Clive Davis

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Reviews (170)
Watch on the Rhine
Seven Dials
The Times (UK)

"McDougall frames the play with flickering cinematic visual effects...For all that, it’s still, in essence, a dowdy drawing room exercise, mounted on Basia Binkowska’s decorous set." Full Review

The Fir Tree
Southwark
The Times (UK)

“The climate-conscious gestures were delivered with subtlety — a welcome change from some of the Globe’s other politically conscious offerings.” Full Review

Kerry Jackson
Waterloo
The Times (UK)

"The musical interludes are eccentric at best, but at least they give us a break from the wretched dialogue." Full Review

Hex
Waterloo
The Times (UK)

"This was an evening full of breathtaking effects...it was as opulent as a jewel-box. Never mind that the gem that it held wasn’t quite as beguiling." Full Review

12:37 (London)
Kensington
The Times (UK)

"The script remains relentlessly schematic. All credit to the actors for making it almost seem plausible." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"There are no heroes on this battlefield, only humans fighting for survival. With other members of the cast doubling roles, Henry seems a more dominant figure than ever." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"It’s reassuring, in this age of Xboxes, Imaxes and metaverses, to discover that children can still let out a scream of satisfaction when they see a modest shower of glitter drift down like snow." Full Review

Here (London)
Elephant and Castle
The Times (UK)

"The script needs sharpening, and the climactic vision granted to Matt is a leap too far. Yet, partly because the acting is so deft, you’re left intrigued about what Judd will come up with next." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"The actors from Ramps on the Moon — a company that puts deaf, disabled and neurodiverse performers centre stage — bring a banquet of wit and joy to the proceedings." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"Thanks to assured performances from a multitasking cast that we cling on to reach a final scene that is undeniably poignant." Full Review

Elephant (London)
Shepherds Bush
The Times (UK)

"Rest assured, there’s really nothing outlandish or alarming in Anoushka Lucas’s brief, but thought-provoking, one-person play, laced with fragments of her own songs." Full Review

The Times (UK)

for a previous production "It may not dig very deep, but the audience whooped, screamed and shouted. In the end, it’s as much a therapy session as a one-person show." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"Like the movie, this show leaves you mildly frustrated that you never quite get to know the musicians or the townspeople. Then again, this is a musical which, for all its air of faded romance, isn’t a conventional love story. " Full Review

The Times (UK)

"Vintage songs and music composed by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell are an integral part of Lynette Linton’s handsome production." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"Sophie Melville’s performance is so intense, so volcanic, that it still feels at times as if she is shouting in your face." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"For all its moments of poetry, this is an evening that only intermittently delivers hushed terror." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"This is the play that would have helped to keep us sane during lockdown." Full Review

Clutch (London)
Shepherds Bush
The Times (UK)

"The bond formed between the two characters isn’t entirely convincing, it has to be said — sometimes it feels as if pages of the script have gone astray. Even so, we’re ready to buckle up for a longer ride." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"If Buffini’s satire is full of mischief and gossip, it creates a sympathetic image of a monarch, a unifying figure in an era of profound upheaval...If it’s an unashamedly partisan piece of story-telling, it’s also very funny." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"There’s so much potential here, but Baruwa-Etti is content to skim the surface, while Monique Touko’s production struggles to find a consistent tone, some of the more incendiary lines landing like outtakes from a sitcom." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"Ivo van Hove’s production draws a bravura performance from Hans Kesting, who prowls a grey, cell-like chamber." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"If I have any reservations it’s that the terrific band occasionally drowns out Porter’s deft wordplay, and after the dazzling pace of the first half there’s a slight loss of momentum in the second. But, honestly, those are quibbles. This production is a dream." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"This vision of Narnia’s landscape lacks grandeur and mystery; even the frost seems less beguiling. ... The opening steam train journey still takes the breath away, however, with the miniature carriages carried aloft by members of the ensemble in a sequence full of balletic grace." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"Harmon’s script is anything but subtle. All that’s left is dull stereotypes engaged in an interminable bout of mud wrestling. To add to the general air of unreality, we’re expected to believe that characters disappear to the bathroom for minutes on end while their reputation is trashed." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"Traditionalists shouldn’t be too alarmed. ... Composer-lyricist Douglas Hodge and book writer Johnny McKnight serve up a sugar-and-spice confection — based on a stage adaptation by Zinnie Harris — which ought to appeal to adults and children alike." Full Review

