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: The Normal Heart

An outstanding revival. If you see one play this autumn, make it this one.


Review: Rice

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


Review: History

A sumptuous run through 40 years of Black Britain that challenges and assures.


Review: Leopoldstat

Stoppard’s written out his theatrical testament. Outstanding.


Review: Walden

Amy Berryman’s Walden is a remarkable play where the earth itself’s at the cross-planet, and travellers in space have inner and outer choices.


Review: Julius Caesar

A fleet powerful Julius Caesar, with some outstanding performances


Review: NewsRevue

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


Review: Richard II

One of OFS’s strongest productions, it’s also a return to roots.


Review: On Arriving

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


Review: The Vertical Hour

The definitive Fringe revival of a mainstream play this year. Absorbing, baggy, intimate. See it.


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: Living Newspaper #6

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


Review: Living Newspaper #5

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


Review: We are the lions Mr. Manager

A great revisiting of the 70’s in an agit prop retelling two hander, of a time past but a prejudice still present


Review: In Dreams I

A musing on identity and the Scottishness we claim is inclusive


Review: The New Tomorrow

There’s a generosity here, a big hug. Theatre itself affirms the value of life to those who might yet shape it for the better.


Review: The Ruins of Empires

A fantastical run through the falls of Empires and how we, as subjects, can and should rise up and take the advantages back for the common good.


Review: The Madness of George III

This magnificent revival poses even more urgent questions. A twitch on the thread for all of us.


Review: This House

Vibrant proof as to why it’s been called the play of the decade


Review: Hysteria

An effective cabaret style run at the issues facing women in the 21st century with a popular theatrical style of the previous century which entertains is unsure of itself.


Review: Cyprus Avenue

Devastating drama about the DNA of bigotry played as surreal farce.


Review: Amsterdam

Did I say sucker-punch? It’s what the Orange Tree do every time.


Review: Wild

Theatrically the most thrilling end to any Bartlett play


Review: The Tin Drum

Nico Holonics’ blaze-through avatar is unlikely to be surpassed.


Review: Far Away

Our greatest playwright since Beckett and Pinter. An outstanding revival. Hesitating?


Review: Three Sisters

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


Review: Swive

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


Review: #We Are Arrested

Peter Hamilton Dyer carries this celebration of the conscience to be fully human


Review: Hansard

A masterfully conceived vehicle to stalk politics now


Review: CAMP

From conception to execution this is pure brilliance!


Review: From the Top

Meaningful physical theatre, excellent dancing


Review: Like Me

A solo talk that investigates the effect that social media has had on our lives from the perspective of one


Review: The Claim

A funny and searing exposition of the absurdities of the UK immigration system


Review: Deer Woman

A rightfully angry production that gives voice to a story that needs to be more widely heard


Review: Come Out From Among Them

A fascinating theatrical one man exploration of a phenomenon of politics that is the fundamentalist reason why Northern Irish politics continues to fascinate.


Review: Chagos 1971

A young and new company bring a true story to life of a time long forgotten in a truly interesting manner.


Review: White Girls

An innovative and original insight into volunteering in the jungle of Calais and how naivete turns through experience into knowledge; a journey we all benefit from.


Review: Wasteland

A vibrant hymn to community, its spirit and its defiance.


Review: Gone Edinburgh

Scottish folk music peppered with social justice themes and mischievous grins


Review: #Hypocrisy

A Poetic, Personal Reflection on White Privilege, Terrorism and Instagram Activism


Review: salt.

We’re offered ‘salt to heal, salt to remember… above all for your wounds.’ Take it.


Review: Woke

A solo evocation of a community struggle that alights the energy of the nights and the unbending desire for freedom.


Review: History Of Ireland

“A slick combination of politically driven theatre, dance and comedy with more than a touch of the Blarney…”


Review: Pah-La

A searing arc of a drama based on true events


Review: Top Girls

It doesn’t get much better than this.


Review: The Rubenstein Kiss

If you care for grippingly argued, passionate theatre, you must see this.


Review: After Edward

This has to be the smartest debut from this venue since Jessica Swales’ Bluestockings: no wonder the playscripts sold out early.


Review: Blood Knot

With Angela Smith’s phrase ringing in our ears, there’s not going to be a better play anywhere that answers it. Do see it.


Review: Inside Bitch

Visceral and sometimes very very funny. Then not. Essential viewing.


Review: Shipwreck

A superb ensemble piece. Of all dramas on these interesting times in America, it’s the one truly necessary.


Review: I’m Not Running

Compelling dissection of what hampers the mindset of our main progressive party.


Review: Sweat

No wonder this play’s just extended its run. Don’t even read this before you try booking.


Review: I’m Not Running

Compelling dissection of what hampers the mindset of our main progressive party.


Review: Private Peaceful

This is as good as a one-person show of this kind gets. Andy Daniel should be up there above his own rows of five-star ratings.


Review: White

Exposing the lunacy of hate groups, the acerbic satire will have you crying with laughter.


Review: Underground Railroad Game

The most radical piece of American theatre I’ve seen, and certainly the bravest. See it.


Review: Emilia

This is a necessary, thrilling play, its energy and message spill straight into the audience.


Review: Elise

A Fascinating Portrayal of the Lost Women of the Beatnik Era


Review: Gie’s Peace

Inspiring Stories of Courageous Women - An Exploration of War Through Storytelling and Music


Review: Sisterhood

Three Women Convicted of Witch Craft Make Peace with Their Fates and Reveal How Little Has Changed