Andrzej Lukowski

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Reviews (201)
Time Out London

And as a musical it certainly has its moments: basically any time Knight gets to sing. Her hardworking supporting cast ... are gifted multitaskers with fine voices. I couldn’t help but find ‘The Drifters Girl’ a bit tawdry. This is the jukebox musical genre at its most cynical. Full Review

Time Out London

"‘Eureka Day’ is just lacking a bit of the heft and muscle it needs to really storm this stage." Full Review

Time Out London

"Although Touko’s production seems to end in a living evocation of the ‘this is fine’ meme ...the play comes across as more blandly nihilistic than powerfully satirical. I guess this is in fact fine – as in, it’s basically pretty entertaining – but a couple of rewrites and a round or two with a dramaturg and it could have been so much more." Full Review

I, Joan (London)
Southwark
Time Out London

"‘I, Joan’ is a gleeful celebration of non-binariness, grafted on to a tongue-in-cheek hop skip and a jump through the life and times of Joan of Arc." Full Review

The Trials (London)
Seven Dials
Time Out London

"I found ‘The Trials’ gripping, both as an urgent imagining of how our generation will be viewed by our kids, but also a smart imagining of revolution generally." Full Review

Time Out London

"The plays operate at a much less ambitious level. It’s good summer holiday content, the feeling you’re taking the kids to something that will both mildly entertain and mildly improve them. But for something so obsessed with naughtiness, ‘Terrible Tudors’ actually plays it very safe." Full Review

Time Out London

"‘Sister Act’ is an okay musical, revived with a decent cast and reasonable charm. It’s fine. But the whole point of this production was to bring Whoopi Goldberg here and she’s not here. I don’t think the producers should be blamed for persisting with it, and they may not have had much choice. But while there’s much here to like, at its heart this is event theatre without the actual event." Full Review

Time Out London

"If this production has a fault it’s that it doesn’t feel even slightly urgent. It’s a luxuriant meander though ‘Much Ado’ that often seems immensely pleased with itself. ... Spending time at the Hotel Messina is a pleasure, a lazy holiday on which not a lot happens, very charmingly. It’s a wrench to leave." Full Review

Patriots (London)
Islington
Time Out London

"It’s an interesting, informative play, with three great performances in Hollander’s brilliant, quicksilver Berezovsky, Keen’s hypnotically plausible, hangdog Putin, and Luke Thallon’s Abramovitch, essentially a nice enough guy who realises he needs the patronage of the others to succeed and sucks it up humbly, becoming stupendously rich in the process." Full Review

Time Out London

"Genuinely, it is one of the most visually impressive shows I’ve ever seen: ... if you just want two and a half hours of general musical theatre stuff happening, spectacularly, and vaguely in alignment with an old Disney film, then fill your boots. Disney effectively owns this story now, at least as far as musicals go, and while there are many depressing things about that, it unquestionably looks like a dream." Full Review

Time Out London

‘Mad House’ has an absolutely tremendous cast who were never not going to be able to carry this off. But ultimately you’re left with a play that doesn’t know if it wants to be ‘Hamlet’ or ‘Clybourne Park’, and suffers as a result. Full Review

Time Out London

If ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ has an obvious weakness it’s that Hnath’s determination to not appear to revise Ibsen’s story leads to some slightly weird plot beats ... [but] Hnath’s play is a razor-sharp [and] frequently hilarious. Full Review

Time Out London

It’s a humane and even beautiful take on a classic play. But ‘The Glass Menagerie’ is one of the greatest plays ever written, and this production lacks its full, devastating potential. Full Review

Time Out London

If it lost an hour and either ditched the absurdist humour or embraced it more wholeheartedly I think you might have something really great ... ‘Two Palestinians Go Dogging’ feels like a lengthy brainstorming session on how to write a great original play about Palestine, rather than a great original play about Palestine. Full Review

Time Out London

Andre is absolutely not an actor ... [and] his light, melodious pop tones have absolutely none of the bass needed to tackle the various ’50s-style ballads and rock ’n’ roll songs sent his way. [It] isn’t totally successful. But it’s not a dud either. Full Review

Oklahoma! (London)
Southwark
Time Out London

Crucially, it’s very well cast. If I have a criticism it’s that it’s all a bit meta. Nonetheless ... Fish has crafted something genuinely new and special from ‘Oklahoma!’, or perhaps excavated a truth about it that was there all along Full Review

Time Out London

[Jodie Comer's] personal triumph [is] somewhat mitigated by the fact that the play she’s chosen is pretty clunky. But for all Comer’s charisma, the text is stodgy, and the drama ponderous and lacking nuance. Full Review

Time Out London

Nonetheless, it does nothing to detract from the fact Drury is one of the most fascinating US playwrights out there. Even her failures would probably have more ideas than most other playwrights’ successes, and ‘Marys Seacole’ is a long way from a failure. Full Review

Time Out London

Still, a bit of heavy-handedness in a debut play can be forgiven when there’s so much invention elsewhere – ‘“Daddy”’ may not be perfect, but it is remarkable. Full Review

Time Out London

Breathing fresh life into one of the most famous characters of all time is no small achievement: this ambivalent Atticus is a huge achievement for both Sorkin and Spall. Full Review

Time Out London

So yes, the best David Hare play in an age, by some distance. It needs to be said, though, that for all its essential effectiveness – helped by Fiennes’s powerhouse performance – it’s still pretty clunky. Full Review

Time Out London

How to stage Oliver Swift’s satirical fantasy opus ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ without a kerjillian pound budget? This wildly innovative, extremely fun show for ages seven-plus shows you how. Full Review

