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The Times & The Sunday Times – London Theatre Reviews

West End Theatre reviews from the UK newspaper The Times & Sunday Times.

Here’s a selection of reviews of London shows from the theatre and arts critics at The Times newspaper.

The chief theatre critic at The Times is Clive Davis.

Quentin Letts writes reviews for the Sunday Times.

Also Dominic Maxwell writes theatre and comedy reviews for the Times and Sunday Times.

See below for a full run-down of star ratings and theatre opinions about West End shows in London from The Times & The Sunday Times.


Player Kings at the Noel Coward Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Ian McKellen shines in overlong Shakespeare reimagining" "Robert Icke’s adaptation of Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, comes bustling to…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre (2024)

★★
"Brian Cox puts in the work but it’s a tough job" "A work as dark and forbidding as this needs…
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Power of Sail at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2024)

★★★
"Generations clash in complex campus drama" "Not content with setting up a fast-paced debate about the limits of academic freedom,…
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MJ The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Michael Jackson — how do you make a musical about a pariah?" "MJ: the Musical is a sensation but there’s…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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MJ The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre (2024)

★★★
"24-carat karaoke anchored by sleek dance moves" "If the day comes when musicals are created by artificial intelligence they may…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Opening Night: A New Musical at the Gielgud Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Sheridan Smith shines in a bizarre drama" "At one point in this very strange musical about backstage drama at a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Opening Night: A New Musical at the Gielgud Theatre (2024)

★★
"Even Sheridan Smith can’t save this confused, messy musical" "The star’s magnetic talent is wasted in Ivo van Hove and…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle at the Apollo Theatre (2024)

"A joyful spinoff from Magic Goes Wrong" "... Mind Mangler is a joyful spin-off show for the shabby, malfunctioning mentalist…
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For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy at the Garrick Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"A modern masterpiece" (Garrick Theatre) "This sexy, serious and funny play started small but deserves to go to Broadway. Don’t…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy at the Garrick Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Note-perfect actors in a dreamlike confessional" (Apollo Theatre) "The interplay between the actors and their public is a key element…
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Harry Clarke at the The Ambassadors Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Billy Crudup is hypnotic in one-man conman tale" "The writing is quick-witted and mischievous, and in Billy Crudup — best…
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Harry Clarke at the The Ambassadors Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Confessions of a con artist" "Billy Crudup plays a fantasist with true theatrical élan in his one-man show" "It’s a…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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Nye at the National Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Michael Sheen burns with passion" "Price’s script rattles through so many episodes that, after the end of more than two…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Duchess Of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2024)

★★★★
"Thrilling, funny and moving" "Rachel Bagshaw makes her directorial debut at Shakespeare’s Globe with an urgent, thrilling rendition of John…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre & National Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Standing at the Sky’s Edge worked its musical magic on me" (Gillian Lynne Theatre) "This saga of three generations living…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre & National Theatre (2024)

★★★
"A love letter to community with backbone of steel" (Gillian Lynne Theatre) "It’s an odd hybrid, part musical, part soap…
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Nachtland at the The Young Vic (2024)

★★
"You’ll have a lively journey home from this Nazi satire" "You may well have a lively journey home discussing it…
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The Human Body at the Donmar Warehouse (2024)

★★
"Keeley Hawes can’t save dreary offering" "Fans of Keeley Hawes will no doubt leap at the chance to see her…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 at the Criterion Theatre / Watford Palace (2024)

★★★
"Tracy-Ann Oberman is electrifying" (Criterion Theatre) "You can’t take your eyes off her. I’m not convinced the production really wants…
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 at the Criterion Theatre / Watford Palace (2024)

★★★
"Shylock battles the blackshirts of the East End" (Watford Palace Theatre) "The director Brigid Larmour’s adaptation, based on an idea…
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Shifters at the Bush Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"A love story easy to fall in love with" "... this new two-hander of hers is so good — laugh-out-loud…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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The Big Life at the Theatre Royal Stratford East (2024)

★★★
"Hits the spot" "Tinuke Craig’s revival of the ska-based musical about the Windrush generation is very broad and very colourful.…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Hir at the Park Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Felicity Huffman blazes in show of rage against the patriarchy" "Felicity Huffman delivers an excoriating, elemental performance in a play…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"Magical folk opera that touches the heart" "The underworld has never sounded so funky. At a time when jukebox musicals…
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An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"The second half is hollowed out for a town hall meeting in which Smith — fabulously easy with his virtuosity,…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★
"Matt Smith stumbles in agitprop Ibsen" "Thomas Ostermeier’s sophomoric attempt to drag the Norwegian playwright into the 21st century is…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Dear Octopus at the National Theatre (2024)

★★★
"101 complications in a crowded household" "Beneath the oh so genteel patina of middle-class manners, there’s an occasional glint of…
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The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★★★
"This could lose 15 minutes, but beyond that I’d say it is pretty much perfect. Yes, Snook’s performance is staggeringly…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★
"Sarah Snook impresses, the script doesn’t" "[Sarah Snook] is indeed very watchable in a production that cleverly fuses live action…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Just For One Day at the The Old Vic theatre (2024)

★★★
"A gauche celebration of Live Aid" "In the end, this celebration of Live Aid is a bit like that long-ago…
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Just For One Day at the The Old Vic theatre (2024)

★★
"Live Aid the musical? At least the singing’s better this time" "Saint Bob and his roster of superstars return in…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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The Hills of California at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Jez Butterworth’s new play falters at the end" "What a frustrating evening. Jez Butterworth’s eagerly awaited new drama comes tantalisingly…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Hills of California at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Does Jez Butterworth’s new play match his masterpiece Jerusalem?" "The Hills of California is our leading playwright’s first work to…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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Bronco Billy The Musical at the Charing Cross Theatre (2024)

★★
"Hootin’ tootin’ musical has no soul" "The top of the stage for Bronco Billy is bordered by five stars but…
Anya Ryan, The Times
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Till the Stars Come Down at the National Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Finally, an authentic working-class drama" "Beth Steel’s debut for the National, set at a wedding in Mansfield, plunges us into…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Mirror at the Trafalgar Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Jonny Lee Miller is superb in darkly comical surveillance play" [Trafalgar Theatre] "It’s quite the strangest star vehicle in the…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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A Mirror at the Trafalgar Theatre (2024)

★★
"Shooting star cannot save drama of so little spark" [Almeida Theatre] "Every now and then, you may wonder if you…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2024)

★★
"The Moor becomes a Met copper" "If only so many random effects weren’t thrown in our face. In a scattergun…
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Plaza Suite at the Savoy Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick sparkle" "... it’s very hard to judge this production on its own merits. But…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Plaza Suite at the Savoy Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Is Sarah Jessica Parker’s new play really worth the £300 ticket?" "Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical at the The Other Palace Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"A sparky musical version of the cult film" "If there’s one crucial difference between this teenage musical and the original…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Cirque du Soleil: Alegria at the Royal Albert Hall (2024)

★★★★
"New light on an old Cirque du Soleil favourite" "Thirty years after the show was created, this 2019 revamp of…
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The Enfield Haunting at the Ambassadors Theatre (2024)

★★
"This Enfield Haunting isn’t scary — but don’t blame Catherine Tate" "The staging of the real-life case of a suburban…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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The Enfield Haunting at the Ambassadors Theatre (2024)

"A candidate for worst play of the year" "Those creaking noises aren’t things that go bump in the night, they’re…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Exhibitionists at the King's Head Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Noël Coward for the Grindr generation" "Although the gags and double entendres flow like New Year’s champagne, the production takes…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Unfortunate: The Untold Story Of Ursula The Sea Witch at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant (2024)

★★★★
"A vampish squid commands this Disney parody" "Grant’s ambitious production, which is touring the UK to July, is big, long,…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre & Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"An ode to theatre thrills in the West End" (Noel Coward Theatre) "... Jack Thorne’s play about John Gielgud directing…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre & Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Burton and Gielgud clash in battle of wits" (National Theatre) "Jack Thorne’s thoughtful, often wickedly droll play about Richard Burton…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre & Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Mark Gatiss is eerily good in this clash of titan thesps" (National Theatre) "Sam Mendes directs an explosive struggle between…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★★
"David Tennant is simply hypnotic" "... the presence of David Tennant is the obvious attraction — his blood-spattered usurper more…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Why Stranger Things the play is a mega five-star hit" "Theatre virgins are flocking to the deceptively daring stage spin-off…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★
"You need to be a fan to follow this prequel" "If you’re familiar with Henry Creel, Joyce Maldonado and the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Ulster American at the Riverside Studios (2023)

★★★
"An exuberant Woody Harrelson in over-the-top satire" "Jeremy Herrin’s revival of a piece that was first staged at the Traverse…
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Peter Pan at the London Palladium (2023)

★★★★
"Jennifer Saunders in a panto full of smutty pleasures" "Call them overblown, call them an orgy of in-jokes, call them…
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Cold War at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A lush tender play with joy as well as trauma" "... there is joy as well as trauma, cheering choreography…
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Rock 'n' Roll at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"A stunning revival shows Tom Stoppard at his best" "Tom Stoppard’s wild-at-heart account of the collapse of communism in his…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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The Homecoming at the The Young Vic (2023)

★★★
"Weird now, weird always" "The Young Vic may have Jared Harris and Joe Cole, but try as you might, it’s…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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The Homecoming at the The Young Vic (2023)

★★
"This Pinter staging goes way over the top" "The parade of overheated effects makes it even harder to get to…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Pacific Overtures at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★★
"A great Sondheim musical about Japan" "... even if you’re a Sondheim sceptic (I’ll admit that I began to feel…
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Macbeth The Show at the The Depot, Liverpool (2023)

