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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

With Baum’s direction they and we discover new thresholds, new anatomies


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Might be the finest Globe Dream


A Separate Peace

Stoppard looks at society’s phantom limb ethic. Even when it’s gone it aches, and it aches to have someone opting out.


A Streetcar Named Desire

A landmark production


Amsterdam

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


Andrew Lloyd-Webber 50th Birthday Live from the Royal Albert Hall, 1998

The great discovery was the multi-roling Marcus Lovett, sexy and lethal, able to attack several roles and convince you he was born for them, even into them.


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.


Beauty and the Beast

Nothing so convincing has been done with this legend. It deserves many revivals.


By Jeeves!

A thoroughly enjoyable period-style musical.


Cats

Easily the finest production we’ll get


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.


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.


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


Jesus Christ, Superstar

A sovereign production, unlikely to be equalled for the foreseeable


Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A salutary reminder of how a great musical talent and collaboration started


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.


Love Never Dies

One of the most fascinating dark-hued musicals Lloyd-Webber’s written


One Man, Two Guvnors

Outstanding. An immediate comic classic.


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


Signed, Sealed, Delivered

A unique take on the isolation foisted on all of us


Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.


The Bavard Bar

Ted Talks for ordinary people


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 Merry Wives of Windsor

One of the two most cogent, most fun Merry Wives of recent years.


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 Sound of Music

Phenomenal singing all round. A more than solid recommendation for that alone.


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 Understudy

Do catch it, and match the feelgood price with nudging theatres towards opening night.


The Winter’s Tale

Enjoy its slow burn miracles.


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.


Treasure Island

First-rate theatre. In Joshua James’ Ben Gunn and above all Pasy Ferran’s Jim, we see stars rising quicker than Arthur Darvill’s superb Silver can point them out.


Twelfth Night

Tamsin Greig’s extremes as Malvolia mark the first intimations of the terrible and define this production. The ground’s shifted.


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.