Dominic Cavendish

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Reviews (140)
The Telegraph (UK)

Lipkin brings an odious impervious swagger to Brian. And a bearded, bespectacled Skinner is cryingly funny as the decent, defeated Roger ... Emblemising not so much the state as the total disarray of men today, it’s arguably more bitingly topical than anything found at the Royal Court. Full Review

Lava
Shepherds Bush
The Telegraph (UK)

Lava levels some discomfiting accusations about white ignorance of and complacency around Europe’s colonial history – and it ends up calling for a spirit of black resistance to prevail. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

As its title suggests, Out West, a superb triptych of monologues relaunching the Lyric Hammersmith, is united by a strong sense of the local area. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Lisa Dwan, a formidable interpreter of Beckett’s work, has the audience spellbound in this 60th-anniversary production. Full Review

After Life
Waterloo
The Telegraph (UK)

An adaptation of the 1998 film of the same name by Japanese film-maker Kirokazu Kore-eda, the play’s conceit is simple, yet captures the imagination like some engrossing dinner-party provocation. Full Review

Walden
Westminster
The Telegraph (UK)

The piece crams a lot into 90 minutes and doesn’t achieve complete lift-off. Ian Rickson (who directed the Vanya) musters an appealing air of wooded seclusion but the make-or-break reunion calls for a touch more tension, less soothing birdsong. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Alan Menken’s score (lyrics by Lynn Ahrens) often has the feel of photocopied Lionel Bart. Nothing Scrooge sings can match (the oddly comparable) Fagin. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Simon Russell Beale shines in the perfect parable for now. The great stage actor heads an excellent cast of three in this triumphant and finessed finale to the Bridge’s fightback season.' Full Review

Uncle Vanya
Westminster
The Telegraph (UK)

Sonia Friedman has reunited a Covid-dispersed cast to stage a masterpiece of love, sadness and a very timely air of ennui. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Mercy has a riddling, freeform way with words and charismatic, laidback aura that serves her well... This engaging monologue from three years ago... feels outdated in today's Covid-ridden world.' Full Review

Beat The Devil
Southwark
The Telegraph (UK)

This is David Hare at his furious best... Whether you agree with his diagnosis or not, the piece grips in its light-touch incisiveness.' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Those hoping for a revisionist spin à la Wicked take note: this is Exodus, delivered with Sunday-school seriousness, complete with re-enacted Passover. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Lesley Manville confirms she's one of the all-time greats...The only drawback is how drawn-out Jeremy Herrin’s beautiful to behold production (with live jazz) is: over three and a half hours, with two intervals.' Full Review

Endgame
Lambeth
The Telegraph (UK)

Daniel Radcliffe lacks magic in this theatrical non-starter...in this case the issue isn’t so much with any fancy directorial conceit as the chemistry, and plausibility, of the players...' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Assisted by a cluster of terrific lead performances...London’s longest-running musical has seldom looked, or sounded, so fresh. Full Review

Curtains
Covent Garden
The Telegraph (UK)

There are worse ways of killing time when you’re in a holiday humour, but can you live without it? You betcha. Full Review

Cyrano de Bergerac
Westminster
The Telegraph (UK)

I’ve barely scratched the surface of a show that cuts to the core of a classic and what it means to be alive. I defy anyone not to fall in love with it. Full Review

Midnight Movie
Sloane Square
The Telegraph (UK)

A dive into the internet that belly-flops on stage...Some of the writing shows real verve, even if it sounds like writing – “Illness is a scary hitchhiker, it’s making me drive where it wants”.' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Ultimately, despite some grumbles...this is a production which should delight the books’ many fans and serve as a fine introduction to the richly conceived, unforcedly feminist world of Ferrante.' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

...it’s all as shiny as a newly unwrapped Christmas tree bauble. But the memory of it will swiftly be boxed away and left alone, too. A treat with a lower-case t. Full Review

Henry VI
Bankside
The Telegraph (UK)

...pertinent food for thought in this gruesome age of rampant despots...In combination [with Richard III] the result is an 18-certificate mini-fest of relentless intrigue, brutal death and rampant psychosis.' Full Review

Dear Evan Hansen
Covent Garden
The Telegraph (UK)

Directed (as on Broadway) by Michael Greif, the evening has - all the same - no weak links, casting-wise. But the show belongs to its 21-year-old star Sam Tutty, fresh out of drama school and making his West End debut. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Zizi Strallen (who played the role on tour in 2015) might have stepped from a picture-book. She is, to cite one of the better songs of the blandish cache by Stiles and Drewe (augmenting the bankable Sherman Brothers classics), “practically perfect in every way”. Full Review

Vassa
Camden Town
The Telegraph (UK)

A rare misfire from north london's creative powerhouse. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

...the hallmarks of the evening are psychological complexity, compassion and a comic lightness of touch, indeed lightness of step...it’s absolutely spellbinding...' Full Review

Bach & Sons
London Bridge
The Telegraph (UK)

A bold play of ideas, then, but also an invitation to tears; after the indescribable year we’ve had, it’s a stirring and unmissable occasion. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

