Dave Fargnoli – London Theatre Critic

Selected reviews by Dave Fargnoli, freelance theatre critic for publications including The Stage.

Dave Fargnoli is a Scottish playwright, artist, and theatre critic.

He writes for a number of publications including The Stage.

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The Unfriend at the Criterion Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Packed with pithy one-liners" "Strong performances energise this West End transfer of Steven Moffat’s light, likeable comedy" "Reece Shearsmith is…
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Watch on the Rhine at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★★★
"Rousing" "Urgent revival of a searing, 80-year-old wartime drama" "Equal parts wartime thriller, tart drawing-room comedy and rousing call to…
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Sons of the Prophet at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★
"Pensive and sharply observed" "Bleak tragicomedy struggles to rise above a thoughtful but leaden script" "Karam’s writing is pensive and…
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Henry V at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2022)

★★★★
"Subversive interpretation that doesn't play by the rules" "Moody reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s patriotic history play" "From its opening moments, it’s…
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A Christmas Carol at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Timely, lavishly designed revival of David Edgar’s didactic adaptation of the Dickens classic" "David Edgar’s strident 2017 adaptation aims to…
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Mary at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Fiercely relevant" "Fascinating reframing of the downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots continues Rona Munro’s epic history cycle" "Written by…
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Elephant at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Heartfelt musical-monologue" "Musical monologue gently unpicks complex issues around identity, class and Britain’s imperial legacy" "Handling weighty themes with the…
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King Hamlin at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★
"Frequently moving" "Uneven but powerfully performed drama exploring poverty and gang violence" "There’s a sense of grim inevitability saturating King…
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The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the The Rose Theatre Kingston (2022)

★★★★
"Boisterous energy" "Visually striking revival of Brecht’s sprawling wartime parable" "... Brecht’s epic parable of war, justice and the venal…
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Jews. In Their Own Words at the Royal Court (2022)

★★★
"Undoubtedly ambitious" "Illuminating but inconsistent verbatim piece centres the experiences of Jewish people in contemporary Britain" "Despite the sensitivity of…
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The Wonderful World of Dissocia at the Theatre Royal Stratford East (2022)

★★★★
"Exuberant riff on Alice in Wonderland" "Energetic and engaging revival of Anthony Neilson’s surreal, irreverent exploration of mental illness" "First…
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The Two Popes at the The Rose Kingston & UK Tour (2022)

★★★★
"Compelling" "Consummate performances from stars Nicholas Woodeson and Anton Lesser lift Anthony McCarten’s cerebral character study" "... The Two Popes…
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The Snail House at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★
"Dramatically flat" "Plodding, unpolished drama of family dynamics and intergenerational tensions" "Dramatically flat and struggling to cohere around a central…
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Into The Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath (2022)

★★★★
"Glossy, stylised vision" "Terry Gilliam and Leah Hausman’s opulent, if overstuffed, production of Sondheim’s musical fable" "There’s a rich vein…
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The Trials at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★★
"Gripping" "Timely and troubling speculative drama imagines the grim repercussions of our current climate emergency" "Though the dialogue’s sometimes bogged…
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Billy Elliot The Musical at the Curve Theatre Leicester (2022)

★★★★
"Powerfully relevant" "Ambitious revival of Lee Hall’s coming-of-age musical bursting with energy and heart" "Artistic director Nikolai Foster handles the…
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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Unsettling political drama from Peter Morgan”" "In this slow-burning overview of Russian politics through the 1990s to the early 2010s,…
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The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Striking" "Nuanced, quietly radical ensemble piece strips Chekhov’s dark comedy to the barest bones" "Anya Reiss’ bleakly comic take on…
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Richard III reviews - RSC Stratford at the Stratford Upon Avon (2022)

★★★★
"Strong and diverse cast" "Striking performances lend power to this bloody, melodramatic conclusion to the RSC’s civil war play cycle"…
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Mad House at the The Ambassadors Theatre (2022)

★★
"Dark and punchy" "Offbeat black comedy loses focus despite meaty performances from David Harbour and Bill Pullman" "Rebeck’s characters are…
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That Is Not Who I Am at the Royal Court Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Knotty interrogation of truth in fake news era" "Urgent, unsettling thriller stands up to scrutiny despite the questionable artifice of…
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Best of Enemies at the The Young Vic (2021)

★★★★
"Compelling" "Taut political docudrama showcases thrillingly combative performances from leads David Harewood and Charles Edwards" "Director Jerremy Herrin – who…
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York's Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"Darkness and dreamlike strangeness" "Capturing the darkness and dreamlike strangeness of Neil Gaiman’s bestselling 2013 novel, The Ocean at the…
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