Critics.- Sam Marlowe

Sam Marlowe – The Stage | London Theatre Critic

Selected reviews by Sam Marlowe, the lead theatre critic for The Stage.

Sam Marlowe is an arts and theatre journalist based in London.

She has written for and contributed to i News, The Times, Metro, The Independent, Time Out, The Stage, The Chicago Tribune, and theartsdesk.com. She started her journalism career writing for What’s On In London, eventually becoming theatre editor at What’s On.Her radio and television appearances include BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Sky News.

Sam studied at the University of East Anglia, and went on to train as a musicals theatre actor at Mountview drama school in London.

Sam serves on judging panels for The Stage Debut Awards, the UK Theatre Awards and the Evening Standard Awards (Most Promising Playwright category).

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Player Kings at the Noel Coward Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Ian McKellen is an astonishingly fresh Falstaff" "Ian McKellen is a masterly Falstaff in Robert Icke’s incisive and intelligent adaptation…
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Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Monumental testament to domestic agony" "Brian Cox and Patricia Clarkson are tremendous in this hefty American classic" "You’ll need stamina…
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MJ The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre (2024)

★★
"Slick and sanitised" "Choreography is the star in this bland, morally questionable jukebox biomusical" "... Lynn Nottage’s book is, at…
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Opening Night: A New Musical at the Gielgud Theatre (2024)

★★
"Maddening lack of focus" "Sheridan Smith struggles to illuminate this weird new musical from Ivo van Hove and Rufus Wainwright…
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Harry Clarke at the The Ambassadors Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Billy Crudup dazzles as an imposter with an identity crisis in this slight but sinister monologue" "This monologue by British-American…
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Nye at the National Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Michael Sheen is a terrifically engaging Bevan" "Michael Sheen is a terrifically engaging Bevan, his busy brain and steely tenacity…
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Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre & National Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Seizes your heart and squeezes it tight" (National Theatre) "Thrilling Sheffield-set musical charts six decades of social change and salutes…
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The Human Body at the Donmar Warehouse (2024)

★★★
"Finely judged performances from Hawes and Davenport" "Keeley Hawes and Jack Davenport are poignant as midlife lovers in Lucy Kirkwood’s…
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Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Electrifying energy and knockout vocals" "Anaïs Mitchell’s mythological musical is an intermittently stunning trip down a road to nowhere" "Along…
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An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★
"Surprisingly toothless" "Matt Smith is arresting in an arid, over-deliberate reimagining of Ibsen from German director Thomas Ostermeier" "Seen in…
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The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★★
"Fascinating – and wildly entertaining" "Sarah Snook of Succession fame is astonishing in this dazzling adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel"…
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Just For One Day at the The Old Vic theatre (2024)

★★★
"Feel-good celebration of the power of music" "Shamelessly sentimental jukebox musical tribute to Bob Geldof and the groundbreaking Live Aid…
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The Hills of California at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"Devastatingly moving, bitterly funny, tender, cruel and wise" "Jez Butterworth’s new Blackpool-set family drama is a multilayered, melancholy mingling of…
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Till the Stars Come Down at the National Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Compassionate, hilarious and tangy with fear and longing" "Beth Steel’s new wedding-day drama set in a former mining community is…
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Plaza Suite at the Savoy Theatre (2024)

★★
"Mechanical museum piece" "Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s combined star power struggles to enliven this outdated matrimonial comedy" "Do…
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The Enfield Haunting at the Ambassadors Theatre (2024)

"Coarse, clumsy and fright-free" "Catherine Tate and David Threlfall struggle to enliven this flat-footed, frisson-free retread of the famous 1970s…
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The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre & Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Absorbing" (National Theatre) "Mark Gatiss and Johnny Flynn are mesmerising in this absorbing real-life tale of Gielgud and Burton’s Broadway…
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Cold War at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Elusive and sometimes frustrating" "Piercingly beautiful but elusive melancholy love story, with gorgeous music from Elvis Costello" "Conor McPherson’s stage…
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The Homecoming at the The Young Vic (2023)

★★★
"Gripping and nastily funny" "Tremendously acted revival of Pinter’s remorselessly nasty early drama" "Harold Pinter’s rancid family drama from the…
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Pacific Overtures at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★
"Moments to marvel at in Sondheim's problematic musical" "Rarely revived Sondheim musical has a fragmented brilliance and beauty" "There are…
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Macbeth The Show at the The Depot, Liverpool (2023)

