Clive Davis

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Reviews (127)
The Times (UK)

Calling this show a mash-up is an understatement: it’s more like pouring a few hundredweight of melodies into a cement mixer lorry and adding several tons of rhinestones. Full Review

The Times (UK)

Sometimes the dialogue flickers into quirky life. More often, the director Sam Pritchard allows it to fall into static exchanges where, on Rosie Elnile’s functional set, there is little to nourish the eye. Full Review

The Times (UK)

It’s the script that doesn’t quite work. Still, it’s wonderful to see the multitasking [cast] handle not just the singing, but [an] array of subsidiary roles. The songs ... are adorable. Full Review

The Times (UK)

It’s a frustrating 80 minutes or so — as was the shorter version recently adapted for Radio Four...Cramming seven scenarios into such a concise piece on stage is overly ambitious. Full Review

The Times (UK)

In the end, it’s the women who help to lift the show. Gabrielle Brooks gives us a stoic Rita who refuses to be shoved into the background, while Shanay Holmes impresses in the skeletal role of the singer’s beauty queen lover, Cindy Breakspeare. Full Review

The Times (UK)

Hardcore Mantel fans will no doubt still want to see how their vision compares. Everyone else would be better off with the book or audiobook — set at the right speed, of course. Full Review

The Times (UK)

Thanks in part to the intense performances by Gemma Lawrence and Huw Parmenter, we are drawn into a world that is shrinking by the second. O’Neill has given us something raw and authentic. Full Review

The Times (UK)

I suspect that if you’re a hardcore fan who knows every line of the film script you’re going to buy a ticket anyway. Others should beware...Yet even though the film’s co-creator, Bob Gale, is credited for the show’s book, John Rando’s West End production is middling at best. Full Review

The Times (UK)

In this playful, cross-dressing exploration of mistaken identity, the Globe’s artistic director, Michelle Terry, makes a winningly fragile Viola. There’s even more to enjoy in the fruity, resonant delivery of Ciaran O’Brien’s dandyish Sebastian. Full Review

The Times (UK)

Jeremiah and Atim were solid and amiable, but Capaldi and Wanamaker dug deeper. Instead of just portraying characters, they became them...As a technical study, it’s fascinating viewing for any students of drama. Full Review

J'Ouvert
West End
The Times (UK)

Where does the carnival atmosphere come from then? It’s to be found, in part, in the vivacious interplay between two young women who are unashamed about their desire to let their bodies talk for them. Full Review

and breathe...
Islington
The Times (UK)

For all Jonsson’s physical presence, however, it wasn’t always easy to follow the words. Sode’s writing is dense and allusive. Full Review

Under The Mask
Camberwell
The Times (UK)

The writing itself is often prosaic. But Sahota does convey the rush-hour atmosphere in which patients can slip from a cheerfully alert state to unconsciousness in a matter of hours. Full Review

Walden
West End
The Times (UK)

Walden is an apocalyptic vision that sometimes comes close to turning into a well-intentioned lecture. Full Review

The Times (UK)

This is, in short, one of those musicals where you tend to forget the melodies as soon as you’ve stepped out into the street, but as a Christmas spectacle it does the business. Full Review

The Great Gatsby
Westminster
The Times (UK)

Revelry and intrigue that leaves you wanting more...in its idiosyncratic way this stylishly inventive entertainment remains true to the spirit of F Scott Fitzgerald’s vision...' Full Review

Quarter Life Crisis
London Bridge
The Times (UK)

Yolanda Mercy brings exuberance and charm to the story...more zany than melancholy, she persuades us to overlook the occasional flimsiness of her material.' Full Review

The Times (UK)

Under Jonathan Kent’s direction, Staunton finds unexpected depths in a woman who is a bundle of disapproving phrases and furtive glances... The quiet writing, and Msamati’s equally understated performance, win us over.' Full Review

The Times (UK)

Fine-tuned psychodramas... “Cosy” is, of course, the word that’s often unfairly applied to Alan Bennett’s intimate psychodramas. There’s certainly nothing twee about the opener in the second double bill at the Bridge.' Full Review

The Times (UK)

for a previous production There are fleeting moments of poetry, yet for the most part, his prose ends up wandering down the same old musty alleyways. Full Review

The Times (UK)

for a previous production If you’re not a fan of the film, there is no reason to buy a ticket for Jerry Mitchell’s production. But if you’re seeking to relive popcorn memories, you will have fun muttering along with the romcom’s snappiest lines. Full Review

A Number
London Bridge
The Times (UK)

...frustrating that Churchill takes so long to say, ultimately, very little. As an exercise in pure stage technique, A Number has some appeal: drama students should go along with notebooks at the ready.' Full Review

Leopoldstadt
West End
The Times (UK)

Leopoldstadt is a sprawling, noble tribute to families such as the Strausslers. You sense that, in addition to Stoppard acknowledging his Jewishness, there is an element of this intellectual and wordy playwright coming to terms with the dramatic power of emotional storytelling. Full Review

Endgame
Southwark
The Times (UK)

Beckett adds some knockabout moments but the piece is bottom-of-the-drawer fare...Cumming creates the illusion that it is weightier than it is.' Full Review

The Welkin
Waterloo
The Times (UK)

