Neil Dowden

Neil Dowden

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Neil was born in London but moved away when he was three weeks old. 30 years later he returned, and has no intention of leaving again. He has been writing about the arts and especially theatre in the capital for two decades. His day job is working as a freelance editor for book publishers, but at night-time he turns into a cultural vampire, roaming the city for fresh artistic blood.

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Review: Angels In America Makes Heavenly Theatre

Review: Angels In America Makes Heavenly Theatre

A Gay Fantasia. | By Neil Dowden
Art: Sewell, Ritter And Key Give Old Masterpiece A Fresh Lick Of Paint

Art: Sewell, Ritter And Key Give Old Masterpiece A Fresh Lick Of Paint

20th anniversary production of international hit. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
The League Of Gentlemen Return To Their Theatrical Roots

The League Of Gentlemen Return To Their Theatrical Roots

Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton are all on the London stage this month. | By Neil Dowden
Unmissable London Theatre This October

Unmissable London Theatre This October

Five mouth-watering shows opening this month. | By Neil Dowden
Review: McKellen And Stewart Tussle In No Man's Land

Review: McKellen And Stewart Tussle In No Man's Land

Pitch perfect Pinter classic. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★★
London Theatre: What To Watch In August

London Theatre: What To Watch In August

Five biggies opening this month. | By Neil Dowden
Review: Strife Is Rife In The Plough And The Stars

Review: Strife Is Rife In The Plough And The Stars

Sean O'Casey's 1926 tragicomedy alternates tenement life with revolutionary politics. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Faith Healer Works Its Magic Power

Review: Faith Healer Works Its Magic Power

Multi-monologue masterpiece is beautifully executed. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Preview: Play Inspired By Edward Snowden Opens In London This Week

Preview: Play Inspired By Edward Snowden Opens In London This Week

Mike Bartlett's new play Wild. | By Neil Dowden
Review: No Winners In The Philanderer's Banter Of The Sexes

Review: No Winners In The Philanderer's Banter Of The Sexes

Shaw's Victorian comedy of sexual manners still resonates. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Lawrence After Arabia Reveals The Man Behind The Legend

Review: Lawrence After Arabia Reveals The Man Behind The Legend

Howard Brenton's new play is a damning indictment of colonialist politics. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Elegy Asks If It's Our Memories That Make Us Who We Are

Review: Elegy Asks If It's Our Memories That Make Us Who We Are

Nick Payne's neuroscience play is a cerebral experience. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Shakespeare’s Daughter Stars In Jacobean Sex Scandal

Review: Shakespeare’s Daughter Stars In Jacobean Sex Scandal

Peter Whelan's The Herbal Bed. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Deathwatch Shows Men Imprisoned By Their Desires

Review: Deathwatch Shows Men Imprisoned By Their Desires

Jean Genet's prison drama is a playful eroticisation of crime. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Ayckbourn's Adulterous Romp Is A Hilarious Affair

Review: Ayckbourn's Adulterous Romp Is A Hilarious Affair

How The Other Half Loves shows absurdity of marital mix-ups. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Interview: Leo Butler On How His Play Boy Minds The Gap

Interview: Leo Butler On How His Play Boy Minds The Gap

And how it's important to keep up with yoof speak. | By Neil Dowden
Review: Play About Rehab Is Disturbing Yet Compelling Viewing

Review: Play About Rehab Is Disturbing Yet Compelling Viewing

Denise Gough is great in People, Places & Things. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: The Truth Reveals Web Of Lies

Review: The Truth Reveals Web Of Lies

Florian Zeller's play exposes double-dealing behind middle-class adultery. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Bottom Almost Drops Out Of Riotous A Midsummer Night's Dream

Review: Bottom Almost Drops Out Of Riotous A Midsummer Night's Dream

Filter's irreverent take on Shakespeare is comic mayhem. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: The Maids Serves Up Psychosexual Power Games

Review: The Maids Serves Up Psychosexual Power Games

Jean Genet's play blurs fantasy with reality. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Ralph Fiennes Gives Towering Performance In The Master Builder

Review: Ralph Fiennes Gives Towering Performance In The Master Builder

Ibsen’s late masterpiece reaches for the heights. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Escaped Alone Brews Storm In A Teacup

Review: Escaped Alone Brews Storm In A Teacup

Caryl Churchill's new play spikes cosiness with catastrophe. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: Herons Wades Into Teenage Troubles

