Tag Archives: Young Vic Theatre

The Convert, Sweat, Summer and Smoke

The Convert ****
By Danai Gurira

© Marc Brenner with Letitia Wright (Jekesai/Ester) - the newest convert...

© Marc Brenner with Letitia Wright (Jekesai/Ester) – the newest convert…

Young Vic Theatre,
The Cut,
London SE1 8LZ

Runs: 3hrs incl two 15 min intervals

Sweat ****
By Lyn Nottage

© Johan Persson, with Leanne Best (Jessie), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Clare Perkins (Cynthia)

© Johan Persson, with Leanne Best (Jessie), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Clare Perkins (Cynthia)

Donmar Warehouse,
41 Earlham Street,
Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX

Runs: 2hrs 30 mins incl 15 min interval

Summer and Smoke *****
By Tennessee Williams

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran carries the load as Alma in Rebecca Frenshall's superb revival. Here facing the chorus of pianos and the back brick wall distinctive of the Almeida auditorium and replicated in the West End setting.

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran carries the load as Alma in Rebecca Frecknall’s superb revival. Here facing the chorus of pianos and the back brick wall distinctive of the Almeida auditorium and replicated in the West End setting.

Duke of York’s Theatre
St Martin’s Lane
London WC2N 4BG

Runs: 2hrs 40mins incl 15 min interval

Review by Carole Woddis of performances seen Dec 18, 20, and Dec 22, 2018:

After something of an enforced lay-off, this week has been one of those weeks. Three shows via our three of our foremost subsidised London theatres, the Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse and the third, an Almeida Theatre transfer to the West End at the Duke of York’s. Continue reading

Twelfth Night

Young Vic Theatre, London ****
Review by: Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 16, 2018:

© Johan Persson, Gabrielle Brooks as Cesario/Viola leading the company in one of the many exuberant ensembles from the community chorus...

© Johan Persson, Gabrielle Brooks as Cesario/Viola leading the company in one of the many exuberant ensembles from the community chorus…

As opening statements go, Kwame Kwei Armah’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, imported from New York’s Public Theater is probably as joyous a marker of future intent as you could wish for. Continue reading

The Inheritance

Young Vic Theatre, London ****

© Simon Annand, Kyle Soller and Andrew Burnap as the two early lovers, Eric and Toby

© Simon Annand, Kyle Soller and Andrew Burnap as the two early lovers, Eric and Toby

First, the inevitable name check: Angels in America, Tony Kushner. Well, how can it be avoided when you are dealing with a play that runs for over six hours, in two three-hour parts, that includes a hefty slab about the Aids epidemic and the decimation it caused amongst gay men in the 1980s. Continue reading

How to Win Against History

The Maria, Young Vic Theatre, London ****

© Kristina Banholzer, Seiriol Davies as the cross-dressing Henry Paget, Marquis of Anglesey, starring in his own show and theatre...

© Kristina Banholzer, Seiriol Davies as the cross-dressing Henry Paget, Marquis of Anglesey, starring in his own show and theatre…

Seiriol Davies’s How to Win Against History is not quite like anything I’ve ever seen before. But then again, it is. A pastiche, a satire, a brilliant piece of aesthetic camperie on a par with some of the best, wackiest shows of the alternative, gay scene of the late 1980s and ‘90s by such as Bloolips with the inimical Bette Bourne, Davies is absolutely in the tradition of Lindsay Kemp and probably Oscar Wilde – had Oscar performed as much as written. Continue reading

Wings

Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© Johan Persson, Juliet Stevenson, in mid-air, metaphorically, neurologically...

© Johan Persson, Juliet Stevenson, in mid-air, metaphorically, neurologically…

Forty one years ago, US playwright Arthur Kopit’s father had a catastrophic stroke that rendered him speechless.

Out of that family disaster, Kopit (who wrote books for the hit musicals Phantom, Nine and High Society as well as the memorably crazed Ah Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung you in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad) wrote Wings. Continue reading

Life of Galileo

Young Vic Theatre, London (****)

© Leon Puplett, Life of Galileo and audience

© Leon Puplett, Life of Galileo and audience

Clever programming from David Lan has delivered exactly the right kind of play at the right time. Whatever you may think about Bertolt Brecht’s more doctrinaire views, here’s a play in Joe Wright’s visually spectacular, star-gazing production that says exactly what needs to be said for a society reeling from and dominated by self-interest and finance

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