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FringeReview UK 2019

A History of Water in the Middle East

Hugely absorbing it’s entertaining too.

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

Amos Gitai’s curating hope from the ruins, impelling the audience to construct a narrative.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A carnival riot of joy – with enough misdirection to evoke moonshine

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This surely is the greatest Dream since Peter Brook’s landmark 1970 production.

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.

All’s Well That Ends Well

Hannah Morrish’s Helena shines in this achingly desperate, quietly beautiful production.

Alvin Moisey Recital

An exceptionally interesting, exceptionally delivered programme

American Idiot

It’s still revolutionary.

Anon Look About You

Exceptional and vibrant, the company prove it’s one to revive.

Antonio Oyarzabal Piano Recital

These intelligent programmes make Antonio Oyarzabal’s recitals an occasion.

As You Like It

A heartwarming revival. Jack Laskey, Bettrys Jones and Nadia Nadarajah have made a space for this As You Like It well beyond its initial moment last year.

As You Like It

For Lucy Phelps and Sophie Khan Levy above all, this is a joyful As You Like It.

Avenue Q

A first-rate revival

Bartholomew Fair

If only one could see it twice: but try it at least once.

BBC Prom 44 Koechlin Varese Walton

It’s Rattle’s genius for the fresh and new that endures.

BBC Prom 46 Howell Elgar Knussen Weinberg

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is thrillingly intimate, matched by Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla’s lucid, energetic readings throughout.

BBC Prom 47 Bach Organ Works, Bruckner Symphony 8 in C minor

Bach’s organ works on the Willis are thrilling in Michael Schonheidt’s hands. Andris Nelsons is exemplary, the Leipzigers uninhibited, agonized, overwhelming in Bruckner 8

BBC Proms 69

An immensely satisfying traversal into darkness.

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.

Blood Wedding

In several ways, this is about as good as it gets.

Braimah Kanneh-Mason and Konya Kanneh-Mason

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

Bunch of Daph’s Recital

The ensemble’s exuberant variety and panache never fails.

Calliope, Flute and Accordion Recital

Beguiling and barnstorming in equal measure.

Chapel Royal Caroline Tyler Piano Recital

A revelatory, stunning recital.

Chapel Royal Clelia Iruzun and Yoko Ono Four Hands Piano Recital

A superb recital of mainly rare but fascinating repertoire

Chapel Royal Ellie Blackshaw and Yoko Ono Viola and Piano

Two viola masterpieces in the hands of a new viola and piano duo already long-seasoned.

Christina McMaster Piano Recital

Magnificent. It alters the settled world of this music.

Clelia Iruzun Piano Recital

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

Club Tropicana The Musical

They deliver, in Costa Blanca spades.

David Soo Piano Recital

A stunning solo debut.

Edward I

Could this be staged any more convincingly? Superb.

Edward II

A flinty lesson, not to be missed.

Faith, Hope & Charity

Grounded in quiet with a huge howl


An enchanting speed-read of our connectedness, a reminder that a fiver can change your life. Irresistible.

Florisma Baroque Recital

Five-star already, a stunning Brighton and Hove debut

Flute, Violin, Piano Recital

Unexpected repertoire, played with panache and sensitivity.

Fours Company

We really need this quartet back.

Fumi Otsuki Violin Sarah Kershaw Piano Recital

Hope of some distinction, particularly in rare repertoire


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

Gin Jazz Trio

A unique, consummate line-up



Henry V

The enormous energy Sarah Amankwah brings proclaims greatness in the making

Ingrid Cusido Recital

A pianist of integrity and gritty lyricism

John Collins Organ Recital

Another superb Collins recital

John Collins Organ Recital

Another absorbing Collins recital

John Greening The Silence

The Crypt organisers as well as John Greening really have hit on an ideal recitation.

Lance Mok Piano Recital

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

Little Miss Sunshine

It’s a quiet heartbreaker, with stoicism and love the only answers. Do see it.

Measure for Measure

An outstanding production

Michele Roszak and Lynda Spinney: Filial Relationships

Vocally adventurous yet again, a joy to hear

Midnight Movie

What we have is absorbing

Mike Hatchard Piano Recital

A composer one delights in

New Music Brighton Jon Rattenbury and Brian Ashworth Guitar Duo

Exhilarating. Time to celebrate all the artists here.

Oliver Nelson and David Way Violin and Viola Recital

Consummate and distinctive music-making with repertoire nearly forgotten.

Out of Water

Anything Zoe Cooper writes now must be keenly anticipated.

Oyarzabal, Besselaar, Nigl Piano Trio

A superfine ensemble, who would be welcomed back to play such exciting repertoire.

Pal Banda Bach Cello Suites 1, 5

I’ve heard no interpretation remotely near it.

Paul G Terry Piano Recital

Terry has his own accent, should be enjoyed by many. Mesmerising for a summer’s day.

Paul Gregory and Yoko Ono Guitar and Piano Recital

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

Peter Gynt

In McArdle’s irresistible performance you’re not likely to see a finer Gynt.

Peter Sulski, Solo Viola

We need more concerts like this.

Plaegan Piano Trio

We’re very lucky to be here.


I’m hooked. We need more of this.

Richard II

A searingly precise essay on the corruption of entitlement.

Rutherford and Son

Terrific revival goes at the speed of twilight

Sharon Elizabeth and Paul Lewis Recital

‘Best three pounds I’ve ever spent’

Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.

St Nicholas Constance Chow Piano Recital

It’d be wonderful to see Chow back


A searing new talent.

Sussex Flutes Recital

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

Sweet Charity

It’s a powerful beat.


A Hilliard rather than Holbein, it’s the velocity of Elizabeth’s survival that enthrals

Tabby McTat

It really is purrfect for summer

The American Clock

It’s imperative to see this production.

The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys and The Laments

In nearly every way an outstanding pair of productions.

The Doctor

A triumph for all concerned. Juliet Stevenson even gains in stature. Icke’s last production could hardly go better than this.

The Flies

There’s nothing like the Exchange’s approach: their bi-lingual virtuosity burns questions.

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 Hammig String Quartet Schubert in G D887

Seek them out, whatever they play.

The Kelleth Piano Trio

Consummate and wholly satisfying.

The Lehman Trilogy

Almost stupefying, but outstanding.

The Malcontent

Outstanding theatre.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The most cogent, most fun at the Globe this year.

The Sad Shepherd

A necessary production you’re unlikely ever to see anywhere else.

The Taming of The Shrew

Highlights how good the play is just where we’re not looking for it

Three Sisters

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

Three Sisters

This spectacular production beats with a fervour and purpose few adaptations achieve. Ellams has made Three Sisters new.

What Girls Are Made Of

Cora Bissett’s set the bar thrillingly high for a new genre. Who could follow her?

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

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

Wit and Science

They render a faint scroll alive with wit

With Memories

A wonderfully evocative dementia themed concert for local charity Memory Lane

Youth Without God

We’re launched into a necessary world

Yvonne Patrick and John Bruzon Soprano and Piano

An exemplary, deeply satisfying recital.