Tag Archives: Southwark Playhouse

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

The Fifth Column

Southwark Playhouse, London (***)

Simon Darwen (Philip Rawlings), Michael Edwards (Max)

© Phil Gammon, Simon Darwen (Philip Rawlings), Michael Edwards (Max)

Over the past dozen years or so, Tricia Thorns and Two’s Company have unearthed some terrific forgotten plays, notably about WWI and the role of women in society. Alas the London premiere, almost eighty years on, of Ernest Hemingway’s only play, The Fifth Column is unlikely to be marked amongst them though Thorns typically marshals her forces at Southwark Playhouse with flair and attention to detail. Continue reading