2010’s

The Watsons

Menier Chocolate Factory, London *****
Runs: 2hrs 20mins with 15 min interval
Box Office: 020 7378 1713 (£2.50 transaction fee per booking)
Website:  www.menierchocolatefactory.com

Review of perf seen Sept 30, 2019:

© Manuel Harlan, the company in Samuel West's pitch perfect production...

© Manuel Harlan, the company in Samuel West’s pitch perfect production…

Some evenings turn out to be such a pick-me-up – exactly what Laura Wade’s delicious, clever and delectable confection, based or `adapted’ from Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon, proves to be. Continue reading

Blood Wedding

Young Vic Theatre, London ****
TICKETS: 020 7922 2922.
www.youngvictheatre.org
Runs: 1hrs 50 mins without interval

© Marc Brenner, Olwen Fouere foreground, as the unforgiving mother marrying off her only remaining son...land and bearing children are everything in this contract...

© Marc Brenner, Olwen Fouere foreground, as the unforgiving mother marrying off her only remaining son…land and bearing children are everything in this contract…

Review of perf seen Sept 27, 2019:

In 2005, after seeing Rufus Norris’ Almeida production of Blood Wedding, the Guardian’s esteemed critic, Michael Billington, echoing American critic, Harold Clurman. pondered whether Lorca’s tragedy could ever be successfully staged by English actors. Continue reading

Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ****
Runs: 2hr 20 mins incl an interval
TICKETS 020 7565 -5000
In person: Mon–Sat, 10am-start of perf or 6pm if no show

© Johan Persson, Louisa Harland, Kwabena Ansah, Rebekah Murrell, Patrick McNamee - red rubber dog, a clock, a glass girl, a vase - with human feelings...in Glass

© Johan Persson, Louisa Harland, Kwabena Ansah, Rebekah Murrell, Patrick McNamee – red rubber dog, a clock, a glass girl, a vase – with human feelings…in Glass

Review: of perf seen Sept 26, 2019:

Remarkable. At 81, Caryl Churchill is still producing new plays as daring in form and treatment as any. She’s now brought not one but four new plays to the Royal Court, in many ways her alma mater where so many of her plays have seen the first light of day.  Continue reading

Until the Flood

Arcola Theatre, London ****
Runs: 1hr 10 mins without interval
Box Office:  020 7503 1646
Online: www.arcolatheatre.com

© Alex Brenner, remembering Michael Brown...

© Alex Brenner, remembering Michael Brown…

Review of perf seen Sept 20, 2019:

When it comes to capturing the soul of a nation, America can certainly field some big hitters.

Last year it was the mother of verbatim theatre, Anna Deveare Smith who appeared briefly in London with Notes from the Field, a searing, intense investigation into discrimination seen through the penal and education systems – the disproportionate number of African-Americans in prison, excluded from schools and shot by police.  Continue reading

total immediate collective imminent terrestrial salvation

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London ****
Runs: 1hr 10 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

© Eoin Carey, Susan Vidler and Shyvonne Ahmmad, surrounded by audience members. A young girl awakes, and an older woman tries to engage in a narrative that neither can agree on...

© Eoin Carey, Susan Vidler and Shyvonne Ahmmad, surrounded by audience members. A young girl awakes, and an older woman tries to engage in a narrative that neither can agree on…

Review of perf seen Sept 13, 2019:

Total immediate collective imminent terrestrial salvation. 

Quite a handful of a title to get hold of. But unlike much printed on the front of the bottle these days, it is what it says. It is a total immediate collective imminent terrestrial salvation – of sorts. Continue reading

Amsterdam

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond ***
Runs: 1hr 20mins without an interval
TICKETS: Box Office: 020 8940 3633
On-line: www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk

© Helen Murray, Michal Horowicz - the young violinist

© Helen Murray, Michal Horowicz – the young violinist

Review of perf seen Sept 11, 2019:

Maya Arad Yasur’s Amsterdam had already had an illustrious reception before it hit Paul Miller’s pocket dynamo Orange Tree, Richmond this week. Continue reading