A sleeping classic in the making
A sleeping classic in the making
Review: Eric Davidson – Thunderjab 3
Poetry at pace
Review: Richard II
One of OFS’s strongest productions, it’s also a return to roots.
Review: Sweet William
Naturally enriched by living with Shakespeare Michael Pennington unearths local habitations and names for him.
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.
An ideal inhabiting of Blake
A true Pre-Raphaelite gem-lit recital.
Review: The Love and War Trilogy
An enormously satisfying traversal
Review: and breathe…
Yomi Sode’s hybrid theatre is a compelling immersion of witness and poetry: we need more of it.
Review: Wilde Without the Boy
A jewel of inhabiting
An 8-piece day of the dead inspired parade band plus the Dead Beat Poets
Review: Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire
Potentially a terrific show
Review: Sci-Fi Poetry
Utterly refreshing, breaking new ground.
As ever consummate, fine performances, and probing memorably into women Romantic poets
Review: The Mahabharata
A dramatic sense of arrival the way the Odyssey here ended: a clash of even vaster ferocity, keening, treachery, humour, mischievousness, sacrifice and grief, joy and the agency of women.
A cross between cheerfully-spun recital and quicksilver treasury
Review: Women on War
Review: The Rape of Lucrece
The definitive way to experience this troublingly great, disturbingly unresolved poem
Review: Living Newspaper #5
Like all the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper series, we need this. Watch.
Review: Living Newspaper #4
We need this. Watch.
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: I am all the Rooms of the House
A domestic poem about what is in all of our experiences now, but with exceptional poetry to accompany and illuminate the mundane.
Review: I Know The Truth
Immersive, provocative and meaningful!
Groundbreaking. The smallest producing theatre in the West End through lockdown has become the largest.
Review: The Odyssey
A stupendous undertaking
Review: Cyrano de Bergerac
James McAvoy is peerless and his companions are Asterix-hot.
Review: A Letter to a Friend in Gaza
Amos Gitai’s curating hope from the ruins, impelling the audience to construct a narrative.
Review: Blood Wedding
In several ways, this is about as good as it gets.
Review: The Empathy Experiment
Empathise more. Turn your smartphone off.
Review: Wit and Science
They render a faint scroll alive with wit
In nearly every way an outstanding pair of productions.
“A brave, empowering and explosive blend of dance and spoken word…”
Review: The Odditorium
An eclectic mix of strange and unusual entertainment
Review: I’d Had Enough So I Killed Him
“A powerful and confrontational solo dance performance”
Review: Ane City
A poetic tale of drugs, alcohol, and adolescent angst in Dundee, Scotland
A Poetic, Personal Reflection on White Privilege, Terrorism and Instagram Activism
Review: Like Orpheus
Queer club culture and surreal movement are married in this rave ridden soliloquy of love in the margins
Review: Poet in da Corner
Exemplary, thrilling, adrenalin-shot and shout-worthy. There has to be a part two, and it ought to be soon.
Review: Square Rounds
Proud Haddock have delivered their own stamp on Harrison’s verse-play, and it’s mostly thrilling
A violent attack on the social norms which drive self-harm in its many and varied forms.
A Fascinating Portrayal of the Lost Women of the Beatnik Era
An intimate and polished performance from an accomplished storyteller and poet.
Review: Queens of Sheba
Inspiring, energetic, committed
Review: Unreal City
Breaking out of Hollywood.
Review: Rear View
Where live street theatre and guerrilla film-making mesh in perfect harmony.
Review: Come Rhyme With Me
A literary taster evening of good food and good poetry
Sizzling standout revival of Berkoff's first play, revived.
Review: Twenty Minutes to Nine
A candid and beautiful journey of loss
Do see this, a magnificent and largely successful attempt to revive History plays, with an energy and on occasion subtlety that with justice should bring us more large-scale Tristan Bernays.
Snappy writing and brilliant solo performance on the theme of digital technology
Review: Frankie Vah
Moving, fast paced and riveting - a cautionary tale of pride and fall.
