Reviews

People, Places & Things ★★★★★

Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places & Things has returned to the London stage, bringing with it a whirlwind of critical acclaim and leaving audiences exhilarated and emotionally drained. Let’s start with the basics. Our protagonist, Emma (played by the incomparable Denise Gough), is an actress whose relationship with substances is far more committed than her relationship […]

The Voice of the Turtle ★★★☆☆

In the intimate confines of the tiny 70-seater Jermyn Street Theatre, John Van Druten’s ‘The Voice of the Turtle’ emerges from a 77-year slumber, offering a charming glimpse into the romantic entanglements of 1940s New York. This revival, directed by Philip Wilson, breathes new life into a play that once graced the Piccadilly Theatre in […]

Starlight Express ★★★★☆

Starlight Express appears to have long occupied a curious place in the Andrew Lloyd Webber canon. It’s undoubtedly one of the composer’s most successful musicals – the original London production ran for 18 years (over four times as long as the original Sunset Boulevard) – while a German staging has been running continuously in a […]

The Choir of Man ★★★☆☆

The Choir of Man may just be the world’s most cheerful public house performance. The smell of beer, the banter between mates, and everyone’s sudden inclination to burst into song—what’s not to love? Conceived by Andrew Kay and helmed by the canny direction of Nic Doodson, The Choir of Man takes us into the heart […]

The Wind & The Rain ★★★★☆

Nearly 100 years ago, playwright Merton Hodge wrote this hugely successful drama, which played over 1,000 performances at the St Martin’s, the Queen’s (now Sondheim) and the Savoy theatre. It was televised in 1959, starring Alan Bates (Psycho), and was revived in 1960 at the Liverpool Playhouse with John Thaw playing one of the minor […]

Aspects of Love ★★☆☆☆

Have you ever gone to the stage door after seeing an awful show, chatted up the lead actress and then shtupped her? After which, the lead actress goes off and shtupps your uncle, and you go off and shtupp your uncle’s girlfriend? Then, for no apparent reason, you decide to join the army, shoot the […]

Crazy For You ★★★★★

There are times in life when you willingly, happily, gloriously plunge into an all-consuming vortex of joy. And that is precisely the sensation you’ll experience as you succumb to the irresistible charm of Crazy For You, now playing at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. This riotous production, a West End transfer from the Chichester Festival Theatre, […]

Accidental Death of an Anarchist ★★★☆☆

Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a chaotic spectacle that wraps a sobering critique of power and corruption in a cloak of irresistible comedy. This new adaptation by Tom Basden brings Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s classic farce into the present day, infusing it with contemporary relevance. The story unfolds in a police station, the […]

The Crucible ★★★★☆

Once upon a time in 1692, a group of young women in Salem, Massachusetts stirred up a fearsome cocktail of fear, paranoia, and deceit, leading to the infamous witch trials. Fast forward to 2023, and Lyndsey Turner’s revival of Arthur Miller’s timeless classic ‘The Crucible’ has brewed its own storm of drama at the Gielgud […]

Mrs Doubtfire ★★★★☆

The adage “Everything old is new again” couldn’t ring truer in the recent surge of nostalgia-laden musical adaptations hitting the West End, a trend keenly observed in the wildly entertaining and surprisingly layered stage rendition of the beloved ’90s Robin Williams film, Mrs Doubtfire. Centered around the story of the freshly divorced comic actor Daniel […]