Should Edinburgh Fringe have cancelled Jerry Sadowitz?
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Talking point

Should Edinburgh Fringe have cancelled Jerry Sadowitz?

Controversial comedian’s show pulled from world’s largest arts festival over ‘not acceptable’ material
15 Aug 2022
Identical: young stars excel in show full of ‘theatrical wonder’
Emme Patrick and Eden Patrick in Identical 
In Review

Identical: young stars excel in show full of ‘theatrical wonder’

This tale of identical twins separated at birth has the makings of a ‘must-see phenomenon’
12 Aug 2022
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe runs until 8 January at Gillian Lynne Theatre
In Review

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 

A dazzling and ‘joyful interpretation’ of the classic adventure
5 Aug 2022
Edinburgh Festival: shows and events to book now
Ian McKellen performing in Hamlet at the Theatre Royal in Windsor in 2021
In Focus

Edinburgh Festival: shows and events to book now

What’s on at the fringe and international festivals in Scotland’s capital city
3 Aug 2022
Crazy for You: a musical that will ‘knock you for six’
Carly Anderson, Charlie Stemp and company in Crazy for You
In Review

Crazy for You: a musical that will ‘knock you for six’

Musical theatre ‘doesn’t get any better’ than this Chichester Festival production
29 Jul 2022
Jack Absolute Flies Again: a ‘crowd-pleasing comedy’
Caroline Quentin and Peter Forbes in Jack Absolute Flies Again
In Review

Jack Absolute Flies Again: a ‘crowd-pleasing comedy’

National Theatre production has the same ‘giddy abandon’ as One Man, Two Guvnors
22 Jul 2022
The Seagull: a ‘strangely gripping’ take on Chekhov’s play
Emilia Clarke as Nina in The Seagull
In Review

The Seagull: a ‘strangely gripping’ take on Chekhov’s play

Emilia Clarke makes her West End debut alongside a uniformly excellent cast
15 Jul 2022

Enjoy a different view

Keep an open mind with The Week magazine. Subscribe today and your first 6 issues are completely free.
Richard III: this play shines with ‘magisterial splendour’
Arthur Hughes as Richard III on stage
In Review

Richard III: this play shines with ‘magisterial splendour’

Titular character played by Arthur Hughes – the first actor with a disability to take on the role at Stratford
8 Jul 2022
The Southbury Child review: this play feels almost ‘heaven-sent’
Still from the play
In Review

The Southbury Child review: this play feels almost ‘heaven-sent’

The piece is deftly directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars three-time Olivier winner Alex Jennings
30 Jun 2022
That Is Not Who I Am: a play that divided opinion from the outset
Photo from That Is Not Who I Am play
In Review

That Is Not Who I Am: a play that divided opinion from the outset

The Royal Court’s latest production is ‘brilliantly tricksy’
23 Jun 2022
Theatre review: The Gunpowder Plot
Audience members with VR headsets
In Review

Theatre review: The Gunpowder Plot

This ‘camply thrilling’ adventure sets the ‘gold standard’ for immersive shows
17 Jun 2022
Legally Blonde on stage: ‘far wittier’ than the film
Still from Legally Blonde on stage
In Review

Legally Blonde on stage: ‘far wittier’ than the film

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is host to this ‘smart show about brains as well as beauty’
1 Jun 2022
My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum: a ‘daringly sumptuous’ show
Amara Okereke as Eliza Doolittle
In Review

My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum: a ‘daringly sumptuous’ show

This ‘Rolls-Royce of a revival’ gives the classic musical a modern feel
27 May 2022
Oklahoma!: a ‘stunning reinvention’ of a beloved classic
Marisha Wallace as Ado Annie sings by the band
In Review

Oklahoma!: a ‘stunning reinvention’ of a beloved classic

Reinterpreted for a small band, the music has a homespun folksiness that works ‘brilliantly’
12 May 2022
Jerusalem: Rylance gives ‘the greatest performance of the century’
Mark Rylance on stage
In Review

Jerusalem: Rylance gives ‘the greatest performance of the century’

Back in 2009, Jez Butterworth’s play took the world by storm. Now it’s back
6 May 2022
Prima Facie: ‘Awards will follow’
Jodie Comer acts in Prima Facie
In Review

Prima Facie: ‘Awards will follow’