Lucy Kirkwood’s play... has the makings of a taut psychological study. Yet inflated to three hours, the piece sprawls endlessly and drifts towards a melodramatic conclusion.' Full Review

The 4th Country
Finsbury Park
The Times (UK)

Kate Reid’s meditation on the politics of Northern Ireland doesn’t lack ambition. If anything the play aims too high. Although the young cast inject passion and urgency, this [play] ... attempts to cover far too much terrain in too short a time. Full Review

Best of Enemies
Southwark
The Times (UK)

Graham has given us a raw, exciting and timely piece about how we have forgotten how to listen to each other. Full Review

Manor
Waterloo
The Times (UK)

Some plays are so awful that they almost become enjoyable. Moira Buffini’s breathtakingly inept satire ... lurches from one improbable scene to another before sinking with all hands. It’s cataclysmic, certainly, but not in the way the writer intended. Full Review

Mum
Soho
The Times (UK)

The play rushes to a conclusion when it really needs time to breathe. There is potential here, though. Full Review

The Times (UK)

Polly Findlay’s production coats the play’s absurdist tendencies with a veneer of metropolitan gloss. Lizzie Clachan’s revolving set delivers urban chic, and the actors fire their lines at each other with panache. The problem remains that the characters are never more than two-dimensional. Full Review

The Times (UK)

The debating chamber of the old Greater London Council ... lends a genuine touch of majesty to proceedings ... One acid glance from [barrister, Mr Myers] would be enough to make most witnesses crumple. Full Review

Malindadzimu
Hampstead
The Times (UK)

There’s a touch of Karen Blixen about the bucolic scenes, beautifully evoked by Zoë Hurwitz’s ethereal set. The ritual music and drumming went down well with the audience on press night but tend to mask the holes in the narrative. Full Review

The Times (UK)

In effect, there are three or four playlets competing for our attention, and none of them comes to life. It’s a fatally complicated tangle, made even more bewildering by the doubling of roles. Full Review

The Times (UK)

I would certainly recommend this revival to anyone who has never had the good fortune to see the film — after all, few musicals bundle together quite so many wonderful songs. Full Review

The Times (UK)

The piece is too long, as are the others in this trio of monologues — all co-directed by Rachel O’Riordan and Diane Page — with a loose local theme. Full Review

Under Milk Wood
Waterloo
The Times (UK)

It’s a triumph, nothing less...There’s superb acting from a multitasking cast...Merle Hensel’s sets and costumes are a delight. Full Review

The Times (UK)

[Lisa Dwan gives] an impressive, occasionally overly broad performance. Full Review

The Times (UK)

If you are nervously venturing back into the West End and looking for something that illustrates the profound imaginative power of theatre, you really couldn’t do better than choose this bittersweet 1990s tale... Full Review

The Times (UK)

A decade ago, when Banks directed the generously reviewed premiere, it’s just about possible, I suppose, that the depiction of urban angst and heavy breathing on the internet might have seemed daring and original. It’s certainly anything but now. Full Review

The Times (UK)

...an enchanting mixture of the traditional and the modern... as a celebration of what Christmas meant in the past and what it can still mean in a secular present, it’s just about perfect.' Full Review

Nine Lives
London Bridge
The Times (UK)

Compellingly performed, but slender immigration monologue... Nyoni’s drama, barely an hour long, can’t help looking a little like an afterthought, which is a pity because Lladel Bryant gives a...compelling performance...' Full Review

The Times (UK)

The last two miniatures to be premiered in the run at the Bridge Theatre are even more satisfying....Tamsin Greig wins the prize for best performance in the series... Bennett...is a modern master.' Full Review

The Times (UK)

There’s no shortage of incident in this 90-minute piece... It’s just a shame that his presentation sells him short. There’s no director credit, and you can’t help feeling that the material needs more shaping.' Full Review

Beat The Devil
London Bridge
The Times (UK)

...the playwright wants to deliver a lecture too, which means that the personal memoir — laced with mordant humour and impeccably performed by Ralph Fiennes — is frequently shoved aside...' Full Review

The Times (UK)

[Jennifer Saunders is] prone to scratching herself furiously and when she struggles with flatulence she could be a refugee from a Carry On film. Above all, her comic timing is impeccable. Full Review

The Times (UK)

for a previous production ...this is one of those big-budget musicals that is oddly lacking in interesting music...Stephen Schwartz’s musical is a frustrating experience. Full Review

Be More Chill
Victoria
The Times (UK)

for a previous production It’s not grimly didactic, and even if Joe Tracz’s book is thin stuff, there’s a streak of wanton energy to Joe Iconis’s music and lyrics... It helps too that the cast is so vivacious.' Full Review

The Times (UK)

Stef Smith’s “radical” version of A Doll’s House ties itself in knots by trying to transplant the central character to three different periods...An ambitious idea...but one that in the end only sows confusion...' Full Review

The Times (UK)

But what makes the play so absorbing is that Kani draws us into the lives of the two individuals living out their lives in front of us. Full Review

The Times (UK)

for a previous production [Les Miserables] remains grossly melodramatic, overlong and overloud. Most of the lyrics and sung-through dialogues are painfully clunky, every emotion stamped in blaring capitals. Full Review