★★★
"Ralph Fiennes’ Macbeth needs to sharpen his teeth" "The acclaimed actor and Indira Varma’s Lady Macbeth are so normal —…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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Macbeth The Show at the The Depot, Liverpool (2023)

★★★
"Ralph Fiennes is more bemused than bewitched" "... Ralph Fiennes gives us a king who often resembles a middle manager…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The House of Bernarda Alba at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Widow and daughters leave you longing to escape" "Merle Hensel’s evocative, multi-level set — drenched in mellow green rather than…
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She Stoops To Conquer at the Orange Tree Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"This jazzy Goldsmith works a treat" "This production of the Oliver Goldsmith classic will wrongfoot anyone expecting the usual 18th-century…
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A Christmas Carol at the The Old Vic (2023)

★★★★
"I’ve fallen for Scrooge — God bless Christopher Eccleston" "A Christmas Carol has become the default Christmas show, and this…
Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times
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A Christmas Carol at the The Old Vic (2023)

★★★★
"Christopher Eccleston’s Scrooge delights" "Eccleston inhabited the role of Scrooge with febrile brilliance" "For the first ten minutes he seemed…
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Ghosts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2023)

★★
"I should have wept, but it’s just too gloomy" "It’s also a masterpiece. Yet staged in the non-metaphorical gloom of…
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The Witches at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"A dazzling show that’s even wittier than Dahl" "So, now, Matilda has some serious competition. That’s putting it mildly. If…
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The Witches at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"The super-inventive songs, by the adapter Lucy Kirkwood and the composer Dave Malloy, go on a bit. The whole super-inventive…
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The Mongol Khan at the London Coliseum (2023)

★★★
"Like King Lear told by Cirque du Soleil" "a spectacle that makes the Coliseum’s huge stage look crowded. There are…
Debra Craine, The Times
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Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) at the Kiln Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Good, gentle fun" "What a tantalising near miss. Here’s a brisk chamber musical with lots of charm and impressive central…
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Backstairs Billy at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Penelope Wilton shines in a royal farce" "This fictional account of the friendship between the Queen Mother and her favourite…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Nutcracker - Tuff Nutt Jazz Club at the Tuff Nutt Jazz Club (Southbank Centre) (2023)

★★★★
"A Christmas cracker with a sweet and jazzy twist" "It’s Nutcracker, dance fans, but not as we know it. There’s…
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The Time Traveller’s Wife at the Apollo Theatre (2023)

★★★
"The singers are better than the songs" "This romance — scripted by that accomplished American playwright Lauren Gunderson — leaps…
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The Time Traveller’s Wife at the Apollo Theatre (2023)

★★★
"It’s rather good. Yes, Bill Buckhurst’s production feels hemmed in both by its smallish playhouse stage and by a two-hour…
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King Lear at the Wyndham's Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Kenneth Branagh’s show has glimpses of greatness" "Here’s a Lear for the graphic novel era. Pace is everything in a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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King Lear at the Wyndham's Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Kenneth Branagh’s King Lear stars his favourite leading man: himself" "Whoosh! The star is loud, clear and wraps up Shakespeare’s…
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Clyde's at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★★
"Blue collar grit meets sitcom humour in a great play" "... Nottage, who explored blue-collar woes in the factory drama…
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Clyde's at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★
"At the Donmar another fêted playwright’s latest show is lighter but less interesting." "Here, she reunites with the director (Lynette…
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Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

"Stars can’t save this script from itself" "Very occasionally, a play comes along that is so weirdly inept that you…
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The Score at the Theatre Royal Bath (2023)

★★★★
"Brian Cox strikes a chord as JS Bach" "... Cotton, a distinguished actor as well as a playwright, draws us…
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Dear England at the Prince Edward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A triumphant transfer scores on the West End" (Prince Edward Theatre London) "The director Rupert Goold, never one to leave…
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Dear England at the Prince Edward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Pitch-perfect Gareth Southgate brings the game home" (National Theatre London) "He shoots; he scores. James Graham’s fast-moving portrait of Gareth…
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Dear England at the Prince Edward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"James Graham scores again" (National Theatre London) "Football is drama, after all. The National Theatre’s big new play about the…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Hamnet at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Siblings and their tragic legacies come under the spotlight" (Garrick Theatre London) "Erica Whyman’s RSC production plays out on Tom…
Patricia Nicol, The Sunday Times
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Hamnet at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★
"The tragic story of the Bard’s son doesn’t grip" (Garrick Theatre London) "The characterisation is flimsy, the storytelling perfunctory and…
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Hamnet at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Alas, poor Hamnet, you struggle to make tears flow" (Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) "... Lolita Chakrabarti’s largely adroitly condensed adaptation captures…
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Hamnet at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Hamnet — to see or not to see?" (Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) "The bestselling novel about Shakespeare’s lost son gets the…
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Portia Coughlan at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★
"Alex Eales’s set anticipates a wrecking ball: a chintzy, if neglected, domestic interior gives way to exposed brickwork and beyond…
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Portia Coughlan at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

"A relentlessly grim night" "By the end of this unrelentingly grim evening you’re left with one question: why did anyone…
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Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Slinky Nicole Scherzinger astounds in Sunset Boulevard" "Casting the singer as damaged diva Norma Desmond is a masterstroke" "Bombastic, brash…
Patricia Nicol, The Sunday Times
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Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Nicole Scherzinger is seductive but not quite ready for her close-up" "You have to salute her courage in taking on…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Voyage Round My Father at the Theatre Royal Bath (2023)

★★★
"Rupert Everett shines in Mortimer’s autumnal drama" "Those of us who first saw Rupert Everett as a cynical public schoolboy…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Voyage Round My Father at the Theatre Royal Bath (2023)

★★★
"The action unfolds against Bob Crowley’s gorgeous backdrop screen of English trees in fulgent high summer." "Eyre’s solid, stately production…
Patricia Nicol, The Sunday Times
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Noises Off at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Frayn’s immortal farce is an antidote to winter gloom" (Phoenix Theatre) "... even if sinking into the door-slamming, trouser-dropping netherworld…
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Noises Off at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★★
(Phoenix Theatre) "Act II, when we see the panic and calamities backstage, can be the stuff of genius. So it…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Boys From The Blackstuff at the Royal Court Liverpool (2023)

★★★
"biting Scouse wit brings a tender tribute to life" "How do you take one of the great TV series of…
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Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"This is unmissable musical theatre" "Lightning does indeed strike twice." "Peters is 75 now, though she looks decades younger, and…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Old Friends is a stellar tribute to Stephen Sondheim" "A celebration of the Broadway king’s life, love and creativity at…
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Close Up: The Twiggy Musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★
"This is stick-thin stuff" "Not so much a close-up, more a smudged Polaroid taken from a distance. Ben Elton’s jukebox…
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Frank and Percy at the The Other Palace (2023)

★★★★
"Ian McKellen and Roger Allam are note perfect in moving male study" (Theatre Royal Windsor) "Try to imagine what would…
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Frank and Percy at the The Other Palace (2023)

★★★
(Theatre Royal Windsor) "Roger Allam and Ian McKellen are paired in a gentle new comedy at Windsor’s under-ventilated Theatre Royal.…
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Mlima’s Tale at the Kiln Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A haunting indictment of the ivory trade" "It’s a play that jolts us awake by making us witness the elephant…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Vanya at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★
"Great Scott! Show is less than the sum of its parts" "It’s one of the greatest plays ever written. He’s…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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It’s Headed Straight Towards Us at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Two has-been actors hole up in a trailer in Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer’s new comedy" "Samuel West is deliciously…
Kate Kellaway, The Sunday Times
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It’s Headed Straight Towards Us at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★
"The Young Ones grow old in Beckettian satire" "It has, as you’d expect from a play by two former stars…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Pygmalion at the The Old Vic Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A four-star adrenaline shot" "Bertie Carvel and Patsy Ferran are fabulous in a sharp revival of George Bernard Shaw’s classic."…
Victoria Segal, The Sunday Times
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Pygmalion at the The Old Vic Theatre (2023)

★★
"Overacting drowns out the sting of Shaw’s comedy" "... this Pygmalion played at pantomime pitch. True, the bittersweet final third…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Rebecca at the Charing Cross Theatre (2023)

★★
"No one needs a singing and dancing Mrs Danvers" "Unlike the movie, despite a sinister musical opening we quickly soar…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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The Little Big Things at the @sohoplace Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Chorus of approval is not enough to make this show fly" "Nothing would please me more than to say that…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Rumble in the Jungle Rematch at the Dock X (2023)

★★★★
"This Ali and Foreman show is a knockout" "As with any immersive show, you need to be on the alert…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Private Lives at the Ambassadors Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A retro treat with Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers" "... Private Lives promises an evening of unparalleled comic sophistication. Just…
Victoria Segal, The Sunday Times
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Private Lives at the Ambassadors Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Havers and Hodge have mature chemistry" "Nothing remotely as radical is on offer in Christopher Luscombe’s production, which trundles rather…
Clive Davis, The Times
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God of Carnage at the Lyric Hammersmith (2023)

★★
"Fizzy parenting comedy falls flat" "Yasmina Reza’s play about two sets of parents who meet up because of an issue…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Farewell Mister Haffmann at the Ustinov - Bath Theatre Royal (2023)

