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FringeReview UK 2019

Abigail’s Party

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


Absurd Person Singular

With vintage Ayckbourn funny is devastating. Vintage BLT too.


Accolade

It grips from start to finish… a huge achievement.


After Edward

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


Agnes Colander

A revelation. At twenty-two Granville Barker’s a master in the making. Naomi Frederick’s sovereign in the title role.


Ali and Dahlia

A phenomenally well-written first play


All About Eve

Absorbing. A must-see.


All My Sons

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


American Idiot

It’s still revolutionary.


Angry Alan

Funny, sassy, disturbing, necessary.


Avenue Q

A first-rate revival


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.


Bodies

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


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.


Don’t Dress for Dinner

For a farce there’s only one spot of monotony. That’s how uniformly outstanding this is.


Downstate

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


Edward I

Could this be staged any more convincingly? Superb.


Edward II

A flinty lesson, not to be missed.


Elephant’s Graveyard

Our Town gone mad. It’s in NVT’s best American vein.


George A Greene, The Pinner of Wakefield

We now know more of Greene than upstart crows


Ghost

You’ll know the film. Despite the volume, you should know this.


Glengarry Glenn Ross

Riveting must-see revival of Mamet's breakthrough play


hello/goodbye

You must queue to see this. It’s quite wonderful.


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


Hysteria

In all the flurry of Fringe, don’t miss this gem.


INK Festival Feast From the East

I’ve not seen a festival of short plays to compare with these.


Inside Bitch

Visceral and sometimes very very funny. Then not. Essential viewing.


I’m Not Running

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


Laundry and Bourbon/Lone Star

Yet again NVT deliver small gems of Americana. See it.


Little Miss Sunshine

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


Loving Androids

A beautifully-constructed play, small in compass, big in scope and deft at managing the transitions


Mary’s Babies

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


Miss Julie

It’s unlikely we’ll get a cleaner version, or a more absorbing production any time soon


Noughts & Crosses

A must-see cry for love and tolerance


Other People’s Money

A superb revival.


Out of Water

Anything Zoe Cooper writes now must be keenly anticipated.


Outlying Islands

A first rate-revival of a small classic. Do seek out this rare, dream-like play.


Pah-La

A searing arc of a drama based on true events


Plenty

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


Richard II

A savage anointing, a revelatory reading.


Richard II

A searingly precise essay on the corruption of entitlement.


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


salt.

We’re offered ‘salt to heal, salt to remember… above all for your wounds.’ Take it.


Shipwreck

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


Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.


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.


Tartuffe

Prepare to be Tartuffed.


The American Clock

It’s imperative to see this production.


The Father

Florian Zeller's masterpiece, in a production and central performance that would do it justice anywhere.


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 Lady From the Sea

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


The Language Archive

We need NVT to continue presenting us with plays like this.


The Malcontent

Outstanding theatre.


The Merry Wives of Windsor

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


The Price

An outstanding production, rescuing a classic from attic shadows.


The Pride

Don’t wait for another West End revival see this one.


The Rubenstein Kiss

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


The Seven Ages of Mam

13.10 is a good lunchtime to watch a Mam’s legend in.


The Taming of The Shrew

Highlight 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.


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