual identity, choices, and above all what it means to transition.


Sharon Elizabeth and Paul Lewis Recital

‘Best three pounds I’ve ever spent’


Shipwreck

A superb ensemble piece. Of all dramas on these interesting times in America, it’s the one truly necessary.


Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.


Superhoe

A searing new talent.


Sussex Flutes Recital

You won’t hear anything like this, and you should, next time.


Sweat

No wonder this play’s just extended its run. Don’t even read this before you try booking.


Tartuffe

Prepare to be Tartuffed.


The American Clock

It’s imperative to see this production.


The Father

Florian Zeller's masterpiece, in a production and central performance that would do it justice anywhere.


The Full Monty

Unmissable in this – er, newly enhanced production.


The Glass Piano

A bewitching mix of deconstructive magic and fabulous therapy, it’s above all Grace Molony who brushes distinction into this already distinctive production.


The House on Cold Hill

Sleep as well as you can. The house won’t.


The Lady From the Sea

A groundbreaking production. Even outside its unique terms it’s outstanding.


The Language Archive

We need NVT to continue presenting us with plays like this.


The Malcontent

Outstanding theatre.


The Ministry of Biscuits

It is the definitive musical about biscuits


The Price

An outstanding production, rescuing a classic from attic shadows.


The Rubenstein Kiss

If you care for grippingly argued, passionate theatre, you must see this.


The Seven Ages of Mam

13.10 is a good lunchtime to watch a Mam’s legend in.


Three Sisters

This absorbing production keeps growing in the mind, like to take root.


Top Girls

It doesn’t get much better than this.


When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

This cast’s exemplary dedication deserves watching for their sheer performative belief.


Yvonne Patrick and John Bruzon Soprano and Piano

An exemplary, deeply satisfying recital.