Critics - Patrick Marmion

Patrick Marmion – London Theatre Critic

Selected reviews by Patrick Marmion, theatre critic for the Daily Mail.

Patrick is a playwright, journalist and Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent. ­

As a writer, his previous plays include The Divided Laing, Terms and Conditions, Pieta – After Chekhov, Osterley, and The Institute. His screenplays include Mushroom Soup, Kids FM, Maid Marion, Archie Tanner & The Dodo and The Dead Guy.

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A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Gone are Normal People's Paul Mescal's boyish charms, he's a beast off the leash" "Much the best reason for seeing…
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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (2022)

★★★
"Yee-ha! it’s a very dolly Christmas for Scrooge" "Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol is everything you’d expect: a bright…
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Marvellous at the @sohoplace (2022)

★★★
"It's a bold move by producer Nica Burns using Theresa Heskins' no-star production to open the 600-seater Soho Place theatre."…
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Local Hero at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Daniel Evans's farewell production in Chichester, before he takes charge of the Royal Shakespeare Company next year, is a great…
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My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Psst! A big cuddly surprise in this sugar-rush of a show" "For sheer, turbo-charged, off-the-Richter scale, sigh-inducing spectacle, you will…
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The Boy with Two Hearts at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
"Heartfelt but saccharine" "An oddly saccharine saga of an Afghan family fleeing the Taliban and seeking help for their eldest…
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John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Hard to take seriously " "Cut loose from its period detail and set in a contemporary 'palace' of embossed concrete,…
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The Crucible at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Arthur Miller's classic witch hunt makes today's woke wars seem trivial" "... the really great thing about Lyndsey Turner's gruelling…
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The Two Popes at the The Rose Kingston & UK Tour (2022)

★★★★
"Two popes and one question - how do we move from era to era?" "At a time of succession in…
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The Snail House at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★
"More pain, please!" "One of the great directors of modern times, Eyre (a late-onset writer at 79) unfolds the action…
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Gary Barlow - A Different Stage at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Soppy, sappy... but Barlow still shines like a superstar" "I first saw the show in the community centre of Gary's…
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The Narcissist at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Each character is self-regarding, in line with the title — though, interestingly, Lloyd's Jim is the least so. He's the…
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All's Well That Ends Well at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (2022)

★★
"'Unloved' play just got unlovelier" "The story is so far from modern protocols around matchmaking that Helena can only strike…
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Into The Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath (2022)

★★★★
"Magical spectacle" "Gloating may be unseemly but Terry Gilliam has certainly earned the right to crow about his stunning new…
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The Trials at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★
"See title" "The Trials is a net-zero entertainment set in a dystopian near future where juries of children have been…
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Sister Act at the Eventim Apollo (2022)

★★★★
"Just divine! A habit worth getting in to" "Playing the night club singer Deloris van Cartier, who hides from the…
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101 Dalmatians at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Puppet puppies are too cute to be worn by Cruella" "Zinnie Harris and Johnny McKnight’s somewhat worthy adaptation combines the…
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Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"The Guvnor's back with a bawdy romp" "Richard Bean is back at the National Theatre with a snortingly good, crowd-pleasing…
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Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
" Not much about ado" "There seemed little love lost between the actors in Simon Godwin’s lightweight production, which doesn’t…
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Crazy For You at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Guaranteed to put pep in your step!" "When shows are as good as this staging of Crazy For You, they’re…
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Billy Elliot The Musical at the Curve Theatre Leicester (2022)

★★★★
"Billy still has the power to move us to tears" "It’s fair to say that Sir Elton’s finest work lies…
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Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Delightful and de-lovely as ever aboard SS American" "About 20 minutes into this joyous show, I stopped taking notes —…
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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"The rise and fall of Putin’s arch enemy " "Rupert Goold directs with characteristic touches of song and dance on…
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Richard III reviews - RSC Stratford at the Stratford Upon Avon (2022)

★★★
"Psycho super-villain? No, he’s more of a naughty boy" "Hughes gives it his all. The actor, who has radial dysplasia,…
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Jitney at the Old Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Gutsy" "The pleasure of this gutsy and absorbing revival of August Wilson’s 1970s taxi-office drama is that it spares us…
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Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Harry Hill's musical takes bite out of Blair" "Verdict: Joyfully profane tonic" "All hail Harry Hill and his musical writing…
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The Unfriend at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Deathly dull " "Comedies of procrastination can only go on so long before something must give. Only here, it doesn't."…
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My Fair Lady  (2022)

★★★★
"Never mind that Amara Okereke is the first black Eliza Doolittle in a West End production of this joyous musical…
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Straight Line Crazy at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"My way, or the highway, for Fiennes the megalomaniac" "Ralph Fiennes had better watch his back. Terrific as he is…
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Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club (Playhouse Theatre) (2021)

★★★★
"At Eddie’s Cabaret, even the set’s wunderbar" "It may be a little parsimonious in its pleasures, but this eagerly anticipated…
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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre (2021)

★★★
"Marley is magic but the drama needs some redemption" "As much as I love Marley and his music, this version,…
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Back to the Future at the Adelphi Theatre (2021)

★★★★★
"From Doc to the DeLorean, this blast from the past hits all the right notes" "Where to begin, with a…
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Frozen The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (2021)

★★★★★
"More magical than the film, this stage version of Frozen is one hot hit" "But whatever we grown-ups may think…
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Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre (2020)

★★★★★
"The mighty Mis is still revolutionary" "... this 'new staging' of one of the world's longest-running musicals remains fit to…
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Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre (2020)

★★★★
"The secret of the so-called Wrong Boys’ success is surely that it’s deeply familiar parody, with a twist of Monty…
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Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre (2019)

★★★
"Is this 9/11 musical too hearty?" "It’s based on real-life accounts of how residents on the island of Newfoundland coped…
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