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  • Lydia Wilson and Gemma Arterton in 'Walden' (Photo by Johan Persson)

    There's a moment early in Amy Berryman's new play Walden when NASA botanist Cassie (a stoic Lydia Wilson) enters wearing a plastic face covering that looks like a mix between an oxygen mask and the N95s that have become a wardrobe staple in the Covid-19 pandemic. "You don't need a mask," her twin's boyfriend Bryan (a completely charming Fehinti Balogun) says. "The air is totally safe."Meanwhile, the socially distanced audience at the Harold Pinter Theatre, where producer Sonia Friedman's...

  • Nadine Higgin, Sophie Russell, Victoria Elliott, Jacoba Williams in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Shakespeare’s Globe. (Photo by Tristram Kenton)

    After the year we've had, we're all ready for a party - and this production of Shakespeare's lovestruck comedy, directed by Sean Holmes and first seen in 2019, riotously delivers a fiesta to remember. Designed by Jean Chan in retina-searing dayglo colours, it leads us into the woods to a fairyland that is like a psychedelic trip at a music festival. Unusually, the scenes with the Mechanicals - often so tedious - are at the centre of the action here; it's the passions and confusions of the two...

  • Amy Trigg in 'Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me' (Photo by Marc Brenner)

    Comparison is the death of joy, or so they say, and in our social media-obsessed, self congratulatory-culture, comparison has become a bit of a pandemic in its own right. Even as we were all shuttered in our houses for the past year, peering through screens at friends' pool-side quarantines or country homes felt a little bit like it's own disease, while trying to maintain gratitude for health and safety. In a particularly moving scene in Amy Trigg's poignant Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me, the...

  • Photo credit: Jack Holden in Cruise (Photo by Pamela Raith Photography)

    No, Jack Holden's play is not about Tom, though the film star does get referenced along the way. In fact, Cruise is a vigorously acted history lesson that doubles as a vital performance opportunity for the author, a 30-year-old actor (his credits include War Horse and Ink) who doubles as its lone performer. Joined by an arresting DJ in John Elliott who is on hand to spin a synth-heavy score that keeps the beat with the unfolding tale of woe but also resilience, Holden has landed pride of place...

  • Photo: Kelly Gough in 'Harm' at Bush Theatre (Photo by Isha Shah)

    What are we really doing to ourselves when we start to live our whole lives on social media? What are we doing to each other? In Phoebe Eclair-Powell's smart, acidic new monodrama, the cost of scrolling through endless images of fake perfection, of sacrificing our privacy to create and star in them, and of comparing them to our own ordinary, messy realities is cruelly high. We all know that most of us routinely give far more of ourselves away online than is strictly safe or healthy; that we can...

  • Photo credit: Scott Paige, Claudia Kariuki and Tia Kofi in Eurobeat (Photos by Darren Bell)

    Hello Europe, this is London Theatre calling!I'm unashamed to say Eurovision is one of my favourite nights. Over the years, Eurovision has given us the goods: ABBA, Celine Dion, and hours of Graham Norton's acerbic commentary. So, when I watched Eurobeat at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, I was that obsessed fan that told all their friends and family about the show's magic.For five years, I've been patiently waiting for a new Eurobeat — and it's finally here. Half a decade later. Eurobeat continues...

  • Jessie Buckley, Luican Msamati, and Josh O'Connor in Romeo and Juliet. (Photo by Rob Youngson)

    This is more like it. Nearly two months after a disconnected, largely emotion-free Romeo and Juliet starring Sam Tutty (of Dear Evan Hansen fame), along comes the real deal: a raw and urgent new take on this potentially most overfamiliar of plays that represents lateral thinking of the highest order. In so doing, the director Simon Godwin has offered up the most impassioned version of this play imaginable, its often unwieldy length here filleted to 90-minutes as hurtling and relentless as the...

  • RSC Dream

    A brave venture that by necessity feels incomplete, Dream offers a take on A Midsummer Night's Dream that may surprise even those who think they've seen everything that can be done with Shakespeare's most-performed comedy. (The Frederick Ashton ballet, a classic of the English repertoire, whittles a multi-strand text down to an hour of dance.) Running barely 30 minutes, plus a post-show panel that I would consider crucial to the experience, the attempt here is to allow technology to push at the...

  • Photo credit: Fionn Whitehead in The Picture of Dorian Gray (Photo courtesy of The Picture of Dorian Gray)

    Who doesn't want to be young and beautiful forever? Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel is famous for its indelible central idea, of an ageless and exquisite young man and the hideous, ageing portrait that betrays his depraved secret nature. It's a vision that will never lose its potency as long as we remain looks-obsessed, which is probably why there have been numerous stage adaptations. Yet the book itself is a slog: an overwrought, purple profusion of self-conscious aphorism and ornate philosophical...

  • Photo credit: Dawn Hope, David Thaxton, Mary Moore, Marc Pickering,, Yazdan Qafouri and Nicola Blackman in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Photo by Geraint Lewis)

    "Magic, the means to impress the people around you" is continually sung by the title character in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and it's easy to see why. Inspired by J. W. Goethe's fantastical 18th century poem, which subsequently influenced Dukas's orchestral piece, The Sorcerer's Apprentice sees Eva, a sorcerer's daughter, use her newly discovered powers to impress others and change the world.Due to have had its premiere at Southwark Playhouse earlier this year, the production is now taking place...

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