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FringeReview UK 2019

#We Are Arrested

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


4.48 Psychosis

Do see this bold, beautiful attempt on Kane’s masterpiece


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 Kind of People

Bhatti nails truth to the doors of injustice. It’s well we heeded it.


A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

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


A Life Twice Given

Can science give back the life that was lost?


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.


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.


Afterglow

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


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.


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.


Angry Alan

Funny, sassy, disturbing, necessary.


Anon Look About You

Exceptional and vibrant, the company prove it’s one to revive.


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.


Ashes

A well-written and beautifully staged new play


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.


Dark Sublime

Renders complex sexual feeling and friendship with the grace of the everyday


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.


Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography

A fine piece, skidding along silicon into our dark


Elephant’s Graveyard

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


Equus

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


Europe

Europe’s border challenges have rarely been realized with this power.


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.


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.


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


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


How Love is Spelt

Absolutely recommended.


Hunger

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


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 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.


Loving Androids

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


Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

An Unmissable Harrowing Halloween Treat


Mary Stuart

It must be seen


Mary Stuart

Again, it must be seen


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


Miss Julie

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


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.


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


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.


salt.

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


seven methods of killing kylie jenner

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


Shadows

Speaks with a fierce innocence


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 Brighton Scratch Night 2019

Six new pieces - one of which will be produced at next year's Fringe


The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys and The Laments

In nearly every way an outstanding pair of productions.


The Doctor

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


The Duchess of Malfi

The scalpel and scruple of class and coolness breaks into tragedy and gifts us three outstanding moments


The Dutch Lady

A consummate production of a memorably dark comedy


The End of History…

A play you want to return to.


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 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 Language Archive

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


The Lehman Trilogy

Almost stupefying, but outstanding.


The Malcontent

Outstanding theatre.


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 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 Sad Shepherd

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


The Seven Ages of Mam

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


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


The Winter’s Tale

One of the finest LLT productions I can remember


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


What Girls Are Made Of

Cora Bissett’s set the bar thrillingly high for a new genre. Who could follow her?


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


Wit and Science

They render a faint scroll alive with wit


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.