The latest news, features and reviews from London theatre, opera and dance, from the West End and the National Theatre to the fringe and everything in-between.


Richard Booth and Marah Stafford as Cheshire Cat, Rah Petherbridge

Alice's Adventures Underground

Oliver Lansley and Anthony Spargo (Les Enfants Terribles and ebp in association with Creature of London at The Vaults, Waterloo).
Reviewer: Amy Yorston

Wear Your Wounds, Bill Knight

JV2 / 2017

Marilena Darea, Kukstapoz and Jasmin Vardimon (Jasmin Vardimon at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Mark Edel-Hunt as Daniel Quinn, Jonathan Keenan

Paul Auster's City of Glass

Adapted for the stage by Duncan Macmillan, based on the first novel of the New York Trilogy by Paul Auster and the graphic novel by Paul Auster and David Mazzuchelli (59 Productions, HOME and Lyric Hammersmith at Lyric Hammersmith).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Demar Lambert and Anthony Nyagah (The father), Daniel Beacock

Refugee Boy

Based on the novel by Benjamin Zephaniah and adapted for the stage by Lemn Sissay (Chickenshed at Studio Theatre Chickenshed Southgate).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Maureen Beattie, Chloe Lamford

Nuclear War

Simon Stephens (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Halina Reijn and Jude Law, Jan Versweyveld


Based on the film by Luchino Visconti, adapted by Jan Peter Gerrits in an English version by Simon Stephens (Toneelgroep, Amsterdam at Barbican Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

The Macbeths, Nir Segal

The Macbeths

William Shakespeare, Alexander Raptotasios and Manolis Tsipos (Ferodo Bridges CIC at Pleasance Theatre, Islington (Stage Space)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Richard Galloway as a landlord and Mitesh Soni in Grip, Pamela Raith

Home Truths

Nessah Muthy, Chris O’Connell, E V Crowe, Anders Lustgarten, Heathcote Williams, Sarah Woods, Sohali Bhattacharyya, Stef Smith, Lin Coglan, David Watson. (Cardboard Citizens at The Bunker).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Smother, Cody Choi


Andrea Walker (201 Dance Company at Theatre Royal, Stratford East).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Men and Girls Dance, Matthew Andrews

Men and Girls Dance

(Fevered Sleep in association with Fuel at The Place).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Jonathon Young, Jermaine Spivey, Cindy Salgado, David Raymond, Tiffany Tregarthen and Bryan Arias in Betroffenheit, Michael Slobodian


Choreographed and directed by Crystal Pite, written by Jonathon Young (Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre at Sadler's Wells Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Adam Karim as Yusuf and Joan Blackham as Pat, Robert Day

Ready or Not

Naylah Ahmed (Kali Theatre at Arcola Theatre (Studio 2)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Joan - Lucy Jane Parkinson, Robert Day


Written and composed by Lucy J Skilbeck (Milk Presents at Oval House Theatre).
Reviewer: Sandra Giorgetti

T J and Dave,

T J & Dave

T J Jagodowski and David Pasquesi (Barrow Street Theatre at Soho Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Katherine Jenkins (Julie Jordan) and Alfie Boe (Billy Bigelow), Tristram Kenton


Music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the play Liliom by Ferenc Molnár as adapted by Benjamin F Glaser (GradeLinnit Productions at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Andrew C Wadsworth, Richard Emerson, Marc Pickering, Nuwan Hugh Perera, Daniel Graham, Matthew Whitby, Darren Bell

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert (Nick Thompson Productions and Tarquin Productions in association with the King's Head Theatre at Wilton's Music Hall).
Reviewer: Claire Seymour

Orlando James (Leontes), Johan Persson

The Winter's Tale

William Shakespeare (Cheek by Jowl at Silk Street Theatre, Barbican Centre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Simon Mokhele and Faaiz Mbelizi, Tim Hall

It Is So Ordered

Conor Carroll (Changing Face at The Pleasance).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Billy Postlethwaite, Burt Caesar and Martin Turner, Alex Brenner

