Dominic Maxwell, The Sunday Times

Selected reviews by Dominic Maxwell, theatre and comedy critic for The Times, and theatre reviewer for The Sunday Times.

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Viola's Room at the One Cartridge Place Woolwich (2024)

★★★
"Meanwhile at the Thameside warehouse HQ of the immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, there is another show I felt a bit…
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A View From The Bridge at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★
"Dominic West is on the cusp of greatness — can he make it?" "The Crown actor flexes some serious stage-acting…
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Boys From The Blackstuff at the National Theatre / Royal Court Liverpool (2024)

★★★
"biting Scouse wit brings a tender tribute to life" (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool) "How do you take one of the…
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Hamlet starring Eddie Izzard at the Riverside Studios (2024)

★★
"This solo Shakespeare is virtuosic but dull" "What possessed the actor to take on every character in this vanity project…
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Romeo & Juliet at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Tom Holland’s Romeo is outshone by Juliet" "The Spider-Man star cuts a dash but Francesca Amewudah-Rivers is superb." "He’s a…
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Richard III at the Shakespeare's Globe (2024)

★★
"Michelle Terry’s king is a shallow take on toxic men" "Forget the row over ableism — the Globe theatre’s talented…
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Passing Strange at the The Young Vic (2024)

★★★★
"I’d happily see this musical again tomorrow" "There’s nothing else quite like the Young Vic’s vivid coming-of-age show about a…
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Fawlty Towers The Play at the Apollo Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"I had my doubts. I was wrong" "The beloved British sitcom comes to the stage with love and razor focus—…
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Punch at the Nottingham Playhouse (2024)

★★★★★
"Five stars for James Graham’s most moving work yet" "The Dear England playwright’s adaptation at Nottingham Playhouse of Jacob Dunne’s…
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Spirited Away at the London Coliseum (2024)

★★★★
"Look no further for your next family show" "This spectacular Studio Ghibli adaptation at the London Coliseum has the wow…
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Machinal at the The Old Vic London (2024)

★★★★
"The Long Island housewife sent to the electric chair" "Rosie Sheehy shines in a thriller of a play at the…
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Minority Report at the Lyric Hammersmith London (2024)

★★
"... in Haig’s version, a rushed and, alas, unconvincing depiction of a 2050 London in which crime has been eradicated…
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Player Kings at the Noel Coward Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"A tour de force" "A tour de force from 84-year-old Ian McKellen — catch him while you can" "As Falstaff…
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MJ The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Michael Jackson — how do you make a musical about a pariah?" "MJ: the Musical is a sensation but there’s…
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Opening Night: A New Musical at the Gielgud Theatre (2024)

★★
"Even Sheridan Smith can’t save this confused, messy musical" "The star’s magnetic talent is wasted in Ivo van Hove and…
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Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle at the Apollo Theatre (2024)

"A joyful spinoff from Magic Goes Wrong" "... Mind Mangler is a joyful spin-off show for the shabby, malfunctioning mentalist…
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For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy at the Garrick Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"A modern masterpiece" (Garrick Theatre) "This sexy, serious and funny play started small but deserves to go to Broadway. Don’t…
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Harry Clarke at the The Ambassadors Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Confessions of a con artist" "Billy Crudup plays a fantasist with true theatrical élan in his one-man show" "It’s a…
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Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre & National Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Standing at the Sky’s Edge worked its musical magic on me" (Gillian Lynne Theatre) "This saga of three generations living…
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Nachtland at the The Young Vic (2024)

★★
"You’ll have a lively journey home from this Nazi satire" "You may well have a lively journey home discussing it…
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 at the Criterion Theatre / Watford Palace (2024)

★★★
"Tracy-Ann Oberman is electrifying" (Criterion Theatre) "You can’t take your eyes off her. I’m not convinced the production really wants…
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An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"The second half is hollowed out for a town hall meeting in which Smith — fabulously easy with his virtuosity,…
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The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★★★
"This could lose 15 minutes, but beyond that I’d say it is pretty much perfect. Yes, Snook’s performance is staggeringly…
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Just For One Day at the The Old Vic theatre (2024)

★★
"Live Aid the musical? At least the singing’s better this time" "Saint Bob and his roster of superstars return in…
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The Hills of California at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Does Jez Butterworth’s new play match his masterpiece Jerusalem?" "The Hills of California is our leading playwright’s first work to…
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