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.


Eva Yerbabuena, Fernando Ruso


Direction, original idea and choreography Eva Yerbabuena (Flamenco Festival London 2017 at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Lars Eidinger, Arno Declai

Richard III

William Shakespeare, translation and version by Marius von Mayenberg (Schaubühne Berlin at Barbican Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Israel Galván in FLA.CO.MEN, Hugo Gumiel


Direction, choreography and dance Israel Galván (Flamenco Festival at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Dan Armstrong, Agnes Wild, Daniel Holme as Horace, Olivia Hirst and Rianna Dearden as Rosa, Lost Watch Theatre Company

Flew the Coop

Rianna Dearden (Lost Watch Theatre Company at New Diorama Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

A Clockwork Orange,

A Clockwork Orange

Anthony Burgess (Action to the Word presented by Glynis Henderson Productions in association with Park Theatre at Park Theatre (Park 200)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Anton Cross as Boy, Wasi Daniju

good dog

Arinzé Kene (tiata fahodzi in association with Watford Palace Theatre at Watford Palace Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Lauren Samuels and Alex Vlahos, Ray Burmiston

La Ronde

A new adaptation by Max Gill (Collaborative Artists at The Bunker, Southwark).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Governess Elizabeth, Matt Humphrey

See Me Now

Created by Mimi Poskitt, Molly Taylor, the Company and Young Vic Taking Part (Young Vic and Look Left Look Right at Young Vic Maria Studio).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Ensemble in Masurca Fogo, Zerrin Aydin-Herwegh

Masurca Fogo

Director and choreographer Pina Bausch (Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Christoph Gawenda, Gianmarco Bresadola

Beware of Pity

Stefan Zweig, in a version by Simon McBurney, James Yeatman, Maja Zade and the Ensemble (Complicite and Schaubühne Berlin at Barbican Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Maddie Rice as Rachel, Bruised Sky Productions


Martin Murphy (Bruised Sky Productions at Kings Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Ensemble, Scott Rylander

Anyone Can Whistle

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents (The Phil Willmott Company at Union Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Hamish Rush and Feliks Mathur,

This Must be the Place

Brad Birch and Kenneth Emson (Poleroid Theatre at The Vaults, Waterloo).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Rachel Summers as Zohra and Álvaro Flores as Miguel, Kwaku Kyei

Don Quixote in Algiers

Dermot Murphy (Condor Theatre Company at White Bear Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

The Boys in the Band, Darren Bell

The Boys in the Band

Mart Crowley (Tom O’Connell and James Seabright in association with Jack Maple, King’s Head Theatre and Park Theatre at Vaudeville Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

My Land's Shore,

My Land's Shore

Music and lyrics by Christopher J Orton, book and lyrics by Robert Gould (All Star Productions at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Christopher Tester with Christina Baston, Davor Tovarlaza @ The Ocular Creative

Crime and Punishment

From the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; adaptation by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus (Arrows & Traps Theatre at The Jack Studio Theatre).
Reviewer: Sandra Giorgetti

Nicholas Banks as Jamie and Miztli Rose Neville as Clara, Tim Bell


Carmen Nasr (Flux Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre at Finborough Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Tom Hollander as Henry Carr , Johan Persson


Tom Stoppard (Chocolate Factory Production and Sonia Friedman Productions at Apollo Theatre).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Joshua Guerrero and Sydney Mancasola, Alastair Muir


Giuseppe Verdi (English National Opera at The Coliseum).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Henry V, Scott Rylander

Henry V

William Shakespeare (with additional words by A E Houseman) (Antic Disposition at Southwark Cathedral).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

HIV Monologues,

HIV Monologues

Patrick Cash (Dragonflies Theatre at Ace Hotel).
Reviewer: Thomas Magill

The Starship Osiris, George Putland

The Starship Osiris

Aiden Willis and George Vere (Willis and Vere at VAULT Festival).
Reviewer: Sandra Giorgetti

Sarah Corbett and Angus Barr, Alex Brenner

We Are Brontë

Angus Barr and Sarah Corbett (Publick Transport at VAULT Festival).
Reviewer: Sandra Giorgetti

Ann Ogbomo, Fola Evans-Akingbola and Oliver Dench, Guy Bell

School Play

Alex MacKeith (Emma Hall, Joanna Nash, Nik Holttum Productions at Southwark Playhouse).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Denise Moreno as Salome and Annabelle Brown as Moon, Yiannis Katsaris


Oscar Wilde (Theatre Lab Company at Hoxton Hall).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Shit Theatre, Claire Haigh

