FringeReview UK 2020
Miraculously-attuned. A wafer-thin but absolutely genuine slice of Chekhov. Do see it.
Victoria Hamilton still dominates, but Albion’s a fine ensemble piece. Goold has given Albion the air it needs: an unsettling parable on forcing an identity of ourselves.
A miniature classic of snatched meaning. Catch it.
Still an outstanding production we might take for granted.
A powerful telling of the personal accounts of eight recipients of the Medal of Honour.
A first-rate distillation of cop drama, into the theatre of cop’s lives.
James McAvoy is peerless and his companions are Asterix-hot.
This work never loses its charge, its own rapturous arrival Spall gives the performance of his career so far.
Our greatest playwright since Beckett and Pinter. An outstanding revival. Hesitating?
The most effective condensation of the pith of the trilogy we’re likely to see.
Will leave you in a heap and wonder what else Lauren Gunderson has written that comes near this.
A salutary reminder of how a great musical talent and collaboration started
It’s Jermyn Street. If you can, see it.
A strain of greatness.
Performances and play that should turn us upside down. Do make a detour for this brave. tremulously beautiful coming of love.
Stef Smith’s brilliant riff on Ibsen’s original is revelatory
An enduring little classic of Englishness on the turn, out of the ideal-exhausted Seventies and on the edge of darkness.
Outstanding. An immediate comic classic.
Scenes with girls owns a buzz, a life, a difference about loving that gives it a sliver of unique.
A funny, touching story of a life almost lost
Katherine Parkinson inhabits that breaking through the office crust asphyxiating us
A unique take on the isolation foisted on all of us
Ambition treads on teenage dreams and their devastation.
You hope, unfairly, for a sequel.
I want to know what life, not just Paul Minx will do with his characters afterwards. So will you.
Intricate, fiercely intelligent, this play packs far more force than some twice its length. Sarah Lawrie’s intensity is magnificent.
Still a brave and beautiful play.
A pitch-perfect revival. Even down to the dial-up screech.
See it and you’ll never think of the Shrew without this groundbreaking stab at the dreams of men.
Nico Holonics’ blaze-through avatar is unlikely to be surpassed.
Kushner’s just brought The Visit home with him.
Already a contender for one of the best plays of 2020.
Theatrically the most thrilling end to any Bartlett play
A stylish, timely production which redefines how we experience Middleton.
Bleakly funny, with flickers of tragedy, to make you see how redemptive kindness is