Review: The 39 Steps

A recalibrated masterpiece and another outstanding production from BLT.

Review: Blithe Spirit

The final moments stamp an interesting if curious revival.

Review: Rocky Horror Show

Absolutely worth seeing however many times you have already

Review: Groan Ups

Just wait for the second act.

Review: The Play That Goes Wrong

A play about amateurs no amateur company should even dare contemplate. There’s genius in the timing of all this. Outstanding.

Review: Absent Friends

If you can book, beg or otherwise snaffle a ticket, you won’t find a more satisfying production anywhere in Brighton this month. Outstanding.

Review: Planet LOL

'The Future Is Unwritten' has a mission to create socially-driven work that focuses on, involves, inspires and entertains people as participants and audiences'. Planet LOL certainly does that. 

Review: Little Wimmin

An adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel Little Women by all-female performance art collective Figs in Wigs

Review: Relatively Speaking

With his new production director Robin Herford, most associated with this play, brings pace, panache, and more than a dose of Ayckbourn’s generosity of spirit

Review: Twelfth Night

With Michelle Terry as Viola, one of the most touching and truthful Twelfth Nights I’ve seen.

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Outdoors, this has grown prodigously. Some actors give transcendent performances up there with London’s finest. Out in the slant air this proves magical.

Review: The Tempest

Café Voltaire in ruffs invokes a magical Tempest.

Review: Wrong Number

An entertaining take on how lock down may have led to potential lawlessness.

Review: NewsRevue

Continues to set the standard for rapid-fire, topical sketch comedy.

A fascinatingly delivered riff on one woman’s journey for recognition and soul which includes a brush from a smear test.

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Some actors give transcendent performances up there with London’s finest. Out in the slant air this will now prove magical.

Review: Ellipsis

A mix of stand up and confessional which is funny and tragic in almost equal measure.

Review: The Twits

A summer must-see to charge you up for the autumn, and taking on the real twits ahead.

Review: Misfits

An important play, tackling the deadly serious with laughter that all too easily could lead to stark tragedy.

Review: Mr and Mrs Nobody

A warm-hearted yet sharp-witted peek at how the Pooter half live

Review: Moveable Feast

It’s time for Planes, Trains and Automob-meals

Review: Shaggers

An adult take on sex and relationships

Review: Shaw Shorts

A joyous, heady and oh-so-welcome return to this intimate yet high-kicking theatre. An absolute must-see.

Review: Tender

A show about the mind-bending intensity of new motherhood (in, and out of, a pandemic) - but mostly about kindness, gentleness, and joy.

Review: Tennis Elbow

An audio treat from a master of toying with your senses.

Review: Jew… ish

One of the wittiest but also truthful comedies about love, identity, sexual politics and gefilte fish I’ve seen

Review: The Merry Wives of Windsor

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.

Review: A Coward Coupling

Family Album is possibly the most disastrous production this already unfortunate play has ever sustained. More, Coward would declare it’s a travesty; of genius. Hands Across the Sea is pitch-perfect in a slightly outré version of what Coward meant.

Review: As You Like It

Heartwarming, giddyingly vital yet clear with its own truth.

Review: The Merchant of Venice

A fleet traversal memorable for insights the company bring during and after their performance of it

Review: The Understudy

Do catch it, and match the feelgood price with nudging theatres towards opening night.

Review: By Jeeves!

A thoroughly enjoyable period-style musical.

Review: A Separate Peace

Stoppard looks at society’s phantom limb ethic. Even when it’s gone it aches, and it aches to have someone opting out.

Review: Twelfth Night

Tamsin Greig’s extremes as Malvolia mark the first intimations of the terrible and define this production. The ground’s shifted.

Review: Quartet

Like The French Lieutenant’s Woman, there are now two endings to Quartet. You must see this if you know the film only, or care about music, ageing, friendship and achingly lost love.

Review: Rumors

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

Review: Not Quite Jerusalem

An enduring little classic of Englishness on the turn, out of the ideal-exhausted Seventies and on the edge of darkness.

Review: The Dog Walker

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

Review: The Taming of the Shrew

See it and you’ll never think of the Shrew without this groundbreaking stab at the dreams of men.

Review: Blithe Spirit

The final moments turn a superb revival into a masterpiece.

Review: Candida

Convinces here far more than any production I’ve seen.

Review: The Affair

A lovelorn lothario with ants in his pants meets his match in a knockabout clown play

Review: Present Laughter

The finale is grounded in silences; an almost tragic awareness of the nature of the Essendines’ love. Outstanding.

Review: Douglas

Hannah Gadsby's hilarious new show, named after her dog!

Review: As You Like It

For Lucy Phelps and Sophie Khan Levy above all, this is a joyful As You Like It.

Review: Austentatious

A very silly and fun evening romping through Jane Austenesque drawing rooms

Review: Too Soon?

Topical themes!

Review: The Magic of Ryan Kane

This show is very entertaining, well performed - and will wow you!

Review: The Thousandth Night

Entertaining physical storytelling with a powerful and meaningful message

Review: Bartholomew Fair

If only one could see it twice: but try it at least once.

Review: Not Quite

Symes and Thomas have real talent and are an excellent double act

Review: Boar

An exceptional solo show filled with comedy and fantasy

Review: Before 30

An entertaining performance piece where one man struggles to find what can be done before 29 becomes 30.

Review: Google Me

Eleanor Colville’s latest hour of character comedy and whacky humour.

Review: Sam Morrison: Hello, Daddy!

Accomplished and fruity comedy from a young gay comedian who’s already mastered stand up.