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Fringe Online 2020

#AIWW The Arrest of Ai WeiWei

Brenton powerfully concertinas a continent’s politics and one artist’s refraction of it. Wong is outstanding


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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


A Series of Metaphors About A Plague

A serious and fascinating use of meeting technology to examine both theatre and the use of connection in this new modern world.


A Streetcar Named Desire

A landmark production


Alone

A subtle and highly effective reawakening of a woman who always was.


Amadeus

In the most spectacular production imaginable, Lucian Msamati’s supremely crafted lead sets off the quicksilver of his rival Adam Gillen.


Amsterdam

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


Antony and Cleopatra

Supremely worth it to see a pair so famous weighing equal in their own balance, perhaps for the first time.


Barber Shop Chronicles

Barber Shop Chronicles is a breath-taking revelation for those of us who had small inkling of a world in miniature.


Contractions

A fascinating take on a fast paced modern play that truly picks apart the commercialization of our employee status.


Coriolanus

A Coriolanus memorable for politics sinewed with personal forces: an active interrogation of democracy. And in Josie Rourke’s production Tom Hiddleston’s someone riven by intimations of his true self


Cyprus Avenue

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


Drawing the Line

Terrific, a harrowing education.


Electrolyte

A pulsating tale of a mental breakdown in a gig theatre piece that works on all levels.


Frankenstein

The acting scales cliff-edges of unreason. One remembers the scale of betrayal and loss of redemption


Frankenstein (alternate version)

The acting scales cliff-edges of unreason. One remembers the scale of betrayal and loss of redemption. Benedict Cumberbatch here is Frankenstein, Jonny Lee Miller the Creature. The alternate version aired first is still available.


From Henry VI Part 3 to Romeo and Juliet

Join and revel – they’re not anywhere near ended.


Groomed

A scorching autobiographical tale of abuse that manages to tell us the story of the abused as well as introduce us to the teacher responsible.


Hamlet

In Michelle Terry’s quicksilver, quick-quipping Hamlet, much has been proved, from interpretive to gender fluidity in tragic action, that sets a privilege on being in at a beginning.


I and You

Will leave you in a heap and wonder what else Lauren Gunderson has written that comes near this.


In Praise of Love

There’s no reason not to see this rare gem


Inside This Box

Showcases future names and above all is defiant with hope and agency


Jane Eyre

You’ll never see a better adaptation of this classic


King John

A tedious brief tragedy? King John is fun… It’s been said.


Les Blancs

A superb realization of Lorraine Hansberry's unfinished masterpiece - a classic of Ibsenite proportions


Love Love Love

Epic eavesdropping casts that ultimate spell: reading ourselves by flashes of lightning.


Miraculous

A novel adaptation with plenty of twists in its telling


Richard II

Do see this.


Rockets and Blue Lights

A paean to endurance, love, and wrenched freedoms.


Romeo and Juliet

Completeness is just one reason to cherish this clean-driven clear-headed production


Shoe Lady

Katherine Parkinson inhabits that breaking through the office crust asphyxiating us


Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.


The Deep Blue Sea

Helen McCrory plumbs the erotic despair of Hester Collyer’s abandoned woman in this absorbing revival of Rattigan’s masterpiece.


The Madness of George III

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


The Merchant of Venice

A fleet traversal memorable for insights the company bring during and after their performance of it


The Mikvah Project

Still a brave and beautiful play.


The Skin Game

Treat this as a wonderful premiere you’ve not had to stir for.


The Spanish Tragedy

The OFS are taking flight with the best scratch nights the Elizabethans never had.


The Two Noble Kinsmen

We’re looking at a bright Book of Hours. Barrie Rutter’s done it profound service, adding a warmth and agency that opens up this pageant. This is hopefully just the first of many such he’ll bring to the Globe.


The Winter’s Tale

Far more than a curate’s egg, this production reveals things we’ve never seen


This House

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


Tiger Country

Tells us more truthfully then any play has, the heroism that hardens, the sacrifice that endures.


Wild

Theatrically the most thrilling end to any Bartlett play


Wonderland

Outstanding. Surely the definitive study of the dignity of physical labour, and breaking of its amity.