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FringeReview UK 2019

#We Are Arrested

Peter Hamilton Dyer carries this celebration of the conscience to be fully human


A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Over 50 years on, this still sets benchmarks. Its power to enthral, to appal can never date.


A History of Water in the Middle East

Hugely absorbing it’s entertaining too.


A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

Amos Gitai’s curating hope from the ruins, impelling the audience to construct a narrative.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A carnival riot of joy – with enough misdirection to evoke moonshine


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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


A Very Expensive Poison

Prebble’s one antidote for these distracted times.


Abigail’s Party

This is a superb revival; its tinted mirror keeps burnishing.


After Edward

This has to be the smartest debut from this venue since Jessica Swales’ Bluestockings: no wonder the playscripts sold out early.


Afterglow

It’s conquered both sides of the pond. We need this.


All About Eve

Absorbing. A must-see.


All My Sons

Convinces you All My Sons is even greater than we know.


All’s Well That Ends Well

Hannah Morrish’s Helena shines in this achingly desperate, quietly beautiful production.


American Idiot

It’s still revolutionary.


Amsterdam

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


Appropriate

A play that can only deepen with each production.


As You Like It

A heartwarming revival. Jack Laskey, Bettrys Jones and Nadia Nadarajah have made a space for this As You Like It well beyond its initial moment last year.


As You Like It

For Lucy Phelps and Sophie Khan Levy above all, this is a joyful As You Like It.


Avenue Q

A first-rate revival


Bartholomew Fair

If only one could see it twice: but try it at least once.


Benidorm Live

Heartwarming. It has the brash conviction of it origins, out and proud of it.


Berberian Sound Studio

Thoroughly absorbing, full of walking shadows who throw vivid questions.


Blood Knot

With Angela Smith’s phrase ringing in our ears, there’s not going to be a better play anywhere that answers it. Do see it.


Blood Wedding

In several ways, this is about as good as it gets.


Bodies

Still masterly, and in this rare revival, a must-see.


Candida

Convinces here far more than any production I’ve seen.


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

There’s something special and extraordinary here too: a voice.


Club Tropicana The Musical

They deliver, in Costa Blanca spades.


Cougar

You must see this.


Creditors

We’re unlikely to see a better production of this still rarely-performed disturber of ourselves.


Cyprus Avenue

Devastating drama about the DNA of bigotry; and it all starts in surreal farce.


Downstate

A masterly, unsettling play that in this production never puts a foot wrong. And wrong-foots us all.


Edward II

A flinty lesson, not to be missed.


Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography

A fine piece, skidding along silicon into our dark


Equus

Ned Bennett’s thrilling production breaks out Equus from its leather bondage


Faith, Hope & Charity

Grounded in quiet with a huge howl


Fiver

An enchanting speed-read of our connectedness, a reminder that a fiver can change your life. Irresistible.


Fleabag

Original, raw, brilliantly funny and devastating. This production is Fleabag neat. Its harrowing streak of genius burns like a healing scar torn.


Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.

For a time you feel that beyond Churchill’s world, nothing else quite seems to exist.


Glengarry Glenn Ross

Riveting must-see revival of Mamet's breakthrough play


Hair

Outstanding


Hansard

A masterfully conceived vehicle to stalk politics now


Henry IV Part 1 or Hotspur

A soaring remix of how the play settles a succession on congealed blood.


Henry IV Part 2 or Falstaff

The triumph of this newly-energized production is bringing the darker Falstaff to a diverse audience


Henry V

The enormous energy Sarah Amankwah brings proclaims greatness in the making


How Love is Spelt

Absolutely recommended.


Hunger

An exemplary, scrupulous production so starkly contemporary, it makes Hunger contemporary forever


I’m Not Running

Compelling dissection of what hampers the mindset of our main progressive party.


Little Baby Jesus

Anyone seeing this play will be grateful they’ll never feel quite the same way about London, young people or language again.


Little Miss Sunshine

It’s a quiet heartbreaker, with stoicism and love the only answers. Do see it.


Mary’s Babies

Maud Dromgoole’s proved more than adroit, skilful, and deliciously risk-taking. A must-see.


