Author: Alan Franks

Party Time and Celebration – Pinter at the Pinter | Review

Watching these two late Pinter one-acters in the major season that bears his name, performed in the theatre that does likewise, I couldn’t help thinking of a remark made by …

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Great Expectations at Richmond Theatre – Review

To put Dickens’ novels on the stage is as tempting as it is bold. Tempting because of the books’ innate theatricality of form and manner; bold because so many fine …

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Stephen Ward The Musical review by Alan Franks

You can accuse Andrew Lloyd Webber of many things – you often do – but you can’t level the charge of uniformity at the subjects he chooses. If you can …

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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui review by Alan Franks

Few performances get more wildly flagged into the West End than Henry Goodman’s Arturo Ui. There are good reasons for the excitement. A big Brecht play with apparently permanent relevance; …

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Barking in Essex review Wyndham’s Theatre

Funny thing, swearing. That is, it starts out funny and then becomes something else. Coming from the mouth of Sheila Hancock’s criminal matriarch Emmie Packer, it kicks off with a …

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