The Wife of Willesden: Zadie Smith’s ‘rambunctious’ reworking of Chaucer
Image from The Wife of Willesden on stage
In Review

The Wife of Willesden: Zadie Smith’s ‘rambunctious’ reworking of Chaucer

Kiln Theatre production is a ‘stunning piece of freewheeling stagecraft’, said The Times
25 Nov 2021
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: ‘shows like this don’t come along very often’
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
In Review

The Ocean at the End of the Lane: ‘shows like this don’t come along very often’

Critics praise ‘hauntingly memorable’ performance with some ‘genuinely terrifying’ moments
11 Nov 2021
The Magician’s Elephant: a remarkable feat of large-scale puppetry
Elephant puppet on stage
In Review

The Magician’s Elephant: a remarkable feat of large-scale puppetry

RSC’s big Christmas show features a convincing life-sized elephant, with a ‘playful trunk, flappy ears and mournful eyes’
4 Nov 2021
Wuthering Heights on stage: an ‘emotionally epic’ adaptation
Image from Wuthering Heights on stage
In Review

Wuthering Heights on stage: an ‘emotionally epic’ adaptation

Emma Rice’s touring production is packed with her ‘trademark troubadour quirkiness’
28 Oct 2021
The Tragedy of Macbeth: Saoirse Ronan’s ‘spellbinding’ British stage debut
Saoirse Ronan in Macbeth
In Review

The Tragedy of Macbeth: Saoirse Ronan’s ‘spellbinding’ British stage debut

‘Psychological terror’ too slow to materialise, though when it does arrive it is ‘brute, unrestrained and blood-curdling’
21 Oct 2021
The Mirror and the Light on stage – what the critics are saying
Scene from The Mirror and the Light
In Review

The Mirror and the Light on stage – what the critics are saying

Adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s final book of trilogy pulls off ‘extraordinary achievement’ in ‘making history live’
14 Oct 2021
Dracula: The Untold Story
Image from performance of Dracula: The Untold Story
In Review

Dracula: The Untold Story

This ‘hypnotically’ watchable show presents an alternative history of the 20th century
7 Oct 2021

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Back to the Future musical: a crowd-pleasing ‘triumph’
Olly Dobson as Marty McFly and Roger Bart as Doc Brown in Back to the Future the musical
In Review

Back to the Future musical: a crowd-pleasing ‘triumph’

Marty, the Doc and the DeLorean hit 88mph at the Adelphi Theatre
23 Sep 2021
Frozen the Musical
Scene from Frozen on stage
In Review

Frozen the Musical

Stage production is ‘breathtaking’ but film’s ‘weak story’ and gaping ‘plot holes’ have not been resolved
16 Sep 2021
Bedknobs and Broomsticks on stage: ‘a B-list Disney film, but an A-list adaptation’
Bedknobs and broomsticks on stage
In Review

Bedknobs and Broomsticks on stage: ‘a B-list Disney film, but an A-list adaptation’

There are some odd tonal shifts, but this musical has ‘undeniable charm and wit‘
10 Sep 2021
Theatre in review: what the critics are saying about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella
Cinderella musical
In Review

Theatre in review: what the critics are saying about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella

Oscar-winner Emerald Fennell’s rebooted storyline and dialogue have ‘heart’ as well as ‘barbed wit’
26 Aug 2021
2:22 A Ghost Story: Lily Allen makes a triumphant stage debut
Lily Allen: a ‘superb’ performance in a haunted house thriller
In Review

2:22 A Ghost Story: Lily Allen makes a triumphant stage debut

People are snapping up tickets to see this ‘chilling romp’ at the Noël Coward Theatre
19 Aug 2021
Theatre in review: Anything Goes at the Barbican
Anything Goes
In Review

Theatre in review: Anything Goes at the Barbican

‘I would give it six stars if I could’
12 Aug 2021
Theatre in review: Joseph, Oleanna and Hymn
Clockwise from left: Joseph, Oleanna and Hymn
In Review

Theatre in review: Joseph, Oleanna and Hymn

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is ‘firing on all cylinders’, says The Guardian
5 Aug 2021
Theatre in review: Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors and Pride and Prejudice
Posters for Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors and Pride and Prejudice
In Review

Theatre in review: Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors and Pride and Prejudice

The opening night of Ian McKellen’s ‘age-blind’ Hamlet felt like an ‘act of defiance’, says The Daily Telegraph
29 Jul 2021
Theatre in review: South Pacific, Anna X and ‘country-comedy’ opera L’amico Fritz
Clockwise from top left: Anna X, South Pacific and L’amico Fritz
In Review

