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Fleabag, play, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, how to get a Fleabag ticket

Fleabag | Review | | How to get a Fleabag ticket

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the Girl with the Golden Pen. She tickled us with her sassy baddie, Villanelle, from ‘Killing Eve,’ and is currently co-writing the screenplay for the new Bond film, ‘No Time to Die.’ Last night, she thrilled the audience with the return of her one-woman show, ‘Fleabag’ at the Wyndham theatre, which she…

Shakespeare Rose Theatre, Blenheim Palace

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre pops up at Blenheim Palace

Be still my beating heart! Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, last seen in its playful glory in early seventeenth century Bankside, has come to life in a theatrical pop-up in the glorious gardens of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. And what a sight it is to behold. Complete with bustling Elizabethan village with medieval minstrels and ‘ye olde…

Andrew Scott, Old Vic, Present Laughter

Present Laughter | Andrew Scott | Old Vic

If you could transplant the hearts face emoji onto humans, then the crowd at the Old Vic last night would have radiated red, pulsating love for Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. That’s because Andrew Scott was in the house, having recently traded in his cassocks from Fleabag, for a much more jazzy, art-deco inspired wardrobe in…

Starry Messenger, review, London, Broderick Elizabeth McGovern, Wyndham Theatre, Kenneth Lonergen

The Starry Messenger | Review | Diary of a Londoness

Matthew Broderick is all grown-up. He’s greyer, a tad stockier, and he looks a little tired, but he’s still the same boy we all fell in love with in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And until August, he’s bringing a little of New York City and some otherworldly charm to London’s Wyndham Theatre in its latest…

Aint Misbehavin, review, Southwark Playhouse, Tyrone Huntley, oti mabuse

Review: Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Southwark Playhouse

When I saw Tyrone Huntley in Leave to Remain  at the Lyric Hammersmith earlier this year, I knew a star was in the ascendant, although the Evening Standard already knew that when they awarded him the ES Theatre Award. He’s now sprinted from stage into the director’s seat in a razzle-dazzle production of Ain’t Misbehavin’…

Betrayal, Harold Pinter, Review, Tom Hiddleston, Jamie Lloyd

BETRAYAL | Review

Tom Hiddleston is clearly a really nice guy. He’s on-stage for a straight 90 minutes in Harold Pinter’s 1978 classic, Betrayal,  and follows with autograph signing and selfie-taking with the hordes of fans who wait for him at the Harold Pinter Theatre stage door. So, it’s with a heavy heart than I tell you that…

All About Eve, review, Gillian Anderson, Lily James, Noel Coward Theatre

All About Eve | Review

I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t know it was going to be such a bumper of an evening. With echoes of Bette Davis in my head, I sat my bum in a Noel Coward Theatre seat to watch Lily James and Gillian Anderson, and one of my favourite actors, Sondheim…

The Unreturning play, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Frantic Assembly, review

The Unreturning | Review

Scarborough. It’s 1918, 2013 and 2026. Huh, I hear you say? It’s all possible when you have a war Tardis on stage, a revolving shipping container that morphs into a home, a boat, a bar, the trenches and a refugee camp, transcending time and place. This is the skillful work of Frantic Assembly in its…

Circus 1903, Southbank, review

Circus 1903 | Royal Festival Hall

Please don’t send in the clowns, I whispered to myself as I took a seat at the Royal Festival Hall last night to watch Circus 1903. And here’s the great news: there wasn’t a single Krusty, Bozo or Grimaldi in this funny, sensual and gravity-defying showstopper. What you get instead is a big top serving…

Orpheus, Review, Battersea Arts Centre

Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre

The tale of Orpheus and Eurydice might be a “sad, sad story of woe” but the Little Bulb Theatre version at the Battersea Arts Centre is anything and everything but sad. It’s hammy, funny, moving, silly and utterly brilliant. The epic Greek myth of Orpheus descending into hell to collect his wife, Eurydice, has been…

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