After The End
Stratford
Time Out London

Nonetheless, it’s a gripping and unsettling 90 minutes, and if my criticisms add up to ‘it was ahead of its time 17 years ago, now it’s not’ then that’s hardly damning. Full Review

Time Out London

Despite being trimmed to just two hours, Abigail Graham’s production of ‘The Merchant of Venice’ takes a surprisingly long time to get to the point. Full Review

Running with Lions
Hammersmith
Time Out London

This is quite a debut from playwright Sian Carter, a beautifully observed drama about a British-Jamaican family struggling to face up to tragedy, that effortlessly fills the Lyric Hammersmith’s venerable stage. Full Review

Time Out London

An absolute hoot, a joyous, big-hearted, ludicrously incident-packed and magic-heavy romp that has to stand as one of the most unrelentingly entertaining things to hit the West End. Full Review

Time Out London

"If you’ve not seen any Chekhov before but do enjoy dystopian sci-fi then I’d imagine you’ll lap up this crisp, accessible, imaginative drama with some big ideas and memorable characters. I still liked it a lot. But emotionally speaking, it goes less boldly than Chekhov’s original." Full Review

Silence (London)
Seven Dials
Time Out London

" ‘Silence’ is only a fraction of the unheard stories of Partition. Three-quarters of a century later, let’s hope the rest will have their chance to make a noise." Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "It’s a small-scale production by Van Hove’s standards, but Hans Kesting is all you need to fill a room, and there’s some beautiful setpieces in there. " Full Review

Time Out London

" ‘South Pacific’ is meant to be fun, and it is here. But the sober stuff is really allowed to breathe in a well-judged production that plays this musical’s many, often seemingly contradictory strengths." Full Review

Time Out London

"It won’t go down in history as a revolutionary production, but as a crowd pleaser it’s inventive, compassionate and really just a pure joy." Full Review

Time Out London

"Lots of positives, then, but as a whole, it feels pretty all over the shop. " Full Review

Time Out London

"It’s funny. It’s fine. We all need a chuckle at the moment. But ‘Jack Absolute Flies Again’ isn’t anything more than the sum of its laughs. " Full Review

Time Out London

"If you’re open to a show that makes noise quietly and thinks deeply, this ‘Seagull’ really flies." Full Review

Time Out London

"It’s fun and funny, and certainly if you’re looking for an hour of platypus-related gags for kids then it is pretty much in a league of its own." Full Review

Time Out London

Is a feelgood jukebox musical the absolute best medium to tell a story about domestic abuse? Put crudely, that is the problem at the heart of big-budget global premiere...Don’t get me wrong: it’s an entertaining night, brilliantly performed. Full Review

Time Out London

It’s ... episodic and rambling, with ... [a] meandering, indulgent feel. Hill is a fine comedian, but he’s nowhere near a good enough dramatist to pull this off. Full Review

Time Out London

It’s weird, visually striking and basically pretty funny, but I found it very difficult to get a handle on it emotionally. Never in a million years could this yassified, camped up, queered up take on ‘Legally Blonde’ have served as the original: it is emphatically A Version. Full Review

Time Out London

It’s a tremendous piece of writing from Chandrasekhar and a titanic lead performance from Saraf. If the play has a potential flaw it’s that it could lose some steam in the history lesson-style bits. Full Review

Time Out London

Page makes the most of what she has, and directs a really barrelling first half that entertains from the off. It’s an entertaining ‘Caesar’ that turns a relative lack of resources to its advantage, especially in the clean, uncluttered storytelling of the first half. Full Review

Time Out London

Mark Rylance lets the old magic flow once again. ‘Jerusalem’ remains fresh and unexpected. In a weird way, its legend contributes to that. Full Review

Time Out London

...Cameron’s secret weapon – and that of his excellent cast – is humour. If ‘For Black Boys…’ can veer towards earnest cliché, there’s always a wickedly funny joke to undercut the seriousness, and Cameron has a wonderful ear for the merciless pisstaking patter of a group of lads. Full Review

Time Out London

The show is rich and strange and drenched in Easter egg references to Greek mythology. I think it’s an extraordinarily beautifully wrought tribute to the savage, doomy mysticism of Greek mythology. Full Review

Time Out London

I think part of the problem is that ‘Black Love’ hasn’t scaled up from Paines Plough’s ultra bare-bones touring Roundabout theatre - another draft or two to let it breathe might have been handy... Full Review

Clybourne Park (London)
Finsbury Park
Time Out London

It’s a solid production from director Oliver Kaderbhai, of a play that stands up well enough. Could it ever become a smash hit again?...What was once a vicious rebuke of white privilege is now a nostalgic reminder of a happier time. Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production Devised with her company, ‘A Monster Calls’ takes a while to warm up, but ultimately locks into the searing emotional clarity of the book more closely than the film did. Full Review

Cock (London)
West End
Time Out London

Performed with no props, and with many gestures (such as the removal of clothes) implied rather than carried out, ‘Cock’ is funny and playful but with a stark psychological intensity through its minimalism. Full Review

Time Out London

...Webster’s is the first production I’ve ever seen to approach ‘Henry V’ as a great character study...Probably, he slightly flatters the play. But at the end of the day he gets away with it, in a broodingly impressive production. Full Review

The Collaboration
Southwark
Time Out London

It is, as I say, terrific entertainment. But there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s wildly contrived...It is fanfic, even at one point bordering on slash fiction, and pretty difficult to take entirely seriously. Full Review

The Forest
Camden Town
Time Out London

As usual, ‘The Forest’ is highly watchable and with this cast stands every chance of following ‘The Father’, ‘The Son’ and ‘The Height of the Storm’ into the West End. Lots of people are going to enjoy it. I enjoyed it!...I’m always left with the same question: is that it? Full Review