Review: Hamlet

Jumbo’s Hamlet strips out accretions and ghosts you into asking who or what Hamlet is. See it if you possibly can.


Review: History

A sumptuous run through 40 years of Black Britain that challenges and assures.


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: A Theatrical Life

The travails of an actor's life come alive in this stark yet heartwarming journey through five decades of theatre


Review: The Dream Train

Contemplative and beautiful to watch, 4 characters interact in juxtaposed realities underscored by Bach's Goldberg Variations


Review: Misfits

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


Review: The Odyssey

As spellbinding as Circe and Calypso in one


Review: Sweet William

Naturally enriched by living with Shakespeare Michael Pennington unearths local habitations and names for him.


Review: Troy Story

Again the most educative stand-up and a thrilling presentation. Oh and bloody funny on war, male sexuality and the Bechdel Test.


Review: Saviour

A remarkable one-person play, performed to literal fever pitch by its creator.


Review: Tom Lehrer

Another sovereign tribute. Stefan Bednarczyk brings Tom Lehrer swaggering out of retirement.  


Review: Mr and Mrs Nobody

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


Review: On Arriving

On Arriving takes sixty minutes it seems we’ve been immersed in a Greek Tragedy of ninety. See it.


Review: Hindu Times

A religious text for our times, told in the language of the now with universal messages.


Review: and breathe…

Yomi Sode’s hybrid theatre is a compelling immersion of witness and poetry: we need more of it.


Review: Branching Out

Three very fine and one outstanding work, Scratches – the best kind of play on depression, self-harm, black holes. Because it’s screamingly funny and deeply connected to why we do theatre.


Review: Leaves

This haunting 45-minute tale is a superb small gem from Jermyn Street’s Footprints Festival.


Review: Eng-er-Land

Writer/performer Hannah Kumari leaves you alert and exhilarated


Review: Lone Flyer

An absorbing drama, absorbingly acted and produced.


Review: Dazzling Divas

Issy Van Randwyck brings seven divas to life in this paean to tragic fulfilment.


Review: The Mahabharata

A dramatic sense of arrival the way the Odyssey here ended: a clash of even vaster ferocity, keening, treachery, humour, mischievousness, sacrifice and grief, joy and the agency of women.


Review: After All These Years

A superb play, it should as one director present said, be in the West End. With these actors.


Review: Metaphysicals

A cross between cheerfully-spun recital and quicksilver treasury


Review: Push and Pull

A quietly thrilling evening, after it goes off with a bang and a bear.


Review: Two Horsemen

The glaring energy of this piece can’t disguise how it strikes profundity in its funny-bone.


Review: Hole

Don’t miss the chance to see this transcendent actor prove she possesses another dimension altogether.


Review: Anton Chekhov

The nearest we’ll come to meeting Chekhov. In Pennington’s masterclass.


Review: Tennis Elbow

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


Review: Sacrament

A revelation, superbly written and acted. Comparisons have been made with A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing. I can think of no higher praise either. You must see this.


Review: Living Newspaper #7

Like all the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper series, we need this. Watch a group of young dramatists take on the future


Review: Illusions of Liberty

A finely-calibrated solo play of what it’s like to enter that tunnel of near-undiagnosable but very real illness. Corinne Walker’s both authoritative and quicksilver. Do catch it.


Review: Vespertilio

Vespertilio marks Barry McStay’s emergence as a writer of distinction. Anything he writes now should be looked out for.


Review: Jew… ish

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


Review: Living Newspaper #6

Like all the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper series, we need this. Watch what this does with the future


Review: Outside

As with Inside, Outside not only fits us, they help us to move on, and become in their modest, unassuming and utterly transcendent way, part of how we learn to.


Review: New Moon Monologues April

As we saw in March, don’t be lulled by friendly colours and fluffy fonts. Queens of Cups again proves they’re a company to revel with and wait for heart-stopping reveals


Review: Icarus

After all the gods and their lack of choice, we come to the final instalment, the human dimension. Where we have one. A heartfelt, satisfying finish.


Review: Aphrodite

Dazzling: wise, clever twists about choice, male determination, and consequence.


Review: Pygmalion

The most profound reinvention of this particular myth I’ve seen


Review: Orpheus

A terrific reinvention, bringing gods and heroines up from the death of myth to an altered world.


Review: Persephone

Dazzling: wise, clever twists about choice, male determination, and consequence.


Review: Scaramouche Jones

Shane Ritchie’s phenomenal energy and slidings in and out of tongues, mesmerises.


Review: Inside

They’re live. And Orange Tree. Catch them.


Review: New Moon Monologues March

Don’t be lulled by the friendly colours and fluffy fonts. Queen of Cups is absolutely a company to watch, and its showcase productions are literally unmissable


Review: Adventurous

A play gently subverting all expectations. Feeling Adventurous? You should.


Review: Typical

How British society stereotypes Black masculinity.


Review: Plays for Today

A truly absorbing series. And free to stream on Soundcloud.


Review: Three Stages

Three musings on loss and bereavement beautifully captured in poetry, monologue and song.


Review: Hymn

Its potency lies in a fine peeling apart by Adrian Lester and Danny Sapini, and the language that bridges it.


Review: Shook

If you’ve an appetite for exceptional new writing, just see it.


Review: Public Domain

At 65 minutes it’s worth anyone’s time and emphatically money.


Review: Rapunzel

A great festive tale, told with gusto and guile


Review: Just Like Giving Blood

Upton’s notches of logic are nudged with brilliance, the actual narrative a granular run-up to an enormous yes.


Review: The White Hart

Winner of an OnComm award from Off West End, another Upton triumph by stealth


Review: Nine Lessons and Carols

The Almeida’s another country. They do shows differently there. A bold communing of theatre stories with the fresh poignancy of what’s happened during 2020


Review: Death of England: Delroy

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.


Review: Metamorphosis

Compelling devised theatre - creative, dynamic and humourous!


Review: Henry IV Part 2

An alert, dark-hued production. We have heard the chimes at midnight


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: Henry IV Part 1

Here the shadows fall the more convincingly to join with those chimes at midnight in Henry IV/2.


Review: The New Tomorrow

There’s a generosity here, a big hug. Theatre itself affirms the value of life to those who might yet shape it for the better.


Review: Crave

One of the most important productions since lockdown.


Review: Craig

Imagination rules when you need to find a creative solution – with an orange!


Review: Love Love Love

Epic eavesdropping casts that ultimate spell: reading ourselves by flashes of lightning.


Review: Inside This Box

Showcases future names and above all is defiant with hope and agency