Years: 2021 2020
Fringe Online 2020
Brenton powerfully concertinas a continent’s politics and one artist’s refraction of it. Wong is outstanding
Groundbreaking. The smallest producing theatre in the West End through lockdown has become the largest.
Creative Imaginative and Heartfelt visual storytelling - theatre, shadow puppets, original live music!
A solo performance that brings effectively to the stage the soulful disappointment of a lost relationship.
An entertaining musing on what lockdown may have done to us, as creatures.
With Baum’s direction they and we discover new thresholds, new anatomies
This surely is the greatest Dream since Peter Brook’s landmark 1970 production.
Might be the finest Globe Dream
Stoppard looks at society’s phantom limb ethic. Even when it’s gone it aches, and it aches to have someone opting out.
A serious and fascinating use of meeting technology to examine both theatre and the use of connection in this new modern world.
A triptych of solos, presented from people stuck in their houses who dare us to join in their creative deliciousness in an imaginative, terrifying and fantastic manner.
A landmark production
A subtle and highly effective reawakening of a woman who always was.
In the most spectacular production imaginable, Lucian Msamati’s supremely crafted lead sets off the quicksilver of his rival Adam Gillen.
Did I say sucker-punch? It’s what the Orange Tree do every time.
Being Human in the Anthropocene
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.
Supremely worth it to see a pair so famous weighing equal in their own balance, perhaps for the first time.
Two theatrical legends talk plague and contagion and not being on a stage
Barber Shop Chronicles is a breath-taking revelation for those of us who had small inkling of a world in miniature.
Nothing so convincing has been done with this legend. It deserves many revivals.
An engrossing hour in the company of two scallywags involved in a modern smuggling tale that goes wrong and right by the end.
A thoroughly enjoyable period-style musical.
Easily the finest production we’ll get
An Englishman and an American join forces to solve your's and the World's problems
A fascinating take on a fast paced modern play that truly picks apart the commercialization of our employee status.
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
Imagination rules when you need to find a creative solution – with an orange!
One of the most important productions since lockdown.
Devastating drama about the DNA of bigotry played as surreal farce.
Renders huge black experience into a narrative that bears it, because so well-constructed, so character-driven and so inhabited by Michael Balogun whose blaze of awakening is both benediction and clarion.
The notorious tale of the making and unmaking of Peter Marino's West End-Blondie-Madonna musical “Desperately Seeking Susan”
Terrific, a harrowing education.
A pulsating tale of a mental breakdown in a gig theatre piece that works on all levels.
A visual journey round a building where dreams are explored where our only guide is the soundscape in our ears.
A very impressive self filmed and performed allegory of the threat posed by those who try to invade our gardens and rule the roost.
The acting scales cliff-edges of unreason. One remembers the scale of betrayal and loss of redemption
Imaginative, Exquisitely Haunting and Moving - Visual Storytelling at its best!
The acting scales cliff-edges of unreason. One remembers the scale of betrayal and loss of redemption. Benedict Cumberbatch here is Frankenstein, Jonny Lee Miller the Creature. The alternate version aired first is still available.
Join and revel – they’re not anywhere near ended.
Magic Gareth zooms into family living rooms to engage and mystify kids
A solo piece that takes us through sexual awakening in a explorative and honest portrayal of waking up as a teenage woman from finding the itch, to seriously scratching it.
A scorching autobiographical tale of abuse that manages to tell us the story of the abused as well as introduce us to the teacher responsible.
An intriguing few minutes of a short performance followed by the workshop that created it and which you can use to create your own growth spurt.
In Michelle Terry’s quicksilver, quick-quipping Hamlet, much has been proved, from interpretive to gender fluidity in tragic action, that sets a privilege on being in at a beginning.
Here the shadows fall the more convincingly to join with those chimes at midnight in Henry IV/2.
An alert, dark-hued production. We have heard the chimes at midnight
Poignant music compliments a compelling fable with strong imagery
An effective cabaret style run at the issues facing women in the 21st century with a popular theatrical style of the previous century which entertains is unsure of itself.
A brilliant solo piece in lockdown showing a woman looking for love, who thinks she may have found it, but then are we thinking she is after THE man or hedging her bets?
Will leave you in a heap and wonder what else Lauren Gunderson has written that comes near this.
A verbatim run around the issues of terminations with the voices of young people who know, which does touch you as a parent and reminds you of the responsibility of parenthood.
