Stefan Kyriazis – Daily Express London Theatre Critic

Selected reviews by Stefan Kyriazis, theatre critic of the Daily Express.

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Stefan Kyriazis – selected theatre reviews




Sister Act (2022)

★★★

"Beverley Knight is pure heaven with Jennifer Saunders in joyous musical"

"Beverley Knight, Jennifer Saunders and The Greatest Showman star Keala Setttle raise the roof in a joyously fun staging of the classic Whoopi Goldberg film."

"Lighting up the stage with star quality, Knight follows leading roles in The Bodguard and The Drifters Girl with another high-octane confirmation of her West End leading lady status. Not only is that voice goosebumpingly glorious, she has the impressive comedy chops to go toe to toe and wimple to wimple with Saunders."

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Britannicus (2022)

★★★★

"Fantastic backstabbing fun with a towering central performance"

"A fantastically entertaining modern dress look at the early days of Emperor Nero at the Lyric Hammersmith. The razor-sharp script is anchored by a sensational central performance from William Robinson as the mad, bad and definitely dangerous to know budding pyromaniac. Huge fun - do not miss."

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My Fair Lady (2022)

★★★

"London's first revival in 21 years is lavish and absolutely loverly"

"The smash Broadway revival brings Lerner and Loewe's classic musical back to the London stage for the first time in 21 years. With the West End groaning under endless brutally radical 'modern' productions, this is rather reassuringly old-fashioned. Playing at the Coliseum, it is, as Eliza would say, absolutely 'loverly.'"

"Catherine Zuber's costumes are undeniably classy and there was some applause for Eliza's final bejeweled Embassy Ball concoction. The Ascot races group scene was mutedly tasteful but you might yearn for the exquisite excess of Cecil Beaton's glorious creations from the film. There were some fabulously plumed hats but no real 'wow' moments.

Indeed, the whole production and pacing is a little too elegant, gliding elegantly along like a swan you might admire on a nearby river, but never really making a splash."

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Jerusalem (2022)

★★★★★

"Sensational Mark Rylance creates true magic on stage – Do not miss"

" It's been 13 years since Mark Rylance debuted in Jez Butterworth's extraordinary theatrical tour de force and (was there any doubt?) he has created real magic once again. The 62-year-old star was dancing with exuberant joy, overwhelmed with emotion, at the curtain call on opening night - and the roaring audience felt exactly the same. This is what theatre is all about. Just over three hours fly by like a heady dream."

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Prima Facie (2022)

★★★★

"Killing Eve's Jodie Comer makes an astonishing West End debut"

"After impressing on the big and small screen in the likes of Killing Eve, Jodie Comer has just established her self as a major new force in theatre with a staggering virtuoso display in this powerful and thought-provoking new play about sexual assault and the legal system from Australian playwright Suzie Miller."

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Cock (2022)

★★

"Bridgerton's Jonathan Bailey and Taron Egerton star in limp sexual melodrama"

"Bridgerton hunk Jonathan Bailey and Taron Egerton bring their megawatt star power and talents to the London stage but can't breathe life into this melodrama about sexual identity."

"The humour and bitchy exchanges mostly fall flat, perhaps exacerbated by the oddly stilted mannerisms and delivery. Marianna Elliott's production insists on such bizarrely cartoony gestures and inflections that all three superb and wildly charismatic actors rarely feel real. Little natural rhythm to speech or emotion ever emerges."

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Wicked (2021)

★★★★

"Defying Gravity after TWELVE years, this show continues to soar"

"The enormous Apollo Victoria Theatre is still packing them in to see Wicked twelve long years after Idina Menzel flew in with the show direct from Broadway."

"I was lucky enough to see it then and I'm very happy to report it has lost none of its magic and the latest cast brings an enchanting freshness and smart edge to this classic twisted tale of good and wicked."

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Mary Poppins (2021)

★★★★★

"Joyous show is practically perfect in every way"

"In a world forced to swallow a very bitter pill over the past 18 months, this Disney classic is just the spoonful of sensational sugar we all need right now."

"Zizi Strallen is absolutely spit-spot as the nanny who flies in to save the Banks children, and in the process rescues their parents, too. With a gleaming voice, ringing vowels and a firm but fair heart, you can't help wishing more men (and a few of the women) in power these days had been raised by her."

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The Phantom of the Opera (2021)

★★★★

"Let the spectacle astound you"

"Andrew Lloyd-Webber's classic musical is back in a sensationally polished production that rings out with the Music of the Night. That famous falling chandelier isn't the only thrill in a triumphantly staged theatrical tour-de-force."

"Much has been made of the casting of Lucy St Louis, the first black leading lady to play Christine in the West End. All I saw was a powerful actress who brings strength and shading to a tricky role that can easily become a fluttering victim, and a stirring soprano to the big money notes scattered lavishly throughout that sumptuous score. She's matched by the dashing and dynamic Rhys Whitfield as her earnest suitor Raoul, his voice soaring alongside hers."

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2019)

"What a joyous treat this splendid new revival is."

"Somehow the show seems bigger, richer, deeper and even more ridiculous fun than ever."

"Director Laurence Connor has elevated the show with inventive staging, hilarity and unexpectedly heartfelt emotion."

"New tricks abound, especially in the use of Sheridan Smith as the Narrator. Already gloriously gurning for laffs, she breaks new ground by tackling three more roles – adding broad comedy accents and dodgy beards to play Joseph's father, the jailer and Potipha's randy wife. "Still me," she winks each time. Bless. And bliss."

"Her energy and exuberance throughout are infectious, merrily breaking the fourth wall to pull the audience right into the show."

"Elsewhere camels ride bicycles, Pharaoh's huge golden statues wield electric guitars and Joseph's brothers tap dance in sandals. The staging is simple but with so many smart touches and endless visual gags, it is as entertaining as the performances themselves."

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Come From Away (2019)

★★★★★

"This show is a foot-stomping, heart-warming TRIUMPH"

"COME FROM AWAY is a musical based on the incredible true story of the tiny remote town that welcomed and looked after 7,000 passengers stranded after 9/11. It will make you laugh, cry and leave the theatre with a heart full of hope."

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