★★★★
"It is gripping, surprising, resonant yet accessible" "Lindsay Posner’s British premiere is so beautifully acted. Nigel Lindsay has a straight-backed…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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As You Like It at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★
"The Globe’s As You Like It is pleased with its one big idea. “You are part of a queer family!”…
Victoria Segal, The Sunday Times
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As You Like It at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★
"Stick with this singalong Shakespeare" "Sacrilege? Messing with a winning formula? No, for the most part the front foot-forward, LGBTQ+…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Next to Normal at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Farce and tragedy in a slick Broadway import" "... a sleek production from the Donmar’s outgoing artistic director, Michael Longhurst."…
Clive Davis, The Times
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La Cage aux Folles at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"It is what it is: irresistible" "Forty years on the plot has lost some of its shock value, but Jerry…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Effect at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Paapa Essiedu dazzles in the National Theatre’s revival of The Effect" "Lucy Prebble’s drugs clinic satire is a welcome dose…
Victoria Segal, The Sunday Times
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The Effect at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Medication drama fails to stimulate the emotions" "... if you weren’t won over by the piece the first time around,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Jersey Boys at the Trafalgar Theatre (2023)

★★★
"the storyline wanders but Ben Joyce is a revelation as Frankie Valli" (2021) "Better shows have come and gone. This…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet at the Sadler's Wells Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Matthew Bourne’s brutal take chills the heart" "The time? The not-too-distant future. The place? The Verona Institute, where young people…
Debra Craine, The Times
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The SpongeBob Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London (2023)

★★★★
"This loopy cartoon spin-off has us hooked" (Birmingham Hippodrome) "Unfamiliar with SpongeBob SquarePants? Not to worry. This bright, shiny and…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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The SpongeBob Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London (2023)

★★★
"Nickleodeon’s SpongeBob musical" (Birmingham Hippodrome) "The cast is led gamely by Lewis Cornay’s SpongeBob, a schoolboy geek with a heart…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Macbeth at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★
"There are many compelling ideas here: a grimly parodic coronation, the way the witches seep into every household role. Yet…
Victoria Segal, The Sunday Times
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Macbeth at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★
"More Brittas Empire than blasted heath" "Is this a tragedy which I see before me? Abigail Graham’s lacklustre production provokes…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Rock Follies at the Minerva Theatre Chichester  (2023)

★★
"A Seventies reboot misfires" "The cast deserve better than this. Perhaps my memories of the 1970s TV series about three…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Crown Jewels at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★
"A polished gem? More like amateur panto" "What a mess. The stately music of Purcell pours from speakers before the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Crown Jewels at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★
"Publicity material describes The Crown Jewels at the Garrick Theatre in London as a “riotous new comedy”. The trouble with…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Word-Play at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★
"Another blandly middle-class flop for the Royal Court" "The series of vignettes that Rabiah Hussain and the director Nimmo Ismail…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Ride - A New Musical at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant / Charing Cross Theatre (2023)

★★★
"This outstanding pair have real pedal power" (Southwark Playhouse Elephant) "With so much to get through, frankly it’s a bit…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Sound of Music at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Clear-voiced Gina Beck is perfect as Maria" "... the first half swells to a tremendous climax with Climb Every Mountain,…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Sound of Music at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2023)

★★★
" I have confidence in this decorous show" "When the swastikas appear on banners for the all-important scene at the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Grenfell: In the Words of Survivors at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Visceral insight into a human tragedy" "... the performances are impassioned, and by giving extra weight to those who experienced…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Empress at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon (2023)

★★★★
"A Victorian double romance with cinematic sweep" "Smoothly piloted by a new director, Pooja Ghai, and featuring some fine performances,…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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The Empress at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon (2023)

★★★
"All this is pretty interesting, and Pooja Ghai’s production has its moments. Alexandra Gilbreath brings mischief and wit to Victoria,…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Cuckoo at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★
"The dialogue is skilful and the acting pretty good." "Sue Jenkins steals the show as tolerant, resourceful, funny Doreen, who…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Cuckoo at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A breezy Scouse sitcom with a dark heart" "We’re used to seeing Royal Court offerings in which characters are a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Disruption at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A darkly comical AI thriller" "In Andrew Stein’s new play all that can stop AI taking centre stage is a…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Miss Saigon at the The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (2023)

★★★★
"Who needs a helicopter, this is a hit" "... the great virtue of this pared-back yet electrifying revival from Robert…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Miss Saigon at the The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (2023)

★★★★
"In Sheffield’s version the Engineer, who is normally a baritone, is played by Joanna Ampil. The casting of a soprano…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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In Dreams at the Leeds Playhouse (2023)

★★★★
"Marketing shorthand might call it “the Roy Orbison musical” but that would suggest another pop biopic treatment, which this is…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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In Dreams at the Leeds Playhouse (2023)

★★★★
"Roy Orbison’s hits lift an irresistible show" "Death has rarely felt so exuberant as it does in this gloriously irreverent…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"One of Mark Rylance’s greatest achievements" "If I told you this was a play about remembering to wash your hands,…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Beneatha’s Place at the The Young Vic (2023)

★★★
"A culture-war skirmish with a tremendous heroine" "... although Kwei-Armah gets fine performances from his cast, you wonder whether another…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium (2023)

★★★
"Finally, a Wizard of Oz that doesn’t give me the creeps" "A fun, uncomplicated traipse through Oz should do well…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Crazy For You at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Another thing musicals can do is leave you awed by the performers’ skill." "... Charlie Stemp, in the lead role…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Crazy For You at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"You’ll be swept away by this Gershwin rom-com" "It’s ludicrous. It’s lavish. And finally the romantic-comical shenanigans set to some…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Song From Far Away at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Will Young hits the right notes as a grieving brother" (Hampstead Theatre) "Smoothly directed by Kirk Jameson, the production marks…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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Song From Far Away at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Will Young turns personal tragedy into a triumph" (Hampstead Theatre) "Mining his loss, eyes glinting with tears, the former Pop…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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A Playlist For The Revolution at the Bush Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A radical rom-com with a twist" "It’s in the tradition of fizzy-girl-shakes-up-staid-boy rom-coms. They’ll get there in the end, if…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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A Strange Loop at the Barbican Theatre (2023)

★★
"A Broadway hit that goes round in circles" "It is, scene by scene anyway, audacious and playfully resonant enough that…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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A Strange Loop at the Barbican Theatre (2023)

"F-words abound, the amplification is overdone and the plot is so niche (Manhattan black gospel gay scene) as to be…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Robin Hood The Legend. Re-Written at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2023)

★★
"Too many Hoods spoil the broth" "There’s an awful lot going on in Carl Grose’s jaunty but confusing version of…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Mrs Doubtfire The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Cross-dressing comedy soars from screen to stage" "Beyond the quantum shift in attitudes, you need a lead who’s not just…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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The Pillowman at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★
"Tale of art and suffering is a struggle to sit through" "Is Allen up to the task? It’s true that…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Third Man - A Musical Thriller at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★
"Musical adaptation is an ambitious near-miss" "In the end, Christopher Hampton, Trevor Nunn and co don’t provide a totally convincing…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Crucible at the Gielgud Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Aura of terror grips only intermittently" "Brian Gleeson, of Peaky Blinders fame, makes a sturdy if slightly one-dimensional John Proctor,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play at the Lyric Hammersmith (2023)

★★★
"Barbs fly in a teen spitefest" "Hell hath no fury like a teenager scorned — and in this energetic, hormone-spiked…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Romeo and Juliet at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Star-crossed lovers shine in a vague setting" "... while it has bright ideas aplenty, this condensed reinvention from the director…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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42nd Street at the Sadler's Wells Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A fiery Ruthie Henshall and a feast of tap dance" "At a time when so many theatre professionals are just…
Clive Davis, The Times
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42nd Street at the Sadler's Wells Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"42nd Street raises the roof with joyful tap-dancing" "Where do we stand on tap dancing? Does a little go a…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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When Winston Went To War With The Wireless at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★★
"Utterly compelling" "Suitably enough for a work about the early days of the BBC, parts of Jack Thorne’s drama, set…
Clive Davis, The Times
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When Winston Went To War With The Wireless at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"A timely production" "A play about John Reith in the 1920s has gripping resonance." "Jack Thorne’s play is reasonably interesting…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Assassins at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Lavish Sondheim revival labours political points" "In terms of pure visuals, Polly Findlay’s ambitious revival deserves four stars at the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant (2023)

★★★★
"It is skilfully performed by strolling troubadours. A handsomely gruff Jamie Parker takes the title role, Molly Osborne is lovely…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Groundhog Day at the The Old Vic (2023)

★★★★★
"The same magic and satire... all over again" "Well, this glorious collaboration between Danny Rubin, the screenwriter, and Tim Minchin,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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We Will Rock You at the London Coliseum (2023)

★★
"The success of this juggernaut is baffling" "When Ben Elton’s futuristic homage to Queen opened in London 21 years ago,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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We Will Rock You at the London Coliseum (2023)

★★
"We Will Rock You is back again — but is it any good?" "Ben Elton’s crowd-pleaser once tormented the critics,…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Patriots at the Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Russian oligarchs can turn on a rouble" "... Patriots, the play in which Peter Morgan traces the rise and fall…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Re-Member Me at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Dickie Beau’s enthralling dissection of Hamlet" "Dickie Beau’s arresting take on Hamlet doesn’t so much deconstruct the text as explode…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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The Shape of Things at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Neil LaBute’s battle of the sexes still crackles" "The dialogue still crackles in Nicky Allpress’s pacey revival, even if the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Great Expectations at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Eddie Izzard’s mighty Dickens marathon" "To be able to memorise a text as capacious as Dickens’s tale of ambition, class…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Rose at the Ambassadors Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Maureen Lipman confronts the shadows of history" "Maureen Lipman is perfect casting — almost too perfect, in fact — for…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Aspects of Love at the Lyric Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love hits all the right notes" "We’re fortunate to live in the same age as…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Aspects of Love at the Lyric Theatre (2023)