On The Ropes
Finsbury Park
The Times (UK)

"It’s just a pity that, for all the efforts of the high-energy trio, the script isn’t so light on its feet." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"It’s a richly atmospheric setting for Shakespeare, generating the degree of intimacy that the Globe, with its relentlessly arch approach, seldom achieves nowadays, alas." Full Review

Mandela
Southwark
The Times (UK)

"Luwoye strikes dignified poses but this visionary is just about as inscrutable as a face on a banknote." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"The archness of the enterprise sits uneasily, though, with the description, at the end, to how Woolf’s own journey through life ended. We’ve spent the evening smiling indulgently; now, suddenly, it’s time to mourn." Full Review

The Times (UK)

" 'Best of Enemies' isn’t just a treat for political geeks: it’s a compelling human drama, as wild and unruly as the decade it brings so passionately to life." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"So many elements need to be fitted together, much like trying to manipulate a Rubik’s Cube in pitch darkness." Full Review

The Sex Party
Southwark
The Times (UK)

"There’s an interesting play lurking somewhere here; these fine actors could easily do it justice. " Full Review

Blackout Songs
Camden Town
The Times (UK)

for a previous production "A bleak exercise in self-deception, then; yet what gives momentum to Guy Jones’s production are the hypnotic performances." Full Review

Mary (London)
Camden Town
The Times (UK)

" It’s visually arresting, but a clumsy, to-the-barricades conclusion to an intelligent but frustrating play that sometimes loses its way in a labyrinth of words." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"...this show trundles from one set-piece to another. Part of the problem lies with the book by that fine playwright James Graham, which flits here and there, packing in so many characters that Tammy Faye and Jim become bystanders in their own story." Full Review

A Single Man (London)
Finsbury Park
The Times (UK)

"The glorious moment when George and Kenny find contentment by splashing into a stylised ocean will stay with me for a long time." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"If you’re an admirer of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli movies, you’re almost certain to feel the same about Tom Morton-Smith’s puppet-driven adaptation, which adds flesh to a pastoral storyline that is so slender it could be described as Teletubbies go zen." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"The visuals are inventive; the rest of the production, sadly, is the very opposite." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"It’s a play of small, neatly observed details that proceeds at its own unhurried pace, underpinned by a tight ensemble. " Full Review

The Times (UK)

"The play only lasts an hour and three quarters, without an interval, yet feels longer." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"The production has its rough edges all the same." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"It’s every bit as interesting as hearing your best friend spend an hour or two recounting last night’s dream." Full Review

CAGES
Hammersmith
The Times (UK)

"A good deal of technical wizardry has been thrown at the project, yet very little effort seems to have gone into the storytelling." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"The director turned playwright Richard Eyre’s family drama touches on medical ethics, climate change, coronavirus, social class and Brexit, to name a few, but the well-crafted words can’t mask the vacuum at the centre." Full Review

Antigone (London)
Fitzrovia
The Times (UK)

"An update as ambitious as this would have a chance of working if it possessed some measure of plausibility: unlike figures from mythology, modern characters need a hinterland. Sadly, there’s no depth or nuance." Full Review

Silence (London)
Seven Dials
The Times (UK)

"In the end, we are left to sift through raw material that has the makings of an epic. Another draft waits to be written by someone, somewhere." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"This drama may have aimed to cast light on the grim realities of life on the margins, but in the end it came dangerously close to a Twitter rant." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"Economically directed by Bill Buckhurst — that faces the challenge of how to fill such an imposing space. Morgan Large’s set design is a little basic. Knight works tremendously hard as the audience cheers her on, but her acting tends to hit the same note in every scene." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"It has its rough edges, and there are moments when the political message is delivered by megaphone, yet thanks in part to exceptional performances from a multitasking cast, Zodwa Nyoni’s time-shifting portrait of the relationship between an autistic boy and his older sister holds your attention to the end." Full Review

The Times (UK)

"Godwin, who would be many observers’ first choice to take over as artistic director at Stratford-upon-Avon, homes in on the human frailties at the core of the drama.Parkinson - is thoroughly at home with the production’s broad comic thrusts." Full Review