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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Articles by: Neil Dowden

Richard III Storms The People’s Palace

Richard III Storms The People’s Palace

Alexandra Palace Theatre hosts its first play in 80 years. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: Betrayal - Tom Hiddleston Gives A Nuanced Performance In One Of Pinter's Best Works

Theatre Review: Betrayal - Tom Hiddleston Gives A Nuanced Performance In One Of Pinter's Best Works

Peeling back the layers of deception. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★★
Theatre Review: Blood Knot Depicts Divided Brothers In Apartheid South Africa

Theatre Review: Blood Knot Depicts Divided Brothers In Apartheid South Africa

Exposing the insidious divisions of a racist society. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: Florian Zeller’s The Son At Kiln Theatre

Theatre Review: Florian Zeller’s The Son At Kiln Theatre

Family breakup causes mental breakdown in the finale of Florian Zeller's 'family trilogy'. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
New Production Of Psychodrama Equus Is A Galloping Success

New Production Of Psychodrama Equus Is A Galloping Success

Surreal humour seamlessly interwoven with heavy drama. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Prison Drama Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train Asks Tough Questions

Prison Drama Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train Asks Tough Questions

A dark comedy drama set in New York’s Rikers Island prison. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Arthur Miller’s The Price Reveals The Cost Of Life Decisions

Arthur Miller’s The Price Reveals The Cost Of Life Decisions

David Suchet steals the show with his vaudevillian-style patter. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Cate Blanchett Plumbs The Depths Of Sexual Desire In When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other At National Theatre

Cate Blanchett Plumbs The Depths Of Sexual Desire In When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other At National Theatre

12 scenes that play like a psycho-sexual experiment. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Restoration Comedy The Double Dealer Revels In Duplicitous Love

Restoration Comedy The Double Dealer Revels In Duplicitous Love

The web of erotic overdoes the wink-wink-nudge-nudge approach. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Pinter Perplexes And Perturbs In Double Bill

Pinter Perplexes And Perturbs In Double Bill

Pinter short play season continues. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Pinter Plays Explore Landscape Of Loneliness and Alienation

Pinter Plays Explore Landscape Of Loneliness and Alienation

Tragedy alternates with comedy. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Zadie Smith's White Teeth Comes To The Stage In Its Native Kilburn

Zadie Smith's White Teeth Comes To The Stage In Its Native Kilburn

Celebrating London's multicultural diversity. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Disturbing Satire Of The Housing Market Is Spookily Topical In Dealing With Clair

Disturbing Satire Of The Housing Market Is Spookily Topical In Dealing With Clair

A familiar scenario for anyone who's been 'gazumped'. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Gothic, Macabre, Hollow: A Very Very Very Dark Matter At Bridge Theatre

Gothic, Macabre, Hollow: A Very Very Very Dark Matter At Bridge Theatre

Charles Dickens and Hans Christian Andersen as you've never seen them before. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
The Inheritance: An Engaging Epic About 21st Century Gay Identity

The Inheritance: An Engaging Epic About 21st Century Gay Identity

Think Howards End meets Angels in America. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: Pack Of Lies Reveals Emotional Cost Of Betrayal

Theatre Review: Pack Of Lies Reveals Emotional Cost Of Betrayal

Based on the Portland Spy Ring. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Playful Pinter Explores Ambiguous Sexuality

Playful Pinter Explores Ambiguous Sexuality

Pinter’s absurdist humour still seduces. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
 Pinter’s Short Plays Exude Political Menace at Harold Pinter Theatre

Pinter’s Short Plays Exude Political Menace at Harold Pinter Theatre

Part one of a tribute to the legendary playwright. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