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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Kunene And The King Explores Legacy Of Apartheid

Kunene And The King Explores Legacy Of Apartheid

A bit too cosy, with a sentimental ending. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
The Sugar Syndrome Reveals Bitter Aftertaste Of Cybersex

The Sugar Syndrome Reveals Bitter Aftertaste Of Cybersex

Travel back to the early noughties. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Coming Clean Frankly Explores The 'Rules' Of Relationships

Coming Clean Frankly Explores The 'Rules' Of Relationships

Theatre that isn't shy. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Frozen Relationships Thaw In Christmas Drama Snowflake

Frozen Relationships Thaw In Christmas Drama Snowflake

An entertaining, heartwarming show. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
The Duchess of Malfi Makes The Blood Run Cold At Almeida Theatre

The Duchess of Malfi Makes The Blood Run Cold At Almeida Theatre

A cool dissection of class and gender power structures. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
A Taste of Honey: A Bittersweet Slice Of Life Drama At Trafalgar Studios

A Taste of Honey: A Bittersweet Slice Of Life Drama At Trafalgar Studios

A grittily naturalistic depiction of people struggling with poverty and neglect. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
James McAvoy Plays Cyrano de Bergerac With Hard-Nosed Panache At Playhouse Theatre

James McAvoy Plays Cyrano de Bergerac With Hard-Nosed Panache At Playhouse Theatre

Protagonists duel with words rather than weapons in this radical reinterpretation. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Pulitzer Prize Winning Play Fairview Challenges The Audience's Preconceptions

Pulitzer Prize Winning Play Fairview Challenges The Audience's Preconceptions

Things are about to get meta. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
Orange Tree Theatre Squeezes An Impressive Amount of Passion From Shaw's Candida

Orange Tree Theatre Squeezes An Impressive Amount of Passion From Shaw's Candida

A sprightly production of the cerebral playwright's work. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Translations Superbly Maps Feelings Of National Identity

Translations Superbly Maps Feelings Of National Identity

Exploring British and Irish conflict. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Claire Foy And Matt Smith Breathe New Life Into Duncan Macmillan's Lungs

Claire Foy And Matt Smith Breathe New Life Into Duncan Macmillan's Lungs

A play fitting for the climate crisis. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Prism Sheds Refracted Light On Filmmaker With Dementia

Prism Sheds Refracted Light On Filmmaker With Dementia

Robert Lindsay stars as double Oscar-winning British cinematographer Jack Cardiff. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Torch Song Lights Up The New Turbine Theatre

Torch Song Lights Up The New Turbine Theatre

Gay life in seventies New York. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Appropriate: American Family Drama Highlights Toxic Legacy Of Slavery

Appropriate: American Family Drama Highlights Toxic Legacy Of Slavery

A delve into the dark corners of the American home and history at Donmar Warehouse. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
David Hare’s Radical Take On Ibsen’s Peer Gynt Satirises Contemporary Culture

David Hare’s Radical Take On Ibsen’s Peer Gynt Satirises Contemporary Culture

This freewheeling take on the original drags it into the 21st century. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
David Greig’s Prophetic Play Europe Portrays A Divided Continent

David Greig’s Prophetic Play Europe Portrays A Divided Continent

20 short scenes create a disturbing portrait of European unity under threat. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Present Laughter At The Old Vic: Andrew Scott Sparkles As An Overstretched Diva

Present Laughter At The Old Vic: Andrew Scott Sparkles As An Overstretched Diva

Director Matthew Warchus adds his own twist. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★★
Chekhov's Three Sisters Performed With Russian Passion

Chekhov's Three Sisters Performed With Russian Passion

A Russian classic in Russian. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