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.


The Muse,

The Muse

Katherine Tozer (Palimpsest at Leighton House Museum, Holland Park).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Danny Mellor as Dale,


Danny Mellor (Danny Mellor Presents at Wilton's Music Hall).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Helen Budge as Her and James Clay as Him, Ashley Carter

Kicked in the Sh'tter

Leon Fleming (5pound5 Theatre in a co-commission with Theatre in the Mill at Hope Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Marina Margarita, Hilary Knox

A Woman Alone

Franca Rame and Dario Fo Translated by Gillian Hanna (LZA Theatre at Etcetera Theatre, Camden).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Heath Ivey-Law and Leila Ruban, Hilary Knox

The Eisteddfod

Lally Katz (LZA Theatre at Etcetera Theatre, Camden).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Kieran Hurley, Niall Walker

Heads Up

Kieran Hurley (Show And Tell at Battersea Arts Centre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Marios Iordanu as The Cretan,

The Cretan

Dionysios Solomos (adapted by Sofia Kazantzian) (Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Hellenic Centre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

On screen and centre below: Hugo Koolschijn as Julius Caesar, Jan Versweyveld

Roman Tragedies

Based on William Shakespeare (Toneelgroep Amsterdam at Barbican Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Rounds, Stephen Poole


Devised and compiled by the company (Resuscitate Theatre at Blue Elephant Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Rosalind by James Cousins, David Foulkes


Choreography James Cousins (James Cousins Company at The Place London).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Lourdes Faberes as Tamburlaine and Leo Wan as Mycetes, Robert Workman


Christopher Marlowe (Yellow Earth at Arcola Theatre (Studio 2)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Tania Jacobs as Hattie Carroll and Jojo Morrall as Rosa Parks, Antonia Jater

Blowin’ in the Wind

Written and devised by the company (Chickenshed at The Rayne Theatre, Chickenshed).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Anne (Lily Ann Green) and Robert (Leon Chambers), David Sprecher

Under the Blue Sky

David Eldridge (Tower Theatre Company at Technis Theatre).
Reviewer: Claire Seymour

George Rae as Xanthias and Michael Matus as Dionysos, David Ovenden

The Frogs

Book by Burt Shevelove adapted from Aristophanes, further adapted by Nathan Lane, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (House on the Hill Productions in association with Jermyn Street Theatre at Jermyn Street Theatre).
Reviewer: Sandra Giorgetti

Rebecca Rayne as Rhoda and Beth Eyre as Christine, David Monteith-Hodge

The Bad Seed

Maxwell Anderson from the novel by William March (OutFox Productions at The Jack Studio Theatre).
Reviewer: Sandra Giorgetti

Breach Theatre Company, Murdo Macleod


Written and devised by the company (Breach at Battersea Arts Centre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

The Cast of The Kid Stays in the Picture, Johan Persson

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Adapted by Simon McBurney and James Yeatman, based on the life of Robert Evans (Complicite at Royal Court Theatre Downstairs).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Eve Best (Olivia Brown), Anthony Head (Sir John Fletcher), Catherine Ashmore

Love in Idleness

Terence Rattigan (Menier Chocolate Factory).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Ulrika Krichnamurti as Aditi, Robert Day

Made in India

Satinder Kaur Chohan (Tamasha at Soho Upstairs).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Robothesbian and Judy Norman, Steve Tanner


Jon Welch (Pipeline Theatre and Engineered Arts at Pleasance Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Michelle Collins as Gina & Joe Coen as Gideon,

A Dark Night in Dalston

Stewart Permutt (Moya Productions, It Worx and Steven Harris in association with Park Theatre at Park Theatre (Park 90)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Tree of Codes , Joel Chester Fildes

Tree of Codes

Director and choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual concept Olafur Eliasson, composer Jamie xx (Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet at Sadler's Wells).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Tim Preece, Lynn Farleigh and Anna Calder-Marshall, Atri Banerjee

Lost Without Words

Improvised by the company (National Theatre and Improbable at Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton


Puccini (English Touring Opera at Hackney Empire).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

Margot Leicester as Emelia, Diana Hardcastle as Jess, Michael Feast as Mike, Mike Grady as Ronnie, Sarah Ball as Lizzy and Roger Sloman as Tom, Tristram Kenton


Matthew Whittet (Belvoir Sydney at Lyric Hammersmith).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, Johan Persson

An American in Paris

Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, book by Craig Lucas (Dominion Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Jorge Laguardia as the Fire Chief, Sonia Fitoussi

Ionesco / Dinner at the Smiths

Marianne Badrichani and the Company from fragments of Eugène Ionesco's works (Latvian House).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

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

Paul Collin – Thomas, Kathryn Gardner, Amy Ambrose and Ian Horgan, Subtle Paws

Repetitive Beats

Kathryn Gardner (Subtle Paws at Vault (The Cavern)).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Dominic Rowan as Geoffrey, Sandra Marvin as Rose, Tamzin Ouhwaite* as Mavis, Jessica-Alice McCluskey as Lynne, Amanda Holden a Vera, Tracy-Ann Oberman as Maxine and Nicola Stephenson as Dorothy, Ray Burmiston

Stepping Out

Richard Harris (Theatre Royal Bath Productions and James Grant Group at Vaudeville Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack and Ryan Gage, Tristram Kenton

The Miser

Molière, freely adapted by Sean Foley and Phil Porter (Garrick Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Sue Higginson and Mark Steere, Dave Jones


Moira Buffini (First Knight Theatre at Jack Studio Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Laura Elphinstone, Penny Layden and Seema Bowri, Sarah Lee

My Country; A Work in Progress

In the words of people across the UK and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy (Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre)).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Bart Soroczynski (centre) as Il Matto (The Fool) and ensemble, Robert Day

La Strada

Based on the subject and script work by Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano and Tullio Pinelli (Belgrade Theatre Coventry at Richmond Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

The Winter's Tale

Ryan Wigglesworth (English National Opera at The Coliseum).
Reviewer: Louise Lewis

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

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


ENB autumn and winter season

English National Ballet performs Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s La Sylphide for the first time and revisits Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Akram Khan’s Giselle and Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet.

Vera Liber, 21 March 2017

Moscow’s Sovremennik Theatre returns to London

Russia's oldest theatre company returns to London in May with a triple bill of plays at the Piccadilly Theatre: Three Comrades, Two for the Seesaw and The Three Sisters.

Vera Liber, 08 March 2017

Baryshnikov performs Brodsky in London

Legendary dancer (and Sex In The City star), Mikhail Baryshnikov, will perform in the UK première of Brodsky/Baryshnikov at London’s West End Apollo Theatre for a limited run in May 2017.

Vera Liber, 06 March 2017

Finders Keepers at Park Theatre

Hot Coals present Finders Keepers, aiming to bring the audience together for a shared experience.

Sheila Connor, 05 March 2017