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FringeReview UK 2020

Afterplay

Miraculously-attuned. A wafer-thin but absolutely genuine slice of Chekhov. Do see it.


Albion

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.


all of it

A miniature classic of snatched meaning. Catch it.


An Inspector Calls

Still an outstanding production we might take for granted.


Beyond Glory

A powerful telling of the personal accounts of eight recipients of the Medal of Honour.


Cops

A first-rate distillation of cop drama, into the theatre of cop’s lives.


Cyrano de Bergerac

James McAvoy is peerless and his companions are Asterix-hot.


Death of England

This work never loses its charge, its own rapturous arrival Spall gives the performance of his career so far.


Far Away

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


Henry VI

The most effective condensation of the pith of the trilogy we’re likely to see.


I and You

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


Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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


Krapp’s Last Tape/Eh Joe/The Old Tune

It’s Jermyn Street. If you can, see it.


Kunene and the King

A strain of greatness.


Lipstick

Performances and play that should turn us upside down. Do make a detour for this brave. tremulously beautiful coming of love.


Nora

Stef Smith’s brilliant riff on Ibsen’s original is revelatory


Not Quite Jerusalem

An enduring little classic of Englishness on the turn, out of the ideal-exhausted Seventies and on the edge of darkness.


One Man, Two Guvnors

Outstanding. An immediate comic classic.


Scenes with girls

Scenes with girls owns a buzz, a life, a difference about loving that gives it a sliver of unique.


Shirley Valentine

A funny, touching story of a life almost lost


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


Teenage Dick

Ambition treads on teenage dreams and their devastation.


The Cutting Edge

You hope, unfairly, for a sequel.


The Dog Walker

I want to know what life, not just Paul Minx will do with his characters afterwards. So will you.


The Good Dad (A Love Story)

Intricate, fiercely intelligent, this play packs far more force than some twice its length. Sarah Lawrie’s intensity is magnificent.


The Mikvah Project

Still a brave and beautiful play.


The Sugar Syndrome

A pitch-perfect revival. Even down to the dial-up screech.


The Taming of the Shrew

See it and you’ll never think of the Shrew without this groundbreaking stab at the dreams of men.


The Tin Drum

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


The Visit

Kushner’s just brought The Visit home with him.


The Welkin

Already a contender for one of the best plays of 2020.


Wild

Theatrically the most thrilling end to any Bartlett play


Women Beware Women

A stylish, timely production which redefines how we experience Middleton.


You Stupid Darkness!

Bleakly funny, with flickers of tragedy, to make you see how redemptive kindness is