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Actors Claire Rushbrook and Daniel Ryan extract every nuance and layer from the characters. It’s clear from the rueful tittering, comments and applause at the end that the middle-aged couples in the audience can empathise only too well. Full Review
But the play’s a thin vehicle for all this plush furnishing and for a short piece, it has a long runtime. I was impressed by the talent and energy on display but I found myself wishing they’d picked a different play to lavish it on. Full Review
I didn’t really know how to feel. This is [an] imaginative, ambitious drama that’s stimulating even if it doesn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts. I look forward to seeing what [the creative team] do next. Full Review
for a previous production "Writing iambic pentameter peppered with pop references is a masterstroke: this is a play that looks like the future and sounds like the past; the perfect form to portray the royal family. Rupert Goold has classily directed a state-of-the-nation play. You need to see this one now: it’s too hotly topical to last...It’s theatrical dynamite, nonetheless." Full Review
"Yup, you heard it. New York’s hottest ticket is a middle-aged white man rapping. That man is James McAvoy: booted and buzzcut like a Glaswegian squaddie and stripped to the waist. For nearly three hours he spits fire, spraying lyrical pearls at his enemies, nailing rap battles and chucking his battered heart beneath the feet of the woman he loves, Roxane." Full Review
Writers are fighters and the word is everything in this firecracker show about passion, rejection, and the crazy genius of the spoken word. The rapiers, intrigue and censorship of Cardinal Richelieu’s Paris, circa 1640, are modernised as razor-sharp banter about love, sex, and – nudge, wink – cultural appropriation. Full Review
I would take older children or fans to see this and be confident they’d find something to enjoy and to argue about afterwards. But it’s no ‘War Horse’, and certainly no ‘Northern Lights’. Full Review
for a previous production The first half was a bit too broad and noisy to tug on your heartstrings … happily, the second half stepped up into a higher register, thanks to Christopher Nightingale’s joyful choral arrangements. The Christmas miracle arrives in the manner of a very posh panto … and it hits the spot. Full Review
Those ancient legends are powerful stuff in any era. But their takes on cruelty, sex and gender ... feel very ‘now’. The four fantastic actors ... totally own the space. Directors Sean Holmes and Holly Race Roughan bind [this ensemble piece] together with a light, playful tone and a fast pace that never drags. Full Review
“The real mystery...is not whodunit but, in its currently mediocre state, whydoit at all...This is a walking, talking piece of theatre history and the most expensive museum exhibit in London...A thin and campy shadow of its former self, whose creaks arise from cliché not suspense. Christie's best thrillers have a psychological conviction and a subtle sense of evil that the current cast shelve in favour of xenophobic exaggeration or dullness." Full Review