Alex Wood

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Reviews (37)
What's On Stage (UK)

Sher's WD40-approach to what is often a rusty and cantankerous musical has gelled well in places. The contemporary pertinence is hard to avoid – the patronising and privileged ... [is] ignorant. The break-out star, as well she should be, is Amara Okereke's Eliza ... a performer who is primed to leave her mark on the theatre world. Full Review

Bring It On
Waterloo
What's On Stage (UK)

The show therefore hits its stride during its athletic, punchy choreography, finding less sturdy ground on Whitty's uneven book. Thankfully, there are enough high-octane experiences to keep the whole thing buzzing along with respectable pace. Full Review

Camp Siegfried
Southwark
What's On Stage (UK)

The characters have to carry too much baggage fully to convince. The play is however served by a nigh-on faultless production. Ferran and Thallon are inspired casting. Katy Rudd's direction allows them psychological naturalism within a stylised setting and structure. Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

Considering it's essentially a big-budget panto with a solid cast and some easy gags, The Windsors gets a lot of things right when it could have done a whole lot more wrong: with a royal parody that's exactly what you'd probably want to be signing up for. Full Review

My Night with Reg
Battersea
What's On Stage (UK)

'My Night With Reg''s success has now been firmly cemented by director Matt Ryan's deft handling of the two-hour text. The cast pull off naturalistic, endearing turns. Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

Ince adds touches of visceral, unpleasant gore – Mercutio whines as he dies, his youthfulness is displayed in startling horror. This a tragedy of society, rather than one of a stricken pair of lovers. Full Review

Bach & Sons
London Bridge
What's On Stage (UK)

Rather than aggressive and frantic, Raine's text is pensive, inquisitive at times...But for the most part the piece feels encumbered by historical exposition when director Nick Hytner could make it lithe and punchy... Full Review

J'Ouvert
West End
What's On Stage (UK)

Joseph's text, lyrical, pulsing, woven with tunes and multi-roling, blends the past and present, the spiritual and the instant. Full Review

You Are Here
Elephant and Castle
What's On Stage (UK)

Neil Bartram and Brian Hill's show, first seen across the Atlantic in 2018, hits all the right notes as we follow Diana's journey... Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production But anyone who fell in love with the animated DreamWorks classic in the last 20 years (as this critic very much did) will not leave disappointed...but as a stage version of an animated classic, The Prince of Egypt delivers in spades. Full Review

Magic Goes Wrong
West End
What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production Those who love the "Goes Wrong" brand will have a pleasant number of laughs to keep the mirth coming, but it's hard to shake the feeling that, for a large portion of the run-time, Mischief may have missed a trick. Full Review

The Boy Friend
Southwark
What's On Stage (UK)

...able to warm any soul with its sickly sweet cheer on a frosty winter eve. But a spellbinding central turn and moments of brilliant choreography are largely as far as it goes.' Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production Dear Evan Hansen is a desperately powerful exploration of a troubled teen sacrificing the truth for a sense of comfort – startlingly relevant for a world swaddled in screens and fleeting fictions. Full Review

Groan Ups
West End
What's On Stage (UK)

By challenging themselves, pulling back (slightly) on the gags and injecting a sense of genuine pathos into their work, the creative team have really proven themselves top of the class. Four gold stars. Full Review

Blood Wedding
Southwark
What's On Stage (UK)

The best moments are fleet and wondrous...But they're small rays of invention peppered in a near-two-hour production that yearns for more.' Full Review

Once On This Island
Elephant and Castle
What's On Stage (UK)

While the musical itself is a pretty cracking ride, what really stands out in this production are the central performances. ...an utterly spellbinding revival of a glorious show...' Full Review

The Worst Witch
West End
What's On Stage (UK)

...it's hard not to get swept up in the meta theatrical magic conjured by those on stage. A cauldron of delights perfect for a family summer show. Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

