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.


ENB Nutcracker, Laurent Liotardo


Choreography Wayne Eagling, concept Toer van Schayk and Eagling (English National Ballet at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Adam Elliott as Miss Slighcarp, Andrew Hollingworth (centre) and Bryan Pilkington as Grimshaw, Tim Stubbs Hughes

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Adapted for the stage by Russ Tunney from the novel by Joan Aiken (The Jack Studio Theatre at The Jack Studio Theatre).
Reviewer: Sandra Giorgetti

Griff Fender and Katherine Gray as Grandpa and Grandma Bird, Deanne Jones


Tim Webb (Oily Cart at Arts Depot).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton



Niall Ransome (Eastlake Productions at The Bunker ).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Gary Wilmot (Sarah the Cook), Charlie Stemp (Dick Whittington) & Emma Williams (Alice Fitzwarren), Paul Coltas

Dick Whittington

Alan McHugh with additional material by Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin and David McGillivray (Qdos Entertainment at London Palladium).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Jordan Mifsúd as The Man and Lara Rossi as Lina Szczepanowska, Helen Maybanks


George Bernard Shaw (Orange Tree Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Imogen Poots (Abby) and James Norton (Zack), Marc Brenner


Amy Herzog (Donmar Warehouse).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Titus Andronicus (David Troughton), Helen Maybanks / RSC

Titus Andronicus

William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company at Barbican Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Alex Austin and Alex Beckett, Johan Persson

Grimly Handsome

Julia Jarcho (Royal Court Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Roger Paterson as Ralph and Becca Marriott as Mimi, Scott Rylander

La Bohème

Giacomo Puccini, in a new english version by Adam’s Spreadbury-Maher and Becca Marriott (King's Head Theatre at Trafalgar Studios 2).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Ajax (Erica Martin), Elissa Morton


Sophocles Translation by James Kerr (Esmond Road Productions at The Space).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Pauline McLynn and Anna Shaffer, Tomas Turpie

Daisy Pulls It Off

Denise Deegan (Go People and Glass Half Full Productions at Park Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

John Marquez, Marc Brenner

The Twilight Zone

Based on stories by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson, adapted by Anne Washburn (Almeida Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Thirty Christmases,

Thirty Christmases

Jonny Donahoe (Supporting Wall in association with New Diorama, Oxford's Arts at the Old Fire Station, and Jonny & The Baptists at New Diorama Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Watson (Simon Kane) and Sherlock Holmes (Max Hutchinson)., Kaufhold/English Theatre Frankfurt

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Adapted by Steven Canny & John Nicholson for Peepolykus from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle (English Theatre, Frankfurt at Jermyn Street Theatre).
Reviewer: Robert Tanitch

The Melting Pot,

The Melting Pot

Israel Zangwill (Bitter Pill at Finborough Theatre, Earl's Court).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Matthew Kelly as Cole Hawlings and Alistair Toovey as Kay Harker, Alastair Muir

The Box of Delights

Piers Torday, based on the book by John Masefield (Wilton's Music Hall).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

A scene from Pinocchio - Pleasure Island, Manuel Harlan


Dennis Kelly, with songs from the Walt Disney film by Lee Harline, Ned Washington and Paul J Smith, adapted by Martin Lowe (Lyttelton Theatre (National Theatre)).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Michael Keegan-Dolan's Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, Justin Tallis

Swan Lake / Loch na hEala

Writer, director, choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan (Teaċ Daṁsa (House of Dance) at Sadler’s Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Esther Smith, Richard Davenport

Parliament Square

James Fritz (Bush Theatre at Bush Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Geoffrey Streatfeild (George Blake) and Emmet Byrne (Sean Bourke), Marc Brenner

Cell Mates

Simon Gray (Hampstead Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Who Cares, Phil Tragen

Who Cares

Matt Woodhead (The Lowry and Lung Theatre at Dukes Academy Trulock Rd, London).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Thomas Fabian Parrish, Georgie Parker, Wesley Lineham, Olivia Warren, Toby Falla, Hannah Haines and Joshua Lesse, The Other Richard

The Lost Boy Peter Pan

Adapted by Alexandra Spencer-Jones from J M Barrie's book (Action to the Word in association with Glynis Henderson Productions at Pleasance Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Edward Sayer and Bathsheba Piepe, Mitzi de Margary

