FringeReview UK 2022
As Ken Tynan once said of another debut, I don’t think I could love someone who doesn’t love this play.
Howard Brenton touching eighty is at the height of his powers. Tom Littler has assembled a pitch-perfect cast, reuniting two from his outstanding All’s Well. This too.
An object lesson in comic timing; a steep cut above the ‘real’ whodunnits we’re likely to see this year or next.
An impressively finished play. Do see it.
Turns the bleakness of six young men into a celebration of – for now – coming through
There’ll be nothing more blazing or relevant on the London stage this year.
No simple swapping of heirs and originals, but a dream of the future by Seacole, or equally present dreams raking the past. Do see this.
Judging by the audience, its bleakness tells. Middle bears its own epiphany.
Putin’s our monster too. A must-see.
if Comer doesn’t receive awards for this there’s no justice at all.
A real play bursting out of its hour-plus length; with complex interaction, uncertain journeys, each character developing a crisis of isolation only resolved by sisterhood
Stands alone, a wholly original twist to a growing alarm-bell of ethics.
Danny Webb gives the performance of his life. Ralph Fiennes is coiled majesty. Two-and-a-half hours of such material have rarely been so thrilling.
Lucy Kirkwood prophesies what’s in store with savage fury, and no-one’s exempt, least of all her.
A firecracker of a first play. Expect Molotovs.
There’s no finer dramatisation of India’s internal conflicts. Shubham Saraf’s Gandhi-killer Godse stands out in this thrilling ensemble and storms it too.
Such exquisite works find their time; speak to it again and again and again.
Not so much an event as a concentration of Errollyn Wallen’s genius celebrating the life of blind composer Maria Theresia van Paradis, in Graeae’s world-class production
So what could a Sussex-based sci-fi tale of 1913 by Conan Doyle – a space-borne poison belt of gas that hits the earth – possibly have to do with the week of the greatest temperatures known in the UK?
Perfectly freighted; each character pitched with just enough choice to make us wonder what life, not Stephen Beresford will do with them. Outstanding.
Catch this sharp-witted, reflective, ever-swirling drama from a master storyteller.
Packs a mighty question that can still knock you off balance.