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FringeReview UK 2020

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.


By Jeeves!

A thoroughly enjoyable period-style musical.


Cyrano de Bergerac

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


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.


Henry VI

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


Jane Eyre

You’ll never see a better adaptation of this classic


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.


Nora

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


One Man, Two Guvnors

Outstanding. An immediate comic classic.


Teenage Dick

Ambition treads on teenage dreams and their devastation.


The Tin Drum

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


The Visit

Kushner’s just brought The Visit home with him.


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.