Critics - Claire Allfree

Claire Allfree – London Theatre Critic

Selected reviews by Claire Allfree, a journalist and arts critic for the Telegraph, the Daily Mail and more.

Claire Allfree is an arts journalist for the Telegraph, and writes for publications including the Daily Mail, The Independent, Metro, MSN UK and The Times.

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

★★★
"A bit of a mess, but not a drag" "Coherent arguments are not the strong point of this celebration of…
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On The Ropes at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★
"This tale of a Windrush boxer isn’t light enough on its feet" "Vernon Vanriel’s stirring story of injustice ought to…
The Telegraph
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Jack and the Beanstalk at the London Palladium (2022)

★★
"This limp Jack and the Beanstalk proves the Palladium panto formula has grown stale" "Even Julian Clary's smut has been…
The Telegraph
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Paradise Now! at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"This clever satire of modern feminism might well be the best new play of the year" "Bush Theatre’s excellent show…
The Telegraph
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Kerry Jackson at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
"Not even Fay Ripley can save this bafflingly lame comedy about class in modern Britain" "Playwright April De Angelis wants…
The Telegraph
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Hex at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A captivating mix of magical and macabre" "Norris's production seems equally determined at all costs to entertain: the set pieces…
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Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★★
"A zesty mix of giants, Titanic and Greggs sausage rolls" "The Lyric Hammersmith’s panto is a slick, gag-rich affair, heavy…
The Telegraph
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Henry V at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2022)

★★★★
"Henry V thrillingly retooled as a Macbeth-style psychodrama" "Holly Race Roughan’s production is fast and slick, digging deep beneath the…
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From Here To Eternity at the Charing Cross Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Tim Rice’s musical sidesteps the famous surf frolic but delivers on the song’n’dance" "This reworking of James Jones’s novel skims…
The Telegraph
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The Band's Visit at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★★★
"The Band’s Visit is a magical, bijou musical to send the soul soaring" "Even without any big numbers, this tale…
The Telegraph
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Iphigenia in Splott at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★★
"Euripides goes to credit crunch Cardiff in this down and dirty ‘skank’ monologue" "It hit the stage with the force…
The Telegraph
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Noises Off at the Theatre Royal Bath (2022)

★★★★
"Felicity Kendal heads a cracking cast in this classy, hilarious revival" "Whether or not we strictly need another production of…
The Telegraph
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Jews. In Their Own Words at the Royal Court (2022)

★★★
"A Leftie mea culpa that leaves a lot to be desired" "Following an anti-Semitism row, the Royal Court has given…
The Telegraph
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The Clinic at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Social and domestic drama that’s sometimes brilliant, sometimes baffling" "This new play about a middle-class British Nigerian family has a…
The Telegraph
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Silence at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★
"This Partition drama is gruelling for the wrong reasons" "The testimonies from British South Asians are harrowing, but the specifics…
The Telegraph
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I, Joan at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★
"Too little at stake for this 21st-century Joan of Arc" "The idea of Joan as trans is a fertile subject…
The Telegraph
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Cruise at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A hymn to the illicit pleasures and dangers of 1980s Soho" "Jack Holden’s one-man play is a mixture of eulogy…
The Telegraph
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101 Dalmatians at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A bit of a dog’s dinner, but a very tasty one too" "This long delayed musical version of the Dodie…
The Telegraph
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Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"An incandescent revival" "Ellis is still a seductive presence – a sassy, wise-cracking temptress who finds the wistful subtext in…
The Telegraph
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Jitney at the Old Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Jitney is precisely the sort of project that could save Britain’s theatres" "This is a tremendous staging of August Wilson's…
The Telegraph
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The House of Shades at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A disturbing drama" "This is a highly satisfying, old-fashioned play that serves the audience with a rich mix of the…
The Telegraph
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Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Time hasn’t ravaged Mark Rylance’s triumphant return" "Butterworth’s disenchanted characters, with their irrepressible surreal comic irreverence, are not heroes, because…
Metro
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Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★
"Jodie Comer makes blistering West End debut in repetitive drama" "Killing Eve star Jodie Comer makes a blistering West End…
Metro
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Scandaltown at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★
"Mike Bartlett's modern-day Restoration comedy, feels like champagne gone flat" "It's a good premise: a boisterous satire on the lazy…
The Telegraph
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The Human Voice at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★
"Ruth Wilson deserves better than this voyeuristic portrait of a woman on the verge" "The 'Affair' star tries hard, but…
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Bring It On: The Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (2021)

★★★
"This Lin-Manuel Miranda musical doesn't dazzle like Hamilton, but the routines are great" "If you can forgive the superficial politics,…
The Telegraph
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York's Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"Neil Gaiman’s monsters will leave you cowering" "Shapeshifting creatures take centre stage in Katy Rudd’s production that terrifyingly evokes childhood…
The Guardian
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A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg at the Trafalgar Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Both savage and compassionate" "Simon Evans's super-starry production, featuring Toby Stephens, Claire Skinner and Patricia Hodge, is both worthy tribute…
The Telegraph
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Hole at the Royal Court Theatre (2018)

★★
‘I wish I liked Hole more than I did’ ‘Kendrick’s script not only has the choric feel of ancient Greek…
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Billionaire Boy at the NST City, Southampton (2018)

★★★★
"A hugely enjoyable take on David Walliams's so-so novella" “I could have done without shopkeeper Raj’s End of Pier stand-up…
The Telegraph
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