Review: Herons Wades Into Teenage Troubles

Simon Stephens' early play mixes savage violence with tender hope. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Les Liaisons Dangereuses Depicts Cruel Art Of Seduction

Review: Les Liaisons Dangereuses Depicts Cruel Art Of Seduction

Christopher Hampton's play reveals aristocratic decadence of 18th century France. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: World Premiere Of Arthur Miller's First Play No Villain

Review: World Premiere Of Arthur Miller's First Play No Villain

Youthful debut hints of master playwright to come. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Lisa Dillon: Stoppard's Cold War Play Is Just As Relevant Now

Lisa Dillon: Stoppard's Cold War Play Is Just As Relevant Now

She plays spy boss trying to uncover a mole. | By Neil Dowden
Review: Pericles's Voyage Not All Plain Sailing

Review: Pericles's Voyage Not All Plain Sailing

Shakespeare's late romance is hit and miss at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Review: Rotterdam Is A Bittersweet Gender-Bending Rom-Com

Review: Rotterdam Is A Bittersweet Gender-Bending Rom-Com

Jon Brittain’s new play handles sexual identity with a light touch. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Review: The Hairy Ape Depicts Brutalised Underclass

Review: The Hairy Ape Depicts Brutalised Underclass

Eugene O'Neill's early expressionist play makes bold visual statement. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
David Hare's The Moderate Soprano Reviewed

David Hare's The Moderate Soprano Reviewed

Play depicts the origins of Glyndebourne. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Perfectly Executed Black Comedy About Hanging

Perfectly Executed Black Comedy About Hanging

Martin McDonagh makes a triumphant return to London theatre. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Roll Play: Gamers Dice With Death

Roll Play: Gamers Dice With Death

Virtual drama is disturbingly real. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier Bicker In Backstage Bust-Up

Orson Welles and Laurence Olivier Bicker In Backstage Bust-Up

Thespian rivalry falls flat in Orson’s Shadow. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
Franz Kafka's The Trial Is A Guilty Nightmare -- Review

Franz Kafka's The Trial Is A Guilty Nightmare -- Review

Rory Kinnear suffers courtroom drama without a court. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
The Red Lion Exposes Ugly Side Of The Beautiful Game

The Red Lion Exposes Ugly Side Of The Beautiful Game

In Patrick Marber’s new football play all the drama happens off the pitch | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
American Dream Turns To Nightmare In Death Of A Salesman

American Dream Turns To Nightmare In Death Of A Salesman

A powerful Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
The Father Brings Dementia Into Sharp Focus

The Father Brings Dementia Into Sharp Focus

Drama about Alzheimer's is both moving and funny. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★★
Noël Coward's Hay Fever Revels In Bohemian Excess

Noël Coward's Hay Fever Revels In Bohemian Excess

Despite Felicity Kendal, show falls short of comic bliss. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
American Buffalo Shows Devaluing Of Human Currency

American Buffalo Shows Devaluing Of Human Currency

The dead-end lives of small-time thieves. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Spotlight On Humanitarian Crisis In Lampedusa

Spotlight On Humanitarian Crisis In Lampedusa

Moving drama about struggles of migrants at Soho Theatre. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Battle Of The Sexes Rages In Strindberg’s The Father

Battle Of The Sexes Rages In Strindberg’s The Father

How to make a drama out of a marital crisis. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
London Poet Stevie Smith Drowns In Suburban Drabness

London Poet Stevie Smith Drowns In Suburban Drabness

Zoë Wanamaker does her best in a dull play. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
How To Hold Your Breath Brings Home Crisis To Europe

How To Hold Your Breath Brings Home Crisis To Europe

A magic realist journey that challenges complacence. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Low-Key Macbeth Full Of Sound But Lacks Fury

Low-Key Macbeth Full Of Sound But Lacks Fury

Supernatural thriller is too stripped-back. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
Oh What a Lovely War Still Hits Target 50 Years On

Oh What a Lovely War Still Hits Target 50 Years On

Classic play returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
The Hard Problem Stimulates The Brain More Than The Heart

The Hard Problem Stimulates The Brain More Than The Heart

Nice lighting, though. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Madness And Mayhem In Jacobean Melodrama

Madness And Mayhem In Jacobean Melodrama

The Changeling by candlelight. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Bull Shows The Cut-Throat World Of Corporate Capitalism

Bull Shows The Cut-Throat World Of Corporate Capitalism

Mike Bartlett's play is nasty, brutish and short. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