Fiona Mountford – London Theatre Critic

Selected reviews by Fiona Mountford, freelance theatre critic.

Fiona Mountford is a writer and theatre critic. She spent 17 years as the Evening Standard’s theatre critic, and has worked for numerous publications including the Observer, Telegraph, the Spectator, Sunday Times and i news.

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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner bring bags of zest" "The performers are on superlative form in Sam Steiner’s sometimes bewildering…
i News
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Noises Off at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Michael Frayn’s farce is as sublimely funny as ever" "The play following a rackety company of actors from final dress…
i News
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The Unfriend at the Criterion Theatre (2023)

★★
"Steven Moffat’s house guest comedy is lazy and unfunny" "Mark Gatiss’s production starring Amanda Abbington and Reece Shearsmith pummels ideas…
i News
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A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Paul Mescal boils with raw animal power in a mesmerising revival" "It says something about the quality of a production…
i News
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Watch on the Rhine at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Lillian Hellman’s call to arms is stirring but stodgy" "The writer’s 1941 play – here starring Patricia Hodge – follows…
i News
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The Fir Tree at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★★
"A festive eco-fable that may make you pity your Christmas tree" "Hans Christian Andersen’s obscure fairy tale about a talkative…
The Telegraph
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As You Like It at the @sohoplace (2022)

★★★
"Rose Ayling-Ellis is charming in her West End debut" "The Strictly darling stars in As You Like It – the…
i News
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Sons of the Prophet at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★
"A humane but underpowered story of family and loss" "Stephen Karam’s play has some lovely performances but is markedly inferior…
i News
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Mandela at the The Young Vic (2022)

★★★
"Musical fails to bring us closer to the political great" "There are heartfelt moments, but should this be a musical?…
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Hex at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
" It’s a delight" "Rufus Norris and Katrina Lindsay’s ingenious idea of putting a new spin on the fairy behind…
i News
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It's A Wonderful Life at the London Coliseum (2022)

★★★★
"The Christmas miracle that should save the ENO" "Let’s hope the Arts Council, which recently announced the bizarre defunding of…
i News
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Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial at the Wyndham's Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Your brain will implode" "Liv Hennessy has whittled seven days’ worth of court transcripts down into two hours that bounce…
i News
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The Sex Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2022)

"Inept and embarrassing – like a rant from your weird uncle" "Terry Johnson’s play has the air of a formerly…
i News
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Super High Resolution at the Soho Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A captivating performance from Blackborow, who has a radiantly expressive face, demonstrates how Anna is so professionally composed but personally…
i News
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Mary at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

"What is going on at Hampstead? Urgent questions need to be asked – and soon – about the selection of…
i News
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Tammy Faye – A New Musical at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Hallelujah! Elton John’s new musical is a riot" "The pop legend joins forces with the Scissor Sisters’s Jake Shears and…
i News
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Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"David Tennant is magnetic as a Nazi professor" "In this reimagining of the 1980s modern classic, Tennant gives a compelling…
i News
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Blues For An Alabama Sky at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Pearl Cleage’s 1995 drama gives our critic the best evening she’s had at the National Theatre in a long time"…
i News
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Iphigenia in Splott at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★★
"Gary Owen’s furious monodrama, written in 2015 as a response to the austerity policies of the Cameron government, has lost…
i News
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Jews. In Their Own Words at the Royal Court (2022)

★★
"The theatre’s response to anti-Semitism claims doesn’t work" "This play, where actors voice the views of 12 Jewish interviewees, is…
i News
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The Crucible at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Erin Doherty shines in an immensely powerful revival" "Director Lyndsey Turner offers a still and foreboding production of immense gravity,…
i News
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Eureka Day at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★★★
"Eureka! Here’s the first copper-bottomed hit of the autumn season – and the fact that it stars the Oscar-winning actress…
i News
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All's Well That Ends Well at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (2022)

★★
"Director Blanche McIntyre has had the beginnings of a bright idea in updating the setting to our contemporary world of…
i News
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Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Light-hearted levity, rather than world-conquering phenomenon" "The result is a qualified triumph of an evening, one that pitches from the…
The Telegraph
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Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"A gloriously frothy and terrifically tuneful tap-dancing confection" "The extended sections of dance are dazzling " "In the words of…
i News
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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Tom Hollander delivers firecracker Boris Berezovsky lead performance" "There are echoes of The Crown’s confident sweep down the years and…
The Telegraph
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Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club (Playhouse Theatre) (2021)

★★★★
"Eddie Redmayne is chilling in this unsettling, stripped-back revival" "Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to the most eagerly anticipated show of the…
i News
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Best of Enemies at the The Young Vic (2021)

★★★★★
"James Graham serves up another thrilling, slyly humorous knockout" "David Harewood and Charles Edwards offer a masterclass as intellectual monster…
i News
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Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre (2021)

★★★★★
"The Most delightful West End show in a long time" "Richard Eyre's 2004 musical is back at the Prince Edward…
The Telegraph
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9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre (2019)

★★
"It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it" " There’s not enough real firepower here or in Patricia…
The Evening Standard
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Hole at the Royal Court Theatre (2018)

★★★
‘The show doesn’t develop sufficiently from its initial premise, although it continues to burn with rage’ ‘The message of this…
The Evening Standard
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My Name Is Lucy Barton at the Bridge Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Impressive" "At first I feared I wouldn’t get along with Lucy Barton. This Lucy Barton, at least, as there is…
The Evening Standard
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An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Fantastic Foxes team up for a Wilde West End delight" "Jonathan Church’s production triumphs because it skilfully balances Wilde’s light…
The Evening Standard
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Tina - The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre (2018)

★★★
"Who better to power a high-profile new show than the queen of rock and roll herself" "Warren is a livewire…
The Evening Standard
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Sister Act The Musical at the London Palladium (2009)

★★★★
"Take it away, sisters" "There can be no disputing the evening's main draw: 24-year-old Miller... her magnificent voice is rich,…
The Evening Standard
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Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre (2009)

★★★★
""Thrilling, certainly, but empty, too.""
The Evening Standard
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