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FringeReview UK 2020

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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


Amadeus

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


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.


By Jeeves!

A thoroughly enjoyable period-style musical.


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


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


Kunene and the King

A strain of greatness.


Les Blancs

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


Love Never Dies

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


One Man, Two Guvnors

Outstanding. An immediate comic classic.


Romeo and Juliet

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


Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.


The Merry Wives of Windsor

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


The Phantom of the Opera

The Albert Hall’s sovereign production, unlikely to be surpassed particularly with the special encore.


The Sound of Music

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


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 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 Visit

Kushner’s just brought The Visit home with him.


The Welkin

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


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


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.


Women Beware Women

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


Wonderland

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


You Stupid Darkness!

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