But messaging is the order of the day in Ince’s vision, which has flashes of worthwhile invention but also an interpretative lens rendered smeary by its earnest gloss. Full Review

Under Milk Wood
Waterloo
The Telegraph (UK)

This stage version of the great Welsh ‘play for voices’ is a sensuous portrayal of care-home residents being swept up in memories. Full Review

Amelie The Musical
Westminster
The Telegraph (UK)

Nonetheless, much as I admire Amélie’s boho ensemble ethos, its undeniable physical zest, and the company’s determination (assisted by help from the Culture Recovery Fund) to open in the West End at this critical time, I wasn’t quite as bouleversé as I expected. Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Dawn Walton’s fine revival does [Alfred Fagon] the courtesy – and justice – of renewed appraisal, and what emerges most strongly from an evening that enthralls and exasperates in equal measure is that Fagon had a remarkable way with words. Full Review

Cruise
Covent Garden
The Telegraph (UK)

As the West End reopens, the pick of the young crop is Jack Holden’s self-performed debut about life on London’s gay scene in the 1980s. Full Review

SIX
Kingston
The Telegraph (UK)

for a previous production Yet it has its own manifest cheeky British personality – and...a dynamism that matches the best the West End has to offer...Unlike its hapless subjects, it looks set to have a long and happy life. Full Review

Nine Lives
Southwark
The Telegraph (UK)

Lyrical and newly relatable portrait of an immigrant in Britain...The Bridge's monologues series comes to a gentle close with a one-man play that feels like a balm amid the roughness of current conditions.' Full Review

The Great Gatsby
Westminster
The Telegraph (UK)

The return of the hit show is a tonic, but a restricted 'immersive' experience rather hampers the fun...As soon as the show can be restored to full ambulatory glory, I’ll be back like a shot.' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Manville registers minute shifts of mood...in a way that carries across the theatre, and reminds you of the art form’s transcendent power...Monica Dolan proves a dab hand at realising her drab Northern character...' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

Yet this is essentially the same Pretty Woman, with cut-and-pasted dialogue and carbon-copy clothing to match the original, only with added song and dance to offset the lack of close-ups. Full Review

A Number
Southwark
The Telegraph (UK)

Within a few minutes of stage-time, Churchill has spawned a human-interest drama of the highest order...This is a short, crunchy evening but the head-spinning stuff of lingering nightmares.' Full Review

Leopoldstadt
Covent Garden
The Telegraph (UK)

People have sometimes accused him of being too clever by half, lacking the power to move us beyond words; here is irrefutable evidence to the contrary. Full Review

Kunene and the King
Covent Garden
The Telegraph (UK)

The play is a compelling if cursory exploration of the legacy of Apartheid as expressed through the fast-flowering yet prickly rapport between a dying white South African actor and the elderly black male nurse who comes to tend to him. Full Review

Magic Goes Wrong
Westminster
The Telegraph (UK)

Everyone, on-stage and (manifestly off) works their socks off to keep things continually derailing on time (direction by Adam Meggido). Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

...a superb adaptation of Three Sisters set amid Nigeria’s civil war, one which brilliantly fuses the personal and political...also confirms Ellams as one of our most exciting, insightful playwrights.' Full Review

Fairview
Lambeth
The Telegraph (UK)

...the piece is highly playful and, for the most part, deceptively fun. It does though shift – baitingly – from something like satire into something akin to agit-prop...' Full Review

The Boy Friend
Southwark
The Telegraph (UK)

The revival of Sandy Wilson’s pastiche Twenties musical carries a particular quality of uplift...It could all be rather enervating but the sheer polish and panache of the cast’s fluttering antics brings a smile to the lips...' Full Review

The Telegraph (UK)

The evening proves (forgive the hoary phrase) absolutely spellbinding: witty, gripping, moving. Cookson and co’s imagination answers that of the original and awakens our own.' Full Review

Richard III
Bankside
The Telegraph (UK)

Where Shakespeare meets Reservoir Dogs...the violence – its gleefulness and senselessness – is relayed with a perturbing, Tarantino-esque relish...' Full Review

& Juliet
Westminster
The Telegraph (UK)

While this show isn’t in the same league as Mamma Mia! by fellow Swedes Abba, those with a willing ear for his brand of shiny pop should enjoy hearing his bangers rendered at high volume and landing with a swaggering, truant disposition. Full Review

Touching The Void
Charing Cross
The Telegraph (UK)

A white-knuckle adaptation to take you to the top of the world...I’ve seen it twice and would go again in a heartbeat. Full Review

On Bear Ridge
Sloane Square
The Telegraph (UK)

Despite committed performances and the magnetism of Ifans, the short evening winds up being as cold, woolly and unmoving as a sheep trapped in a snow-drift.' Full Review

Lungs
Lambeth
The Telegraph (UK)

Both actors cope brilliantly with the technical and tonal challenges, although the scripted-sounded nature of their verbal emissions can irk and the characters are more like talking predicaments...' Full Review

Glass. Kill. Bluebeard.
Sloane Square
The Telegraph (UK)

It has its funny-peculiar moments, the acting hooks you in, but it’s overlong. Overall, then, this passes the time well enough. Does it define the times, in an essential way? Not so much.' Full Review