★★★
"Stolid and largely thrill-free" "It has witches, it has gore, it has a narrative of power-crazed violence, war and oppression…
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The House of Bernarda Alba at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Challenging" "Harriet Walter is chilling in Rebecca Frecknall’s visually stylish, slow-burn staging of Lorca’s classic" "In Alice Birch’s new version,…
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The Witches at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A potent potion" "Dark new musical based on the Roald Dahl novel is a heady, mischievous brew that leaves you…
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Backstairs Billy at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Flawless performances from Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans" "New comedy starring Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans is elegantly executed but…
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The Time Traveller’s Wife at the Apollo Theatre (2023)

★★
"Soppy, schmaltzy stuff" "Musical by Joss Stone and Dave Stewart based on the best-selling time-travel novel is terminally soppy" "This…
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King Lear at the Wyndham's Theatre (2023)

"Kenneth Branagh’s production is overblown and insubstantial" "Kenneth Branagh’s take on Shakespeare’s tragedy is soulless" "It’s perhaps Shakespeare’s most harrowing…
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Hamnet at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Madeleine Mantock is a gloriously sensual Agnes" (Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) "Adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s Shakespearean novel has a lush loveliness…
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Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Nicole Scherzinger is stunning" "With its stark, prop-free design, its noirish black-and-white palette, its jagged, sinewy choreography and its inspired…
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Flowers For Mrs Harris at the Riverside Studios (2023)

★★★★
"Glorious musical bouquet" "Jenna Russell is exquisite in this glorious musical of grief, friendship and self-discovery" "With a brisk book…
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Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Old-school stagey charm" "Lavish blockbuster selection of Sondheim’s greatest hits, led by Broadway stars Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga" "Some…
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Close Up: The Twiggy Musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★
"Tasteless" "Kitsch musical bio-drama is a cheerfully trashy mess" "Does Ben Elton’s new bio-musical get beyond the glossy surface of…
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Vanya at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Masterclass in acting" "Andrew Scott’s shapeshifting solo Chekhov performance is haunting and thrillingly theatrical" "Watching this extraordinary production, you might…
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The Little Big Things at the @sohoplace Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Breaks new ground" "New musical based on Henry Fraser’s bestselling memoir is groundbreaking and huge-hearted, but needs more finesse" "That…
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As You Like It at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★
"Beguiling - Queer reimagining of the pastoral comedy twinkles and charms" "It’s no revelation that fluidity around gender and sexuality…
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The Effect at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Tender, thrilling and elegantly brutal" "Scorchingly intelligent staging probes the workings of head, heart and body, and the mysteries of…
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Macbeth at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★
"Ordinary domesticity alongside murderous ambition" "Gender subversions and moments of shock and horror enliven a production that needs a sharper…
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Rock Follies at the Minerva Theatre Chichester  (2023)

★★★
"Turns the fun factor all the way up to 11" "1970s TV hit becomes a galvanising new musical in this…
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Grenfell: In the Words of Survivors at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Clutches at the throat and heart" "Powerful verbatim drama blends terrifying personal testimony and political rage" "Now, journalist and novelist…
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Cuckoo at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★
"Fatally flimsy" "Play about family life and the dangers of digital addiction lacks substance, originality and a sense of direction"…
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Miss Saigon at the The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (2023)

★★★
"Performances that emphasise the rage and anguish" "UK’s first brand-new production of the blockbuster musical is starker and grittier, but…
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Beneatha’s Place at the The Young Vic (2023)

★★★
"Compelling, deeply felt performance from Cherrelle Skeete" "Play drawing on the classic A Raisin in the Sun is politically potent…
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Crazy For You at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Non-stop pleasure" "Gershwin show is a dream of swooning romance, choreographic genius and megawatt performances" "Gliding into the West End…
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Robin Hood The Legend. Re-Written at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Delirious evening of summery fun" "Madcap take on the Sherwood adventure is chaotic fun" "Robin’s gender swap is the least…
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The Pillowman at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Gut-twistingly arresting and morbidly funny”" "Starry cast delivers gallows laughs in Martin McDonagh’s violent, grotesque fairytale drama about the power…
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Romeo and Juliet at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Rebecca Frecknall's revival feels newly shocking" "Visceral, balletic reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy is urgent and freshly shocking" "This is a…
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When Winston Went To War With The Wireless at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Colourful performances from Campbell Moore and Scarborough" "Drama about the fight for BBC impartiality educates and entertains, but doesn’t quite…
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Assassins at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Killer" "Electrifying revival of Sondheim’s revue about presidential killers is darkly entertaining and deeply scary" "Now, this is killer. Stephen…
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Groundhog Day at the The Old Vic (2023)

