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  • Photo credit: Cast of Death Drop (Photo by Matt Crockett)

    While not marketed directly as a Christmas show, there is more than a touch of pantomime to Death Drop. Written by Holly Stars, the self-described "Dragatha Christie Murder Mystery" is a glitzy, if somewhat straggly show.The premise is fairly simple — set in 1991, against a stage design which can only be described as what might happen if the set of The Mousetrap was put in a blender with The Pink Panther, a group of guests, ranging from the washed up 80s popstar Shazza (Courtney Act), the stuffy...

    Garrick Theatre
  • Luke Thallon, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Katie Brayben, and Maimuna Memon in Nine Lessons and Carols at the Almeida. (Photo by Helen Murray)

    Add the Almeida to the gratifying list of London playhouses that are opening their doors this week for the first time since March, following directly on the heels of another Off-West End mainstay, the Hampstead. But whereas that northwest London venue is currently looking towards the past by way of a Harold Pinter play (The Dumb Waiter) from 60 years ago, the Almeida has its eye on the here and now - specifically, a fragmentary play devised for our fraught times that draws its title from the...

  • Simon Russell Beale in A Christmas Carol at the Bridge Theatre (Photo by Manuel Harlan)

    In this miserly year given over in so many cases to illness and isolation, the arrival of A Christmas Carol as the festive-season title of choice seems especially popular. Dickens's tale of gradually awakened generosity is cropping up at numerous addresses around town to remind us of the human and societal interconnectedness that has sometimes gone walkabout in our divisive and plague-ridden times. The time-honored story may be proliferating anew, or getting a fresh makeover courtesy Matthew...

    Bridge Theatre
  • Death of England: Delroy

    "Keep your social racial distance please" intones a robotic announcement repeatedly in the opening moments of this electrifying new monologue by Roy Williams and Clint Dyer. This is not a play about the pandemic, but it is thrillingly plugged in to our current extraordinary moment, with all its division, anger, and fear, all its ripping away of certainties and its fragile hope for the future. Opening night was also closing night, thanks to lockdown. For those who were there, it was...

  • Photo credit: Lladel Bryant in Nine Lives (Photo by Bridge Theatre)

    When we are first introduced to Ishmael, he is urgently seeking to escape. He is illuminated by a solitary light bulb dangling from above and his only companion on the strikingly bare stage is his suitcase. It's clear that he is unsettled and is operating in survival mode.Ishmael, our central character in Nine Lives, is gently revealed to us in the one-man show staged at the Bridge Theatre. Following threats to his life for being gay, he's fled from Zimbabwe to seek asylum in the UK and finds...

  • Photo credit: Craig Hamilton and Lucinda Turner (Photo by Mark Senior)

    Nearly a year into this decade and it's fair to say life isn't exactly as "roaring" as we may have wanted. So, to get gladrags on, clink glasses and be a guest of Jay Gatsby's latest party was a much-needed life tonic. But for all the loaded splendour and sophistication a title like The Great Gatsby carries in popular culture, its immersive theatre adaptation struggles to hit the aspirational high that it's striving to achieve.Stepping into the marvellous party, it's apparent that even Jay...

    Gatsby's Mansion
  • Yolanda Mercy in Quarter Life Crisis (Photo by Helen Murray)

    Quarter Life Crisis, Yolanda Mercy's hit one woman show, initially staged at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2017 and now been remounted for the Bridge's current repertory season, is a charmingly performed, neon-streaked exploration of growing up and growing into one's self. It also operates as an inadvertent ode to London pre-Covid. Main character Alicia drifts through the city, from Camberwell to Streatham, from Peckham to the West End, popping into rammed house parties, sweaty clubs, raucous...

  • The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse

    The last five years? Hell, what about the last seven months? That's how long it's been (give or take a week) since Jonathan O'Boyle's terrific Off-West End revival of Jason Robert Brown's musical theatre mainstay saw its original run truncated by Covid-driven lockdown. In fact, I was among the audience on that fateful Monday (March 16) when L5Y, as this show is famously known in shorthand, was one of the very few shows to perform that evening, the rest of London theatreland having gone dark in...

    Garrick Theatre
  • Tamsin Greig in Nights of the Garden of Spain at the Bridge Theatre (Photo by Zac Nicholson)

    Any season of work that's taking place in a London theatre at the moment is worthy of five stars in my book. The Bridge Theatre's proving that there is no business like showbusiness, with its Talking Heads season allowing audiences to witness — quite simply — acting masterclasses from Britain's finest actors. After Alan Bennett's monologues were revived on our screens earlier this year, it seems fitting to the British "keep calm and carry on" mentality that we're still able to enjoy these...

  • Imelda Staunton in Lady of Letters at the Bridge Theatre (Photo by Zac Nicholson)

    At this point, Alan Bennett's Talking Heads are an institution in and of themselves. Having screened twelve of Bennett's miniature character studies on the BBC during lockdown, The Bridge has transplanted eight of these monologues into their autumn repertory season. Playing Sandwiches (originally written in 1988) and Lady of Letters (1998) are undeniably dated (references to community policing in Lady of Letters feel particularly antiquated), but are still quintessential Bennett — banally funny,...

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