Critics - Neil Norman

Neil Norman – London Theatre Critic

Selected reviews by Neil Norman, a freelance arts critic and journalist including work for the Daily Express and The Stage.

Neil Norman is a dance, theatre and film critic, journalist and broadcaster. He writes for the Daily Express, The Stage, and has written for publications including the Evening Standard and The Independent.

He is also a playwright, short story writer and novelist.

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Blackout Songs at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

"An intoxicating journey into addiction" "Joe White's scorching new play deals with alcohol addiction" "It is also incredibly funny, until…
Daily Express
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From Here To Eternity at the Charing Cross Theatre (2022)

"A damn fine bit of kit" "Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson's musical received a lukewarm reception on its London premiere…
Daily Express
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Mary at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★
"A 'lack of drama' and a 'swamp of tedium'" "Scottish playwright Rona Munro won several awards for her trilogy of…
Daily Express
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Tammy Faye – A New Musical at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Rupert Goold’s production delivers on many fronts" "Music by Elton John, lyrics by Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears and book by…
Daily Express
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A Single Man at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Simon Reade’s adaptation is more humane and less alienating" "Christopher Isherwood's autobiographical novel about a gay Englishman in Los Angeles…
Daily Express
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My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"The East meets the West in a remarkable staging of a classic" "East meets West in this inventive staging of…
Daily Express
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Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Not quite good enough to pierce the heart" "David Tennant represents the 'good' in CP Taylor's remarkable 1981 play." "...…
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Blues For An Alabama Sky at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Slightly rambling and played by a winning ensemble" "Set in Harlem in 1930, Pearl Cleage's play is a sprightly if…
Daily Express
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John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Ibsen’s bleakly comic drama has it all" "A banker is imprisoned for embezzlement after gambling with his clients' money to…
Daily Express
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The Crucible at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Lyndsey Turner’s low-key approach lacks dramatic momentum" "Arthur Miller's play about the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 has…
Daily Express
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Who Killed My Father at the The Young Vic (2022)

★★★★
"Hans Kesting excels in one-man show" "The title is not a question but a statement. Based on Edouard Louis' 2018…
Daily Express
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I, Joan at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★★
"Non-binary actor Isobel Thom makes theatre history" "The Globe has made history by casting a trans actor in a lead…
Daily Express
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Ride - A New Musical at the Charing Cross Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Get on your bike and go!" "In 1894, Bostonian Annie Londonderry became the first woman to cycle around the world."…
Daily Express
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Into The Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath (2022)

★★★★
"A perfect 'combination of innocence and malevolence'" "Following the jiggery-wokery that cancelled this production at The Old Vic, Bath's Theatre…
Daily Express
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All of Us at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Immaculate comic timing' but lacks 'under the weight of its ambition" "It wrongfoots us from the start. Cerebral palsy sufferer…
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South Pacific at the Sadler's Wells (2022)

★★★★★
"An inventive and exhilarating thing of wonder" "CHICHESTER Theatre's production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical is a thing of…
Daily Express
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The Great British Bake Off Musical at the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham (2022)

★★★★
"A sweet treat" "Great British Bake Off: The Musical is exactly what it says on the packet — a tried-and-tested…
Daily Express
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The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"All aboard for a bewitching return to Narnia" "There is a distinct echo of Harry Potter at the start of…
Daily Express
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Chasing Hares at the Young Vic (2022)

★★★
"A family-inspired play with 'terrific performances'" "Sonali Bhattacharyya's family-inspired play illuminates the terrible plight of factory workers in West Bengal…
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101 Dalmatians at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★
"A long way from Disney's version" "This musical version of Dodie Smith's book finds its paws in the appropriate setting…
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Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Humorous with unerring accuracy" "Aiming for a target whose coordinates lie somewhere between farce, panto and social satire, Richard Bean's…
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The Car Man at the Royal Albert Hall (2022)

★★★★
"Powerful, super-heated sleaze" "Welcome return for Matthew Bourne’s epic ballet noir" "Matthew Bourne’s talent as a choreographic storyteller is unassailable.…
The Stage
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Oklahoma! at the Young Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"We’re only sayin’ You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma!" "Trailing a Tony Award from Broadway, Daniel Fish's version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's…
Daily Express
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Straight Line Crazy at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A story about the man who created modern New York" "Ralph Fiennes seems to alter his entire physique to play…
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Cirque Du Soleil - Luzia at the Royal Albert Hall (2020)

★★★★
"Luzia is fresh and invigorating"" "The corporate soullessness that has anaesthetised many productions has been replaced by something approaching joy."…
The Stage
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