Review: Rootless Tree

Two women's unorthodox relationship during The Great Depression

Review: Sanctuary

Christine Rose as dramatist is a name we’ll be hearing, with luck, very soon.

Review: Kunstler

An outstanding production persuading us such a self-narrating show can enthral as well as inform. A hidden gem.

Review: An Officer and a Gentleman

What brings this musical home is the drawing-together of threads that hang loose in Act One. And finally you believe in a story that doesn’t flinch from darkness and sings its distress. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Review: Machinal

This triumphant revival by Ustinov Studios and the Old Vic might finally encourage exploration. You must see this.

Review: The Comeuppance

Might prove the most lasting American drama about. emerging to a different world.

Review: Afterglow

It’s conquered both sides of the pond. Stunning, heartwarming, heartbreaking. We need this.

Review: The Good John Proctor

A valuable corrective to anticipate both real events and Arthur Miller’s take on Abigail Williams

Review: 1979

Political history told in Mamet-fast satire, imagined conversations and accurate stats. What could be more thrilling? 82 minutes later you won’t ask why this three-hander is like curing New Year’s hangover with Red Bull, ice, something illegal and a vodka chaser.

Review: Clyde’s

Clyde’s follows Sweat, also seen at the Donmar in 2018, which won Lynn Nottage her second Pulitzer Prize. A play of redemption, indeed love. Outstanding.

Review: Twelve Angry Men

This is more than a first-rate revival. In this production it’s a must-see one, the definition of a superbly-made, timeless play.

Review: A View from the Bridge

Here, the hurtling much shorter second act contains a thrilling impulsion and catastrophe that had the audience on its feet. Mostly that’s responding to a great play, but latterly this production carries that charge.

Review: The Yellow Wallpaper

Stephanie Mohr’s adaptation is a remarkable manifestation (no other word seems more apt) of the Charlotte Perkins Gilman short story The Yellow Wallpaper, an important realisation of a key feminist awakening. It’s good enough for you not to want it depicted in any other way.

Review: Black Mountain, I Dream Before I Take the Stand

In Black Mountain Brad Birch shows in part how fine he can be. Arlene Hutton’s I Dream Before I Take the Stand is a short assault on the way the law assaults its victims, particularly women.

Review: Purgatorio

Groundhog Day - Saying goodbye to old memories, whilst finding new ones. A beautiful physical representation on our ability to accept who we truly are! Get down to Club Purgatorio!

Review: The Goat

Martin Malone more than revives Edward Albee’s 2002 masterpiece The Goat, at the New Venture Theatre; he rethinks how we can receive it. An exemplary revival of a play Michael Billington named one of his 101 Greatest – even over Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Make up your own mind; see it. Martin Malone more than revives Edward Albee’s 2002 masterpiece The Goat, at the New Venture Theatre; he rethinks how we can receive it. An exemplary revival of a play Michael Billington named one of his 101 Greatest – even over Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Make up your own mind; see it.

Review: The Return of Benjamin Lay

Naomi Wallace and actor Mark Provinelli inhabit this gestural giant with wit, sympathy, rage and an agency burning up centuries between. It’s profoundly moving too, speaks to our condition of techno-serfdom, new slavery, discrimination everywhere. The packed audience are never sure who might be picked on next, but delight in the calling-out. Superb.

Review: A Brief List of Everyone Who Died

“Death is the most natural thing in the world.” Not to five—year-old Gracie, whose life of resistance as Gracie, Grace but mostly Graciela Jacob Marx Rice traces in A Brief List of Everyone Who Died. Yet again Finborough have mounted – and nurtured – a first-class work miles from larger fare that fades. Do rush to see it.

Review: Suddenly Last Summer

A flawless production, where Lawrence gives one of the three or four finest performances I’ve seen this Fringe: in other words, phenomenal.

Review: Heathers

Rethought, rejigged, bright with humour and shadowed with plangency, this is the Heathers we’re meant to have

Review: Steel Magnolias

Uniquely moving, it’s a night worth anyone’s time, and its truths that resonate long after the curtain.

Review: The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption returns in an even stronger production than in 2015: sharper, more visceral, and with a stronger set and sound, frames even more resonant performances

Review: Farragut North

The finest UK production of this play, certainly the best drama in Brighton this month.

Review: Watch on the Rhine

Hellman’s uneasy drama, reaching out to our own quandaries, has answers that stay news. A must-see.

Review: The Crucible

A Crucible of searing relevance; by grounding it in its time, it scorches with clarity.

Review: Yellowman

Phenomenal. It’s Aaron Anthony’s and Nadine Higgin’s phenomenal performances that own the Orange Tree’s stripped-back space, and fill it and Yellowman with complexity, heart and utter conviction

Review: Jitney

Some outstanding acting; necessary, a must-see

Review: Waitress

Halfpenny raises soaring music theatre, an ounce of gold in the throat and stars six inches above it.

Review: Marys Seacole

No simple swapping of heirs and originals, but a dream of the future by Seacole, or equally present dreams raking the past. Do see this.

Review: Heathers

Sometimes the dark is light enough. Meanwhile enjoy an exceptional cast and talent you’ll long to see again in something finer.

Review: The Normal Heart

An outstanding revival. If you see one play this autumn, make it this one.

Review: Is God Is

A stunning, preternaturally timed production

Review: Walden

Amy Berryman’s Walden is a remarkable play where the earth itself’s at the cross-planet, and travellers in space have inner and outer choices.

Review: Dirty Dancing

There’s a fitting heart-warming climax to a dream of production. And a surprise to those who think they know the film.

Review: Les Blancs

A superb realization of Lorraine Hansberry's unfinished masterpiece - a classic of Ibsenite proportions

Review: The Sound of Music

Phenomenal singing all round. A more than solid recommendation for that alone.

Review: I and You

Will leave you in a heap and wonder what else Lauren Gunderson has written that comes near this.

Review: Rumors

A sublimely silly farce. BLT deliver with panache and punch. Believe the whispers.

Review: The Visit

Kushner’s just brought The Visit home with him.

Review: The Dog Walker

I want to know what life, not just Paul Minx will do with his characters afterwards. So will you.

Review: Cops

A first-rate distillation of cop drama, into the theatre of cop’s lives.

Review: Teenage Dick

Ambition treads on teenage dreams and their devastation.

Review: Appropriate

A play that can only deepen with each production.

Review: Afterglow

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

Review: Guilt

Two new plays underscored by live percussion.

Review: All My Sons

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

Review: 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.

Review: The Rubenstein Kiss

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

Review: The Price

An outstanding production, rescuing a classic from attic shadows.

Review: Downstate

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

Review: Shipwreck

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

Review: Ghost

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

Review: Sweat

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

Review: Fame

Excellent feelgood musical though there’s superabundant dance content.

Review: Rain Man

An absorbing, subtly mind-altering night out.

Review: The Graduate

There’s so many reasons to see this production. It’s worth hanging around for returns.

Review: Underground Railroad Game

The most radical piece of American theatre I’ve seen, and certainly the bravest. See it.

Review: Dance Nation

As an airborne metaphor for how you get to be grown-ups, what it does to you, Dance Nation takes as it were some beating.

Review: The Crucible

Identity Theatre Company’s Blue Remembered Hills was a stand-out last year. Directed by Nettie Sheridan and Gary Cook, this is too: strongly-conceived and mostly well-acted with stand-outs: don’t miss it.