★★
"Michael Ball brings heft to a shallow work" "Whether the piece, with all its polite operatic borrowings, is really worth…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★
"A romp with a glorious Bottom" "... Elle While’s production turns out to be an inoffensive, if occasionally overcooked romp.…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Comedy of Errors at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★★
"Under the nonsense, a glimpse of realism" "Confusion reigns supreme in Sean Holmes’s brisk, boisterous staging of Shakespeare’s frantic farce…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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Bleak Expectations at the Criterion Theatre (2023)

★★★
"This parody doesn’t know when to stop" "... for all this stage adaptation’s jollity scene by scene, for all the…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Bleak Expectations at the Criterion Theatre (2023)

★★
"This prolonged skit on Dickens almost evokes the Goons in its humour. There are surreal and anachronistic gags." "A little…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Brokeback Mountain at the Soho Place Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Theatre re-heats of hit movies can be ersatz and predictable, a surrender of originality by playwrights and producers. This one…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Once On This Island at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A Caribbean Little Mermaid beguiles" "Gabrielle Brooks is superb in the vocally demanding role of Ti Moune. The other characters…
Clive Davis, The Times
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Southwark Playhouse Borough (2023)

★★★
"Sharp suits and strong songs" "If it doesn’t measure up in terms of evergreens (I Believe in You is a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Biscuits for Breakfast at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Sparks fly in a foodie love story" "Gareth Farr’s two-hander has energy and passion and fire; all it needs is…
Clive Davis, The Times
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4000 Miles at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Eileen Atkins compels as a leftie matriarch" "Amy Herzog’s play, polished and tasteful and first seen in New York just…
Clive Davis, The Times
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4000 Miles at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2023)

★★★
"For Eileen Atkins, 88, the show goes on and on" "This doyenne of the stage is an example to us…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Operation Mincemeat at the Fortune Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A gloriously inventive wartime romp" "Sometimes the jokes hit you so quickly that you barely have time to laugh before…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Vortex at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2023)

★★★
"An uneven take on Noël Coward’s breakthrough play" "... he gifted mother-and-son double act of Lia Williams and Joshua James,…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Vortex at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2023)

★★
"Daniel Raggett’s production contrives to feel both rushed and leaden. Early pearls of flighty, flapper-era dialogue are lost in a…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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August in England at the Bush Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Charismatic Henry delivers an unconventional solo piece" "At the end of the 90-minute piece, Henry lets us listen to the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Cymbeline at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (2023)

★★★
"Gregory Doran bids farewell with a hyperactive dark fairytale" "For his final offering as the RSC’s artistic director emeritus, Gregory…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Cymbeline at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (2023)

★★★
"A three-hour whirlwind romance" "Don’t let the running time of more than three hours put you off Cymbeline. Shakespeare’s dark-edged…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Glory Ride at the Charing Cross Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A musical sprint through the life of Gino Bartali" "Glory Ride — written by the former senior White House economic…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Richard III at the Liverpool Playhouse / Rose Theatre Kingston (2023)

★★
"Adjoa Andoh hams it up in wayward production" (Liverpool Playhouse) "Adjoa Andoh pulls out all the stops in her portrayal…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Retrograde at the Kiln Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A poignant tale of the Hollywood witch hunt" "Homing in on the early career of Sidney Poitier, the young playwright…
Clive Davis, The Times
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No ID at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A breezy, revealing story about becoming a man" "... this eye-opening, hour-long exploration into his still-evolving new life as a…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Good Person of Szechwan at the Sheffield Theatres & Lyric Hammersmith (2023)

★★★
"Ping! Brecht reimagined as an arcade game" (Crucible, Sheffield) "In the director Anthony Lau’s hands, Nina Segal’s update of Bertolt…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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Blue at the London Coliseum (2023)

★★★
"At full tilt, a thrillingly combative opera" "I was expecting something rather more belligerent, volatile and shocking from Jeanine Tesori’s…
Richard Morrison, The Times
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Animal at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A mischievous, unforgettable look at dating culture" "What a joy to discover a play that is so bold, so outspoken…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Ain't Too Proud - The Life And Times Of The Temptations at the Prince Edward Theatre (2023)

★★
"The Temptations musical won’t get you dancing in the aisles" "In its prime, Motown ran a ruthlessly efficient quality control…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Ain't Too Proud - The Life And Times Of The Temptations at the Prince Edward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Thirty R’n’B classics are crowbarred into a night of close harmonies, cool-suited dance routines and the usual narrative. Discovery leads…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Secret Life of Bees at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A civil rights musical buzzing with delights" "The strength of the performances can sometimes lift a musical into a different…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Secret Life of Bees at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★
"It’s an ankle-swinger" "Sweet, breezy and optimistic, this is a charming musical" "As one might expect of a musical about…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Dancing at Lughnasa at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A handsome revival of Friel’s flawed memory play" "... I still find the piece, even when it’s performed with conviction,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Dancing at Lughnasa at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"I danced a jig at this classic" "Maybe, just maybe, the high water of political correctitude at the theatre has…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Private Lives at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Low on laughs, a Noël Coward for a different age" "The best productions of Noël Coward’s much-revived 1930 comedy lace…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Dry House at the Marylebone Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A potent tale of the demon drink with one twist too many" "Irish writer Eugene O’Hare’s intriguing study of the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Little Life at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★
"James Norton bares his soul in second-rate melodrama" "One of the many strange things about this utterly grim play is…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Little Life at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★
"James Norton’s a star — but A Little Life is a punishment beating" "Graphic predatory sex, self-harm and rape, this…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Black Superhero at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★
"A bundle of slogans and clichés" "Surely someone could have seen, early on, that Danny Lee Wynter’s overwrought psychodrama about…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Way Old Friends Do at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★
"A drag comedy that needs more va-va-voom (Birmingham Rep)" "Grindr, Abba and an excruciatingly unexpected school reunion form the kick-off…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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The Way Old Friends Do at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★
"This Abba comedy by Mark Gaitis is jolly good fun (Birmingham Rep)" "Mamma mia! It’s camp and funny — and…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Further than the Furthest Thing at the Young Vic Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A vivid elegy for a vanished world" "For once, the trigger warnings underdo it... there is a steady strangeness and…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Marjorie Prime at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★
"Anne Reid and Nancy Carroll are brilliant in a dystopian fantasy" "What Harrison has given us is a thought-provoking miniature…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Sheer theatrical bliss" "Here’s a dream production that dares you to imagine that you’re in the coolest nightspot in the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Shamelessly sexy" "Hurrah! A joyous liberation from our age’s ghastly priggishness" "From the opening blast of the overture you know…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Great British Bake Off Musical at the Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A fluffy show that’s risen beautifully" "This show has put on a tiny bit of weight since it opened in…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Great British Bake Off Musical at the Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★
"It gave me tooth rot" "A stage spin-off of the show is a horribly saccharine enterprise" "This spin-off from the…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Sleepova at the Bush Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A teenage pyjama party that bursts with life" "Between the PJs-with-attitude and the popcorn, the hormones and the Haribos, there’s…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Shirley Valentine at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Sheridan Smith’s charm conquers all" "Smith turns out to be a perfect fit for the role in the director Matthew…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Shirley Valentine at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Sheridan Smith is the ultimate leading lady" "The actress goes beyond star quality as Willy Russell’s liberated Scouse housewife in…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Oklahoma! at the Wyndham's Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A brutal, controversial revamp with jagged edges" "Daniel Fish’s Tony award-winning production... is just the kind of experiment to set…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Winter's Tale at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★
"A jolly caper that needs to find its heart" "Bring an extra layer. And a woolly hat. And maybe a…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Walworth Farce at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant (2023)

★★★
"A funny but cryptic family tragicomedy" "The super-local south London setting makes reviving Enda Walsh’s 2006 play an obvious choice…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Grenfell: System Failure at the The Playground Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"The banality of corporate evil" "Grenfell: System Failure is the latest in a series of political plays that are nothing…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Women, Beware The Devil at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

"I feel sorry for the cast of this unholy mess" "The plotting is so erratic that I began to wonder…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Women, Beware The Devil at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

"The director Rupert Goold and the set designer Miriam Buether throw all their talents at this cod-medieval story about witch-hunting…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Romeo and Julie at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"The lovers get a witty, gritty, working-class update" "As it turns out, this witty, gritty yet generous rom-com by Gary…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Trouble in Butetown at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Wartime Cardiff comes to life" "For the second time running, the Donmar is offering a defiantly old-fashioned drama with the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Rhinegold at the London Coliseum (2023)

★★★★
"ENO’s Ring has lift-off in this witty, cheeky show" "Yes, only one performance is world-class — Christine Rice’s magisterially sung…
Neil Fisher, The Times
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Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical at the Birmingham Rep (2023)

★★★
"Polish but not enough bite" "There is too much going on in Sean Foley’s production for it to get boring,…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Medea at the @sohoplace (2023)

★★★★
"Sophie Okonedo’s hellish descent into darkness" "In the end, it’s the auditorium that emerges as the most potent presence of…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Medea at the @sohoplace (2023)

