Hamlet (Lazarus Theatre)

What do you get if you remove the older generation from Hamlet? Lazarus Theatre’s new 90-minute production at Southwark Playhouse. The cast (dressed in identical jumpers & trackie bottoms) assemble in a circle and take orders from a disembodied voice (Micha Colombo), before introducing themselves and their character – to each other rather than the […]

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Irrelevant

“Vivien fucking Leigh!” An opening statement that certainly makes its feelings clear, in Keith Merrill’s Irrelevant, now on at the Seven Dials Playhouse and starring stage & screen stalwart Debbie Chazen. It’s a 75-minute piece that charts the downfall of actor-turned-agent Millie Grable; she recounts her life story for a camera she’s set up in her […]

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Death on the Pier

Since time immemorial, readers have gorged on murder mysteries – whether it’s Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes adventures, Dorothy L Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey detective stories, or Val McDermid’s so-called ‘Tartan Noir’, . A recent resurgence has been fuelled in part by the centenary of Agatha Christie’s first work, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and […]

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White Christmas (2022 tour)

Following a successful West End engagement at the Dominion back in 2019, Nikolai Foster’s staging of White Christmas has been taken on the road for the 2022 festive season. Directed this time by Ian Talbot, the production has visited Truro, Nottingham & Sunderland, before closing its run at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre with a month-long stint. […]

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The Gunpowder Plot

“Remember, remember the second of December…” Hang on, that’s not quite right! But, thanks to new immersive experience The Gunpowder Plot, it’s now possible to commit 17th century treason (or spy on the conspirators) at any time of year. Head down to Tower Vaults – just across from the infamous Tower of London – and […]

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We Were Promised Honey!

If you’re looking for a show with a happy ending, We Were Promised Honey! makes it clear from the outset that this isn’t something they’re going to provide. The audience will get to see into their future – from the immediate (a standing ovation seconds after the show) to the very distant (a romantic reunion in […]

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Misc. Mini-Reviews: Peaky Blinders / The Hamlet Voyage / An Intervention + Wagatha Christie preview

This might need some explanation… From the relative lack of posts over the past few months, you’ll have realised that I’ve not got back to pre-pandemic levels of commitment & motivation; I’m still going to see quite a lot of things, but I’ve been less inclined to write about them. Between the excessive heat, my […]

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1797: The Mariner’s Revenge

“Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” This brand new immersive, site-specific production isn’t about that infamous mariner, but Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic tale does loom large in 1797: The Mariner’s Revenge. Set in the attic rooms of the Admiral’s House, in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, the […]

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