Letters to Windsor House

Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit (Sh!t Theatre at Soho Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Ben Aldridge, Billy Rickards

Run the Beast Down

Titas Halder (Finborough Theatre, Earl’s Court).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Rhiann Francis as Charlotte, Fiona Sheehan as Daisy and Philip Arditti as the Prince, Helen Murray

The Hunting Lodge

Ignace Cornelissen, translated by Purni Morell (Unicorn Theatre (Clore Theatre)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Giorgos Stivanakis, Stamatis Kraounakis and Kostas Bougotis, ML Photography

"All As One" Kiss Me

Stamatis Kraounakis and Speira Speira (Prosopa Events at Union Chapel).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Kate Stanley-Brennan  (Vittoria) and Joseph Timms (Flamineo), Marc Brenner

The White Devil

John Webster (Globe Theatre at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Oscar Scott-White, Christopher Montague, Kate Goodfellow and Jessica Warshaw, Robert Boulton

A Year From Now

Kate Goodfellow and Vicki Baron (RedBellyBlack Theatre at The Vaults).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Lotte Rice in Exactly Like You, Matt Whayman

Exactly Like You

Lotte Rice (VAULT Festival produced by Joe Brown and Matt Whayman at Vault Theatre).
Reviewer: Sandra Giorgetti

The Cast of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox,

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, adaptation by Sam Holcroft, music by Arthur Darvill, lyrics by Sam Holcroft, Arthur Darvill, Al Muriel and Darren Clarke (Nuffield Southampton Theatres at Lyric Hammersmith).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Linda Bassett (Mrs Jarrett), Deborah Findlay (Sally), Kika Markham (Lena) and June Watson (Vi), Johan Persson

Escaped Alone

Caryl Churchill (The Royal Court at The Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Byran Dick (Emlyn), Miranda Foster (Hazel) and Mark Rice-Oxley (Paul), Alex Harvey-Brown

Years of Sunlight

Michael McLean (Seared Productions, Theatre 503 at Theatre 503).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Philip's Top 5

Lucian Msamati as Salieri, Marc Brenner


Peter Shaffer (Olivier Theatre (National)).
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

The Cast, Alastair Muir

The Play That Goes Wrong

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

Steffan Rhodri and Nathaniel Parker, Johan Persson

This House

James Graham (National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre at Garrick 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

Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Jamie Parker (Harry Potter) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), Manuel Harlan

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions at Palace Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

David Fynn (Dewey Finn) & the kids, Tristram Kenton

School of Rock

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, book by Julian Fellowes and lyrics by Glenn Slater (New London Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher


Women’s History Month in East London

Alternative Arts and Tower Hamlets Council celebrate Women’s History Month in March with a programme of events across East London.

Sandra Giorgetti, 19 February 2017

SPRINT 2017 in Camden

Camden People's Theatre's festival of new work, SPRINT, takes place next month.

Sandra Giorgetti, 19 February 2017

April date for Bolton musical première

Watford Palace Theatre is to stage the world première of the musical I Capture the Castle co-produced with the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. It will be staged at the Octagon in April.

David Upton, 05 February 2017

The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2016

The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2016 Generate of usual excitement as winners included Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (three times over), Glenda Jackson and Billie Piper.

Philip Fisher, 31 January 2017

Joe Orton exhibition to open in London

A new exhibition inspired by the life and work of Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), London on Sunday 5 February.

Steve Orme, 31 January 2017

Killing Time at the Park Theatre

Brigit Forsyth is to star alongside her daughter, Zoe Mills, in Killing Time, a new comedy exploring inspiration, music, life and the right to die.

Sheila Connor, 29 January 2017

The National Theatre in 2017

At a press conference on 27 January, Artistic Director Rufus Norris was very bullish about what sounds like an exciting year ahead for the National Theatre.

Philip Fisher, 29 January 2017

Theatre Royal Stratford East spring–summer 2017 season

The European première of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin and Emma Donoghue's stage adaptation of Room are amongst the highlights of the upcoming season at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Sandra Giorgetti, 22 January 2017

Lyric Hammersmith spring season

The first-ever stage adaptation of a Paul Auster novel, City of Glass, has its world première this spring at the Lyric Hammersmith as part of the venue's new season.

Sandra Giorgetti, 22 January 2017

Rose Theatre Kingston new season

There are three world premières in the new season at Rose Theatre Kingston with the first adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels leading the way.

Sandra Giorgetti, 22 January 2017

100: A Tribute to Dame Vera Lynn

Stars start lining up for 100th birthday celebration for Forces’ Sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn in March is to raise funds for charity.

Sandra Giorgetti, 22 January 2017