The Nature of Forgetting: Beautiful Physical Theatre

Tuesday 6th March 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Theatre Re’s The Nature of Forgetting explores memory through the lens of Tom, who is living with Early Onset Dementia. Conceived and directed by Guillaume Pigé and devised by the company, it’s a piece which seeks an emotional response through montages and tableaux of the life... Continue Reading →

Brighton Rock: Excellent Production Designs Conjure Mob Territory

Saturday 3rd March 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal have joined to bring this dark and brooding adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock to the stage. Adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Esther Richardson, Brighton Rock offers a dramatic play which falls somewhere between Peaky Blinders and Bugsy... Continue Reading →

This House: A Stylish Glimpse Behind the Curtain at Westminster

Wednesday 28th February 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This House is taking a tour after an impressive run at the National Theatre. Written by James Graham and directed by Jeremy Herrin with Jonathan O’Boyle, the production takes us behind the parliament looking glass to the House of Commons to witness the bustle, challenges and... Continue Reading →

Lady Windermere’s Fan: A Gift of Gentle Escapism & Hilarity

Saturday 24th February 2018 at The Vaudeville Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A period satire directed by Kathy Burke and featuring Jennifer Saunders? What luck! Kathy Burke’s production of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan (part of the Vaudeville’s Oscar Wilde season) is wonderfully light-hearted and a pure gift of escapism. Wilde’s many, many chortle-inducing lines are flawlessly... Continue Reading →

Hedda Gabler: Masterfully Intense

Thursday 22nd February 2018 at Grand Opera House York. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In what is a truly riveting production, Lizzy Watts simmers, flares and spits as the seminal Henrik Ibsen character Hedda Gabler. This new version from Patrick Marber, directed by Ivo van Hove, is a heavily dramatic and masterfully intense staging of a classic text. Currently touring... Continue Reading →

Black Men Walking: Witty, Thoughtful & Illuminating

Wednesday 21st February 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ‘We walk. Though we are written into the landscape you don’t see us. We walked England before the English.’ Written by Testament, the sophisticated wordsmith responsible for WOKE which impressed not too long ago (review here), Black Men Walking is lyrical and weighty with lots of... Continue Reading →

Still Alice: A Shattering Insight into a Devastating Disease

Wednesday 14th February 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Still Alice is a devastatingly good drama - with dramatic emphasis on the devastating. It’s the first show in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s one of a kind Festival, Every Third Minute (‘a festival of theatre, dementia and hope’) which highlights the experiences of those living with dementia... Continue Reading →

Birdsong: WW1 from a Different Angle

Tuesday 13th February 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 This stage version of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong is directed by Alastair Whatley with Charlotte Peters and is presented by Birdsong Productions Ltd. It’s a marathon rather than a sprint and at 80 minutes for Act 1 and 50 minutes for Act 2, it’s a production which... Continue Reading →

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