Tag Archives: Bush Theatre

Misty

Trafalgar Studios, Studio 1, London *****
Review of performance seen Sept 13, 2018:

© Helen Murray, Mya-Napolean as his young sister, Arinze-Kené writing, being an artist - ain't easy...

© Helen Murray, Mya-Napolean as his young sister, Arinze-Kené writing, being an artist – ain’t easy…

Sometimes you just know you’ve seen the future. I missed seeing Misty at the Bush. I can only imagine that for once, the transfer has settled it into an even better, more appropriate venue. For this mostly solo tour de force and `force of nature’ as he has already been dubbed expands to fill the larger Trafalgar Studios space as if built for it. Continue reading

Guards at the Taj

Bush Theatre, London (****)

© Marc Brenner, Darren Kuppan (Babur) and Danny Ashok (Humayun) - the two guards, on guard...

© Marc Brenner, Darren Kuppan (Babur) and Danny Ashok (Humayun) – the two guards, on guard…

Revamped to the tune of £4.3million by those troubadours of theatre architecture, Haworth Tompkins (the Young Vic, the Royal Court, the Donmar and the Almeida are just some of their recent judicious face-lifting credits), the Bush Theatre kicks off its new life with a design befitting its new enlarged status. Continue reading

Boys Will Be Boys

Bush Hall, London (*** for play/**** for production)

© Helen Murray. Provocative...

© Helen Murray. Provocative…

Melissa Bubnic’s fierce denunciation of the City and its financial practises makes for uncomfortable viewing if you’re a woman. To survive, `you whore’, says her anti-heroine, Astrid Wentworth bluntly. `You do whatever it takes to make clients like you.’ Continue reading

Right Now

Bush Theatre, London (****)

© Simon Annand, (l-r) Lindsey Campbell (Alice), Guy Williams (Gilles), Ben (Sean Biggerstaff), Juliette (Maureen Beattie), (and upside down) Dyfan Dwyfor (Francois)

© Simon Annand,
(l-r) Lindsey Campbell (Alice), Guy Williams (Gilles), Ben (Sean Biggerstaff), Juliette (Maureen Beattie), (and upside down) Dyfan Dwyfor (Francois)

 

There’s an interesting gallic breeze blowing across British theatreland at present. It may of course all be coincidental but if Catherine-Anne Toupin’s oleaginous husband Gilles and his equally repugnant wife, Juliette, had anything to do with it, nothing comes by chance. All is meant to be. Continue reading

Pink Mist

Bush Theatre, London (****)

© Mark Douet, Alex Stedman, Phil Dunster, and Peter Edwrads in Pink Mist by Owen Sheers

© Mark Douet, Alex Stedman, Phil Dunster, and Peter Edwrads in Pink Mist by Owen Sheers

They call it the fog of war but Owen Sheers’ Pink Mist presents us with a modern contemporary version – `pink mist’, the moment when `one of your mates…goes in a flash, from being there to not…that’s all they are. A fine spray of pink…’. Continue reading

Stovepipe

Unit 19, West 12 Centre, Shepherds Bush, London

A stone’s thrown down from The Bush theatre stands the West 12 Shopping Centre. Dwarfed by its pushy new arrival, Westfield, Unit 19 West 12 is now playing host to an unlikely nightly bombardment set in motion by the Bush’s enterprising Josie Rourke in collaboration with the National Theatre. Continue reading