Sophie’s Surprise 29th at the Underbelly Boulevard | Review

Sophie’s Surprise 29th at the Underbelly Boulevard | Review

Sophie is 29 and she’s going to celebrate in style – she just doesn’t know it yet! Sophie’s surprise 29th lands in London, at Underbelly’s new permanent venue, Underbelly Boulevard, after a well-received run on the Edinburgh fringe. The cast have certainly found their feet – or rather, launched themselves off them: this is a…

An Actor Convalescing In Devon | Hampstead Theatre | Review

An Actor Convalescing In Devon | Hampstead Theatre | Review

Programmed as a companion piece to April De Angelis’ play about Mrs Siddons on Hampstead Theatre’s Main Stage, Richard Nelson’s one-man show, starring Paul Jesson (the Actor) is indeed well-paired for audiences who want a deep dive into the backstage and backstories of the theatre. Spinning amusing yarns about Laurence Olivier or a career playing…

Maybe Dick by John Hewer at the White Bear Theatre
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Maybe Dick by John Hewer at the White Bear Theatre

I’m always a little bit ashamed that while I am quite well-read, I have failed to read some of the great classics of literature. It was easier when I was at school and you could buy revision cards that gave the basics meaning you could hold your own in conversations about, for example, ‘Little Women’…

Faith Healer written by Brian Friel at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Faith Healer written by Brian Friel at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Faith Healer – by the late Brendan Friel – was first performed on the 29th of November 1976 at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Afterwards, Friel reworked and expanded the script to what it is now, surely one of the finest plays of the twentieth century but which was, when premiered on Broadway…