The Plague

After La Peste by Albert Camus adapted by Neil Bartlett (Arcola Theatre at Arcola Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Katrin Larissa Kasper (Eva), Paul Willcocks (Guard), Robert Piwko


Diane Samuels (Tower Theatre Company at Theatro Technis).
Reviewer: Claire Seymour

Le Gateau Chocolat,

Le Gateau Chocolat: Black

Le Gateau Chocolat with Ed Burnside (In Company Collective at Theatre Royal, Stratford East).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Macbeth at The Jack Studio Theatre, Robert Youngson


William Shakespeare (A C Group at The Jack Studio Theatre).
Reviewer: Sandra Giorgetti

Kathryn Hunter as Karen Blixen, Dan Fearon

Out of Blixen

Riotous Company (Riotous Company Co-produced with Print Room at Print Room at the Coronet).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Rebecca Collingwood, Neil Chinneck, Isabella Marshall, Susan Penhaligon, Duncan Moore, Greg Veit


T W Robertson (Project One Theatre Company in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre at Finborough Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Pip Donaghy as Morgan, Ashley Zhangazha as Richard and Tam Williams as Martin, Helen Maybanks

The Lottery of Love

Pierre Marivaux (translated by John Fowles) (Orange Tree Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Ballet Central Highland Fling: Stephen Murray, Bill Cooper

2017 Tour

(Ballet Central at Stratford Circus Arts Centre).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt

Andrew Bradley as Harvey & Katie Paine as Esther, Joseph Hodges

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Book by Ben H Winters & Erik Jackson, music by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Phillip Cody (Joseph Hodges Entertainments at Upstairs at the Gatehouse).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Liam Vincent-Kilbride as Ugly with Geese, Nick Rutter


Music by George Stiles, book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe (Dot by Dot Productions at Union Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Urbaine Hayo as Brother, Kiké Brimah as Sister and Sacharissa Claxton as Lover, Lidia Crisafulli


Created by Urban Wolf and written by Tom Wainwright (Ovalhouse and The Art Machine at Ovalhouse).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Clementine Mills and Matthew Coulton, Greg Goodale

The Mutant Man

Christopher Bryant (Space Arts Centre, Westferry Road).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Henry Wyrley Birch and Timothy Harker, Scott Rylander

Incident at Vichy

Arthur Miller (The Phil Willmott Company at Finborough Theatre, Earl’s Court).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Ben Chaplin, Sarah Lee


Nina Raine (Out of Joint at Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre)).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Philip's Top 5

Andrew Scott, Miles Aldridge


William Shakespeare (Almeida Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

The Cast, Alastair Muir

The Play That Goes Wrong

Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields (Mischief Theatre at Duchess Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Tamsin Greig as Malvolia, Phoebe Fox as Olivia, Marc Brenner

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare (Olivier Theatre (National Theatre)).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Conleth Hill and Imelda Staunton, Johan Persson

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Edward Albee (Sonia Friedman Productions and Tulchin Bartner Productions at Harold Pinter Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

The Alternative Top 5

Katie Brayben, Birgit and Ralf Brinkhoff

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Book by Douglas McGrath, songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil (Aldwych Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Paul Chahidi (Bill Rodgers), Roger Allam (Roy Jenkins), Debra Gillett (Shirley Williams) and Tom Goodman-Hill (David Owen), Jack Sain


Steve Waters (Donmar Warehouse).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Matilda the Musical,

Matilda the Musical

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin (Royal Shakespeare Company at Cambridge Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher


Theatre Book Prize shortlist revealed

Judges for the STR Theatre Book Prize have now announced their shortlist and a date for declaring the winner at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Tom Howard, 05 April 2017

Inspector in The Lounge

Inspector Sands brings its characteristically absurdist exploration of twilight years The Lounge to Contact, Manchester and Soho Theatre, London.

David Upton, 31 March 2017

RSC Rome season to transfer to the Barbican

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rome MMXVII season of four Shakespeare plays will transfer to London's Barbican straight after their run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.

Steve Orme, 29 March 2017