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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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 ★★★☆☆
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 ★★★★☆