Review: Viking 9-5

What can being in a game-show and acting as a Viking teach a 20-something man about life? A fact and fun-filled story written and performed by Tom Draper.

Review: LULU

Where's Lulu? Tricks and treats - A great combination of mime and acrobatics!

Review: Awful People

As someone who lists one of her pastimes as ‘spite’ Julie Burchill - who’s written the play Awful People with Daniel Raven – seems in remarkably forgiving mode. It’s a benign intergenerational tussle. Burchill and Raven have built up chuck-lists of late boomer assumptions. When the crisis arrives, outcomes are well-devised and pacy.

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Enough questions with the child, cruelty and othering, to raise questions that don’t dissolve in a dream. Yet there’s light enough to resolve this too. A warmth between the lovers somehow drags us out from the mask of branches Terry revealingly doffs at the end. Absorbing and a must-see.

Review: A Bunch of Amateurs

Directed by Jacqui Freeman, this latest LLT offering sparkles in a heart-warming tribute to amateur dramatics, with a plot denouement as dizzying as a Shakespeare comedy. There’s not a weak link here. Indeed it’s to be hoped several newcomers will return.

Review: The Way Old Friends Do

In a show celebrating the revival of friendship, twice, through the love of a non-binary ABBA tribute band, it’s good to know who you can rely on. You can rely on this scintillating, bittersweet play too. Absolutely recommended.

Review: Quality Street

Don’t miss this exquisite confection. After this production, there’s possibly no return to the original. It’s a rethinking paying homage to both the sentiment, which it never upstages, and the brand and its factory-workers the comedy gave its name to.

Review: James and the Giant Peach

With memorable music and ensemble singing added to a first-rate BLT production, there’s no better Christmas show in town.

Review: Mother Goose

This is more than panto: it’s an affirmation of something that panto here welcomes in, in our time uniquely invoking layers as only Elizabethan/Jacobean drama can.

Review: Dinner With Groucho

McGuinness produces one of his finest works wrought from the sawdust of others and rendered it the burst of stars that irradiate the end.

Review: The Lavender Hill Mob

Certainly enjoyable and the second act shows what it might be. There’s not a moment’s longeurs

Review: Noises Off

An outstanding must-see, even for those who might have seen Noises Off more than once before.

Review: How to Catch a Karen

Baba Yaga weaves her spells on us, she is enthralling, with endless catch phrases, content tropes and challenges. Also, she goes there, and further!

Review: Love All

Another first-rank revival from JST, specialists in rediscoveries: a fitting end to Tom Littler’s tenure.

Review: Appraisal

A deft, well played comedy of manners

Review: The Comedy of Errors

One of the most vivid, aesthetically cogent, certainly funniest OFS productions

Review: The Anniversary

Physical humour with a nod to the Theatre Of The Grotesque.

Review: Game Night

The eensemble cast deliver a fast-pace and very funny comedy theatre hour

Review: Born Under a Bad Sign

A brilliant exploration of what hope can do when you follow a team that’s not one of the big two…

Review: An A to Z of Fish and Chips

"a pleasing show that may just leave you restless to plunge a little wooden fork into a saveloy."

Review: Improvabunga!

A very satisfying hour as a movie is created before our laughter-filled eyes

Review: Too Fat for China

A funny and sometimes heartbreaking story of one couple's journey to international adoption.

Review: Masterclass

A darkly funny exploration of gender politics and male power in art

Review: Up Her Sleeve

An insightful journey of a young girl from childhood to adult through a number of difficult periods

Review: Waiting For God

Sarah Mann and Nathan Ariss lead a fine company into a dash to eternity and back. With a memorable finale of two weddings and a funeral.

Review: Palimpsest

A very creative and funny show about going on a date and finding yourself in a show.

Review: Earwig

A fast-paced elegant exploration of female emancipation in the 1920’s world of entomology (things with wings that sting!)

Review: One of Two

Wry, poetic and just plain angry - a comedy drama from a young Scot about him, his twin and why life has treated them differently.

Review: Wilf

: Profound, hilarious comedy where gay tart Calvin tries to sort out his life and mental health with the help Wilf, a rusty Volkswagen polo.

Review: The MP, Aunty Mandy and Me

A young gay man from a small northern village gets sucked into the heady world of working for his local MP, and faces many big dilemmas.

Review: Rajesh and Naresh

A witty feel-good gay love story that moves between Mumbai and London.

Review: The Last Return

A highly entertaining ensemble performance that is a masterclass in characterisation and comedic timing

Review: S-ex-iety

A confusing exploration of a taboo subject that delves but comes up short.

Review: Weegie Hink Ae That?

Ye just canny whack it, sae ye cannae – pure Scottish humour that hits every funny bone you have.

Review: Boris the Third

A lighthearted telling of Boris Johnson’s less than successful acting career. Slapstick abounds!

Review: Little Git

A musical story of everyday disappointment, told by two musicians, reaching a significant age with equally significant decisions to be made.

Review: Notflix: Binge

Five actors, one movie idea, a suggested setting, and off they go to improvise a musical

Review: Horrible Herstories

An attempt, in the best possible tradition to retell a history which was very much her story to tell

Review: Done to Death, By Jove!

Traditional fare of the English murder mystery served wrapped in a conundrum of a puzzle with Marple, Poirot, Holmes and a far from elementary theatrical solution

Review: Classic!

A world record attempt at 42 classic texts in one go that provides joy in an uneven presentation.

Review: A Political Breakfast

An amusing hour in the company of three fixers giving us humorous solutions to the pressing issues of the day.

Review: Playing God

Serious questions wrapped in comedic observations

Review: Self Service

Original idea, well developed and crafted. Mild-mannered delivery is refreshing!

Review: Sylus 2024

A quick witted comedy improv look at a potential 2024 candidate for U.S. President

Review: With all Jew respect

"a host that left me wanting to follow him out of the theatre into the bar to continue the not always kosher conversation."

Review: Ghost Therapy

An entertaining, fun, comedic play about the mysterious world of ghosts!

Review: Sketch Up!

An enjoyable and wittily delivered hour of script-in-hand radio comedy

Review: The Tempest

A joyous production, that without its gimmicky close, could certainly furnish a way in for many

Review: Jack Absolute Flies Again

What Richard Bean and Oliver Chris manage is homage, both to Sheridan’s shade, his early bawdy, and despite anything a memorial to those who laughed at themselves to death. A must-see.

Review: Much Ado About Nothing

This isn’t the most revelatory Much Ado, but the most consummate and complete for a while.

Review: Communicating Doors

An excellent revival and the best chance to see this remarkable thriller-cum-farce-cum-meditation.

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

An exciting sense of being at the cusp of a new generation. There’s no knowing where this Dream might end.

Review: Dad’s Army

You feel you’ve been part of an invited audience at one of the original TV productions

Review: Wild Onion

Cabaret with onions - a match made in heaven!

Review: The False Servant

It’s not just gender-swerving but role-swerving that threatens sexual and social order. Surprises light up even the last fade.

Review: Cluedo

An object lesson in comic timing; a steep cut above the ‘real’ whodunnits we’re likely to see this year or next.

Review: As You Like It

Pure holiday humour. For all outdoor markets, I’d buy this.

Review: Underdogs

The latest play by Brian Mitchell (Lord God, Ministry of Biscuits) and Joseph Nixon (The Shark is Broken)

Review: Moral Panic

A film censor navigates turbulent times in his work and at home - a comic one-hander with some horror thrown in.

Review: Hay Fever

An exceptional production in so many ways, this Hay Fever boasts some superb acting, on occasion great aplomb