★★★★
"Brutally brilliant" "Sharp, dark musical from Danny Rubin and the Matilda dream team makes a triumphant return" "Sharper and darker…
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Aspects of Love at the Lyric Theatre (2023)

"One giant ick" "Return of Michael Ball can’t redeem this baffling revival of the thin, sugary musical or excuse its…
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A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★★
"Potent enchantment" "Fresh production of the Shakespearean summer favourite delivers a magical mix of darkness and moonshine" "Every summer brings…
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Brokeback Mountain at the Soho Place Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Finely drawn" "Love story of the American West favours poignant delicacy over epic emotional force" "Here, those visuals are replaced…
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Once On This Island at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Gabrielle Brooks radiates star quality" "Sun-drenched atmosphere and stunning singing struggle to lend substance to this flimsy musical" "... this…
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The Secret Life of Bees at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Committed performances" "Songs carry the emotion in an ambitious musical of friendship and the American civil rights struggle that lacks…
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Dancing at Lughnasa at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Gorgeous" "Shimmering, beautifully acted revival of a modern Irish classic that probes the mysteries of life" "Josie Rourke’s shimmering revival…
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Private Lives at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Stephen Mangan and Rachael Stirling are brilliantly bitchy" "Sharp-edged revival brings out the cruelty in Noël Coward’s classic comedy" "There’s…
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A Little Life at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"James Norton is extraordinary" "James Norton is astonishing in this pulverisingly brutal play based on the cult novel" "... in…
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Black Superhero at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Erratically engaging and often very funny" "Spikily entertaining play about masculinity and representation with a Black queer focus and flights…
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Further than the Furthest Thing at the Young Vic Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Jenna Russell is riveting" "Strange and slippery tale of remote island life compels despite a ponderous staging" "Life is relentlessly…
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Marjorie Prime at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★
"Anne Reid stars in chilly sci-fi drama" "Thoughtful if slightly sterile contemplation on family, memory and mortality" "Walter’s function is…
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Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"When it cuts loose, it triumphs" "Promenade staging of the classic musical shows audiences a swaggering, swell time" "The immersive…
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Sleepova at the Bush Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Effervescently entertaining" "Joyous rites-of-passage drama is a giddy sugar rush" "Like a jar full of bright jelly beans, this new…
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Shirley Valentine at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Sheridan Smith is radiantly charming" "Sheridan Smith reanimates Willy Russell’s well-worn monologue" "This time around, in an eminently capable production…
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Romeo and Julie at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Faultlessly performed tale of rage and hope" "Sweet and savage working-class love story scintillatingly writes its own rules" "Gary Owen’s…
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Trouble in Butetown at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Richly involving" "Piercingly lovely ensemble drama set in wartime Tiger Bay" "Atuona presents a gripping ensemble drama set among the…
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Medea at the @sohoplace (2023)

★★★★
"Sophie Okonedo is sensational”" "Sophie Okonedo is sensational in Dominic Cooke’s astute, intense production of the seismically shocking tragedy" "Dominic…
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Sylvia at the The Old Vic Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Ensemble is drilled to perfection" "Breathless hip-hop history of the suffragette movement is broad, but at times exhilarating" "Prince’s motormouth…
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Phaedra at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Pulverisingly hectic”" "Politics, privilege and lust collide in a gut-punching and horribly funny reworking of classical myth" "Here, Phaedra –…
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The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2023)

★★★
"“Alex Kingston is fiercely luminous”" "Impassioned Alex Kingston as a gender-swapped Prospero illuminates a muddled staging" "... Alex Kingston brings…
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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Timely and tart" "Slick, starry production of Sam Steiner’s tart but undernourished two-hander" "It gets slick, sensitive direction here from…
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Alex Edelman: Just for Us at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★
"As thoughtful as it is beguiling" "Whip-smart comedy explores what connects and divides us" "Edelman has been performing the piece…
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A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Ferociously gripping" "Psychologically penetrating, emotionally devastating fresh take on a classic" "Rebecca Frecknall’s staging of the Tennessee Williams classic –…
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Derren Brown: SHOWMAN at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"As clever as it is charismatic" "Existential profundity elevates mischievous, moving, mind-bending entertainment" "So dazzling and discombobulating, so uplifting, funny…
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As You Like It at the @sohoplace (2022)

