Claire Allfree

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Reviews (63)
The Telegraph (UK)

"Iphigenia’s greatest weapon is its ferocious theatrical poetry...With a new round of public spending cuts...Iphigenia in Splott makes no bones about just who in Britain will be cast as the sacrificial lambs." Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

"Posner’s expertly choreographed direction beautifully honours the play’s impeccable internal construction. 'Noises Off' remains an unsettling reminder of the remorseless logic behind a situation in free fall." Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

"The wit and energy of the writing can’t quite conceal its many flaws... I’m not sure in the end what the play is really saying, but I’m very glad I saw it. An interesting mess." Full Review

I, Joan (London)
Southwark
The Telegraph (UK)

"There are a lot of references here to bravery and courage. But as a piece of drama, at heart this Joan is weirdly toothless. " Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

"There’s a palpable strain about Zinnie Harris’s hectic, heavily condensed rewrite, which practically drips sweat in its determination to update the original for today’s politically polarised social media age." Full Review

Jitney (London)
Southwark
The Telegraph (UK)

[The] cast is impeccable. It’s terrific ... to see a work of this calibre brought into London after originating in a regional theatre Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Yet Julius Caesar is most effective when played straight through as a political thriller – I’ve yet to see a production in which an interval doesn’t leech the messy second half of forwards momentum, and Page’s production loses its grip on its own thesis after the break. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Yet both production and musical are fatally undermined by a determined refusal to reimagine a much-storied American parable. Most wanted? Alas most dull, I’m afraid. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

What, you can’t help but wonder about half way through what is an extremely slow 70 minutes, made Ruth Wilson agree to star in this oddly unpleasant revival of a 1930 Jean Cocteau monodrama? Full Review

After The End
Stratford
The Telegraph (UK)

Yet this early work by Kelly (his stage CV now also includes the RSC’s Matilda) remains an all too resonant portrait of the membrane-thin line between civility and barbarity. A horribly gripping 90 minutes. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

There are nods to Harold Pinter and Caryl Churchill in its eerie normalisations of extreme violence, yet it’s most obviously in conversation with South America itself, with its incomprehensible history of disappeared people and terrifying political regimes. Full Review

Fair Play
Shepherds Bush
The Telegraph (UK)

Road’s writing is so intelligently suggestive, it extends sympathy by definition to anyone caught in the crossfire of the wider debate raging over gender definitions. Full Review

Four Quartets
West End
The Telegraph (UK)

For all its admirable ambition, the evening has a whiff of confected grandeur. There were many, many moments where I didn’t understand a word. But ... this is a bracing, strangely refreshing evening. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Rather, Jersey Boys embodies the qualities of the band itself: unpretentious, uncomplicated, a bit cheesy and, with its by-numbers rags to riches narrative, steeped in the comforting mythology of the American dream. Full Review

and breathe...
Islington
The Telegraph (UK)

It’s a small, even low-key piece – and yet, thanks to Jonsson, it’s also pretty special. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Dipo Baruwa-Etti's chaotic one-hander about racial injustice, though energetically performed, feels like a bad Greek tragedy. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

for a previous production Trigg’s 90-minute comic confessional does what plays of this sort set out to do – force the audience to rethink their assumptions – with a winning mix of artless charm and flinty wit. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

There’s really only one reason to see Richard Eyre’s revival of Noel Coward’s minor, supernatural 1941 comedy, first seen at Bath last year, and that’s Jennifer Saunders. She is simply magnificent as the eccentric medium Madame Arcati Full Review

Be More Chill
Victoria
The Telegraph (UK)

for a previous production A coming-of-age story with fabulous, catchy tunes... Be More Chill is sometimes as callow and clumsy as any teenager but I suspect that's precisely part of its millennial appeal.' Full Review

Poet in da Corner
Sloane Square
The Telegraph (UK)

In a moment when we risk being torn apart by culture wars, Poet in Da Corner feels like a show for our times: not only bitingly aware of precisely these issues, but daringly inclusive, too.' Full Review

Scenes With Girls
Sloane Square
The Telegraph (UK)

...What could descend into militant, wokey gobbledegook is served by Battye with a scathingly funny light touch...I can’t wait to see what she does next.' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Like being trapped on a desperate stag do... Most of the cast work hard to keep energy at peak levels and to improvise banter, but as a piece of theatre, it’s far from thrilling.' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Both savage and compassionate...Simon Evans's super-starry production...is both worthy tribute and a resounding vindication: the play, if anything, feels more savagely true than ever.' Full Review

The Worst Witch
West End
The Telegraph (UK)

Ultimately, this is a splendid piece of West End theatre for primary school-age children, with enough arch jokes to please the parents. Best of all, perhaps, is the way this all-female show remains true to the unpackaged feminism of Murphy’s original books... Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Jazz-age, MeToo-friendly comedy with a few bum notes...there is precious little sense of this production engaging with the politics of the present moment.' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

"Hats off to the Royal Court for this theatrical act of mea culpa even if the intent is more admirable than the execution." Full Review

