Tag Archives: Southwark Playhouse

The war has not yet started

Southwark Playhouse, London (****)

© Steve Tanner, (l-r) Sarah Hadland, Hannah Britland, Mark Quartly - awaiting escape or maybe not, over the border, past custom control...

© Steve Tanner, (l-r) Sarah Hadland, Hannah Britland, Mark Quartly – awaiting escape or maybe not, over the border, past custom control…

Well, here’s a thing now, a season of plays up from Plymouth – but no ordinary season when steered by Simon Stokes and Jenny Topper. Continue reading

A Day By The Sea

Southwark Playhouse, London (***)

© Phil Gammon, Susan Tracy as Laura Anson and David Whitworth as David Anson, Laura's brother-in-law

© Phil Gammon, Susan Tracy as Laura Anson and David Whitworth as David Anson, Laura’s brother-in-law

You win some, you lose some. Sometimes `forgotten gems’ are cast aside for good reason. Fashion, sensibilities, history – always changing. N C Hunter was once a darling of the West End in the 1950s, along with Rattigan and Coward. Then along came the era of the baldly and badly named working-class ` kitchen-sink’ dramas and such quiet, middle class fare completely lost its hold. Or attraction. Continue reading

Doubt

Southwark Playhouse, London (****)

© Paul Nicholas Dyke, Stella Gonet as Sister Aloysius

© Paul Nicholas Dyke, Stella Gonet as Sister Aloysius

What price certainty? Christ’s `it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven’ could perhaps be replaced in John Patrick Shanley’s Tony award and Pulitzer prize winner with `it is easier for a doubter to enter the kingdom than the man – or woman – of certainty.’ Continue reading

The Life

Southwark Playhouse (*****)

© Conrad Blakemore, T'Shan Williams as Queen, heart broken but dreaming dreams of freedom in 1980s New York's Times Square.

© Conrad Blakemore, T’Shan Williams as Queen, heart broken but dreaming dreams of freedom in 1980s New York’s Times Square.

Even if you’re not a musical aficionado, Michael Blakemore’s production and the way the young cast headed by Sharon D Clarke get hold of and deliver Cy Coleman’s music with Ira Gasman’s lyrics will just blow you away. Continue reading

Stallerhof

Southwark Playhouse, London (****)

Stallerhof (Southwark Playhouse, London) – Carole Woddis

**** (four stars)

Last week Glasgow was chosen as one of the UK’s cultural must-sees. London didn’t get a look-in but for any theatre buff considering coming south for a quick New Year fix, you could do worse than land at Waterloo and walk along the south bank to London Bridge. Continue reading

Allegro

Southwark Playhouse, London (****)

© Scott Rylander, Gary Tushaw (Joseph Taylor Jr) and company

© Scott Rylander, Gary Tushaw (Joseph Taylor Jr) and company

Somewhere down the line, this is the one that got away, the 1947 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, following Oklahoma! and Carousel that didn’t find favour and came off after a short run. Continue reading