Inside Bitch

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London ***
Runs: 1hr 05 mins without interval 
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Mar 5, 2019:

© Ali Wright, Lucy Edkins, TerriAnn Oudjar, Jennifer Joseph, Jade Small

© Ali Wright, Lucy Edkins, TerriAnn Oudjar, Jennifer Joseph, Jade Small

Clean Break, the company that transforms the lives of ex prisoners through theatre are in celebratory mood. This is their 40th anniversary year and what an amazing and bravely innovating idea it was when two former inmates got together to start the company and bring new hope and life for women prisoners emerging from the criminal justice system.

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The Cherry Orchard

Barbican Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hr 50mins incl 20 min interval

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Feb 5, 2019:

© Alex Yocu, Alexander Petrov (Lopakhin), Natalia Reva-Ryadinskaya (Varya) and the company...

© Alex Yocu, Alexander Petrov (Lopakhin), Natalia Reva-Ryadinskaya (Varya), Victoria Isakova (Ranevskaya) and the company…

Visits by Russian companies are always welcome. Generally, they bring such flair and excitement to texts no matter how well over-worked they are in our own repertoire. Continue reading

Witness for the Prosecution

London County Hall, London. ****
Review of perf seen Jan 30, 2019:

© Ellie Kurtz, trial by jury, headed by Christopher Ravenscroft as Judge Mr Justice Wainright presiding...

© Ellie Kurtz, trial by jury, headed by Christopher Ravenscroft as Judge Mr Justice Wainright presiding…

Box Office: 0844 815 7141
Online: www.witnesscountyhall.com
Tues to Sat 7.30pm, mats Thurs and Sat 2.30pm; Sun 3pm
Runs: 1hr 55 mins plus 20 min interval

It was a stroke of marketing genius on the part of director Lucy Bailey and her producers to decide to stage one of Agatha Christie’s best loved court room dramas in something approaching a court room!  Continue reading

The War of the Worlds

New Diorama Theatre London *****

© The Other Richard, Julian Spooner and cast simulating being CBS actors beginning the infamous Orson Welles' broadcast of The War of the Worlds in 1938...

© The Other Richard, Julian Spooner and cast simulating being CBS actors beginning the infamous Orson Welles’ broadcast of The War of the Worlds in 1938…

Runs: 80 mins no interval.
TICKETS : 0207 383 9034
On-line: www.newdiorama.com

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Jan 11, 2019:

There is something about artists who train at Ecole Jacques Lecoq. They seem to reach places other actors can’t or haven’t even thought about reaching.  Continue reading

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Almeida Theatre, London ***
Runs: 1hr 40mins without interval

© Marc Brenner, Simon Russell Beale. Richard II, down and out...

© Marc Brenner, Simon Russell Beale. Richard II, down and out…

TICKETS 020 7359 4404 (24 hours)
In person: 10am-7.30pm (Mon-Sat)
On-line: www.almeida.co.uk

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Jan 2, 2019:

Much as I admire Rupert Goold, I have to admit that if it weren’t for Simon Russell Beale, I’m not sure I’d have stayed the course with Joe Hill-Gibbins latest excursion into Shakespeare. Continue reading

Doctor Faustus

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London ***
Runs 2hrs 30 mins incl interval

TICKETS 020 7401 9919 or 0871 297 0749 (booking fee applies)
In person: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm (8pm on perf days);
Sundays: 10am-5pm (7pm on perf days)
On-line: www.shakespearesglobe.com

© Marc Brenner, Jocelyn Jee Esien as Doctor Faustus in Paulette Randall's gender switched production...

© Marc Brenner, Jocelyn Jee Esien as Doctor Faustus in Paulette Randall’s gender switched production…

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Dec 28, 2018:

I love Christopher Marlowe. I love the raciness and rebel in him. And sometimes, particularly in Paulette Randall’s reframed version here at Shakespeare’s Globe with Doctor Faustus, the omnivorous, greedy scholar as a woman selling her soul to the Devil for more knowledge and more of everything material, you could feel the young Marlowe within riding those waves as if putting two fingers up to the Establishment of his times. Continue reading