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Review – Quiz the Play

The first thing I will say about James Graham’s Quiz  at the Noel Coward Theatre is that the stage looked a heck of a lot like the set of Network  which has just had its final curtain call over at the National Theatre.  And whilst I’m a big fan of James Graham (Ink  was one of…

Caroline or Change | Hampstead Theatre

Last night was one of firsts. The Hampstead Theatre gave me a singing washing machine, a purring dryer, a trio of serenading radios and yes, a harmonising bus. And as I’m not much of a soap-opera fan, I had never heard of Sharon D. Clarke, so this was my first evening in her company. What…

Jubilee, Lyric Hammersmith, punk, Derek Jarman, Chris Goode, theatre review

Review: Jubilee at Lyric Hammersmith

If you lived in Paris during the 1970s, it was easy to bypass the whole punk thing the Brits had going on over here. To we Frenchies, “punkness” seemed a bit of a London cliché, something you saw on a postcard: a menacing miscreant standing next to a red phone box, a face full of…

Peggy Guggenheim, Woman Before a Glass, Jermyn Street Theatre, Judy Rosenblatt, theatre review

Portrait of an Art Addict

One of my recurring fantasies is the Dinner Party where the living and the dead, my gods and goddesses, come together for dream dinner banter. My table is a large one, admittedly, and it includes Peggy Guggenheim. I’m not even sure I would have liked Peggy, but boy did she live the life. She mixed…

The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre, Zoe Wanamaker, Toby Jones, London

Review: The Birthday Party

Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party is very, very funny, but it’s also totally doolally. The play had its London premiere at the Lyric Opera House (now the Lyric Hammersmith) in 1958. It was shut down after eight performances, thanks to a raft of disastrous reviews. It’s now considered a classic and has re-opened at the Harold Pinter…

London plays 2018, new west end shows, London theatre 2018, new west end shows, best London theatre

Playing it up in 2018: the best London theatre

2018 promises to be a stellar year in London’s west end theatres and fringe playhouses. These are the London plays I’ve already booked – my recommendations for the best London theatre in 2018. Get booking now, as those golden tickets will be going, going gone! The Birthday Party Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only…

Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, Natalie Dormer, David Oakes

Venus in Fur at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Aphrodite is in the house at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in a hair-raising erotically-charged production of David Ives’s Broadway hit, Venus in Fur. Natalie Dormer treads the boards as the feline Vanda Jordan, and David Oakes of Victoria fame has parked his Prince Ernest to reveal a magnetic Thomas Novachek with a knotty personality. Thankfully,…

Labour of Love, Noel Coward Theatre, Martin Freeman, James Graham, Tamsin Greig

Theatre Review: Labour of Love

Love is all around us at the Noël Coward Theatre this autumn. It’s Labour intensive and dirty, and you can catch it in James Graham’s latest blockbuster, the political romcom Labour of Love. Starring Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig, the play is not just a history lesson of the Labour party in the last 27…

REVIEW: Mother Africa at The Peacock

Wednesday evening was one of firsts for me: I heard an audience groan when the interval lights came on instead of scurrying to the bar or loo; I sat through a circus without a clown in sight (thank you); and I went to the Peacock Theatre in Holborn, baby sister to Sadler’s Wells to see…

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