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Theatre Review: There Ain't Nothing Like These Dire Dames

Theatre Review: There Ain't Nothing Like These Dire Dames

One to avoid. | By Alex Hopkins ★☆☆☆☆
Flatpack Theatre: Instructions For Correct Assembly At Royal Court Theatre

Flatpack Theatre: Instructions For Correct Assembly At Royal Court Theatre

How far would you go for perfection? | By Hari Mountford ★★★★☆
An Evening Of Meat: Exclusive Supper Club Meets Feminist Cabaret

An Evening Of Meat: Exclusive Supper Club Meets Feminist Cabaret

The food was delicious but how did the feminism hold up? | By Kyra Hanson ★★★☆☆
Ballet With An American Accent Comes To Sadler's Wells

Ballet With An American Accent Comes To Sadler's Wells

The most fun we can remember a company having with Forsythe. | By Lise Smith ★★★★☆
Spluttering Drama Quiz Tells The Story Of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Cheats

Spluttering Drama Quiz Tells The Story Of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Cheats

Remember the Ingrams? *Cough*. | By Paul Ewing ★★★☆☆
Intelligent, Improvised Banter From Comedian Tom Allen At Soho Theatre

Intelligent, Improvised Banter From Comedian Tom Allen At Soho Theatre

Highly recommended. If you didn’t see it in Edinburgh, that is. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
The Infamous Club That's Been Getting Celebs Drunk For 30 Years
Opinion

The Infamous Club That's Been Getting Celebs Drunk For 30 Years

"What lurked below those stairs stunned me..." | By Alex Hopkins
Burlesque Megastar Dita Von Teese Reveals Her London To Us

Burlesque Megastar Dita Von Teese Reveals Her London To Us

"I saved up for shopping during my first trip!" | By Holli-Mae Johnson
Theatre Review: The Way Of The World Is Fuelled By Wit

Theatre Review: The Way Of The World Is Fuelled By Wit

Deception brings delight in this stylish Restoration comedy. | By Matthew Holder ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: Cry Me This (Vincent) River

Theatre Review: Cry Me This (Vincent) River

Incredibly powerful stuff. | By Alex Hopkins ★★★★★
The Devil With The Blue Dress Is A Witty Take On The Lewinsky Scandal

The Devil With The Blue Dress Is A Witty Take On The Lewinsky Scandal

Still relevant, 20 years on. | By Chris Bridges ★★★★★
Already The Best Play Of 2018: The Inheritance At The Young Vic

Already The Best Play Of 2018: The Inheritance At The Young Vic

Moving, informative and often hilarious. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★★
The Country Wife Is A Lovely, Lively Twenties Farce

The Country Wife Is A Lovely, Lively Twenties Farce

A When Harry Met Sally solo moment brings act one to an undeniable climax. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Theatre Review: The Sleeper Is Gripping Experimental Theatre

Theatre Review: The Sleeper Is Gripping Experimental Theatre

Set in the migrant crisis of 2015. | By Harry Rosehill ★★★★☆
Aiming For Kitsch And Landing On Tacky, Ruthless! The Musical Is Crass And Amateur

Aiming For Kitsch And Landing On Tacky, Ruthless! The Musical Is Crass And Amateur

A tedious flop of a show. | By David Lloyd-Davies ★☆☆☆☆
Raunchy Ghosts From London's Past Appear At Cafe De Paris

Raunchy Ghosts From London's Past Appear At Cafe De Paris

Marlene Dietrich is uncanny. | By Will Noble ★★★★★
Theatre Review: Miss Nightingale At Hippodrome Casino

Theatre Review: Miss Nightingale At Hippodrome Casino

Songs to make your toes curl. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Things Get Dolly Mix-Ed Up At Soho Theatre

Things Get Dolly Mix-Ed Up At Soho Theatre

The latest offering from queer female duo Sh!t Theatre. | By David Lloyd-Davies ★★☆☆☆
Theatre Review: Everybody Wants To Shoot A President In Assassins

Theatre Review: Everybody Wants To Shoot A President In Assassins

Nine assassins, eight American presidents. | By Harry Rosehill ★★★☆☆
Prisoner Cell Block Bore: Kiss Of The Spider Woman At Menier Chocolate Factory

Prisoner Cell Block Bore: Kiss Of The Spider Woman At Menier Chocolate Factory

A newly translated version of the Manuel Puig novel. | By Johnny Fox ★★☆☆☆
The Plough And The Stars Is A Bitter Lesson In Revolution

