Author Archives: Carole Woddis

the end of history

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs ***
Runs: 1hr 50 mins without interval
TICKETS 020 7565 -5000
In person: Mon–Sat, 10am-start of perf or 6pm if no show
On-line: www.royalcourttheatre.co.uk

© Johan Persson, David Morrissey as a sympathetic David, husband to Lesley Sharp's dynamic Sal - a loving couple...

© Johan Persson, David Morrissey as a sympathetic David, husband to Lesley Sharp’s dynamic Sal – a loving couple…

Review: of performance seen July 5, 2019:

Even the best of intentions can sometimes end up messily.

You’d think the combo of Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and before that, Hope, and the brilliant adaptation of the Swedish gothic tale, let the right one in) would be a brilliant reunion. Continue reading

The Hunt

Almeida Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hr 10 mins incl one interval
TICKETS 020 7359 4404 (24 hours)
In person: 10am-7.30pm (Mon-Sat)

© Marc Brenner, the `Lodge' and the community, close-knit bonds that snap when taboo lines seem to have been crossed.

© Marc Brenner, the `Lodge’ and the community, close-knit bonds that snap when taboo lines seem to have been crossed.

Review of perf seen July 2, 2019:

Like Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour and Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, The Hunt is based around a lie, a false accusation and sex.  Continue reading

Europe

Donmar Theatre, London ****

Runs: 2hrs 20 mins incl 15 min interval
Review of perf seen July 1, 2019:

© Marc Brenner; Theo Barklem-Biggs (Horse), Stephen Wight (Billy), Billy Howle (Berlin), Kevork Malikyan (Sava), Natalia Tena (Katia) - immigrants and residents clashing up against each other...

© Marc Brenner; Theo Barklem-Biggs (Horse), Stephen Wight (Billy), Billy Howle (Berlin), Ron Cook (fret), Kevork Malikyan (Sava), Natalia Tena (Katia) – immigrants and residents clashing up against each other…

How fascinating to see David Greig’s Europe again twenty-five years on from its premiere. What was Greig thinking about, I wonder, when he first wrote Europe in 1994? – a landscape so far distant from our own in 2019 in terms of optimism in a play also now so prescient of the violence that immigration has unleashed on Europe reigniting the rise of neo fascism barely fifty years after the war that many must have thought had crushed it forever.  Continue reading

Summer Rolls

Park Theatre, London ****
Runs: 2hrs with an interval
Review of perf seen June 24, 2019
© Dante Kim, Michael Phong-Le (Anh) and Linh-Dan Pham (Mother), exposing family secrets from the past...

© Dante Kim, Michael Phong-Le (Anh) and Linh-Dan Pham (Mother), exposing family secrets from the past…

Another milestone, another account of lost stories come to light. Summer Rolls is the first Vietnamese play to have been produced in London and a mark of a growing sense of confidence by its two young producers, Tuyen Do, Summer Rolls’ author and Tuyet Huynh, who only set up their production company, VãnThanh Productions a year ago. Continue reading