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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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 ★★★☆☆
Theatre Review: While the Sun Shines At Orange Tree Theatre

Theatre Review: While the Sun Shines At Orange Tree Theatre

A surprisingly risqué approach to sexual liaisons. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
August Wilson’s King Hedley II Overstrains For Mythic Significance

August Wilson’s King Hedley II Overstrains For Mythic Significance

Lenny Henry brings some much-needed humour to an epic production. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
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 ★★★★★