Dear Brutus

J M Barrie (Troupe at Southwark Playhouse).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

A Yuletide Droll,

A Yuletide Droll

Brice Stratford (Owle Schreame at Old Red Lion).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Stephen Hoo as Rapunzel's Father, Julie Yammanee as Goldilocks and Joanne Sandi as Rapunzel, Scott Rylander


Book and Lyrics Trish Cooke Music and Lyrics Robert Hyman (Theatre Royal, Stratford East ).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Marcus Brigstocke (P T  Barnum), Nobby Clark


Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart and book by Mark Bramble (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

John Savournin as Lord Conniving, William Knight

King Tut - A Pyramid Panto

Script by John Savournin, lyrics and musical arrangements by David Eaton (Charles Court Opera at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Ishia Bennison and Carlos Chahine, Johan Persson


Liwaa Yazji, translated by Katharine Halls (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Andrew Woodall as Julius Caesar and the company, Helen Maybanks / RSC

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company at Barbican Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Marianela Nuñez as Sylvia and Artists of The Royal Ballet, Alice Pennefather


(The Royal Ballet at Royal Opera House).
Reviewer: Naomi Cockshutt

Josephine Liptrot as Constable Campbell, Mari Takayanagi

Women and War: The West End and the Western Front

Laurence Houseman, Evelyn Glover, Sally Nicholls, Naomi Paxton and Hereward Carrington (Scary Little Girls at Locations across London from the Feminist Library to the Club for Act and Actors).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Men in Motion, Eliott Franks

Men in Motion

Choreography by Mikhail Fokine, Russell Maliphant, Arthur Pita, Christopher Bruce, Rudolf Nureyev, Alastair Marriott, Ludovic Ondiviela, Eric Gauthier, Alan Lucien Øeyen, Roland Petit and Daniel Proietto (Ivan Putrov Productions at London Coliseum).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Jayaben Desai,

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!

Neil Gore (Townsend Theatre Productions in association with Tara Theatre, Harrogate Theatre, Unite the union, GMB, The Place Bedford and Ruskin College Oxford at Tara Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Wild Bore, Tim Grey Photography

Wild Bore

Zoe Coombs Marr, Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott (Soho Theatre, and Malthouse Theatre at Soho Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Emmanuel (Cyril Nri), Marc Brenner

Barber Shop Chronicles

Inua Ellams (Fuel Theatre at Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre)).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Sassy Clyde (Madame Irma), Rob Young

The Balcony

Jean Genet (Get Over It Productions at Bread and Roses).
Reviewer: Claire Seymour

Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge, Manuel Harlan

A Christmas Carol

In a new version by Jack Thorne, based on the novel by Charles Dickens (Old Vic Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Carolyn Mantland as Marian Halcombne, Ashley Stillburn as Walter Hartright and Anna O'Byrne as Laura Fairlie, Darren Bell

The Woman in White

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel, book by Charlotte Jones (Patrick Gracey, Steven M Levy and Vaughan Williams at Charing Cross Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Nick Barber as David Garrick, Jack Ladenburg


Katherine Tozer (Palimpsest at Dr Johnson's House).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Philip's Top 5

Victoria Hamilton (Audrey Walters), Marc Brenner


Mike Bartlett (Almeida Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb and Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch, Marc Brenner


James Graham (Almeida Theatre at Duke of York's Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Bryan Cranston, Jan Versweyveld


Adapted by Lee Hall, Based on the Paddy Chayefsky Film (Lyttelton Theatre (National Theatre)).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Peter Polycarpou and Philip Arditti, Brinkhoff/Mögenburg


J T Rogers (Lincoln Center Theatre at Lyttelton Theatre (National Theatre)).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Laura Donnelly and Paddy Considine, Johan Persson

The Ferryman

Jez Butterworth (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

The Alternative Top 5

Martin Freeman (David Lyons), Tamsin Greig (Jean Whittaker), Johan Persson

Labour of Love

James Graham (Michael Grandage Company and Headlong at Noël Coward Theatre).
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

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

The Cast, Alastair Muir

The Play That Goes Wrong

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


Polunin Sunday matinée at Coliseum

Sergei Polunin has announced a mixed programme at the London Coliseum for a matinée performance in December 2017.

Vera Liber, 24 November 2017