Review of The Alchemist at The Rose Playhouse London
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Review of The Alchemist at The Rose Playhouse London

This energetic and vibrant Mercurius production condenses the five acts of Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist into 90 minutes – by comparison the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production, which at the time of writing is playing in Stratford-upon- Avon and transfers to the Barbican Theatre in London in September 2016, runs at 2 hours and 20 minutes not including interval….

Highly enjoyable Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre
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Highly enjoyable Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre

Hobson’s Choice is a classic example of a situation where the man may rule but it is the lady who governs. And with Kinky Boots continuing to draw crowds at the Adelphi Theatre just a few doors away, how fitting it is that the Vaudeville Theatre should present a play set in a family run footwear business….

James and the Giant Peach at The Polka Theatre – Review
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James and the Giant Peach at The Polka Theatre – Review

Even before the ‘peach’ in James and the Giant Peach breached the (fourth) wall, it became clear to me that the younger members of the Polka Theatre audience were providing very nearly as much entertainment as the production itself, even before the show started. There is something quite innocent about the novelty (from the perspective of the young…

The Kenneth Branagh Company’s The Winter’s Tale – Review
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The Kenneth Branagh Company’s The Winter’s Tale – Review

First things first. Quite what Dame Judi Dench’s character, Paulina, in The Winter’s Tale is there for, other than to be an old sage and general tormentor of King Leontes (Sir Kenneth Branagh), is not entirely clear. If the King is the King, and Paulina is being annoying and irritating, then why does he not tell his subject…