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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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 ★★★☆☆
The Plague At Arcola Theatre: Review

The Plague At Arcola Theatre: Review

An effective but clinical look at how diseases - and fascism - spreads. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Stripped-Back Revival Reveals Declining Family Of Aristocrats

Stripped-Back Revival Reveals Declining Family Of Aristocrats

Friel's play about a strange, haunted family. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
The Importance Of Being Earnest Is Wildely Amusing

The Importance Of Being Earnest Is Wildely Amusing

Bringing the subtext to the fore. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Rhys Ifans Gives Absurdly Royal Performance In Exit The King

Rhys Ifans Gives Absurdly Royal Performance In Exit The King

Ifans commands the stage as the vainly demanding, pyjama-clad Bérenger. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Alan Bennett’s Sprightly New Play Champions Care For The Elderly

Alan Bennett’s Sprightly New Play Champions Care For The Elderly

Bennett’s characteristically wry observational humour shines through in Allelujah! | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Arthur Miller's Final Play Fails To Illuminate

Arthur Miller's Final Play Fails To Illuminate

A thinly veiled look at his own marriage to Marilyn Monroe. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
Fascinating Feminist Drama Machinal Needs No Update

Fascinating Feminist Drama Machinal Needs No Update

A powerful play that fails to translate to the present day. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Orlando Bloom Is Now Playing A Psychotic Hitman In The West End

Orlando Bloom Is Now Playing A Psychotic Hitman In The West End

Swapping swashbuckling for pure sleaze. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Theatre Review: Red Paints Artist As Tortured Genius

Theatre Review: Red Paints Artist As Tortured Genius

Dramatising the life of Mark Rothko. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Oscar Wilde's Sparkling Wit Is At Its Finest In An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde's Sparkling Wit Is At Its Finest In An Ideal Husband

Sparkles with Wildean wit and paradoxical epigrams. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Masterpieces: A Clunky, Dated Attack On The Sex Industry

Masterpieces: A Clunky, Dated Attack On The Sex Industry

A feminist attack on the sex industry and the misogynist mindset that underlies it. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
Absolute Hell Provides Dark Delight At National Theatre

Absolute Hell Provides Dark Delight At National Theatre

A decadent portrait of post-war London. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: A Humble Boy With Big Ideas About The World

Theatre Review: A Humble Boy With Big Ideas About The World

Astrophysics meets family drama. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
This African-Style Hamlet Gives The Classic A New Vibe

This African-Style Hamlet Gives The Classic A New Vibe

Now this would have livened up your high school English lessons... | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Chemistry, Fluidity And Minimalism: Summer and Smoke At Almeida Theatre

Chemistry, Fluidity And Minimalism: Summer and Smoke At Almeida Theatre

Tennessee Williams at his most poetic. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