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  • Photo credit: The Memory of Water (Photo by Helen Murray)

    Time hasn't been kind to The Memory of Water, Shelagh Stephenson's play about three sisters brought together following the death of their mother. I saw Terry Johnson's premiere of this same play at the Hampstead Theatre in 1996, and it's fascinating to note the darker hues that it has acquired under Alice Hamilton's direction. But one could equally argue that so hard-edged an approach only serves to amplify the inconsistencies in the writing, not to mention a wearying quality to the narrative...

  • Photo credit: Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon in Frozen (Photo by Johan Persson)

    Elsa must feel at home in London, where the weather can turn faster than you can say "let it go." After a blustery and blue summer (Elsa, is that you?), the sun emerged for the first 30-degree day in months on the press night for Frozen, a winning sign for a bright new Disney musical in the West End. The legendary ice queen likely feels at home in the completely redone Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which feels positively palatial with vaulted ceilings, detailed frescos, and golden accents. All it...

    Theatre Royal Drury Lane
  • Photo credit: Rockets and Blue Lights (Photo by Brinkhoff/Mogenburg)

    Two women look at a painting by J. M. W. Turner: The Slave Ship. We can see the painting only through their descriptions: the blood-red sky, the churning waves, the faceless bodies half-submerged in the sea. It is, as playwright Winsome Pinnock has characters meditate at several points in the play, a scene that is all world and no people: the ship, the sky, the ocean. The enslaved people being thrown to their deaths over the side of the ship are deliberately obscured. Pinnock's new play Rockets...

  • Adrian Edmondson and Ethan Kai in Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia at the Almeida.(Photo by Marc Brenner)

    In a time long ago, well 1943 to be exact, Tunisia was home to Arabs and Jews who lived together under French rule. The Nazi's invasion of Tunisia introduced violence, suffering, and betrayal between neighbours. Such is the setting for the Almeida's new drama about war, survival, and identity which playwright Josh Azouz serves drenched in sickly black humour.In the play's striking opening scene, designer Max Johns has innovatively recreated a Tunisian desert using sand coloured boxes of various...

  • Photo credit: Operation Mincemeat (Photo by Matt Crockett)

    From its opening chorus, Operation Mincemeat is a fizzy, clever, compelling new musical. Though billed as a work-in-progress, don't come in expecting a half-finished evening: this is a tight and carefully considered piece that deserves to be seen on a much larger stage soon. Composition and writing team SplitLip (consisting of David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson, and Zoe Roberts, who also make up four of the five members of the acting company) have been publicly workshopping the show...

    Fortune Theatre
  • Carrie Hope Fletcher, Laura Baldwin, Victora Hamilton-Barritt, Georgina Castle in Cinderella, Photo Credit Tristram Kenton

    We could all use a fairytale right now after the year (and a half) we've had. A little escapism to drown our troubles and remember that sometimes happy endings and dreams do come true. Well, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella is a different kind of fairytale, one that, instead, reminds us of our humanity and that sometimes things turn out as you least expect them to. Who wants to ride off into the sunset anyway when you could make mistakes and learn some things along the way?That's certainly been...

    Gillian Lynne Theatre
  • Photo credit: Jersey Boys (Photo by Piers Allardyce)

    The gorgeously revamped Trafalgar Theatre (formerly Trafalgar Studios) christens its new auditorium with an old favourite: 2005 biographical jukebox musical Jersey Boys, which last ran in the West End from 2008-2017. Well, the boys are back in town - a strong lure for those audiences still working their way back to theatre.Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice's show makes a virtue out of the Four Seasons members' conflicting recollections of their rise to fame and subsequent acrimonious split. The...

    Trafalgar Theatre
  • Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O'Dowd in Constellations (Photo by Marc Brenner)

    The inspiring multiple-cast run of Nick Payne's multiverse play Constellations continues to wow in the West End. Us lucky critics have already seen two pairs - Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah, and Zoë Wanamaker and Peter Capaldi (reviewed here) - as cosmologist Marianne and beekeeper Roland. In Payne's skilful dramatisation of the infinite variations in parallel universes, the couple variously get together or don't, break up for different reasons, get married or don't, and face a major health...

    Vaudeville Theatre
  • Photo credit: Lesley Sharp, Amie Francis and Sutara Gayle in Paradise (Photo by Helen Murray)

    This summer's barrage of theatre openings comes to an unexpectedly heady climax with Paradise, the poet and polymath Kae Tempest's brave and bruising modern-day adaptation of Sophocles's Philoctetes. Marking the first show in 18 months or so to open at the National Theatre to full capacity, Ian Rickson's production reminds us of this director's singular gift for theatrical transliteration and, indeed, translation, as reflected in his magnificent revival at this same address a few years ago of...

  • Photo credit: Julia Chan, Lily Allen, Hadley Fraser and Jake Wood in 2:22 A Ghost Story (Photo by Helen Murray)

    Lily Allen shrieks before she even says a word in 2:22: A Ghost Story, which tips you off immediately as to the way Danny Robins's debut West End play is due to proceed. But the name-grabbing debut on view is, of course, singer-songwriter Allen, who was due some years back to be penning a major musical of Bridget Jones's Diary from which she parted company along the way.Instead, here Allen is, looking sleek and glam and very much forming part of the four-person ensemble that has been assembled...

    Criterion Theatre

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