★★★
"Sophie Okonedo, initially in sunglasses, is self-assured and chic in the title role, although she never quite mines the depths."…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Sylvia at the The Old Vic Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Beverley Knight shines in a stodgy suffragette show" "There are some stirring songs buried in the director Kate Prince’s hip-hop…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Winner's Curse at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★
"Clive Anderson’s charm can’t save this strange show" "Well, its heart is in the right place, and Clive Anderson certainly…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Phaedra at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Succession meets Peep Show in stunningly sharp update" "It’s Phaedra, kind of, but Simon Stone’s rivetingly black-comical psychodrama is also…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"A mesmerising epic, perfectly played" "This mesmerising chronicle of an American dynasty sweeps past like one of those gigantic freight…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"The Lehman Trilogy is back — but is it better?" "Five years after it first astonished audiences, the tale of…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Linck & Mülhahn at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★
"Love, trans rights and punk in 18th-century Saxony" "We’re passing through a phase where dramatists addressing the question of gender…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Linck & Mülhahn at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Maggie Bain and Helena Wilson are sweet, if a little 21st-century, as the lovebirds. Owen Horsley’s production is jolted by…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Prospero magic holds long show together" "... Elizabeth Freestone’s production may veer between the inspired and the rather clunky, but…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Carmen at the London Coliseum (2023)

★★★★
"Bizet with extra dollops of sex and violence" "Bieito’s more pretentious conceptual junk — the dour focus on the tacky,…
Richard Morrison, The Times
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2:22 A Ghost Story at the Lyric Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Haunted Cheryl makes a confident West End debut" "Danny Robins’s gripping ghost story is as verbally spiky as it is…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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2:22 A Ghost Story at the Lyric Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"It’s a chilling modern classic" "The pop singer proves the snoots were wrong in her West End debut." "This domestic…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Wordplay rom-com is short and sharp, but hits a character limit" "Can two good actors and a gifted director, Josie…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★
"Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, a revived 2015 chin-stroker from Sam Steiner, is altogether more pretentious. It’s the sort of…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Steel Magnolias at the UK Tour (2023)

★★★
"Grief, giant perms and southern charm" "It’s a play of paradoxes in many ways (not that any character would put…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Sound of the Underground at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Travis Alabanza’s show teeters about like a drag queen" "The young, gifted, non-binary writer and performer Travis Alabanza’s first crack…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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The Unfriend at the Criterion Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Steven Moffat’s comedy hits the funny bone" "... with Alan Ayckbourn’s West End supremacy a distant memory and good farces…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS at the Royal Albert Hall (2023)

★★★★
"A weird and wondrous spectacular" "Together, they encourage a gently spooky sense of joy. There are capering conjoined twins, men…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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George Takei's Allegiance at the Charing Cross Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"George Takei brings the spark to a sentimental journey" "We first meet Sammy as an old man looking back six…
Debra Craine, The Times
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A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Magnetic Paul Mescal is no normal leading man" "Mescal is tremendous: he makes the latent violence of Stanley Kowalski into…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"A Streetcar Named Desire is superb" "Ferran is so convincing that it is hard to imagine how the show could…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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On The Ropes at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★
"No knockout punch in this boxing docudrama" "The scenes of his confrontations over his immigration status are harrowing, though, as…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Watch on the Rhine at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★
"Patricia Hodge shines in a dowdy drawing room drama" "The wonderful Patricia Hodge is just about incapable of giving a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Watch on the Rhine at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★★
"Donald Trump must see this" "This revival about US wartime isolationism is gripping and timely." "Ellen McDougall’s production whacks you…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Fir Tree at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★★★
"A witty reboot of Hans Christian Andersen" "... Hannah Khalil’s adaptation doesn’t shy away from all references to death and…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Derren Brown: SHOWMAN at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Britain’s favourite magician conjures another hit" "He brings his own life on stage and fuses raw honesty with prestidigitation, misdirection…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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One Woman Show at the Ambassadors Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Much more than a Fleabag spoof" "People, most importantly, have seen it and laughed, laughed, laughed. Its mix of the…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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As You Like It at the @sohoplace (2022)

★★★★
"Cerebral and playful . . . there’s a lot to like" "Josie Rourke’s enchanting production, a shimmering blend of the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Jack and the Beanstalk at the London Palladium (2022)

★★★★
"Camp innuendo, Dawn French and a singing cow" "Dawn French having more fun as “juicy old Dame Trot” — the…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (2022)

★★★
"This is very much Dolly Does Dickens. It’s country music, not carols," "Parton, who writes the songs, and her co-adapters,…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Sons of the Prophet at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Grief and grievances in a brilliant tragicomedy" "... a show that, never mind the BlackBerries wielded by its mid-2000s protagonists,…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Paradise Now! at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★
"A deceptively oily comedy with a standout performance" "Michele Moran gives a pitch-perfect demonstration of physical comedy" "despite its deft…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Mother Goose at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Ian McKellen delivers knockabout fun in a cheerfully chaotic show" "Ian McKellen had no end of fun in this cheerfully…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House (2022)

★★★★★
"Royal Ballet classic brings sumptuous wonder and fireworks" "Unlike theatre and opera — which regularly reimagine and reinvent their pasts…
Debra Craine, The Times
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Mandela at the The Young Vic (2022)

★★
"Bland musical says little about Mandela" "The great man surely deserved better than this. It’s always going to be a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Disney's Newsies at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Spectacular dancing, but where’s the story?" "If an audience can’t find thrills in the director and choreographer Matt Cole’s large-scale…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty at the Sadler's Wells (2022)

★★★★
"Matthew Bourne’s zany rewrite is still a riot" "Matthew Bourne’s zany rewrite of The Sleeping Beauty — that most luminous…
Debra Craine, The Times
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Kerry Jackson at the National Theatre (2022)

"Less food for thought, more overcooked cliché" "Ripley gives a performance that’s painfully lacking in subtlety. Everything in Indhu Rubasingham’s…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Hex at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Jewel box of a fairytale whose contents fail to sparkle" "It looked ravishing, but could I always tell you, hand…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Hex at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Full of spectacle and knowing jokes and performed with infectious vigour." "Jim Fortune’s music is a mish-mash, but the staging…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Orlando at the Garrick Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Nudges, winks and a pack of Woolfs make Orlando bloom" "Think of it, if you like, as the Bloomsbury Group…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Orlando at the Garrick Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Corrin has a magnetic presence" "There are two solid reasons to catch Michael Grandage’s Orlando. The first is Emma Corrin’s…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Mother Goose at the Hackney Empire (2022)

★★★
"Panto dame Clive Rowe holds court in Hackney" "Is Clive Rowe the greatest pantomime dame of the century? Oh, he…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Othello at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A cold-eyed Iago and a menacing chorus dominate this tragedy" "In the end, the cascade of arresting visuals wins you…
Clive Davis, The Times
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It's A Wonderful Life at the London Coliseum (2022)

★★★
"Well-crafted show is just a little too sickly sweet" "On the brink of oblivion, with its public subsidy withdrawn from…
Richard Morrison, The Times
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Best of Enemies at the Noel Coward Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"An enthralling political pub brawl" "... James Graham’s pundit wars drama explores the moral and cultural battles of the Sixties…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★★
"Pun-filled, udderly brilliant panto" "This Jack and the Beanstalk is a sequin-clad riot of kick-ass choreography, streetwise silliness and jokes…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Henry V at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2022)

★★★
"A back-to-basics staging" "Here’s a Shakespearean chronicle reduced to basics by a young cast. Squeezed into the confines of the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Sherlock Carol at the Marylebone Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A very merry mashup of Dickens and Doyle" "As a murder mystery, it’s a tad convoluted, admittedly, yet the production…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre (2022)

★★★
"A functional family Christmas treat" "... functional family seasonal treats on this scale don’t grow on Christmas trees. And, within…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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A Christmas Carol at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★
"Jack Thorne’s Dickens comes with all the trimmings" "Short of ushers guiding you to your seats on sleighs made of…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial at the Wyndham's Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Wagatha Christie play hits back of the net" "Vardy v Rooney proved to be a high-wire act, all right, but…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial at the Wyndham's Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Much of Vardy v Rooney — the costumes, the wild stakes, the vanities and tautness of plot — felt theatrical.…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Matilda The Musical  (2022)

★★★
"Emma Thompson’s Trunchbull lifts an uneven film" "The London Film Festival opened not with a bang but with an acknowledgment…
Kevin Maher, The Times
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The Sex Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2022)

★★
"Snogging and stereotypes in Terry Johnson’s limp Islington farce" "The first thing to point out is that, this being a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Sex Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2022)

★★
"An orgy in Islington" "Oglers may initially enjoy The Sex Party, a new Terry Johnson play at the reopened Menier.…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Blackout Songs at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Hypnotic performances lift a tale of alcoholic destruction" "A bleak exercise in self-deception, then; yet what gives momentum to Guy…
Clive Davis, The Times
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From Here To Eternity at the Charing Cross Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Tim Rice’s Pearl Harbor musical fights again" "... Rice’s son Donald has joined Bill Oakes to co-write the book, a…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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A Christmas Carol at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Adrian Edmondson makes an excellent Scrooge" "Adrian Edmondson takes the role of Scrooge this time, and it’s a pleasure to…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Christmas Carol at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Adrian Edmondson’s bulgy-eyed, lip-licking Scrooge is the best thing about the show. “K-k-keep the change,” Scrooge stammers when he is…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Not One of These People at the Royal Court Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Theatre meets art installation in a play for 299 voices" "In this new work, directed and designed by Christian Lapointe,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Fisherman's Friends: The Musical at the Theatre Royal Bath (2022)

★★★★
"This heart-on-sleeve show is quite a catch" "Crammed with sea shanties, this heart-on-sleeve portrait of the fishing community in Port…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Fisherman's Friends: The Musical at the Theatre Royal Bath (2022)

