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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Tennessee Williams Turns On The Heat In Southern Gothic Drama Orpheus Descending

Tennessee Williams Turns On The Heat In Southern Gothic Drama Orpheus Descending

A rich brew of eccentric, colourful characters in the rarely revived drama. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Reform And Tradition Clash In Ibsen’s Rosmersholm

Reform And Tradition Clash In Ibsen’s Rosmersholm

Guilt, secrets and traumatic events. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Battle Of The Sexes Rages In Strindberg’s Creditors At Jermyn Street Theatre

Battle Of The Sexes Rages In Strindberg’s Creditors At Jermyn Street Theatre

Psychosexual game-playing with a savagely primal edge. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: Three Sisters At Almeida Theatre

Theatre Review: Three Sisters At Almeida Theatre

Anton Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy is given a fresh approach | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
The Bay At Nice Paints A Picture Of Disappointed Hopes

The Bay At Nice Paints A Picture Of Disappointed Hopes

Dame Penelope Wilton is the star of the show. | 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 ★★★★☆