Review: Slooshy Wordshow
Amiable, powerful and hugely enjoyable
Here’s a great divider of critical heads. Yael Farber who made a great impact last year directing Lorraine Hanbury’s Les Blancs returns with her own Salomé at the Olivier. Anyone who saw the Hanbury will recognize the ritualistic use Farber makes of the Olivier, though Susan Hilferty’s set is stripped for swoops of spectacle.
Review: Sand in the Sandwiches
Sand in the Sandwiches is a haunting study, given stature by Edward Fox’s conjuration of an erotically disturbed gentility mocking itself. It reminds us, now Betjeman’s faded from aural as well as visual memory, what he was, what he might yet become.
Review: Babette’s Feast
Maxwell’s script of Babette's Feast helps conjure Buckhurst’s cast into conjurers. They’re both dream-inducing and hyper-alert, their timing and balletic movements spellbinding and unforgettable. It’s one of the finest recent productions from a theatre raising the most consistent magic in London.
Review: Raising Lazarus
A thought provoking and original show that is both funny and hard hitting
Review: Blood Wedding
There’s no swift way to convey duende, the spirit of flamenco, passion and tragedy so unrelentingly – and there’s not a hint of comedy here, no shading to hide in. This hugely challenging drama stamps out its soul in this courageous, literally no-prisoners production.
Spectacle costumes and use of machinery are outstanding, even by Wanamaker standards. Granted there’s a lower dramatic threshold in Comus, it doesn’t mask as it were the fact that this is the most outstanding production of Comus we’ll ever see.
Review: The Magnetic Diaries
An intelligent and challenging poetic narrative exploring modern day female depression.
Review: Sacré Blue
An honest, informative, and entertaining look at anxiety
Review: The Marlowe Papers
A diamond in Shakespeare’s or Marlowe’s ruff? Ros Barber’s novel adapted for the stage, starring vaulting Jamie Martin.
Review: The Big Stiffy
Absurd and off-the-wall, this surreal funeral party is a bizarre experiment that really does pay off
Review: Loud Poets
Bold, loud, passionate and engaging – poetry for the masses with a wonderful energy
Review: Sex, Strokes, Death, Denial
Jack Duffel's new play mixes extreme naturalism with verse in a play creatively probing death and displacement in the family
Review: Blind Man’s Song
Blind Man’s Song sweeps you up and away into a world of memories.
Review: Alexis Dubus: Cars And Girls
At a crossroads in your life? Take directions from this man ..
A beautiful and thoroughly impenetrable performance
Review: The Splitting Of The Mermaid
Never shallow, this piece has legs.
Federico Garcia Lorca: poet, romantic, believer. Salvador Dalí: painter, modernist, scientist.
Review: Dirty Great Love Story
A light hearted piece of highly entertaining performance poetry
Review: Gilli Bloodaxe and Friends
An evening of musically accompanied performance poetry.
Love, Silliness, Philosophy
Review: Love in the Key of Britpop
If music be the food of love then let Britannia rule!
Scotland’s National Poet in a surprisingly intimate setting makes a great lunchtime companion.
Review: The Musicians of Edinburgh
A witty, satirical and entertaining look at modern Edinburgh.
Review: Death Boogie
A politically relevant graphic novel comes to life via hop-hop, poetry, beat-boxing and live music.
Review: Luna’s History of Madness
A one woman history of sadness, sugar addiction, and....swishing...
Review: Tim Key – Masteralut
"funnier in more ways than anyone at the Fringe"
Review: Eunuchs in My Wardrobe
An Anglo-Indian coming of age story
Review: Dry Ice
A raw talent with huge potential
Review: Cow Piece/Cheap Lecture
Mind-bending – or mind-numbing? – meditation on the boundaries between music and dance
Review: Pirate Rhapsody, Mermaid Requiem
Poetry and prose meets peremptory Pirate
Review: The Departure
A competent ode to Neruda’s exposition of falling in and out of love.
Review: Animal Alphaboat
Guaranteed Amusing Poetry and Song for children and Adults
Review: Brother Can You Spare A Rhyme
An entertaining dialogue
Review: The Princess’ Blanket
A pleasant way to wile away an afternoon
Review: Homo Asbo
Come out, Come out wherever you are...
A compelling, poetic journey through the 7th July
Review: Inside the M25: A User’s Guide
"the concept and variance in the performances was excellent"