The Prince (London)
Elephant and Castle
The Telegraph (UK)

" 'The Prince' – a larkily self-aware rewrite of Henry IV Part I - employs largely original cod-Shakespearean dialogue ... embraces this idea as a logical extension of the Bard's own metatheatrical gaming around ideas of gender, performance and socially conditioned role play." Full Review

Silence (London)
Seven Dials
The Telegraph (UK)

" 'Silence' is crying out for a dramaturg to wrestle its promising material into shape. Instead, Abdul Shayek’s production is gruelling often for the wrong reasons. It ends, poignantly, with projected photographs of some of those who gave up their stories." Full Review

Cruise (London)
West End
The Telegraph (UK)

"The play persuasively inhabits a carpe diem state of mind as much as it pays homage to a community history, and counters its more indulgent moments with waspish observation." Full Review

Closer (London)
Hammersmith
The Telegraph (UK)

"There's certainly no doubt Closer remains shockingly entertaining. Yet, on the evidence of this outing at least, perhaps no longer so essential." Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

This is a highly satisfying, old-fashioned play that serves the audience with a rich mix of the personal and political on which to chew. Director Blanche McIntyre keeps a three hour running time nicely ticking over. Alongside Duff’s force-of-nature presence, at once toxic and tragic, Kelly Gough is particularly good as Agnes. Full Review

House of Ife (London)
Shepherds Bush
The Telegraph (UK)

Lynette Linton’s production similarly radiates an easy, lived-in naturalism. And it produces a truly exceptional performance from Michael Workeye ... He’s a rising star. Full Review

Scandaltown (London)
Hammersmith
The Telegraph (UK)

The trouble is, the play seems as little interested in analysis as its characters. It all feels decidedly tired, like drinking champagne from a bottle that’s been open two days too long. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Yet Small Island’s great triumph is to present that history as very much a living thing. The racism Gilbert encounters while working in a post room still stings from across the decades. Full Review

Running with Lions
Hammersmith
The Telegraph (UK)

Like its characters, this is a flawed and messy play, yet in its compassionate exploration of a family learning to see itself clearly finds the sweet spot between despair and hope. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Nonetheless, this is Variety theatre that’s low on, er, variety. If you really are going to dispense with plot and go for all-out spectacle amid an unstoppable stream of unprintable quips about sex, you need a bit more than rings of fire and a line of dancing women with feathers on their heads. Full Review

The Bolds
London Bridge
The Telegraph (UK)

Lee Lyford’s sprightly, brightly coloured production has a permanent grin on its face, and not only because hyenas are even happier laughing than they are chewing the furniture as a between-meals snack. Full Review

Indecent Proposal
Elephant and Castle
The Telegraph (UK)

It’s finely performed, too, with Dankworth delivering some of the evenings best numbers, even if they add little to the plot...It’s a low-stakes evening. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

for a previous production But this is a toothless, lip-glossed affair that replaces the original’s ironic cruelty with cartoonish grotesquerie...Honestly, it’s exhausting. Yes, Heathers the Musical is “bad taste”. But it’s also, I’m afraid, plain bad. Full Review

Raya
Hampstead
The Telegraph (UK)

Roxana Silbert's production is so superbly calibrated to each twitching nerve end and hair pin shift, it makes the play feel sharper than it actually is...Yet if the writing sometimes stretches credulity, the performances never do. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

It's lovely to look at, but Sean Holmes's psychedelic production uses spectacle to mask the lack of direction. Full Review

Harm
Shepherds Bush
The Telegraph (UK)

Hashtag hypocrisy is laid bare in this new monologue from a blazing theatrical talent. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

The final tableau is more farce than horror, as reflects a production that never leaves you feeling as soured as it ought.' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Perhaps, this production asks, we’ve got it all wrong. Perhaps it’s not about abuse at all, but about the gap between illusion and reality. Interesting idea, but I'm afraid the result is quite deadly.' Full Review

The Welkin
Waterloo
The Telegraph (UK)

The panoply of distinctive female voices is a joy. The final 20 minutes find a power and coherence previously lacking. But...much like childbirth, I was relieved when it was finally over.' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

for a previous production Warchus's mix of Dickensian moralising and theatrical enchantment still soothes the most crochety of souls. The importance of living a good life … may be reinforced at every turn, but frankly that's no bad thing at all. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

The Son is a dark journey, but one that’s very much worth the commitment, not least for the magnificent performance of Laurie Kynaston. Full Review

Actually
West End
The Telegraph (UK)

Ziegler keeps things impeccably even-handed, but perhaps as a result, her play doesn’t achieve enough dramatic propulsion. Yet it compassionately argues in favour of human imperfectability... Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

[Dominic Hill] exploits to the full the verdant backdrop of Regent’s Park, catapulting the audience into a shape-shifting, tenebrous otherworld. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Maxine Peake shows honesty and compassion in this poignant IVF drama...This is a short play that travels across a lot of ground and Peake takes us with her, every poignant step of the way.' Full Review