Franco Milazzo

Franco Milazzo

Franco is a born-and-bred North Londoner and, as such, doesn't go south of the river without a good reason. In fact, when he was growing up, he swears the school maps marked that space between Croydon to Waterloo as "Here Be Dragons".

Franco has been with Londonist since 2010 covering theatre, opera, cabaret and even musicals. When not writing notes in a darkened room, he can be found in Soho eating pizza with friends or post-show crying (sometimes happily) into some overpriced pasta. Outside Londonist, Franco is a super-assessor for the prestigious Off-West End awards (or Offies) and the Daily Beast were kind enough to call him "a man with an encyclopedic knowledge of the city’s underground culture".

He still gets nightmares over the Shakespeare anniversary of 2016 when there were at least five versions of every play on every street corner and everyone was truly bored of the Bard. Truly, his cup did runneth over and he still gets nervous tics when he passes the Globe. Don't mention the donkey.

All his reviews are dedicated to Johnny Fox, Londonist's stage editor who died in 2020 and who will always be an inspiration.

Articles by: Franco Milazzo

Review: Mark Rylance Revisits His Career-Changing Performance In Jerusalem

Review: Mark Rylance Revisits His Career-Changing Performance In Jerusalem

Jez Butterworth's chest-beating classic returns to the stage. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★★☆
Review: Jodie Comer Is Outstanding In Prima Facie

Review: Jodie Comer Is Outstanding In Prima Facie

A fast-paced monologue of a show. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★★★
Review: It's All Happening Down In Scandaltown

Review: It's All Happening Down In Scandaltown

Mike Bartlett's latest play can't be accused of subtlety. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★☆☆
Review: Bertie Carvel's Trump Is Triumphantly Terrifying In The 47th

Review: Bertie Carvel's Trump Is Triumphantly Terrifying In The 47th

An all-too-real political farce. | By Franco Milazzo
Review: VR Is The Star In Le Bal De Paris

Review: VR Is The Star In Le Bal De Paris

Live performance meets state-of-the-art tech for a truly amazing experience. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★★☆
Review: Atticus Is Centre Stage In Aaron Sorkin's To Kill A Mockingbird

Review: Atticus Is Centre Stage In Aaron Sorkin's To Kill A Mockingbird

West Wing creator adapts Harper Lee classic. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★☆☆
Straight Line Crazy: A Loud Affair Where Comedy Falls Flat

Straight Line Crazy: A Loud Affair Where Comedy Falls Flat

The hotly-anticipated Straight Line Crazy is somewhat prosaic. | By Franco Milazzo ★★☆☆☆
Clybourne Park Is An Excoriating Look At American Attitudes To Race

Clybourne Park Is An Excoriating Look At American Attitudes To Race

A revival of one of the very finest plays of the last century. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★★★
Review: The Human Voice's Isolation Monologue Already Feels Dated

Review: The Human Voice's Isolation Monologue Already Feels Dated

But it's a powerhouse performance form Ruth Wilson. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★☆☆
Review: Taron Egerton Miscast In Mike Bartlett's Study In Sexual Identity

Review: Taron Egerton Miscast In Mike Bartlett's Study In Sexual Identity

But Jade Anouka and Phil Daniels are superb. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★☆☆
Review: Small Island At National Theatre

Review: Small Island At National Theatre

A flawless exploration of the Windrush legacy. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★★★
Once More Unto The Breach For Kit Harington In Henry V

Once More Unto The Breach For Kit Harington In Henry V

A contemporary take on Shakespeare's play, with Henry belting out Sweet Caroline. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★☆☆
Review: Basquiat And Warhol Brilliantly Reanimated In The Collaboration

Review: Basquiat And Warhol Brilliantly Reanimated In The Collaboration

This will make a great film. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★★☆
Review: Florian Zeller Is So Hot Right Now But The Forest Leaves Us Cold

Review: Florian Zeller Is So Hot Right Now But The Forest Leaves Us Cold

A pile of underwritten merde. | By Franco Milazzo ★★☆☆☆
Review: Saturday Night Fever Struts Into The West End

Review: Saturday Night Fever Struts Into The West End

Superb dancers and all the hits. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★☆☆
Review: Dirty Dancing Doesn't Quite Give Us The Time Of Our Lives

Review: Dirty Dancing Doesn't Quite Give Us The Time Of Our Lives

But fans will adore it. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★☆☆
Now With Added Spice: Wuthering Heights At National Theatre

Now With Added Spice: Wuthering Heights At National Theatre

Outshines Kate Bush’s song as the best thing inspired by Brontë's novel. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★★☆
An Emotionally-Fraught Juggernaut: La Bohème At London Coliseum

An Emotionally-Fraught Juggernaut: La Bohème At London Coliseum

A welcome renaissance for London's theatre scene. | By Franco Milazzo ★★★★☆