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What If If Only

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs ****
Sloane Square
London SW1
Runs: 17 mins without interval
Review of perf seen Oct 1, 2021:

© Johan Persson. Linda Bassett as the ghost of things past and what is to come and John Heffernan, harrowed by grief…

WHAT IF IF ONLY – how many times must that have been said of a best beloved who has died. If only I had, what if this or that hadn’t happened? Continue reading


Young Vic Theatre, London (***)

© Richard Hubert Smith

© Richard Hubert Smith

If you come out of the theatre extolling the virtues of the set rather than the play, well, something’s amiss somewhere. Fine to re-cast Shakespeare in a mode for today but this is the second Young Vic Shakespeare whose obsession with modernity falls on the side of tricksy rather than illuminating. Continue reading


Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Three years ago, Nicholas Kent staged a monumental event around the subject of The Bomb – a series of plays, discussions, debates and film screenings about the creation, proliferation, limitation and present day dangers of the discovery of nuclear fission.

© Keith Pattison

© Keith Pattison

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