Theatre in review: South Pacific, Anna X and ‘country-comedy’ opera L’amico Fritz

Just to see ‘a large cast dancing and singing its lungs out feels like witnessing an act of rebirth’
23 Jul 2021
Theatre in review: The Wind in the Willows, Falstaff and Romeo & Juliet
Romeo & Juliet
In Review

Theatre in review: The Wind in the Willows, Falstaff and Romeo & Juliet

‘Enthralling’ outdoor theatre for children and staging that lifts the spirits
15 Jul 2021
Theatre reviews: what the critics are saying about Hairspray, As You Like It and A Little Night Music
Dennis and Ball in Hairspray
In Review

Theatre reviews: what the critics are saying about Hairspray, As You Like It and A Little Night Music

‘Who would have thought that one of the highlights of the summer would be watching Les Dennis fondle Michael Ball?’
9 Jul 2021
Theatre of the week: Under Milk Wood, The Jungle Book and the Royal Ballet’s Beauty Mixed Programme
Michael Sheen on stage
In Review

Theatre of the week: Under Milk Wood, The Jungle Book and the Royal Ballet’s Beauty Mixed Programme

Across the country, outdoor (and indoor) theatre is flourishing in these socially distanced times
1 Jul 2021
Theatre of the week: Copenhagen, Happy Days, and Amadigi
Lisa Dwan in Happy Days
In Review

Theatre of the week: Copenhagen, Happy Days, and Amadigi

What the critics are saying about these three acclaimed openings
25 Jun 2021
Theatre and summer opera: the reopening continues
After Life
In Review

Theatre and summer opera: the reopening continues

What are the critics saying about After Life, The Girl Next Door and Garsington Opera’s production of Der Rosenkavalier?
17 Jun 2021
The return of live theatre: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Four Quartets and Amélie
Amelie The Musical
In Review

The return of live theatre: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Four Quartets and Amélie

Live theatre is ‘re-emerging from its long pandemic hibernation’ - and here's what the critics are recommending
10 Jun 2021
September events guide: ten things to do across the UK
Crooks 1926 - COLAB Tavern
In Brief

September events guide: ten things to do across the UK

Immerse yourself in the 1920s underworld or bake a culinary masterpiece
7 Sep 2020
What’s on this weekend? From Betty to Frankenstein
the assistant
In Review

What’s on this weekend? From Betty to Frankenstein

Your guide to what’s worth seeing and reading this weekend
1 May 2020
What’s on this weekend? From Midsommar to Macbeth
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In Review

What’s on this weekend? From Midsommar to Macbeth

Your guide to what’s worth seeing and reading this weekend
24 Apr 2020
William Shakespeare’s best quotes on birth and death
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In Brief

William Shakespeare’s best quotes on birth and death

Fans of the Bard are celebrating the anniversaries of his birth and death today
23 Apr 2020
What’s on this weekend? From Killing Eve to Sergio
killing eve
In Review

What’s on this weekend? From Killing Eve to Sergio

Your guide to what’s worth seeing and reading this weekend
17 Apr 2020
Best stage shows and musicals for children to stream online
Cirque du Soleil performers in the production of Alegria
In Brief

Best stage shows and musicals for children to stream online

Get the family together and watch these brilliant productions
15 Apr 2020
What’s on this weekend? From Tiger King to Wine Girl
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In Review

What’s on this weekend? From Tiger King to Wine Girl

Your guide to what’s worth seeing and reading this weekend
3 Apr 2020
What’s on this weekend? From Crip Camp to Feeding Britain
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In Review

What’s on this weekend? From Crip Camp to Feeding Britain

Your guide to what’s worth seeing and reading this weekend
27 Mar 2020
Seven of the best stage shows to watch from home
Maisie Williams in I and You
In Review

Seven of the best stage shows to watch from home

Settle back on your sofa for curtain up
25 Mar 2020
What’s on this weekend? From The Nest to Extra Ordinary
extra ordinary
In Review

What’s on this weekend? From The Nest to Extra Ordinary

Your guide to what’s worth seeing and reading this weekend
20 Mar 2020
The Invitation review: a disturbing immersive evening
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In Review

The Invitation review: a disturbing immersive evening

Billed as ‘Eyes Wide Shut meets Seven’, The Secret Theatre Project’s awkward show fails on both counts
10 Mar 2020
What’s on? Our House is on Fire to Toni Morrison
Greta Thunberg
In Depth

What’s on? Our House is on Fire to Toni Morrison

Your guide to what’s worth seeing and reading this weekend
6 Mar 2020
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