The Plough And The Stars Is A Bitter Lesson In Revolution

Victims speak loudest in this version of a classic. | By Matthew Holder ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: The Great Wave Is More Of A Damp Squib

Theatre Review: The Great Wave Is More Of A Damp Squib

A strangely undramatic piece. | By Matthew Holder ★★☆☆☆
Royal Ballet's New Triple Bill Celebrates West Side Story Composer

Royal Ballet's New Triple Bill Celebrates West Side Story Composer

A mixed bill of slightly mixed fortunes. | By Sam Smith ★★★★☆
Kramer's Traviata Is A Tragedy For ENO

Kramer's Traviata Is A Tragedy For ENO

The new Artistic Director's first production doesn't hit the right notes. | By Holli-Mae Johnson ★★☆☆☆
Theatre Review: A Humble Boy With Big Ideas About The World

Theatre Review: A Humble Boy With Big Ideas About The World

Astrophysics meets family drama. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Buggy Baby Uses Absurdism To Confront Society's Darkest Ills

Buggy Baby Uses Absurdism To Confront Society's Darkest Ills

A rather 'different' take on life as a refugee in London. | By Harry Rosehill ★★★★☆
Calling All Dinosaur Fans! Dinosaurs In The Wild Is Here

Calling All Dinosaur Fans! Dinosaurs In The Wild Is Here

Let's hope they're not hungry. | By Robert Greene
Pre-War Passion Brings Brief Encounter To The Stage

Pre-War Passion Brings Brief Encounter To The Stage

The film's a classic... but, in its own way, so is this production. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
This African-Style Hamlet Gives The Classic A New Vibe

This African-Style Hamlet Gives The Classic A New Vibe

Now this would have livened up your high school English lessons... | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Dogging In Deutschland: The Dog Beneath The Skin At Jermyn Street Theatre

Dogging In Deutschland: The Dog Beneath The Skin At Jermyn Street Theatre

Like nothing else you’ll see in London at the moment. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
Grand Themes And Small Change In After The Ball

Grand Themes And Small Change In After The Ball

A play which tries to pack too much in. | By Matthew Holder ★★★☆☆
Chemistry, Fluidity And Minimalism: Summer and Smoke At Almeida Theatre

Chemistry, Fluidity And Minimalism: Summer and Smoke At Almeida Theatre

Tennessee Williams at his most poetic. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Who's Been A Good Girl In This One-Woman Play?

Who's Been A Good Girl In This One-Woman Play?

A one-woman extraordinaire. | By Hannah Foulds ★★★★☆
National Theatre's Macbeth Is A Bit Of A Bloody Mess

National Theatre's Macbeth Is A Bit Of A Bloody Mess

Even Rory Kinnear can't save this. | By Chris Bridges ★☆☆☆☆
Dead Kennedys Star In Political Comedy

Dead Kennedys Star In Political Comedy

Written by Gore Vidal. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Fanny And Alexander: An Eloquent And Moving Swedish Feast

Fanny And Alexander: An Eloquent And Moving Swedish Feast

Swedish art-house hits the London stage. | By Chris Bridges ★★★★☆
Pippin Is Just A One-Song Future King

Pippin Is Just A One-Song Future King

The music just isn't very good. | By Johnny Fox ★★☆☆☆
Cult Favourites Harold and Maude Return At Charing Cross Theatre

Cult Favourites Harold and Maude Return At Charing Cross Theatre

Trans-generational romance. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
Should You Trust This Madcap And Bizarre Play?

Should You Trust This Madcap And Bizarre Play?

Theatre without plot. | By Sam Smith ★★★☆☆
Charlie's Aunt Stars In A Princess Undone

Charlie's Aunt Stars In A Princess Undone

A Yorkshire pudding of a play. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Hannah Gadsby Goes Beyond A Joke, In Nanette

Hannah Gadsby Goes Beyond A Joke, In Nanette

Eye-stingingly raw stand-up. | By Will Noble ★★★★☆
Shakespeare Meets Blackadder Meets Revenge Tragedy In Foul Pages

Shakespeare Meets Blackadder Meets Revenge Tragedy In Foul Pages

The star is the anthropomorphic dog. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Dust Takes A Masterful Look At Life From The Other Side

Dust Takes A Masterful Look At Life From The Other Side

Incredibly relatable. | By Chris Bridges ★★★★★
Re(ad)dressing Napoleon In Napoleon Disrobed At The Arcola

