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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.


Adam Heron Piano Recital

A truly outstanding young talent


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.


Alvin Moisey Recital

An exceptionally interesting, exceptionally delivered programme


American Idiot

It’s still revolutionary.


Angry Alan

Funny, sassy, disturbing, necessary.


Avenue Q

A first-rate revival


Belladonna: Sue Mileham Soprano, Jane Plessner Clarinet, Nicola Grunberg Piano

With clarinet piano and soprano, a gloriously rich vocal recital


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.


Braimah Kanneh-Mason and Konya Kanneh-Mason

The whole family’s rightly going to stardom. Here’s two of the seven.


Calliope, Flute and Accordion Recital

Beguiling and barnstorming in equal measure.


Chapel Royal Caroline Tyler Piano Recital

A revelatory, stunning recital.


Chapel Royal Clelia Iruzun and Yoko Ono Four Hands Piano Recital

A superb recital of mainly rare but fascinating repertoire


Chapel Royal Ellie Blackshaw and Yoko Ono Viola and Piano

Two viola masterpieces in the hands of a new viola and piano duo already long-seasoned.


Clelia Iruzun Piano Recital

Iruzun’s a master and this recital was a revelation.


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


David Soo Piano Recital

A stunning solo debut.


Dismantle This Room

Dismantle this space? Yes. This theatre at least can take it.


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.


Europe

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


Fiver

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


Florisma Baroque Recital

Five-star already, a stunning Brighton and Hove debut


Fours Company

We really need this quartet back.


Fumi Otsuki Violin Sarah Kershaw Piano Recital

Hope of some distinction, particularly in rare repertoire


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.


Gin Jazz Trio

A unique, consummate line-up


Glengarry Glenn Ross

Riveting must-see revival of Mamet's breakthrough play


Hair

Outstanding


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.


Ingrid Cusido Recital

A pianist of integrity and gritty lyricism


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.


John Collins Organ Recital

Another superb Collins recital


John Collins Organ Recital

Another absorbing Collins recital


John Greening The Silence

The Crypt organisers as well as John Greening really have hit on an ideal recitation.


Lance Mok Piano Recital

A pianist bristling with oblique lyricism – an ideal twentieth century interpreter.


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 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.


Michele Roszak and Lynda Spinney: Filial Relationships

Vocally adventurous yet again, a joy to hear


Mike Hatchard Piano Recital

A composer one delights in


Miss Julie

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


New Music Brighton Jon Rattenbury and Brian Ashworth Guitar Duo

Exhilarating. Time to celebrate all the artists here.


Noughts & Crosses

A must-see cry for love and tolerance


Oliver Nelson and David Way Violin and Viola Recital

Consummate and distinctive music-making with repertoire nearly forgotten.


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.


Oyarzabal, Besselaar, Nigl Piano Trio

A superfine ensemble, who would be welcomed back to play such exciting repertoire.


Pah-La

A searing arc of a drama based on true events


Pal Banda Bach Cello Suites 1, 5

I’ve heard no interpretation remotely near it.


Paul G Terry Piano Recital

Terry has his own accent, should be enjoyed by many. Mesmerising for a summer’s day.


Paul Gregory and Yoko Ono Guitar and Piano Recital

An elegant case for this unique repertoire and its sovereign performers.


Peter Gynt

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


Peter Sulski, Solo Viola

We need more concerts like this.


Plaegan Piano Trio

We’re very lucky to be here.


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.


seven methods of killing kylie jenner

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


Sharon Elizabeth and Paul Lewis Recital

‘Best three pounds I’ve ever spent’


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.


Small Island

A reboot for the future, a passport for change.


St Nicholas Constance Chow Piano Recital

It’d be wonderful to see Chow back


Superhoe

A searing new talent.


Sussex Flutes Recital

You won’t hear anything like this, and you should, next time.


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 Decorative Potential of Blazing Factories

A daft sublimity in its downright seriousness


The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys and The Laments

In nearly every way an outstanding pair of productions.


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 Flies

There’s nothing like the Exchange’s approach: their bi-lingual virtuosity burns questions.


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 Hammig String Quartet Schubert in G D887

Seek them out, whatever they play.


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 Kelleth Piano Trio

Consummate and wholly satisfying.


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 Merchant of Venice

A feminist take on a Shakespeare classic


The Merry Wives of Windsor

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


The Ministry of Biscuits

It is the definitive musical about biscuits


The Mousetrap

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


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


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.


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


Yvonne Patrick and John Bruzon Soprano and Piano

An exemplary, deeply satisfying recital.