Jodie Comer's ‘ferocious yet forensic performance’ blows the audience away in Suzie Miller’s play
5 May 2022
Theatre review: The Corn is Green
Still from The Corn is Green
In Review

Theatre review: The Corn is Green

Emlyn Williams’s 1938 play has not been seen in London since 1985
28 Apr 2022
The 47th at the Old Vic: ‘rarely less than entertaining’
Bertie Carvel as Donald Trump
In Review

The 47th at the Old Vic: ‘rarely less than entertaining’

Play is set in an imagined near-future – Biden has stepped down in favour of Kamala Harris
22 Apr 2022
Theatre review: To Kill a Mockingbird
Performers on stage
In Review

Theatre review: To Kill a Mockingbird

Aaron Sorkin’s script makes this 62-year-old literary classic ‘feel like it was minted yesterday’
7 Apr 2022
Straight Line Crazy theatre review
Ralph Fiennes on stage
In Review

Straight Line Crazy theatre review

Ralph Fiennes is a ‘triumph’ as the controversial urban planner Robert Moses
31 Mar 2022
Kes review: a play that’s both bleak and brilliant
Jake Dunn on stage
In Review

Kes review: a play that’s both bleak and brilliant

Atri Banerjee’s adaptation of the 1968 novel features just three actors on a simple set
24 Mar 2022
Persuasion: a ‘frolicking, rollicking’ take on Jane Austen’s novel
Fred Fergus and Matilda Bailes in Persuasion
In Review

Persuasion: a ‘frolicking, rollicking’ take on Jane Austen’s novel

This romcom is full of mischievous fun and is joyfully silly
18 Mar 2022
The Merchant of Venice: ‘utterly tragic, yet simultaneously mesmerising’
Adrian Schiller as Shylock and Ben Caplan as Solanio
In Review

The Merchant of Venice: ‘utterly tragic, yet simultaneously mesmerising’

This Shakespeare’s Globe production is set in contemporary London
10 Mar 2022
Animal Farm on stage: a ‘startlingly handsome’ production
Animal Farm on stage
In Review

Animal Farm on stage: a ‘startlingly handsome’ production

War Horse-style animal puppetry is used to ‘magnificent’ effect
4 Mar 2022
The Chairs: the theatre of the absurd at its ‘most absurdist’
Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni
In Review

The Chairs: the theatre of the absurd at its ‘most absurdist’

The 1952 ‘absurdist masterpiece’ by Eugène Ionesco is now on at the Almeida
17 Feb 2022
A Number at the Old Vic
Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu on stage
In Review

A Number at the Old Vic

Lyndsey Turner’s staging is ‘ignited’ by Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu
10 Feb 2022
Dr Semmelweis: Mark Rylance offers a ‘mesmerising turn’
Mark Rylance on stage
In Review

Dr Semmelweis: Mark Rylance offers a ‘mesmerising turn’

Story follows the 19th century Hungarian physician who ‘realised the life-saving value of hand hygiene’
3 Feb 2022
Moulin Rouge! on stage: ‘it burns prettily enough, but it doesn’t blaze’
Moulin Rouge on stage
In Review

Moulin Rouge! on stage: ‘it burns prettily enough, but it doesn’t blaze’

Tony-winning adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s much-loved film now on at the Piccadilly Theatre
27 Jan 2022
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! – a ‘riproaring return to form’
Nutcracker performance
In Review

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! – a ‘riproaring return to form’

Originally staged in 1992, this adaptation has been revived for the first time in ten years
6 Jan 2022
The Play What I Wrote: a ‘daft and delightful’ celebration of Morecambe & Wise
Three characters from The Play What I Wrote on stage
In Review

The Play What I Wrote: a ‘daft and delightful’ celebration of Morecambe & Wise

This stage comedy show is the ‘ideal winter warmer’
16 Dec 2021
Life of Pi on stage: the ‘spiritual successor to War Horse’
Hiran Abeysekera on stage with a puppet
In Review

Life of Pi on stage: the ‘spiritual successor to War Horse’

What the critics are saying about this ‘phenomenal’ adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel
9 Dec 2021
Manor: a ‘breathtakingly inept’ satire
Image from Manor
In Review

Manor: a ‘breathtakingly inept’ satire

New ‘state-of-the-nation’ drama mystifies, bores and slowly enrages
2 Dec 2021
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 Week Footer Banner