★★★
"Welcome warmth on a cold night" "At its best, the staging has a golden-russet shimmer, as if it’s aglow with…
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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (2022)

★★★
"Sugary Christmas treat" "Cornball musical strictly for the sentimental" "Bathurst is no singer, so it’s a relief that he only…
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Mandela at the The Young Vic (2022)

★★★
"Galvanising performances" "Tribute to the great freedom fighter is simplistic, but blazingly performed" "... the book, by Laiona Michelle (creator…
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Kerry Jackson at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
"Clumsy" "Part soap, part sitcom and irredeemably clumsy, this new play by April De Angelis is an absolute howler" "In…
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Hex at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
"Sleeping Beauty inspired musical is a frustrating, overcooked mess" "The book, by Tanya Ronder, is befuddling, the music by Jim…
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Orlando at the Garrick Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
“Theatre to make the heart leap" "Giddily gorgeous staging captures the transgressive spirit of Woolf’s novel" "What rare glory is…
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Othello at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Potently intelligent, intermittently effective landmark Shakespeare staging" "It is thoughtful rather than seismically moving: Giles Terera is meticulous in the…
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Best of Enemies at the Noel Coward Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Richly entertaining" "James Graham’s fizzingly astute drama, in a production by Jeremy Herrin transferred from the Young Vic, zeroes in…
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The Sex Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2022)

"Embarrassingly limp" "Limp comedy that strains for socio-political significance" "... this new comedy – which reopens the Menier after an…
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Blackout Songs at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Sharp and jagged dialogue" "Two-hander of love and addition has a sour potency" "This new two-hander by Joe White captures…
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Not One of These People at the Royal Court Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Extraordinary theatrical experiment exploring identity and the ethics of art" "There are lots of people living inside playwright Martin Crimp’s…
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Super High Resolution at the Soho Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Articulate warning" "Compassionate, darkly funny depiction of individual and institutional crisis in the NHS" "... it is a departure from…
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Tammy Faye – A New Musical at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Surface-skimming romp" "New musical about the iconic televangelist takes you halfway to heaven" "This new musical, with book by playwright…
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@sohoplace at the @sohoplace (2022)

"A glittering jewel-box of glass, steel and wood, adorned with gleaming marble and constellations of twinkling lights, producer Nica Burns’…
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Marvellous at the @sohoplace (2022)

★★★
"Understated, charmingly eccentric bio-drama" "Touching tribute to Neil Baldwin’s remarkable life lifts the curtain of Nica Burns’ new @sohoplace theatre"…
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My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Unadulterated joy" "Exquisitely lovely and enormously beguiling take on the anime classic" "Faithfully adapted by playwright Tom Morton-Smith and directed…
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Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"David Tennant gives a meticulous performance" "A chilling warning against the apathy and self-regard that allows evil to thrive" "It’s…
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The Band's Visit at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★
"Staged with economic eloquence" "Slight and sweet musical story of human connection beyond politics" "Yazbek’s score, which blends Arabic music…
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Iphigenia in Splott at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★★★
"Essential theatre" "Astounding and essential cry of rage and pain against Tory inhumanity" "Played by Sophie Melville with a power…
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John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Solid rather than sensational" "This new version by Lucinda Coxon gives it a modern-day setting but leaves much of the…
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The Crucible at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Thrillingly gripping" "Masterly staging that finds new resonance in a classic and chills to the bone" "From its opening moments,…
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Eureka Day at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★
"Never hits home" "Given the trauma of the pandemic, you’d think the play would feel needle-sharp. Not so. In Katy…
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The Clinic at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Wild, witty and shocking" "Gripping and original drama of family tension, activism and mental heath crisis" "Now, this is a…
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Antigone at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Vivid" "Uneven urban reworking of the classical tragedy is energised by eloquent movement and vivid poetry" "The writing features flashes…
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Silence at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★
"Crammed with vivid testimony" "Urgent accounts of Indian partition demand a more focused dramatisation" "It’s crammed with vivid testimony, and…
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I, Joan at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★★
"Lusty rallying cry for equality" "I, Joan review“Lusty rallying cry for equality” "Part queer fantasia, part protest march, part ecstatic…
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The Trials at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★★
"... this new play by Dawn King – whose 2011 debut Foxfinder offered a similarly unsettling vision of authoritarianism and…
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Identical at the Nottingham Playhouse (2022)

