Reviews


Yard Players Presents: King Lear at The Brockley Jack Theatre

A classic text has become contemporary, and in true Shakespearean fashion, is a tragedy with many deaths. Luckily these deaths only pertain to the characters, as the portrayal of them and the theatre devising was very enjoyable. In an intimate black box theatre in Brockley, King Lear, played by Alan Booty Edgar, takes the stage and we are introduced to his woes. Thanks to the director and designer James Elsey’s devising, utilizing modern music and …

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The Phil Willmott Company’s Shakespeare’s Othello | Review

To mark the centenary of the Amritsar massacre (1919) director Phil Willmott has set Othello (1601) somewhere in India. For a British audience familiar with A Passage to India (1924) or The Raj Quartet (1975) or indeed the film Gandhi (1982) this works. We can more readily get to grips with racial, social and gender dynamics. Othello (Matthew Wade) is here a conflicted collaborator in British rule. A general in the Indian army who has …

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Never Trust a Man Bun at Stockwell Playhouse | Review

After a hard day at the sharp end of retail management, Lucy (the writer Thomas herself) just wanted a quiet night of Gogglebox with Gus (Calum Robshaw), her longstanding flatmate and wingman. But the pompous and anal twerp has not only reconciled with his nauseating ex, the simpering snowflake Rachael (Natasha Grace Hutt), but the pair of them have conspired to set Lucy up with a date. A wisecracking bitch with a heart of flint, …

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The Twilight Zone at London Ambassadors Theatre | Review

The Twilight Zone has long proven itself to be a core part of the pop culture zeitgeist, with references to the classic show appearing in everything from The Simpsons to Madagascar, so it is no surprise that Anne Washburn’s adaptation has landed at the Ambassadors Theatre, following its sell-out run at the Almeida. The show is a compilation of about eight adapted stories from the pantheon of classic Twilight Zone tales. We open with ‘Will …

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Betrayal by Harold Pinter at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Betrayal tells the tale of a covert romance from a reverse perspective. Rather than showing a couple falling in and out of love, it shows them falling out of love and back in again, charting the course of a seven-year affair from 1977 to 1968, with a backward glance at life’s little ironies. The casting of Tom Hiddleston as Robert is enough to guarantee a full house and the award-winning star’s charismatic presence illuminates, rather than …

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