Re(ad)dressing Napoleon In Napoleon Disrobed At The Arcola

Told By An Idiot. | By Sophia Shluger ★★★☆☆
Frozen Explores Icy Region Of Human Heart

Frozen Explores Icy Region Of Human Heart

Frozen emotions. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
This Play Explores What It's Like To Live With Chronic Pain

This Play Explores What It's Like To Live With Chronic Pain

A pain in the neck. | By David Lloyd-Davies ★★★☆☆
Anarchic Show Is A Bit Of A Mess

Anarchic Show Is A Bit Of A Mess

Jubilee's revival misses the mark. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
The Best Dance Shows To See In London This Spring

The Best Dance Shows To See In London This Spring

A very special Swan Lake. | By Sam Smith
Comedy Review: Ahir Shah's Control

Comedy Review: Ahir Shah's Control

It's Shahtime, baby. | By Lydia Manch ★★★★★
Carey Mulligan Triumphs In One-Woman Show

Carey Mulligan Triumphs In One-Woman Show

Starts out light-hearted, ends up anything but. | By Sam Smith ★★★★☆
A Poignant Portrayal Of Bittersweet Romance

A Poignant Portrayal Of Bittersweet Romance

The York Realist is a quietly heartbreaking affair. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
This Painful Play Is Simply A Pleasure To Watch

This Painful Play Is Simply A Pleasure To Watch

Hard viewing, but not hard going. | By BelindaL ★★★★☆
Cold, Comfortless Farm: Gundog At Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Cold, Comfortless Farm: Gundog At Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

After an excellent start, this play loses its way. | By Johnny Fox ★★☆☆☆
Screaming Secrets Is A Philosophy Overload

Screaming Secrets Is A Philosophy Overload

This production is screaming for a few tweaks. | By Hari Mountford ★★★☆☆
Black Mountain: Not The Spine-Tingler It Purports To Be

Black Mountain: Not The Spine-Tingler It Purports To Be

Economical storytelling means the tension falls flat. | By BelindaL ★★★☆☆
Hayley Atwell Shines As A Ruthless Financier

Hayley Atwell Shines As A Ruthless Financier

Cut-throat corporate comedy. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Carmen Is Monochrome And Magnificent At Royal Opera House

Carmen Is Monochrome And Magnificent At Royal Opera House

A fresh and thrilling evening. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
No Place Like Rome: Julius Caesar At Bridge Theatre

No Place Like Rome: Julius Caesar At Bridge Theatre

Not Shakespeare’s easiest play, but the Bridge makes it very accessible. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
These Two Small Plays Are Punching Well Above Their Weight

These Two Small Plays Are Punching Well Above Their Weight

Believable, likeable characters. | By Hannah Foulds ★★★★☆
Never Mind The Quality: Rothschild & Sons At Park Theatre

Never Mind The Quality: Rothschild & Sons At Park Theatre

Clearly it’s hard to write an eleven o’clock number when the ghetto closes at nine. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Con Tricks And Cocktails: The Grift At Town Hall Hotel

Con Tricks And Cocktails: The Grift At Town Hall Hotel

The fun and games of the ‘chase’. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★★
An Amusing Tribute To Maverick Ken Campbell

An Amusing Tribute To Maverick Ken Campbell

More of an anecdotal tribute than a fully-fledged play. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Collective Rage: A Humorous Yet Poignant Exploration Of Rage And Belonging

Collective Rage: A Humorous Yet Poignant Exploration Of Rage And Belonging

Five women, united by a name. | By Sam Smith ★★★☆☆
Queens Do Battle At The Duke Of York’s

Queens Do Battle At The Duke Of York’s

Who plays who is decided by the toss of a coin. | By Sam Smith ★★★★★
Art In Play At Wilton's Music Hall

Art In Play At Wilton's Music Hall

Impressionism brought to life on stage. | By Sophia Shluger ★★★★☆
Adam Riches' Inane Chicanery

Adam Riches' Inane Chicanery

Front row may get wet. | By Lydia Manch ★★★★☆
Jennifer Saunders Is Absolutely Fabulous In Oscar Wilde Play

Jennifer Saunders Is Absolutely Fabulous In Oscar Wilde Play

A "Wilde lite" version of Lady Windermere's Fan. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
The Beginning Of A Relationship Explored In Intricate Detail

