Critics - Anya Ryan

Anya Ryan – London Theatre Critic

Selected reviews by Anya Ryan, freelance theatre critic for publications including the Guardian, the Independent and the Stage.

Anya Ryan is journalist, specialising in culture and lifestyle content for publications including The Guardian, The i, The Stage, the Independent, Metro and Stylist.

She has also worked at companies including the BBC and ITV.

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Sound of the Underground at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"An evening of party, celebration and confession" "Riot of a show exploring the realities of the queer club scene" "In…
The Stage
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George Takei's Allegiance at the Charing Cross Theatre (2023)

★★
"‘Star Trek’ legend Takei stars in this sadly underpowered musical inspired by his own childhood experiences of a Japanese internment…
TimeOut
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On The Ropes at the Park Theatre (2023)

"Moving autobiographical drama about Vernon Vanriel" "It is an unquestionably powerful drama, not least because it’s true. But stuffing someone’s…
TimeOut
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Paradise Now! at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Margaret Perry’s corporate satire is meandering but hugely enjoyable" "Perry’s play is a thorough look into the highs and lows…
TimeOut
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Sarah at the The Coronet Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Pungent story of self-destruction" "Jonathan Slinger is the antihero – and all the other characters – in an adaptation of…
The Guardian
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Elephant at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Magnetic monologue on mixed-race identity in Britain" "In her melodic debut play, Anoushka Lucas asks difficult questions about her own…
The Guardian
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A Single Man at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Intriguing but somewhat distant stage version of Christopher Isherwood’s poignant novel" "n Simon Reade’s adaptation, directed by Philip Wilson, George’s…
TimeOut
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Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★
"David Tennant is hypnotic in muddled Nazi drama" "Dominic Cooke’s revival of CP Taylor’s 1982 play, about a liberal professor…
The Independent
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The P Word at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★
"The actors shine" "It’s complicated being Pakistani and gay – and Waleed Akhtar’s The P Word doesn’t flinch from it."…
The Stage
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I, Joan at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★★★
"Non-binary Joan of Arc proves a rousing protest piece" "Isobel Thom gives a visceral, courageous performance as France’s patron saint,…
The Guardian
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Millennials at the The Other Palace (2022)

★★★
"Easy to see why it's a TikTok sensation" "It might not get to the core of the millennial experience, but…
The Stage
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Jitney at the Old Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A captivating revival" "Tinuke Craig’s exquisite revival peels back the walls of their crumbling workplace, allowing us to enter it…
TimeOut
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Grease at the Dominion Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Slick" "Nikolai Foster’s .. has replaced all the twee of the fan favourite with something darker." "All the joy of…
The Stage
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The 47th at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★★
"Bertie Carvel’s hypnotic Trump is a whirlwind, career-defining performance" "Mike Bartlett’s new play, set in 2024 with Donald Trump gearing…
The Independent
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Anyone Can Whistle at the Southwark Playhouse (2022)

★★★
"A revival that celebrates diversity" "Sondheim described his show as a “cartoon”, which seems a fitting description for Rankcom’s fantastically…
The Stage
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York's Theatre (2021)

★★★★★
"A thunderous, sometimes terrifying adaptation" "Joel Horwood’s thunderous adaptation finds wonder even in the most unremarkable of moments." "While the…
The Independent
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