★★★★
"I loved it, me hearties" "Blow me down, this sea shanty yarn is a beautifully sung tonic." "The opening sound…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Super High Resolution at the Soho Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Fleabag in navy scrubs" "Written by Nathan Ellis, it is punchy, mordantly funny and occasionally soapily melodramatic, and it is…
Alice Jones, The Times
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Mary at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Lots of cut and thrust but we rarely feel real lives are at stake" "Douglas Henshall, star of the TV…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Elephant at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Brief but intense play addressing the intricacies of colour and class" "Lucas has a sharp ear for the vocabulary which…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Tammy Faye – A New Musical at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★
"Not much to praise the Lord about in Elton’s show" "She was a larger-than-life figure, yet Tammy Faye Bakker emerges…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Tammy Faye – A New Musical at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Elton John helps put the fun into fundamentalism" "The singer teams up with James Graham and the Scissor Sisters’ Jake…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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A Single Man at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Isherwood’s tale impresses on stage" "Tom Ford’s film of Christopher Isherwood’s novel added layer after layer of designer gloss to…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Single Man at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Philip Wilson’s production is easy to watch. The set design by Caitlin Abbott, with a few sliding compartments, sound effects…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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My Son’s A Queer, (But What Can You Do?) at the Garrick Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Charming but slender confessional" " It’s principally in a couple of simple gestures — no more than sudden extended pauses…
Clive Davis, The Times
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@sohoplace at the @sohoplace (2022)

"@sohoplace is the first new purpose-built theatre to arrive in the West End in 50 years. I can’t love the…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Marvellous at the @sohoplace (2022)

★★★★
"A life-affirming show that’s true to its name" "I can feel the adjectives queueing up in my head, ready to…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Light of Passage at the Royal Opera House (2022)

★★★★★
"Refugee crisis inspires an eloquent, profound ballet" "at 60 minutes of dance, plus interval — it must be one of…
Debra Craine, The Times
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Local Hero at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Entertaining, not quite enchanting" "Evans has a sure way with a musical, and from the moment the grey thrust stage…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Animated whimsy takes to the stage with aplomb" "If you’re an admirer of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli movies, you’re almost…
Clive Davis, The Times
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My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A monster hit" "The RSC hits the spot with an ambitious children’s show based on a 1980s Japanese classic" "Even…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Tennant’s nice then Nazi in this insidious revival" "In this hugely rewarding revival of CP Taylor’s 1981 play about Nazi…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★
"David Tennant’s hero isn’t a nice man, he’s a Nazi swine" "This production’s big draw is David Tennant as Halder.…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Doctor at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Juliet Stevenson stuns in the play of the decade" "It is the most politically pertinent play of the decade. And…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Band's Visit at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★★
"Musical finds gentle harmony in desert tale" "These characters seem to be on the long and winding road to nowhere.…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Band's Visit at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★★
"The best show at the Donmar Warehouse in ages" "The Band’s Visit restores faith in humanity. This little show, adapted…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Boy with Two Hearts at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
"Simplistic, clunking agitprop" "If it were a touring production in schools you’d happily cheer it on — after all, it’s…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Dmitry at the Marylebone Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Dynastic ding-dong that befuddles then bewitches" "An unabashedly high-theatrical style that at first makes you clutch your seat in fear…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Tosca at the London Coliseum (2022)

★★★
"Old-fashioned wailing and too much applause" "Puccini’s most violent opera should scorch like a hot iron. Sadly, that’s only occasionally…
Richard Morrison, The Times
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Blues For An Alabama Sky at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Good-looking but overlong tale of strivers and hustlers" "Vintage songs and music composed by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell are an integral…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Iphigenia in Splott at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★
"An intense, volcanic performance" "Gary Owen’s monologue forces you to pay this young woman full attention. In the handsome surroundings…
Clive Davis, The Times
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John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★
"Simon Russell Beale shines in Ibsen’s leaden melodrama" "It’s a measure of Beale’s charisma that he persuades us to follow…
Clive Davis, The Times
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John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Although Beale is, as always, delicious to watch, his voice so civilised and English, it doesn’t quite work. He lacks…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Woman in Mind at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Ayckbourn’s suburban Hedda Gabler" "It takes a writer of Ayckbourn’s delicacy to tackle debilitating depression as comedy, yet while the…
Rachel Halliburton, The Times
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Jews. In Their Own Words at the Royal Court (2022)

★★★
"An uneven ‘theatrical inquiry’ into antisemitism" "Drawing on an idea from the actress Tracy-Ann Oberman — an outspoken commentator on…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Crucible at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Erin Doherty is a convincingly frenzied ringleader" "Here, the performances all round are more variable, and some of the directorial…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Crucible at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"The Crucible is a five-star scorcher" "Arthur Miller’s 1692 witch hunt targets today’s hanging judges" "Lyndsey Turner’s production of The…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Eureka Day at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★★
"Helen Hunt adds star power to satire of liberal sanctimony" "This is the play that would have helped to keep…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Cages at the Riverside Studios (2022)

"An interminable, flat-footed dystopian musical" "I wonder if someone should be selling hallucinogenic drugs at the door? It’s certainly hard…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Handbagged at the Kiln Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A flight of fancy in Queen’s encounters with Thatcher" "... if Buffini’s satire is full of mischief and gossip, it…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The P Word at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A tremendous two-man rom-com" "... The P Word delights on pretty much every level. Akhtar has the two men each…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Snail House at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★
"Well-crafted, but there’s a hole at the centre" "There are lots of themes swirling in the air, but do they…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Snail House at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★
"It is unexpectedly shouty" "the second half improves... and by the end it almost has a Chekhovian flavour"
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Clothes They Stood Up In at the Nottingham Playhouse (2022)

★★★★
"Alan Bennett with delightful barbs" "The humour is delicious, as you would expect, but there’s a streak of raw pain…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Clothes They Stood Up In at the Nottingham Playhouse (2022)

★★★
"Alan Bennett grapples with everyday horrors" "Scarborough being perfect as this fussy, inadequate little martinet. Sophie Thompson overdoes things a…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Clinic at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★
"A laboured essay in identity politics" "A provocative question lies at the heart of Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s latest offering: how much…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Clinic at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★
"The Clinic is an attack on middle-class pretension" "Commercial theatres might have been tougher on, and therefore ultimately more helpful…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Gabriel Byrne: Walking with Ghosts at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Entertaining tale of booze, burn-out and stardom" "In a monologue based on his unusually fluent autobiography, published two years ago,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Antigone at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★
"A nuance-free attempt to match Sophocles with politics" "Inua Ellams’s attempt to marry Sophocles with 21st-century British politics paints a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Silence at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★
"This show adapts a Kavita Puri book, Partition Voices. As a record of ethnic cleansing, it has raw historical value,…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Silence at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★
"Good as Indian history, less good as drama" "Rose Revitt’s minimalist set, adorned with screens and the occasional item of…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Gary Barlow - A Different Stage at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Tales from the boy-band boy scout" "Barlow is an energetic and engaging storyteller, but you won’t mistake A Different Stage…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Gary Barlow - A Different Stage at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Hail Gary Barlow, the sex god from next door" "The Take That frontman’s one-man show is rueful and engaging" "This…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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I, Joan at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★★★★
"A gender-fluid revolutionary for our times" "It is a tribute to Josephine’s stirring, questioning and incendiary work that Ilinca Radulian’s…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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I, Joan at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★
"A gender-fluid Joan of Arc? Pull the other one" "It’s not a bad idea, but do we really need battle…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Narcissist at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Ambitious, witty but frustratingly uneven" "It’s trying to say too much. Christopher Shinn’s play about a disillusioned, not to say…
Clive Davis, The Times
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All's Well That Ends Well at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (2022)

★★★
"Selfies and memes in a high-energy update" "Is it possible to make complete sense of this “problem play” for a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Into The Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath (2022)

★★★
"Terry Gilliam’s ‘cancelled’ Sondheim is sheer spectacle" "The visuals are what linger in the memory. The moment you enter the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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All of Us at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
"Taking aim at Tories" "The jokes soon dry up and go down the partisan plughole." "Tory scum kill disabled people:…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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All of Us at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
"A well-intentioned drama becomes a rant" "Martinez’s anger is palpable throughout, but the piece is so stacked against the evil…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Great British Bake Off Musical at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham (2022)

★★★
"The Musical review — a sugar-and-spice recipe with no soggy bottoms" "This celebration of a TV institution may be no…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Identical at the Nottingham Playhouse (2022)

★★★
"Parent Trap musical has promise, but no spark" "... all its charm, it still looks like a show in need…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Identical at the Nottingham Playhouse (2022)

★★★★
"Even I wept buckets at this wonderful weepy" "With songs by Stiles and Drewe, it is a gooey offering. The…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Tempest at the Shakespeare's Glob (2022)

★★★
"Inflatable lobsters and football anthems make for gimmicky Shakespeare" "It’s vivid, cheerfully garish and never dull, but it’s also gimmicky.…
Sam Marlowe, The Times
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The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe - Birmingham at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2022)

★★★
"A fantastical, and functional, trip to Narnia" "That awful moment when Aslan the lion is put to death is still…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe - Birmingham at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2022)

★★★
"I wanted The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to evoke wonder" "In all it’s a shrewd commercial package for…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Chasing Hares at the Young Vic (2022)

★★★
"A fitfully fascinating study of compromise and coercion" "At its best, Chasing Hares is a pacy, thrilling depiction of compromise…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Sister Act at the Eventim Apollo (2022)

★★★
"Beverley Knight doesn’t quite hit the heavenly heights" "Knight works tremendously hard as the audience cheers her on, but her…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Sister Act at the Eventim Apollo (2022)

