Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

Selected reviews by Dominic Cavendish, lead theatre critic of The Telegraph.

Dominic Cavendish is the lead theatre and comedy critic for The Daily Telegraph.

Dominic is also the founding editor of the audio archive Theatrevoice.

As a creative writer, in 2008 he adapted Orwell’s Coming Up For Air for the stage, which transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in London following its Edinburgh debut, retitled as Orwell: A Celebration. He also conceived and contributed to COALITION, a season of short plays about the new government at Theatre503 in late 2010.

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Viola's Room at the One Cartridge Place Woolwich (2024)

★★★★
"Helena Bonham Carter leads you into a moonlit world you won’t want to leave" "Punchdrunk, pioneers in immersive theatre, veer…
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A View From The Bridge at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★★
"Dominic West is a revelation in this good old-fashioned production" "This is a gripping revival of a Miller masterpiece –…
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Hamlet starring Eddie Izzard at the Riverside Studios (2024)

★★★
"A rather average Eddie Izzard fits-all performance" "Besides cheering on the admired trans pioneer in a daunting test of stamina,…
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Romeo & Juliet at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"Tom Holland mesmerises in this once-in-a generation production" "The street-wise, star-cross’d lovers hold us in their spell, stamp the play…
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Passing Strange at the The Young Vic (2024)

★★★★
"Giles Terera’s charming, refreshingly unwoke journey of self-discovery" "This Tony award-winning musical is so wildly, and often loudly, offbeat that…
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The Artist at the Theatre Royal Plymouth (2024)

★★★★★
"A scintillating celebration of Hollywood’s silent stars" "Theatre Royal Plymouth’s stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film is an artistic triumph…
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Fawlty Towers The Play at the Apollo Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Nostalgic fun for fans – but the original’s still the thing" "John Cleese has welded together three vintage episodes to…
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Withnail and I at the Birmingham Rep (2024)

★★
"Spin-off doesn’t quite nail it" "Bruce Robinson – who wrote and directed the screenplay – has himself shaped this spin-off,…
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The Deep Blue Sea at the Theatre Royal Bath (2024)

★★★★
"Tamsin Greig’s Rattigan revival is claustrophobic and needle-sharp" "The Friday Night Dinner star turns her comic gifts to modern tragedy,…
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Punch at the Nottingham Playhouse (2024)

★★★★
"James Graham’s study of mindless yobbery will be eye-opening for teens" "This new drama at Nottingham Playhouse, based on the…
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Spirited Away at the London Coliseum (2024)

★★★
"A lavish if over-stretched take on the classic Japanese animation" "This adaptation of the much-loved 2001 Studio Ghibli film doesn’t…
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The Buddha of Suburbia at the Swan Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"An engrossing love-letter to Hanif Kureishi that leaves you on a rare high" "Emma Rice has nailed it with this…
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The Buddha of Suburbia at the Swan Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"A disco-fuelled delight" "Hanif Kureishi’s comic novel comes to the stage, bringing the tumultuous Seventies to life" "... Hanif Kureishi’s…
The Sunday Times
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Minority Report at the Lyric Hammersmith London (2024)

★★★
"The Spielberg sci-fi thriller comes to the stage – and it’s as confusing as ever" "The premise feels freshly pertinent…
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Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) at the Criterion Theatre (2024)

★★★
"(Criterion Theatre)" "Tutty (Dear Evan Hansen) and Gift excel, and earn their standing ovation. Yet the contrivances pile up, and…
The Sunday Times
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Love's Labour's Lost at the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon (2024)

★★★★
"oozing charm from a Bridgerton star, but choreographed silliness steals the show" "Burns’ production is attentive to the language without…
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Player Kings at the Noel Coward Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Ian McKellen stirs the soul as Falstaff in this four-hour epic" "We should be eternally grateful that McKellen added this…
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Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Brian Cox’s return to stage is a slow-burn marvel" "Succession fans may need time to acclimatise to Brian Cox’s laudably…
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Power of Sail at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2024)

★★★
"A flawed but fascinating dive into the campus culture wars" "A Harvard professor lands himself in deep water in Paul…
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Opening Night: A New Musical at the Gielgud Theatre (2024)

★★
"Sheridan Smith enthralls, but this play is a pretentious, convoluted mess" "This musical adaptation of John Cassavetes’s film 1977 film…
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For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy at the Garrick Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"A landmark moment in West End theatre" (Apollo Theatre) "Ryan Calais Cameron's ultimately feelgood show, now at the Apollo, is…
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Nye at the National Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"A valiant and valuable affirmation of the NHS" "Michael Sheen is in his element as NHS founder Aneurin Bevan, in…
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Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre & National Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"A deeply moving, monumental musical that really matters" (Gillian Lynne Theatre) "The West End transfer of this show about a…
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Nachtland at the The Young Vic (2024)

★★★★
"This black comedy about Hitler’s art is the hit the Young Vic needs" "Jane Horrocks hits the deadpan target as…
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The Human Body at the Donmar Warehouse (2024)

★★★
"Keeley Hawes is terrific in this worthy fusion of NHS homage and Brief Encounter" "Hawes and Jack Davenport impress in…
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 at the Criterion Theatre / Watford Palace (2024)

★★★★
"Tracy-Ann Oberman’s Merchant of Venice 1936 feels deeply relevant in 2024" (Criterion Theatre) "Oberman's timely passion-project – which moves Shakespeare's…
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 at the Criterion Theatre / Watford Palace (2024)

★★★
"This East End Merchant of Venice is potent – but it could be peerless" (Watford Palace Theatre) "Tracy-Ann Oberman makes…
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The Big Life at the Theatre Royal Stratford East (2024)

★★★★
"This fantastically warm, joyous Windrush musical deserves to be a hit again" "The ska-led spin on Love's Labour's Lost was…
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Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre (2024)

★★★
"This Tony Winner offers moments of theatrical heaven – and purgatory" "This musical spin on the Greek myth of Orpheus…
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An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Matt Smith gleams with authority – but this ‘modern’ take on Ibsen misses a trick" "The Crown and Doctor Who…
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The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★★★
"Sarah Snook triumphs in this game-changing piece of theatre" "Inhabiting all 26 characters, the Succession star's one-woman take on the…
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Just For One Day at the The Old Vic theatre (2024)

★★★★
"This hit-filled Live Aid musical will fill you with nostalgia" "Even the hardest cynic will admire this rip-roaring retread of…
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The Hills of California at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Laura Donnelly shines in Jez Butterworth’s bold MeToo drama" "A fine female cast powers this smart new play by Jez…
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