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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Lost Theatre)

March 29, 2012


After 60 years Ken Kesey‘s novel ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest‘ is still a great read with starkly intense characters and a great sense of power & control and the revival of Dale Wasserman‘s stage adaptation at Lost Theatre has a lot going for it. David Shield’s design is beautiful and clinical at the […]

My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Above The Stag)

November 18, 2011


______ had warned me in advance that ‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding‘ was not “high class theatre, dear”. He didn’t lie. MBGIW is crass, loud, borderline offensive and at times, hilariously funny – kinda like watching “The Only Was Is Essex” I guess. The scene is set from the moment the bell rings in the […]

Stand Tall (Landor Theatre)

October 25, 2011


I’d heard so many mediocre things about ‘Stand Tall‘ at the Landor that I wasn’t particularly excited to go, but after fighting a cold for so long, I was keen to simply get out of the flat and into a theatre. TFL had ruined by chances of seeing ‘You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown‘ the […]

Constance (King’s Head Theatre)

October 8, 2011


Well here’s a theatrical curiosity. Is it, or is it not a play by Oscar Wilde? The controversy has been running around the theatre press, the mainstream press, Channel 4 news even ran a piece. Not a bad round of publicity for a fringe theatre, and indeed getting to premiere the script is something of […]

Noel & Gertie (Cockpit Theatre)

October 3, 2011


When _______ invited me to the ‘cock pit’, I assumed it was just another euphemism and promptly dropped to my knees. A hurried apology, a stern look from the changing room attendant in Zara, and ______ explained he simply wanted me to his arm-candy at the Press Night for ‘Noel & Gertie‘. Free theatre? This […]

Ragtime (Landor Theatre)

September 28, 2011


The programme for ‘Ragtime‘ at the Landor asks the simple question, why would you try to squeeze an epic like this into such as a small space? By the end of this production I was left thinking ‘who cares when the results are this good’ and ‘how can I squeeze this many men  into my […]

Boys Plays (Above The Stag)

September 26, 2011


Two short plays about hero worship (with male nudity)! I like how the ‘male nudity’ is a warning… yeah right boys, you know exactly how to get people to buy tickets – hahaha ‘Boys’ Play‘, the first play of the evening, is a tale of two boys in the woods, written by Jack Heifner (who […]

The Mercy Seat (Glow Box, Pleasance Theatre)

September 4, 2011


Neil LaBute. 9/11. This is going to a light-hearted comedy right? um… Neil LaBute is a writer I like. He is provocative and un-compromising, whether you like it or not. He has a point of view on human nature which is thrilling in my book. I’m also heading over to New York, co-incidentally at the […]

Don Giovanni (OperaUpClose, Soho Theatre)

September 2, 2011


Money, drugs, seduction, rape, murder, cramped seats – welcome to the next generation of opera, courtesy of OperaUpClose. I loved their ‘La Boheme’, which I saw in the original run at the Cock Theatre Tavern in Kilburn. It worked because of the thrill of the new and the site specific use of the pub as […]

Betwixt! (Trafalgar Studios) – a second look

August 27, 2011


With out-of-town friends visiting for one night only I had a choice to make. I could do as they asked, and take them to see the demise of ‘Love Never Dies’ (oh the irony), or I could take them to a show they would ACTUALLY enjoy. So instead we let love die on its own […]