★★★
"Beverley Knight, voice like a jumbo jet, plays a Philadelphia nightclub singer, Deloris, who takes sanctuary in a convent after…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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101 Dalmatians at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Wild woofs of approval" "Kate Fleetwood makes a full-throated villain, and in Timothy Sheader’s jaunty production the political subtext (there’s…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"The National has a comic hit on its hands" "Kerry Howard is superb as her sharp-tongued maid, Lucy, who indulges…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"This loveable show should revive the battered box office at the National Theatre" "... this is an enormously loveable show.…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Bruised lovers charm amid simmering Italian chic" "In John Heffernan and Katherine Parkinson, we get a charming pair of slightly…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"The test of any Much Ado is the moment Beatrice goes icy and asks Benedick to “kill Claudio”. If the…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Crazy For You at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Be dazzled by this infectious Gershwin musical" "With Susan Stroman, who created the original choreography, at the helm as director,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Crazy For You at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"When it comes to song and dance and liquid watchability, Stemp is the works. He plays our rich kid, Bobby…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Billy Elliot The Musical at the Curve Theatre Leicester (2022)

★★★★★
"This revival will have you dancing for joy" "It’s a flat-out masterpiece. And if you had any worries that a…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Cynthia Erivo: Legendary Voices at the Royal Albert Hall (2022)

★★★★
"A Hollywood star from London conquers the Proms" "Starring in her own BBC Prom was a useful way to remind…
John Bungey, The Times
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Peaky Blinders: The Rise at the Camden Garrison (2022)

★★★
"Throw yourself into a turf war with Tommy Shelby" "As far as period details go, it’s the effing sardine’s whiskers.…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"No question about it: this remains the best show in town." "If there’s one production I’d prescribe to a person…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Fear not, little flock. The Cole Porter musical Anything Goes is back at the Barbican after last summer’s triumphant run.…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Millennials at the The Other Palace (2022)

★★★
"Angsty songs, rainbow bubbles and a giant avocado" "this plotless collection of numbers feels rather aimless and generalised, and although…
Sam Marlowe, The Times
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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Playwright Peter Morgan‘s slick horror show captures the early days of the despot but makes him sound like Rodney from…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★
"Tom Hollander does turn in a commanding performance" "A play that is an unwieldy combination of docudrama and thriller with…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Tempest at the Theatre Royal Bath (2022)

★★★★
"A touch of opera gives Deborah Warner’s Shakespeare real magic" "Nicholas Woodeson’s Prospero .. doesn’t hit a false note" "In…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★
"Emilia Clarke can’t rescue this airless Chekhov" "Emilia Clarke ...turns in a perfectly fine performance. Indira Varma is even more…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

"Emilia Clarke can’t save The Seagull" "The stage is a bare, doorless, three-sided chipboard box. The actors are barefoot and…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Richard III reviews - RSC Stratford at the Stratford Upon Avon (2022)

★★★
"The RSC’s first disabled king breaks another barrier" "There are some powerful supporting performances as well, especially from Minnie Gale…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the London Palladium (2022)

★★★
"An all-singing, all-dancing piece of the Disney brand" "Spectacle wins out over storytelling in this extravagant, exuberantly played revival of…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Mad House at the The Ambassadors Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Bill Pullman and David Harbour excel in a twisty family drama" "The first hour or so delivers an absorbing blend…
Clive Davis, The Times
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That Is Not Who I Am at the Royal Court Theatre (2022)

"A thriller that utterly fails to generate any tension" "The blurb describes the piece as a “slippery thriller”, yet Kirkwood…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Southbury Child at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Our thespian prayers answered" "There are some plays that keep you talking well into the night. Stephen Beresford’s study of…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Dolls House, Part 2 at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★
"Sympathies shift in this dark thought experiment" "Nora herself doesn’t emerge as an entirely likeable figure. Having built a new…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Dolls House, Part 2 at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★
"A radical feminist wrestling match" "Patricia Allison impresses as Emmy, but she and Dumezweni are given little ammunition to make…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Jitney at the Old Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A funny, fractious dive into the lives of 1970s American taxi drivers" "Tinuke Craig’s fluid and absorbing revival oozes an…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Car Man at the Royal Albert Hall (2022)

★★★
"Matthew Bourne’s hot-blooded version of Carmen purrs along and then stalls" "The first act was especially terrific. Shame, then, about…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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The Gunpowder Plot at the Tower Vaults London (2022)

★★★★★
"A stunning virtual-reality experience" "An experience to ignite the imagination" "This is an immersive experience in which virtual reality and…
Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times
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Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Harry Hill’s manic humour demolishes the former PM" "To call Harry Hill and Steve Brown’s portrait of the former prime…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Tony Blair lives on in song" "No one is spared in Harry Hill’s New Labour rock opera" "After the self-polishing…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Britannicus at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★
"Power politics in ancient Rome around the water cooler" "This modern-dress interpretation — dominated by the majestic figure of Agrippina,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Unfriend at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★
"Creaky sitcom jokes make Steven Moffat’s play a trial" "The Unfriend starts promisingly enough as a study in middle-class embarrassment."…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Hollywood star pulls off a touching turnaround" "All praise to Adams .. for taking on a role that has tested…
Clive Davis, The Times
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ABBA Voyage at the ABBA Arena (2022)

★★★★
"Captivating.. Out of this world" "This was captivating, and celebratory in a rather innocent fashion. Who doesn’t love dancing along…
Will Hodgkinson, The Times
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Legally Blonde The Musical at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Go with an open mind and you’ll be blown away" "Moss has repackaged the show in a way that brings…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Murder On The Orient Express at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Henry Goodman is outstanding" "Goodman has entirely cracked the mystery of how to put a new spin on the world’s…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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My Fair Lady  (2022)

★★★
"A bit more power and it would be really lovely" "a very decent, very stylish, eventually quite audacious My Fair…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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My Fair Lady  (2022)

★★★★
"My Fair Lady reminded me why we go to West End shows" "From the moment the overture starts swirling around…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Grease at the Dominion Theatre (2022)

★★★
"It’s highly professional." "Arlene Phillips’s choreography offers some thrills" "[When] Olivia Moore takes centre stage.. to sing good-girl Sandy’s impassioned…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Passion at the Hope Mill Theatre (2022)

★★★
"a Sondheim revival for completists only" "There’s nothing wrong with Michael Strassen’s gossamer production: Ruthie Henshall does herself justice in…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Oklahoma! at the Young Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Stirring singing in a reworked classic" "In the final moments, Arthur Darvill’s Curly, decked out in a white suit and…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Sondheim Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"A star-spangled, unforgettable tribute to Stephen Sondheim" "Excuse me if I gush, but this was one of those nights where…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Much Ado About Nothing at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Shakespeare’s sparring lovers start the Globe’s new season in style" "Something about Much Ado’s sprawling mix of the cheering (flirtation,…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Macbeth at the Longacre Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Daniel Craig swaps Bond for the Bard" "The director Sam Gold gives us an irrepressibly imaginative modern-dress production that is…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Mark Rylance mesmerises in one of the best plays you will ever see" "A thousand playwrights try to write the…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Shapeshifter Jodie Comer takes the stage by storm" "If you’ve seen Jodie Comer play the murderous Villanelle in Killing Eve…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Jodie Comer’s brilliant West End debut is like a punch to the guts" "This solo piece at the Harold Pinter,…
Dominic Cavendish, The Sunday Times
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Funny Girl at the August Wilson Theatre (2022)

★★
"it looks and sounds merely average" "Watching Feldstein trying to get to grips with the larger-than-life personality of the vaudeville…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Corn is Green at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Escaping the valleys in a tale of its time that can still seduce" "Nicola Walker impresses as Miss Moffat, a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Marys Seacole at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★
"An ambitious tribute to the pioneering nurse of Crimea" "This kaleidoscopic play is by turns abstruse, amusing, irked, forgiving. Mother-daughter…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Punchdrunk: The Burnt City at the One Cartridge Place (2022)

★★
"The fall of Troy has never been so neon — or bewildering" "In their new London home — factory buildings…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Scandaltown at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★
"Anti-woke jokes fall flat in modern Restoration comedy" "Panto season seems to have arrived earlier than usual. Mike Bartlett’s new…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The 47th at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★
"Echoes of Shakespeare as Trump makes comeback" "It’s an entertaining but uneven pageant held together by a barnstorming performance by…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The 47th at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★★★
"At last, a five-star Trump we can love" "Bertie Carvel is remarkable as the former president in this outrageous, must-see…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Anyone Can Whistle at the Southwark Playhouse (2022)

★★★
"A peppy revival of Sondheim’s cult early flop" "Sondheim and Laurents’s lively relic is a celebration of difference, a philosophical…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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To Kill A Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Rafe Spall is stunning in new take on classic" "Hats off to Aaron Sorkin. While the official title may be…
Clive Davis, The Times
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To Kill A Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Aaron Sorkin supercharges To Kill a Mockingbird" "At last, here’s a play with serious oomph — pity about Rafe Spall’s…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Straight Line Crazy at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Uneven tale of all-powerful planner fails to reach heights" "Much like Hare’s 1980s press satire, Pravda, Straight Line Crazy is…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Straight Line Crazy at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Ralph Fiennes takes on middle-class women" "David Hare’s play makes town planning exciting" "Danny Webb does a strong turn as…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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The Human Voice at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★
"Modest monodrama is crying out for a splash of colour" "Ruth Wilson is on stage for all of 70 minutes,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Human Voice at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★
"Jean Cocteau wrote this bottom-numbing play in 1928, when it must at least have had shock value and when the…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre (2022)

