‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman at Hampstead Theatre

‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman at Hampstead Theatre

Confession: I was lucky enough to have seen the original American touring production of ‘Night, Mother in the mid-80s shortly after it won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, with Kathy Bates’ Broadway understudy, Phyllis Somerville, in the lead as Jessie Cates. Possibly an inappropriate choice for someone as young as I was at the time (not…

Review of The Memory of Water at Hampstead Theatre

Review of The Memory of Water at Hampstead Theatre

The bereaved homecoming is a tried-and-tested dramatic device, be it Chekhov’s Three Sisters (1901); Langford Wilson’s Burn This (1987) or Tracy Letts’ August: Osage Country (2007). Amongst heightened emotions, familial tensions and uncovered secrets, tragedy and farce have a natural opportunity to reveal themselves and intensify in the claustrophobic confines of gathering for funeral rites…

Review of Next Thing You Know at Garden Theatre at Eagle London

Review of Next Thing You Know at Garden Theatre at Eagle London

Lambco Productions remain innovative and stoic as they constantly adapt to new social distancing regulations so that Londoners can enjoy musical theatre entertainment during the Great Pestilence of 2020. Their third musical outing at the Eagle Pub’s Garden Theatre (cleverly dry and warm and a great evening out no matter what!) is a showcase for…

Raskolnikova presented by Teatro Nómada at The Actors Centre

Raskolnikova presented by Teatro Nómada at The Actors Centre

Fernando Sakanassi’s production of David Gaitán’s 2009 play, that originally premiered in Mexico in Spanish, is described as a ‘work-in-progress’, but its modern telling of Dostoevsky’s 1866 novel feels tight, pacey and well-considered for its studio space and fringe limited run as part of the Actors’ Centre’s Latin American Season. With an ensemble cast of…