The Beginning Of A Relationship Explored In Intricate Detail

An entertaining show to make you think. | By Sam Smith ★★★★☆
Giselle Proves The Ultimate Romantic Ballet

Giselle Proves The Ultimate Romantic Ballet

Soft and otherworldly. | By Sam Smith ★★★★☆
Chronicles Of Modern Disillusionment: The War Has Not Yet Started

Chronicles Of Modern Disillusionment: The War Has Not Yet Started

Mikhail Durnenkov’s latest play is both provocative and disturbing. | By Sophia Shluger ★★★☆☆
A Pitch-Perfect Revival Of An Early Pinter Classic

A Pitch-Perfect Revival Of An Early Pinter Classic

The Birthday Party turns 60. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★★
Fiction Proves More Powerful Than Fact In Amadeus

Fiction Proves More Powerful Than Fact In Amadeus

A tale of musical rivalry. | By Sam Smith ★★★★☆
Tragic Tosca Makes Ravishing Return To Royal Opera House

Tragic Tosca Makes Ravishing Return To Royal Opera House

If ever you wanted a way to get into opera, this is it. | By Holli-Mae Johnson ★★★★☆
Adolescent Discord At The Unicorn Theatre

Adolescent Discord At The Unicorn Theatre

Partially improvised teenage piece. | By Sophia Shluger ★★☆☆☆
Going Viral: The Here And This And Now

Going Viral: The Here And This And Now

A cynical ribbing of the pharmaceutical industry. | By David Lloyd-Davies ★★★☆☆
Denim: Promising Young Drag Queens, But Nothing Unique

Denim: Promising Young Drag Queens, But Nothing Unique

Nothing new in this show. | By David Lloyd-Davies ★★★☆☆
Iconic 80s Play Still Provokes Uneasy Laughter

Iconic 80s Play Still Provokes Uneasy Laughter

Rita, Sue And Bob Too. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Cirque Du Soleil Have Almost Cracked It With OVO

Cirque Du Soleil Have Almost Cracked It With OVO

Who's up for a spot of upside down unicycling. | By Hari Mountford ★★★★☆
EastEnders Meets Clockwork Orange... In Islington

EastEnders Meets Clockwork Orange... In Islington

A fetid, ash-tray-gobbed fireworks display of a play. | By Will Noble ★★★★★
A Double Bill Of Contrasts From English National Ballet

A Double Bill Of Contrasts From English National Ballet

Tackling heavy topics such as death as reunion and the dangers of obsession. | By Sam Smith ★★★★☆
Bananaman Is Back In A Side-Splitting New Musical

Bananaman Is Back In A Side-Splitting New Musical

A sweet send-up of superheroes | By Paul Ewing ★★★★☆
Into The Numbers: Horrors Inescapable, 80 Years On

Into The Numbers: Horrors Inescapable, 80 Years On

Not a fun watch, but an important one. | By James FitzGerald ★★★☆☆
Comedy Review: Ivo Graham's Educated Guess

Comedy Review: Ivo Graham's Educated Guess

Ivo, only more so. | By Lydia Manch ★★★★★
Dance Review: The Biggest Nutcracker In London This Christmas

Dance Review: The Biggest Nutcracker In London This Christmas

An outstanding presentation of a Christmas classic. | By Sam Smith ★★★★★
Does Hamilton Live Up To The Hype?

Does Hamilton Live Up To The Hype?

A sumptuous cavalcade of music and dance. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★★
Matthew Bourne's Cinderella Offers Up The Glitz Of The Silver Screen

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella Offers Up The Glitz Of The Silver Screen

An enchanting performance at Sadler's Wells. | By Tiffany Pritchard ★★★★☆
Grinning Man Portrays A Dark And Twisted Christmas

Grinning Man Portrays A Dark And Twisted Christmas

A play about a boy with a perpetual grin. | By Paul Ewing ★★★★☆
Cleopatra Steals The Show At Barbican This Christmas

Cleopatra Steals The Show At Barbican This Christmas

A production that Shakespeare himself would be proud of. | By Hari Mountford ★★★★☆
Faltering Fabiano Condemns Disappointing Rigoletto

Faltering Fabiano Condemns Disappointing Rigoletto

Unrelentingly bleak and tired. | By Holli-Mae Johnson ★★☆☆☆
Humorous Hound Of The Baskervilles Is Just The Christmas Tonic

Humorous Hound Of The Baskervilles Is Just The Christmas Tonic

Lashings of silliness. | By BelindaL ★★★★★