David Benedict, Variety

Selected reviews by David Benedict, Chief London Theatre Critic for Variety.

David Benedict is a writer and broadcaster, and the chief London critic for US entertainment publication Variety.

He is also a contributor to The Stage, and has written for or been theatre editor of many major UK publications including the Independent and the Observer. He is also a regular guest on the BBC, and is currently writing the authorised biography of Stephen Sondheim.

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Romeo & Juliet at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

"Tom Holland-Led Production Is Hobbled by Director Jamie Lloyd’s Extreme Stylization" "The relationship is captivating. The energy flowing effortlessly between…
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Spirited Away at the London Coliseum (2024)

"Stage Version of the Oscar-Winning Animated Film Is Less Than the Sum of Its Impressive Parts" "... what this giant,…
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Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre (2024)

"Patricia Clarkson Illuminates an Uneven West End Production" "The job of the conductor — or, rather, the director — is…
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Opening Night: A New Musical at the Gielgud Theatre (2024)

"Sheridan Smith’s Turn Cannot Save Ivo Van Hove and Rufus Wainwright’s Monotonous Musical Adaptation" "... where Cassavetes artfully constructed Myrtle…
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The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

"Sarah Snook Dazzles in a Flashy Stage-Meets-Screen Retelling" "The only character traits that the versatile Snook chooses to carry forward…
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Just For One Day at the The Old Vic theatre (2024)

"Musical Performances Make Up for an Earnest Retelling of the Famous 1980s Charity Event" "... this first instance of anything…
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