The Fellowship by Roy Williams at Hampstead Theatre | Review

The Fellowship by Roy Williams at Hampstead Theatre | Review

Roy Williams is not shy about his intent to write a ‘huge family epic’. The play is indeed sprawling and teeming with important ideas across three generations featuring a mother who travelled to the UK on HMT Empire Windrush and her daughters and grandchildren. At the centre of the play (and literally centred on stage…

Mad House at the Ambassador Theatre, London | Review

Mad House at the Ambassador Theatre, London | Review

That American playwright Theresa Rebeck’s new play, set in Pennsylvania, makes its global debut in London is indeed a treat. Featuring the mighty US star Bill Pullman, as Daniel, an insufferable patriarch on his deathbed, elevates the specialness of this production. But it is the sheer genius of David Harbour, particularly well-known for his role…

The End of the Night by Ben Brown at Park Theatre

The End of the Night by Ben Brown at Park Theatre

Ben Brown’s new play dramatises the fascinating true story of how SS Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler is persuaded by the ‘miraculous touch’ of Felix Kersten, the Nazi’s Finnish physiotherapist, to permit the International Red Cross to rescue some three thousand women (about half of them Jewish) from a concentration camp towards the end of WW2, as…

Mugabe, My Dad & Me at Brixton House | Review

Mugabe, My Dad & Me at Brixton House | Review

Tonderai Munyevu’s Mugabe, My Dad and Me is a touching coming-of-age story that speaks strongly to the African diasporic experience but also illuminates – with humour, rage and forgiveness – universal themes of longing and acceptance. Munyevu demonstrates impressive skill as a writer and performer by being able to start a show, charmingly, with an…

Jewish Hollywood Upstairs At The Gatehouse | Review

Jewish Hollywood Upstairs At The Gatehouse | Review

Chris Burgess’ Jewish Hollywood is like a musical essay – but instead of being a heavy-handed play of ideas, it’s a light-hearted – but wildly informative – narrated musical revue. The idea that attending a vibrantly relayed song-and-dance history lecture would be entertaining is novel – yet it succeeds in both informing and entertaining with…