Dead Funny

More than 20 years after it first ran at the Hampstead Theatre, Terry Johnson’s comedy Dead Funny has now been revived for a limited run at its original 1994 West End home of the Vaudeville Theatre. It follows the lives of five friends, four of whom belong to the ‘Dead Funny Society’: a group dedicated […]

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An American In Paris – UK launch

On Monday, at Picturehouse Central, the West End transfer of An American in Paris held its press launch. Hosting the afternoon was star ballerina (& now Strictly judge) Darcey Bussell, accompanied her friend & former choreographer Christopher Wheeldon – and the director of the show. Initially a film (1951), An American in Paris tells the […]

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The Plough and the Stars

In the centenary year of the Easter Rising, Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars has been revived at the National’s Lyttleton Theatre. The title references the flag of the Irish Citizen Army (‘the Starry Plough’), representing a free Ireland. When it was first performed in Dublin in 1926, it provoked strong reactions from its […]

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The Threepenny Opera

The latest production at the National Theatre, from artistic director Rufus Norris, is a new translation of Brecht & Weil’s classic The Threepenny Opera. Written by Simon Stephens, the story is transposed from the 19th to the 20th century, set in & around the East End of London in the build up to the new […]

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King John

Following on from his successful The Wars of the Roses season at the end of last year, Trevor Nunn has returned to the Rose Theatre to direct one of Shakespeare’s rarely played works, King John. Its running could not be more timely. Famously, the play cuts out the focal point of John’s reign (the signing […]

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Robin Hood

I feel I should say this before I go any further: I really am not a fan of pantomime. So why did I choose to go & review one this year? Good question (and no, that’s not a cue for audience participation). I guess curiosity was a major factor. I went to one or two […]

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Musical chairs

Hopefully, if you’re a theatre fan, you’re aware by now of the crowdsourcing website SeatPlan. You may not know that it has recently undergone a bit of a revamp. Its staple remains gathering reviews from theatregoers of individual seats, however it has now started to add descriptions of rows (again, written by theatregoers – though […]

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The Mentalists

On Saturday I was back in the West End again, this time to see a play: the newly opened production of ‘The Mentalists‘ at Wyndham’s Theatre. I’ve been to Wyndham’s a few times before, to see Relatively Speaking, Skylight and King Charles III, and each time I was sat quite high up – so it […]

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