★★
"Sexual identity study is about as plausible as Bridgerton" "...the central conceit is about as plausible as the average episode…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Maria Friedman & Friends - Legacy at the Menier Chocolate Factory  (2022)

★★★★
"Musical theatre’s most insightful star pays homage to the greats" "Now that Barbara Cook is no longer with us it’s…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Collaboration at the The Young Vic (2022)

★★★★
"Day-glo portrait of two pop art titans packs a real punch" "If there are comic moments, the play — soon…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Crackerjack hits coated in several tons of rhinestones" "As a spectacle, Moulin Rouge! has a lot going for it. Derek…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Bring It On: The Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (2021)

★★★★
"Cheerleading musical will put smiles on faces" "Inspired by the film series of the same name, Bring It On here…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club (Playhouse Theatre) (2021)

★★★★
"Sinister Redmayne and sumptuous set are a seductive combination" "Eddie Redmayne may be the star — and he’s mesmerisingly good…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Best of Enemies at the The Young Vic (2021)

★★★★★
"James Graham’s captivating drama is raw and timely" "Here come the gladiators. We’re used to seeing partisan talking heads tear…
Clive Davis, The Times
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West Side Story  (2021)

★★★★
"Spielberg buoyantly reboots Bernstein’s classic" "Typical Spielberg. Only he could manage to remake arguably the greatest musical of all without…
Kevin Maher, The Times
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A Chorus Line at the Curve Leicester (2021)

★★★★
"The classic musical about Broadway hoofers still packs a punch" "Although its cultural references are dated, A Chorus Line remains…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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The Book of Dust at the Bridge Theatre (2021)

★★★
"Cosmic epichas strings attached" "Neutrals will be scratching their heads over the plot twists but can at least enjoy Samuel…
Clive Davis, The Times
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York's Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"Only for the brave - screams galore await" "The ghoulery is done well, a team of anonymous, black-clad performers carrying…
Quentin Letts, The Times
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Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) at the Criterion Theatre (2021)

★★★
"An irreverent but overlong look at Jane Austen" "McArthur’s script, mixing bawdy anachronisms with a sprinkling of karaoke-ish pop songs,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story at the Nottingham Playhouse (2021)

★★★★
"Keith Allen’s Scrooge brought a tear to my eye" (2023 Production) "This revival of Mark Gatiss’s 2021 adaptation of Dickens’s…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story at the Nottingham Playhouse (2021)

★★★
"Mark Gatiss’s new Dickens adaptation puts a smile on your face" (2021 Production) "This is how to make Dickens’s greatest…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre (2021)

★★★
"A little off the beat" "... the flaws in this celebration of Jamaica’s greatest musical export may not prove fatal.…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Back to the Future at the Adelphi Theatre (2021)

★★
"Classic stalls like an old DeLorean" "In the end, though, it’s like sitting in a musty, 40-year-old DeLorean and discovering…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Frozen The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (2021)

★★★★
"A visual feast to warm even the coldest of hearts" "The first thing to say about Michael Grandage’s elegant production,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"Cinderella is a triumph" "Cinderella is a triumph of catchy songs and fabulous wigs — it shouldn’t be denied to…
Quentin Letts, The Sunday Times
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Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"Fairytale ending for show that must go on" "With a book by Emerald Fennell, who won an Oscar for the…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"It’s been a while, but this nanny goes down a storm" "There are plenty of reasons to go for a…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre (2021)

★★★★★
"Bubbly wit and stylish fun: it’s just the ticket" "It’s the musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre (2020)

★★★
"Overlong and clunky, but there was much to admire in the performances" "The old revolving stage has been jettisoned. Instead,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Cirque Du Soleil - Luzia at the Royal Albert Hall (2020)

★★★
"Luzia is a typical example of the Canadian franchise that has assumed multiplex movie proportions" "Production values remain grandiose, colourful…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre (2020)

★★★★
"Revelling in the art of the complex cock‑up" "It’s a magic show. It starts going wrong. It keeps going wrong,…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre (2019)

★★★★★
"Martin Crimp’s glittering, rap-style version" “The loner that James McAcoy reveals in this mesmerising West End production of Edmond Rostand’s…
Marc Brenner, The Times
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& Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre (2019)

★★
"Shakespeare on steroids is not for the sober" "This musical inspired by Shakespeare’s tale of star-cross’d lovers is, you see,…
Clive Davis, The Times
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DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Noel Coward Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Witty songs light up tale of teenage trauma" "if the prospect of spending an evening contemplating the perils of peer…
Clive Davis, The Times
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Groan Ups at the Vaudeville Theatre (2019)

★★
"Bigger in scope, smaller in impact" "I’d love to say that it’s another smash. It has some lovely moments, especially…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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The Girl Who Fell at the Trafalgar Theatre (2019)

★★★
"Lurching through a mothers grief " "The lurches from idea to idea that stop The Girl Who Fell from being…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Vassa at the Almeida Theatre (2019)

"Like a tone-deaf pre-Soviet Succession." “Redmond is a terrific actress, but struggles to suggest any inner life for a woman…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Solaris at the Lyric Hammersmith (2019)

★★★
"There's a touch of Blake's 7 to the Lyric's Solaris - and it's all the better for it" "it might…
Quentin Letts, The Times
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Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (2019)

★★★★
"Jean Paul Gaultier’s life story is fabulously tongue-in-cheek" "Landing in London after a run at the Folies Bergère in Paris,…
Donald Hutera, The Times
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - Edinburgh at the London Palladium (2019)

★★★★
"Jac Yarrow is a great Joseph" "Is this a show or a cult? As I left, the entire audience was…
Ann Treneman, The Times
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Wife at the Kiln Theatre (2019)

★★
"A curious beast in which Ibsen’s Nora is used as a way of examining unsatisfactory marriages, gay and straight, over…
Ann Treneman, The Times
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The Starry Messenger at the Wyndham's Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Star quality shows in this entertaining life lesson" "There are laughs, real ones that you remember, but you have to…
Ann Treneman, The Times
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Sergei Polunin at the London Palladium (2019)

"Sergei Polunin stumbles like a drunkard through insipid and ludicrous choreography, over-emoting to compensate for his loss of dignity as…
Debra Craine, The Times
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Sergei Polunin at the London Palladium (2019)

"A muddle of ideas" "One out of three isn’t bad, but the rest of the ballet star’s triple bill is…
David Dougill, The Sunday Times
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Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"The stripped-back stage leaves the exquisitely cast Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox and Tom Hiddleston with nowhere to hide" "The casting…
, The Times
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Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre, (2019)

★★★★★
"Treat yourself to a slice of five-star pie" "This musical took me by surprise: I expected something much less touching,…
Ann Treneman, The Times
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Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre (2019)

★★★★★
"9/11 musical has a heart the size of Canada" "A feelgood 9/11 musical? Can that really be a good idea,…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre (2019)

★★★
"Feelgood feminist classic shows who’s boss" "Jeff Calhoun’s West End production rarely takes you by surprise, but it never really…
Marilyn Kingwill, The Times
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All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre (2019)

★★
"Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a boring night... the multimedia staging knocks the wit out of this drama"…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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True West at the Vaudeville Theatre (2018)

"This slight story of sibling rivalry has performances to savour from the two leads" "It is, supremely, an actors’ play.…
Christopher Hart, The Times
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Hole at the Royal Court Theatre (2018)

★★
‘This hour-long explosion of the deeply felt meets the intellectually playful meets performance-art spectacle starts and ends with the same…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Billionaire Boy at the NST City, Southampton (2018)

★★★★
“An imaginative, irreverent adaptation of David Walliams’s book captures the story’s fun and its heart” “Good news for Robbie Williams:…
Dominic Maxwell, The Times
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Hadestown at the National Theatre (2018)

★★★
"This Trump-tinged reworking of Orpheus has its moments — but burn some of the songs" "some good things, some terrific…
, The Sunday Times
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Hadestown at the National Theatre (2018)

★★
"Not nearly as interesting as it should be" "It’s a Greek myth, of course, so everyone already knows the ending…
Ann Treneman, The Times
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Red at the Wyndham's Theatre (2018)

★★★★★
"This powerful revival just hits the sweet spot and Alfred Molina is a force of nature as Rothko." "Michael Grandage…
Ann Treneman, The Times
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The Girl On The Train  (2018)

"This is a train wreck" “Menace and tension are obliterated in a teeth-grindingly slow production that is about as exciting…
Sam Marlowe, The Times
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Tina - The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Simply the best way to tell the story of Tina Turner" "This is a great show that is going to…
Ann Treneman, The Times
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Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre (2017)

★★★★★
"This musical is history in the remaking and I mean that quite literally. It arrives as if astride a runaway…
Ann Treneman, The Times
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Sister Act The Musical at the London Palladium (2009)

★★★
"With its lashings of glitter, such is its assault on reticence (and our retinas), the show occasionally has you longing…
Maxie Szalwinska, The Sunday Times
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Sister Act The Musical at the London Palladium (2009)

★★★
"Patina Miller display the first of her star qualities, a terrific voice. Add warmth, humour, vivacity - and you've a…
Benedict Nightingale, The Times
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Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre (2009)

★★★★
"There are wisecracks galore ("we'll be nothing but skin and silicone", moans Tick after that desert breakdown) and songs you'll…
Benedict Nightingale, The Times
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Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (2009)

"His [Bart's] Oliver! remains as good and revivable as anything he wrote."
Benedict Nightingale, The Times
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Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre (2009)

"There's no fictional conceit stitching the songs together in Adrian Grant's "celebration" of Michael Jackson's music. Instead, a barrage of…
Benedict Nightingale, The Times
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