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FringeReview UK 2018

Dracula

This really is the one-stop Dracula we need.


Eyam

A ringing, tolling end to a pioneering season. This play must have a life – and already possesses a miraculous importunity.


Grimm’s Tales

An exuberant Christmas production, and a miracle of compression, blocking, set-design and ensemble acting skills.


Iolanthe

You’ll have to see this if you care for music theatre at all. it’s unmissable.


Present Laughter

Gary Essendine’s rampant again. Will Liz Essendine with Miss Reed’s help work out a five-point peace plan as all the writhing lovers seemingly wish to embark on the same boat for Africa (pronounced Efrica, out of that Streep echo)? Will her blithe response to all latch key claimants that they spent the night at her flat make any difference? Do find out. A gem.


Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror to see.


The Case of the Frightened Lady

This is still something of a vintage treat, and a rare opportunity to see the old master in action.


The Crucible

Identity Theatre Company’s Blue Remembered Hills was a stand-out last year. Directed by Nettie Sheridan and Gary Cook, this is too: strongly-conceived and mostly well-acted with stand-outs: don’t miss it.


The Snowman

The most enduring British Christmas hits are melancholy, in stark contrast to say American. There’s a profound sadness in the magic. Its not a long work, perfectly proportioned for children. It’s still the ideal winter present, especially on a first trip to the theatre.


The Sweet Science of Bruising

It’s incredibly helpful Troupe champion new writing as good as this. It should go to a prize-fight.


The Woman in the Moon

This superb production has shifted our sense of Lyly’s pre-eminence still further. Lyly hugely influenced Shakespeare like no other writer. Lyly remains the Globe’s Read Not Dead greatest rediscovery, and this production underscores that more fully and emphatically than even before, in unexpectedly to this bold, necessary reading.


Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus

The performing brio is phenomenal, of a standard you’d be happy to see anywhere in the world. So would any child.