Review: Metamorphoses

The overriding sense, not surprisingly with these actors, is joy.


Review: A Splinter of Ice

Absorbing. With such an acting masterclass the play’s a bewitchingly-voiced fugue on the limits of belief and betrayal.


Review: Rice

Do see this work of understated virtuosity, rich in character, substance, a shape-shifting singularity.


Review: Looking Good Dead

A first-rate production. If you enjoy thrillers, you must see this.


Review: Is God Is

A stunning, preternaturally timed production


Review: What If If Only

Churchill’s anatomy of grief is what abides. Its emotional plangency and pulling the future open is unique.


Review: Leopoldstat

Stoppard’s written out his theatrical testament. Outstanding.


Review: Steam

There’s a grain in this play promising the transcendent.


Review: The Midnight Bell

An outstanding ballet by any standards. One that like its inspiration Patrick Hamilton will last.


Review: NewsRevue

Continues to set the standard for rapid-fire, topical sketch comedy.


A fascinatingly delivered riff on one woman’s journey for recognition and soul which includes a brush from a smear test.


Review: Looking for América

Epic personal story, very well crafted and performed. It’s a lifetime and back – a meaningful, visceral and emotive experience. Not to be missed!


Review: Paradise

A sleeping classic in the making


Review: On Your Bike

Love, labour and left over pizzas in a foot-tapping whirligig of a musical.


Review: The Power of Silence

Memories, imagery, tender and searing recollections - it creeps up on you!


Review: Misfits

An important play, tackling the deadly serious with laughter that all too easily could lead to stark tragedy.


Review: Six

Outstanding, the finest West End musical for years


Review: Troy Story

Again the most educative stand-up and a thrilling presentation. Oh and bloody funny on war, male sexuality and the Bechdel Test.


Review: Saviour

A remarkable one-person play, performed to literal fever pitch by its creator.


Review: On Arriving

On Arriving takes sixty minutes it seems we’ve been immersed in a Greek Tragedy of ninety. See it.


Review: The Mother Load

Three women, three pregnancies, three experiences, much laughter and revelation in a funny and engaging audio performance.


Review: Hindu Times

A religious text for our times, told in the language of the now with universal messages.


Review: Braw Tales

An innovative and bright response to the pandemic in cartoon and monologue that is as diverse as great to watch.


Review: and breathe…

Yomi Sode’s hybrid theatre is a compelling immersion of witness and poetry: we need more of it.


Review: More Grimm Tales

A rollicking production with razored timing, musical cues and ad-libs worked in to half-second slots. A must-see.


Review: Branching Out

Three very fine and one outstanding work, Scratches – the best kind of play on depression, self-harm, black holes. Because it’s screamingly funny and deeply connected to why we do theatre.


Review: Leaves

This haunting 45-minute tale is a superb small gem from Jermyn Street’s Footprints Festival.


Review: Jekyll & Hyde

The most viscerally convulsive realisation of Jekyll or Hyde imaginable


Review: Sitting Pretty

When you see this show return, it’ll be outstanding, and in the frame for awards.


Review: Eng-er-Land

Writer/performer Hannah Kumari leaves you alert and exhilarated


Review: Lone Flyer

An absorbing drama, absorbingly acted and produced.


Review: After All These Years

A superb play, it should as one director present said, be in the West End. With these actors.


Review: Push and Pull

A quietly thrilling evening, after it goes off with a bang and a bear.


Review: Two Horsemen

The glaring energy of this piece can’t disguise how it strikes profundity in its funny-bone.


Review: Hole

Don’t miss the chance to see this transcendent actor prove she possesses another dimension altogether.


Review: Bag Lady

This could develop into something special. Thoroughly recommended as an industrial-strength ice-breaker.


Review: Sacrament

A revelation, superbly written and acted. Comparisons have been made with A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. I can think of no higher praise either. You must see this.


Review: Living Newspaper #7

Like all the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper series, we need this. Watch a group of young dramatists take on the future


Review: Illusions of Liberty

A finely-calibrated solo play of what it’s like to enter that tunnel of near-undiagnosable but very real illness. Corinne Walker’s both authoritative and quicksilver. Do catch it.


Review: Vespertilio

Vespertilio marks Barry McStay’s emergence as a writer of distinction. Anything he writes now should be looked out for.


Review: Jew… ish

One of the wittiest but also truthful comedies about love, identity, sexual politics and gefilte fish I’ve seen


Review: Living Newspaper #6

Like all the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper series, we need this. Watch what this does with the future


Review: Outside

As with Inside, Outside not only fits us, they help us to move on, and become in their modest, unassuming and utterly transcendent way, part of how we learn to.


Review: New Moon Monologues April

As we saw in March, don’t be lulled by friendly colours and fluffy fonts. Queens of Cups again proves they’re a company to revel with and wait for heart-stopping reveals


Review: Icarus

After all the gods and their lack of choice, we come to the final instalment, the human dimension. Where we have one. A heartfelt, satisfying finish.


Review: Aphrodite

Dazzling: wise, clever twists about choice, male determination, and consequence.


Review: Pygmalion

The most profound reinvention of this particular myth I’ve seen


Review: Orpheus

A terrific reinvention, bringing gods and heroines up from the death of myth to an altered world.


Review: Persephone

Dazzling: wise, clever twists about choice, male determination, and consequence.


Review: Angela

A tender, beautifully pitched exploration of the individuality of a life, despite what illness may eventually steal.


Review: Inside

They’re live. And Orange Tree. Catch them.


Review: New Moon Monologues March

Don’t be lulled by the friendly colours and fluffy fonts. Queen of Cups is absolutely a company to watch, and its showcase productions are literally unmissable


Review: Love’s Poison

Whether as James Allen's play The Engagement, or as narrative, Love’s Poison should be seen or read by everyone.


Review: Plays for Today

A truly absorbing series. And free to stream on Soundcloud.


Review: Hymn

Its potency lies in a fine peeling apart by Adrian Lester and Danny Sapini, and the language that bridges it.


Review: Before After

A pristine, heartwarming Valentine of a musical, starring a pair of real-life lovers, it deserves a real-life run


Review: Shook

If you’ve an appetite for exceptional new writing, just see it.


Review: Public Domain

At 65 minutes it’s worth anyone’s time and emphatically money.


Review: Just Like Giving Blood

Upton’s notches of logic are nudged with brilliance, the actual narrative a granular run-up to an enormous yes.


Review: The White Hart

Winner of an OnComm award from Off West End, another Upton triumph by stealth


Review: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Almeida’s another country. They do shows differently there. A bold communing of theatre stories with the fresh poignancy of what’s happened during 2020


Review: Lament for Sheku Bayou

An astonishing story lamented and told in an extraordinary fashion that resonates and poetically demands change.


Review: Death of England: Delroy

Renders huge black experience into a narrative that bears it, because so well-constructed, so character-driven and so inhabited by Michael Balogun whose blaze of awakening is both benediction and clarion.