★★★
"This new family musical dishes up a double helping of charm. " "The ambitious production has its sights set on…
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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.…
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The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe - Birmingham at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2022)

★★★
"It feels a little curious, in the middle of summer, to be watching a wintry tale that comes complete with…
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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…
The Times
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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Tom Hollander is magnetic in Peter Morgan’s slick Russian oligarch drama" "...his [Peter Morgan's] latest theatrical outing is predictably pacey…
i News
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The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Emilia Clarke is dazzling in Jamie Lloyd’s brilliant reimagining" "The Game of Thrones actor gives a fragile, almost childlike turn…
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The House of Shades at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Anne-Marie Duff glitters with spite in gripping family drama" "Steel’s writing is joltingly powerful, with its jagged confrontations, corrosive wit…
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My Fair Lady  (2022)

★★★
"Amara Okereke dazzles as Eliza Doolittle" "Bartlett Sher’s production, a 2018 hit at New York’s Lincoln Centre, is pretty to…
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Oklahoma! at the Young Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A thrilling reinvention that swaps the twee for sex and danger" "No corn-fed hokey here – this production is tense…
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Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Mark Rylance is unforgettable in a triumphant revival" "The actor gives a mesmerising turn as he reprises his role as…
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Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Jodie Comer blazes with fury in a patchy sexual assault drama" "Suzie Miller’s play doesn’t offer much fresh perspective –…
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Punchdrunk: The Burnt City at the One Cartridge Place (2022)

★★★
"Punchdrunk are back – but have lost a little of their magic" "The company’s latest show drawing on Greek myth…
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Scandaltown at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★
"A biting satire? You can find sharper discourse on Twitter" "In current times, Mike Bartlett’s Restoration-style political romp ought to…
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The 47th at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★
"Bertie Carvel is magnificently monstrous – but this Trump satire falls flat" "Carvel steals the show with his uncanny turn…
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To Kill A Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Rafe Spall plays the hero in a tremendous reimagining" "Aaron Sorkin’s searing adaptation improves on Harper Lee’s novel where it…
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Straight Line Crazy at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★
"Ralph Fiennes shines – but this lumpen play is, frankly, a bit boring" "David Hare’s New York-set polemic on gentrification…
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The Human Voice at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★
"Ruth Wilson and Ivo van Hove fail to connect in a clichéd show" "Ruth Wilson’s acting masterclass can’t save this…
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Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Jonathan Bailey and Taron Egerton draw blood in a shrewd, savage revival" "Jade Anouka combines assertiveness with longing in Marianne…
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The Book of Dust at the Bridge Theatre (2021)

★★★
"Disappointing daemons and a surprisingly pedestrian adventure" "Lavery does her best to hack through the dense thicket of plot, but…
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York's Theatre (2021)

"A potent enchantment" "Glittering with dark wonder, this National Theatre staging of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel is a bewitching shapeshifter."
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A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story at the Nottingham Playhouse (2021)

★★★
"Mark Gatiss’s spooky new take is both horrific and hammy" (2021 Production) "Nicholas Farrell’s acerbically funny Scrooge and Gatiss’s ghostly…
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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"Arinzé Kene mesmerises in an exhilarating tribute to a legend" "Lee Hall’s book grapples with turbulent politics, Marley’s complex personal…
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Back to the Future at the Adelphi Theatre (2021)

★★★
"An eye-popping Gen X nostalgia trip... The vibe is determinedly feelgood in this dazzling production full of 80s hits." "The…
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& Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre (2019)

★★★
"Max Martin’s musical & Juliet is bright, brash and a gazillion times camper than Christmas" "For all its iconoclastic swagger,…
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Lungs at the The Old Vic (2019)

"Claire Foy and Matt Smith elevate Duncan Macmillan's rather toothless parenting drama" “Deluxe casting and slick delivery. Claire Foy and…
The Arts Desk
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Hole at the Royal Court Theatre (2018)

★★★
‘Ellie Kendrick’s flawed but ferocious debut play reverberates with feminist rage’ ‘Rage and frustration blaze throughout this play – but…
The Stage
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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…
The Times
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