Recommended Shows

RECOMMENDED SHOWS CURRENTLY STILL PLAYING

MACHINAL

★★★★

Old Vic

MACHINAL at the Old Vic ★★★★ “a brave and exciting revival that mixes gritty absurdism with precision-cut stylisation and outstanding performances” When Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal” premiered in 1928, the New York Times was so intrigued that it reviewed the production twice – calling it ‘a triumph of individual distinction, gleaming

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THE GLASS MENAGERIE

★★★★

Alexandra Palace Theatre

THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Alexandra Palace Theatre ★★★★ “haunting and dynamic” Against the backdrop of arrested decay in the Alexandra Palace theatre blares a rotating neon sign reading “PARADISE”. The shiny circular stage is decorated around the edges with the eponymous glass menagerie and later with added candles and flowers

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THE TAILOR-MADE MAN

★★★★

Stage Door Theatre

THE TAILOR-MADE MAN at the Stage Door Theatre ★★★★ “Pilcher magnificently captures Haines’ free spirit and rebelliousness” In 1930, William Haines was listed as the top box-office attraction in Hollywood. Just three years later, however, having made the successful transition to ‘talkies’, Haines’ contract was torn up by studio chief

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MOBY DICK

★★★★★

UK Tour

MOBY DICK at the Royal and Derngate Theatre ★★★★★ “It is one of the finest pieces of theatre I have seen” Simple8 present an ambitious adaptation (by Sebastian Armesto) of Herman Melville’s epic 1851 adventure, directed by Jesse Jones. There is a minimal set (designer Kate Bunce) of scaffolding on

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PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS

★★★★★

Trafalgar Theatre

PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS at the Trafalgar Theatre ★★★★★ “a gripping performance that shoots up right into our bloodstream” In Duncan Macmillan’s unsettling play, “People, Places and Things”, we are taken headlong into the mind of an addict in forensic detail. Without the need of a surgeon’s eye glass or

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FAWLTY TOWERS – THE PLAY

★★★★★

Apollo Theatre

FAWLTY TOWERS – THE PLAY at the Apollo Theatre ★★★★★ “Adam Jackson-Smith steps into Basil, embodying the neurotic hotelier with pin-point accuracy” The stage is set with the familiar interior of the eponymous Fawlty Towers with the reception, restaurant and a small guest room raised upstage above the lobby (Liz

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CALENDAR GIRLS

★★★★

Mill at Sonning

CALENDAR GIRLS at the The Mill at Sonning ★★★★ “Innocently raunchy and with a feelgood factor as comforting as home-made plum jam” ‘We’re not naked… we are nude!’. This distinction is a playful leitmotif that runs through the charmingly English comedy-drama, “Calendar Girls”. That the debate can follow seamlessly from

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NOW, I SEE

★★★★

Theatre Royal Stratford East

NOW, I SEE at the Theatre Royal Stratford East ★★★★ “All three actors have wonderful chemistry together, expressing a totally believable fraternal bond.” Movement in theatre can often feel forced in an attempt to be Avant Garde. Cringe-inducing lyrical movement to show passion or staccato twitching under strobe to show

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GUYS & DOLLS

★★★★★

Bridge Theatre

GUYS & DOLLS at the Bridge Theatre ★★★★★ “a captivating, energetic show that you’d bet on to run and run.” The Bridge Theatre’s production of Guys and Dolls opened a year ago to rave reviews and now a new cast continues the party. This show really does feel like a

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A SONG OF SONGS

★★★★

Park Theatre

A SONG OF SONGS at Park Theatre ★★★★ “The songs are pools of splendour we would happily bathe in for hours” According to tradition, King Solomon wrote three books of the bible, the most famous of which is ‘Song of Songs’ (also known as ‘The Song of Solomon’) – a

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THE BOOK OF GRACE

★★★★★

Arcola Theatre

THE BOOK OF GRACE at the Arcola Theatre ★★★★★ “The acting maintains an astounding level of intensity, with tiny looks and touches between the cast changing the atmosphere in an instant” The electricity was palpable during the finale of this layered and explosive production from the eminent writer Suzan-Lori Parks.

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THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA

★★★★★

Harold Pinter Theatre

THE HILLS OF CALIFORNIA at the Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ “It is, overall, a sharp-witted observation of life. And of death. And the precarious hold we have of memories that lie between.” Jez Butterworth’s highly anticipated new play, “The Hills of California” is a wondrously slow-burning affair that raises the

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THE 39 STEPS

★★★★★

UK Tour

THE 39 STEPS at Richmond Theatre ★★★★★ “Always tongue-in-cheek, the show is thrillingly funny and villainously clever” Sometimes a good – and fun – way of gauging a show’s reception is to listen in to people’s conversations at the interval. In the plush surroundings of Richmond Theatre’s bar, a recurring

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THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

★★★★

Marylebone Theatre

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR at the Marylebone Theatre ★★★★ “for a comedy of misunderstandings, it is easy to understand why the play has become a classic” The Russian-American novelist, Vladímir Nabokov, said of Gogol’s “The Government Inspector”: “It begins with a blinding flash of lightning and ends in a thunderclap… and

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HADESTOWN

★★★★★

Lyric Theatre

HADESTOWN at the Lyric Theatre ★★★★★ “Hadestown is the West End musical you’ll want to see this year. And next year. And the year after.” Hadestown is that remarkable thing: an adaptation of a tragic Greek myth that isn’t an opera or a film, or a series of elegiac poems,

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TWELFTH NIGHT

★★★★★

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

TWELFTH NIGHT at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre ★★★★★ “The emotional stakes reach the treetops in the park. The magic shoots for the stars. It is innovative, funny, cheeky, camp and degenerate.” I’ve never really been sure where Illyria was geographically, but walking away from Regent’s Park, as the moon

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