It's ironic that the production ends up mimicking the film – a faulty yet nostalgia-laden vehicle, pushed along through sheer determination by a stoic group trying its best.' Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production "A boisterous, hour-long, family-friendly display of exuberance from a company at the top of their game and with a message to shout about...Humming with brio and many-splendored joy, they burst out on stage, revealing sequence after sequence of contortion, hand vaulting, acrobatics, club juggling, and Chinese pole climbing...A uniformly excellent company working in tandem...This is all body, physical, raw, and unimpeded. Joy-fuelled talent at its purest." Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

Ivo van Hove's adaptation of Jean Cocteau's 1930 play is a piece that gives about as much as you're ready to put into it. Is it all a fantasy?...Does it matter either way? Full Review

Habeas Corpus
Southwark
What's On Stage (UK)

A farce without the revolving doors, there are flecks of saucy seaside postcard humour mixed with Restoration-style comedy...The bigger crime here is that it is all so tragically unfunny. Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

Undercurrents of hope ripple through the texts, which blends comic and tragic in the same way that Christopher Akerlind makes chiaroscuro lighting wash across each scene, or choreographer David Dorfman goes from static passages to quaint choreography. A moving, memorable evening. Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production Director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall ... crams the two-hour ride with cheesy, feel-good moments: this is vintage stage magic at its most explosively joyous. Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

There's a glib, quiet melancholy rather than an anarchic boisterousness to the meta-theatrics here...But it's easy to spot the holes in the text and the reasons why it never reached the cult status of Williams' earlier classics. Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

[The Invisible Hand is] the sort of juicy, thorny, knotty one-room play that gets the blood pumping – remarkable given that extended passages just see two men argue while looking at a laptop screen. Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

In the end it's the words, and the connection between character and audience, that shines through: a welcome return for the splendid west London space. Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

Nunn's production: tempered yet unambitious, is about as faithful a replication of Beckett's intentions as one would hope for. Full Review

Quarter Life Crisis
London Bridge
What's On Stage (UK)

Mercy herself is a brilliant, captivating presence, using language like paint on different brushes...But the piece wanders and never seems to delve as deeply as it could into the various themes and issues...' Full Review

Be More Chill
Victoria
What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production It's not a musical that re-invents the wheel despite its imaginative twists and tuneful turns, and the sugar-laden weirdness of Be More Chill might be as odd for some as it is addictive for others.' Full Review

Midnight Movie
Sloane Square
What's On Stage (UK)

Rachel Bagshaw's production is a slick, spirited and tech-heavy 70 minutes... staging feels formless for just that moment too long though – dragging when it could be disorientingly delightful.' Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production ...You won't find many better nights out in the West End – if music be the food of love, then & Juliet serves up an all-you-can-eat buffet of the highest standard. Full Review

On Bear Ridge
Sloane Square
What's On Stage (UK)

On Bear Ridge is a slow show and at times the unending tranquillity saddles the tragedy. But it's constantly affecting to watch a genealogy, a heritage, gradually perish on the side of an isolated mountain...' Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

McKellen is one of a kind and a gift to our performing industry – only a fool of a Took would miss this gem of an evening. Full Review

Bartholomew Fair
Bankside
What's On Stage (UK)

It definitely hasn't aged as well as some of the best Jacobean plays out there, but what is nice to report is that director Blanche McIntyre has a very solid stab at bringing it into the modern-day...' Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production Featuring every bell and whistle imaginable (and they're only the ones attached to Gaultier's costumes), this is a two-hour deep-dive into one of the most influential designers of the last 50 years.' Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

It's hard to overstate how majestical Amankwah is – every word she speaks lands with a calculating fluidity...But for a war play it all feels very stately and sedate...' Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production "It's a discursive, furtive piece from Theatre Re, and the physical theatre ensemble do create some moments of wonder...The company move, articulate, and perform as one. It's startling to behold. But as vibrantly exciting as it is to watch, the conceptual exploration only goes so far, and while the repetitive strains of Tom's memories, are brilliantly performed, the play ends up more cyclical...A thoughtful piece, aided by some faultless synchronicity and performance." Full Review