Measure for Measure

An outstanding production


Midnight Movie

What we have is absorbing


My Brilliant Friend Parts One and Two

Cusack and McCormack give the performances of their lives


Noughts & Crosses

A must-see cry for love and tolerance


On Bear Ridge

Absorbing and horribly timely.


Other People’s Money

A superb revival.


Out of Water

Anything Zoe Cooper writes now must be keenly anticipated.


Pah-La

A searing arc of a drama based on true events


Peter Gynt

In McArdle’s irresistible performance you’re not likely to see a finer Gynt.


Pilgrims

Elinor Cook’s always worth a diversion for. This drama deserves friends and revivals.


Plenty

Unsettling enough to avoid instant classic status, but outliving many that court it. A superb revival.


Preludes

I’m hooked. We need more of this.


Present Laughter

The finale is grounded in silences; an almost tragic awareness of the nature of the Essendines’ love. Outstanding.


Richard II

A savage anointing, a revelatory reading.


Richard II

A searingly precise essay on the corruption of entitlement.


Richard III

This production could draw out the poison of being dead serious in terminal bursts of laughter


Rosmersholm

They compel attention, they demand we follow every sigh


Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s an outstanding play about sexual identity, choices, and above all what it means to transition.


Rutherford and Son

Terrific revival goes at the speed of twilight


Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes

Rodrigues is a dramatist we need to see far more of.


seven methods of killing kylie jenner

‘What are you gonna do now…. clap?’ Yes, standing.


Shipwreck

A superb ensemble piece. Of all dramas on these interesting times in America, it’s the one truly necessary.


Shook

If you’ve an appetite for exceptional new writing, just see it.


Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.


Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.


Stones in His Pockets

What better way to spend 105 minutes in the city?


Superhoe

A searing new talent.


Sweat

No wonder this play’s just extended its run. Don’t even read this before you try booking.


Sweet Charity

It’s a powerful beat.


Tabby McTat

It really is purrfect for summer


Tartuffe

Prepare to be Tartuffed.


The American Clock

It’s imperative to see this production.


The Antipodes

Baker pushes dangerously at just what theatre is.


The Doctor

A triumph for all concerned. Juliet Stevenson even gains in stature. Icke’s last production could hardly go better than this.


The End of History…

A play you want to return to.


The Full Monty

Unmissable in this – er, newly enhanced production.


The Girl On The Train

Superb entertainment


The Glass Piano

A bewitching mix of deconstructive magic and fabulous therapy, it’s above all Grace Molony who brushes distinction into this already distinctive production.


The House on Cold Hill

Sleep as well as you can. The house won’t.


The Hunt

An outstandingly theatrical re-visioning of a film


The Ice Cream Boys

A deeply satisfying play


The Lady From the Sea

A groundbreaking production. Even outside its unique terms it’s outstanding.


The Lehman Trilogy

Almost stupefying, but outstanding.


The Merry Wives of Windsor

The most cogent, most fun at the Globe this year.


The Mikvah Project

A brave and beautiful play


The Mousetrap

A finely-judged, neatly-rendered romp of a classic.


The Night of the Iguana

More nearly a masterpiece than you’d think


The Price

An outstanding production, rescuing a classic from attic shadows.


The Rubenstein Kiss

If you care for grippingly argued, passionate theatre, you must see this.


The Sad Shepherd

A necessary production you’re unlikely ever to see anywhere else.


The Son

An explosively powerful play


The Taming of The Shrew

Highlight how good the play is just where we’re not looking for it


The Taming of The Shrew

Highlights how good the play is just where we’re not looking for it


Three Sisters

This absorbing production keeps growing in the mind, like to take root.


Top Girls

It doesn’t get much better than this.


Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation

The most consistently satisfying work of Tim Crouch I’ve seen.


Vassa

A really worthwhile production with a few missed opportunities


When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

This cast’s exemplary dedication deserves watching for their sheer performative belief.


While the Sun Shines

An outstanding revival.


White Pearl

The finest new play from the Court this year, gleaming and deadly


Youth Without God

We’re launched into a necessary world


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Compelling and bleakly miraculous


‘Master Harold’… and the boys

A mostly terrific revival.