An enticing and haunting exploration of living with a mental health condition that excels in its ability to make the claustrophobic nature of mental ill health clear.
There’s no reason not to see this rare gem
An original and intriguing run round some of the familiar Edinburgh landscape denied to us because of the pandemic now a delicious backdrop to the effects on the people.
Showcases future names and above all is defiant with hope and agency
A desperate portrait of the strain of the absence from a mother of her child during the pandemic.
You’ll never see a better adaptation of this classic
A sovereign production, unlikely to be equalled for the foreseeable
A salutary reminder of how a great musical talent and collaboration started
Upton’s notches of logic are nudged with brilliance, the actual narrative a granular run-up to an enormous yes.
A tedious brief tragedy? King John is fun… It’s been said.
An astonishing story lamented and told in an extraordinary fashion that resonates and poetically demands change.
A superb realization of Lorraine Hansberry's unfinished masterpiece - a classic of Ibsenite proportions
Epic eavesdropping casts that ultimate spell: reading ourselves by flashes of lightning.
One of the most fascinating dark-hued musicals Lloyd-Webber’s written
A wonderful children’s half hour of magic and a big personality that is a delightfully child friendly experience
Compelling devised theatre - creative, dynamic and humourous!
A series of exploratory monologues that really make you think about the value of gender
A novel adaptation with plenty of twists in its telling
Outstanding. An immediate comic classic.
An extraordinarily assured debut
A complex and impressive study of one iconic literary figure dealing with an iconoclastic time in his kitchen.
Do see this.
A paean to endurance, love, and wrenched freedoms.
Completeness is just one reason to cherish this clean-driven clear-headed production
Catch a taste of what's to come at the 2021 San Francisco Fringe Festival!
Katherine Parkinson inhabits that breaking through the office crust asphyxiating us
Tickle-your-fancy interactive kids show
An intriguing visual take on the Herman Hesse book of the same name.
An intriguing character monologue about being attractive in an ugly world.
A unique take on the isolation foisted on all of us
A reboot for the future, a passport for change.
A wholly theatrical exploration of what finding a body on a shore might contemplatively lead you to consider.
A classic film in a theatrical homage which retains the sparkle of the original and adds exceptional performances onstage to add to the spectacle.
A wonderful classical treat from the students of the RCS.
Ted Talks for ordinary people
A tale of complaint that is a terrific reminder of all of our responsibilities.
Helen McCrory plumbs the erotic despair of Hester Collyer’s abandoned woman in this absorbing revival of Rattigan’s masterpiece.
An online story for young people that has all the elements of a classic experience that delights, informs and entertains in equal measure.
Fast paced sketch comedy for a global audience
This magnificent revival poses even more urgent questions. A twitch on the thread for all of us.
A fleet traversal memorable for insights the company bring during and after their performance of it
One of the two most cogent, most fun Merry Wives of recent years.
A joyful fleet production, a more-than-rough magic. What renders OFS unique is their fearlessness: a humour and zest to tear into buried Shakespeare, read the entrails.
Still a brave and beautiful play.
A stupendous undertaking
The Albert Hall’s sovereign production, unlikely to be surpassed particularly with the special encore.
A fantastical run through the falls of Empires and how we, as subjects, can and should rise up and take the advantages back for the common good.
Treat this as a wonderful premiere you’ve not had to stir for.
Phenomenal singing all round. A more than solid recommendation for that alone.
The OFS are taking flight with the best scratch nights the Elizabethans never had.
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.
Do catch it, and match the feelgood price with nudging theatres towards opening night.
Winner of an OnComm award from Off West End, another Upton triumph by stealth
Enjoy its slow burn miracles.
Far more than a curate’s egg, this production reveals things we’ve never seen
Vibrant proof as to why it’s been called the play of the decade
Tells us more truthfully then any play has, the heroism that hardens, the sacrifice that endures.
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.
Tamsin Greig’s extremes as Malvolia mark the first intimations of the terrible and define this production. The ground’s shifted.
A well-presented clash of the incomer and the resident as someone comes to their new home to end it all.
A fascinating online exploration of what might happen when someone dies and leaves someone else in charge of their digital footprint.
Everyone dies in the end.
A delight for the ears as two haunting characters of Shakespeare’s Hamlet explore things Kingly before one makes his final, and first entrance.
A delightful musing on water and the seaside that was engaging and intriguing.
Theatrically the most thrilling end to any Bartlett play
Outstanding. Surely the definitive study of the dignity of physical labour, and breaking of its amity.