Jessie Thompson – London Theatre Critic

Selected reviews by Jessie Thompson, theatre critic of The Independent.

Jessie Thompson is Arts Editor for The Independent, and an accomplished writer, editor and critic, specialising in the arts.

Jessie’s previous roles have included Deputy Arts Editor at the Evening Standard.

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A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Paul Mescal’s cruel Stanley leaves Normal People’s gold chain in tatters" "The ‘Aftersun’ actor gives an entrancing performance in Rebecca…
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Orlando at the Garrick Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Emma Corrin is magnificent as Woolf’s punk rock protagonist" "Michael Grandage’s production has an inventiveness and creativity that’s true to…
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Tammy Faye – A New Musical at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Camp, cutesy and hard to resist" "Rupert Goold’s production at the Almeida about the televangelist, with music by Elton John,…
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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Tom Hollander gives one of the performances of the year" "If the play sometimes gets heavy – the political and…
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The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★
"Doesn’t half drag-on" "Indira Varma is excellent, but this self-referential rewrite of Chekhov’s 1895 play feels slow and self-indulgent" "It’s…
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That Is Not Who I Am at the Royal Court Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"This strange political mystery is a significant work" "Kirkwood’s pseudonym and the play’s fake title – it’s really called Rapture…
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A Dolls House, Part 2 at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★
"A bit of Ibsen fanfic that’s more of a think piece than a drama" "Is this meta-fiction? Or Ibsen fanfic?…
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The House of Shades at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Anne-Marie Duff is on spectacular form" "At almost three hours, the play can feel unwieldy. Blanche McIntyre’s direction allows us…
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Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) at the Criterion Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"This anarchic Austen reboot will make you happy" "This sweary, anarchic reboot of Pride and Prejudice by Scottish writer Isobel…
The Evening Standard
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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"Arinzé Kene is a knockout. This is a joyful night out that also feels like an important cultural event" "'My…
The Evening Standard
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