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for a previous production "Never have I seen a production of the play that was so raw in its emotion, so violent and so deeply upsetting...Staging is equally compelling...Performances are superb, with Gillian Anderson giving the performance of her career...There isn't a moment when the tension slackens or attention lapses. It is an absolute knock-out." Full Review
for a previous production "Though the play addresses serious and urgent themes it is often highly entertaining too…There is also an extraordinary piece of audience participation about which I’m sworn to secrecy…The great surprise about 'Privacy' is that despite its weighty subject matter Rourke’s production contrives to be consistently light on its feet, and is by turn funny, touching and downright scary." Full Review
for a previous production "As we range through the fall of Wolsey, Henry’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and all the bitterness, bad faith, dodgy confessions and executions that follow these two three-hour plays do sometimes feel like one damn thing after another... Nevertheless Jeremy Herrin’s fleet staging, with gorgeous costumes and a raft of strong supporting performances grips almost throughout...Despite occasional longueurs, this Tudor double-bill is at best splendidly entertaining and at times deeply touching." Full Review
for a previous production "I must admit to finding the show’s emotional incontinence and artfully calibrated mixture of misery and uplift unappealing but if you like this kind of thing there is no doubt that John Doyle’s production is a fine one...The show hurtles along with strong, vivid performances. The musical numbers range from blues and gospel to raucous R&B and are thrillingly delivered by the cast. " Full Review
“A piece that returns to the traditional values of musical comedy but with an often foul-mouthed irreverence and outrageousness that makes it seem cutting edge...But while acknowledging that it is often damnably clever and sharp, I find it hard to warm to the show...Essentially this is an odd-couple buddy musical...’The Book of Mormon’ strikes me as a decadent and self-indulgent musical, and its mixture of satire and syrup ultimately proves repellent." Full Review
“A glitzy concert of song and dance. It's true that the performers, and the great banks of LED screens, occasionally regale us with statistics about Jackson's amazing career...Within its narrow limits, the show works well. What most people like most about back-catalogue musicals is the medley of big hits at the end, and in this show the hits just keep on coming, largely glossing over the fact that in recent years Jackson has become ever less impressive as a pop star as he grows more bonkers." Full Review
for a previous production "David Hare is best known for slightly worthy state-of-the nation plays, often absorbing, always meticulously researched, but sometimes lacking in the blood and guts department. That is emphatically not the case with Skylight, thrillingly revived by Stephen Daldry in a knockout production...There is a bruising emotional truth in the writing, and a zinging, stinging mixture of wit and anger." Full Review
for a previous production "It is the most spectacular, gripping and wickedly entertaining piece of lèse-majesté that British theatre has ever seen and I have to admit I enjoyed every minute of it. the play manages to be moving as well as funny, and is given a superb, high-definition production by Rupert Goold." Full Review
for a previous production "Goold is the current king of high concept productions, and as a piece of stagecraft, there is no doubt that the show is a success. The score is often excellent, too...But this show about cold, superficial people strikes me as being cold and superficial itself. I was also disappointed by Matt Smith’s psycho..If I were you I’d give this modish show a miss." Full Review
for a previous production "The show blends dark fantasy and choreographed movement with sober documentary...This is a hard show to sit through, but its mixture of righteous anger and at times inspired theatrical imagination make 'Trash Cuisine' an urgent and unforgettable experience." Full Review
"It is the best new British musical since 'Billy Elliot'...Dennis Kelly, who has adapted Roald Dahl’s famous story for the stage, has previously been responsible for some of the most violent and depressing plays I have ever endured. Here, in a spectacular transformation, he has discovered joy, humour and tenderness, and his script actually improves and deepens Dahl’s original...Matthew Warchus’s thrilling, warm-hearted production...constantly combines comedy with a sense of wonder." Full Review
“Unexpectedly witty, enjoyable though far from flawless...At times the show undoubtedly slips into the preachy, but mercifully Holzman's script keeps the gags coming...Schwartz's lyrics are occasionally touched with wit, but what he really specialises in are big gloopy power ballads that allow the two female leads to...soar...At times it's a bit of a mess - but it proves far more enjoyable than I had dared to hope, and deserves a wider audience than adolescent schoolgirls.” Full Review