Helen Hawkins

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Reviews (16)
The Arts Desk

"This revival is a total tonic, a perfect example of how to address a serious subject with a comic impulse. Go along and have your own kind of audience with our late Queen." Full Review

The Arts Desk

"If you want to hear a great score delivered by almost operatic leads and strong support, then this is the show for you." Full Review

Wolf Cub (London)
Hampstead
The Arts Desk

With Walker directing and the twice Olivier-winning actor Sheila Atim, no less, providing evocative incidental music, they have created a haunting 80-minute monologue that embraces epic events. Full Review

Never Not Once
Finsbury Park
The Arts Desk

The director, Katharine Farmer, and her cast do their best, with Montgomery in particular investing as much three-dimensionality into Allison as she can. But by the final scene, 80 minutes in and still with no truly gripping dramatic conflict in sight... Full Review

Folk (London)
Hampstead
The Arts Desk

for a previous production All in all, watching Folk is an agreeable experience, but by the end you hanker for more grit, to have seen something wilder and darker, like the tones of Haque’s voice. Full Review

Habeas Corpus
Southwark
The Arts Desk

All of this requires an almost deranged performing style that’s nevertheless anchored to a crispness of delivery and impeccable comic timing, which were not uniformly in play on opening night. Full Review

Little Scratch
Hampstead
The Arts Desk

To tackle a formally bold novel, Rebecca Watson’s recent little scratch, Mitchell and her adaptor, Miriam Battye, have fashioned something equally inventive that works perfectly in the small Downstairs space at the Hampstead. Full Review

The Arts Desk

What a fiendishly clever play this is, written when McDonagh was in his mid-twenties. Deliciously unsavoury (and, yes, sometimes violent), it nevertheless hums with weighty literary resonances and moral purpose. Full Review

The Arts Desk

"It's an enjoyable mix, even though it's a complicated piece that needs a lot of digesting. " Full Review

Favour (London)
Shepherds Bush
The Arts Desk

"Co-directors Roisin McBrinn of Clean Break and Sophie Dillon Moniram keep all the tonal elements in play, from raucous comedy to immense pathos … There were tears in the audience as well as onstage." Full Review

Clybourne Park (London)
Finsbury Park
The Arts Desk

The play proposes no pat answers, no agenda, preferring to take us on a giddying tour of the flaws in our moral armour...This an excellent revival of a terrific, clever play, stylishly directed by Oliver Khaderbai. Full Review

The Forest
Camden Town
The Arts Desk

Whereas Zeller’s standout play, 2012’s The Father (a double Oscar-winner in its screen adaptation last year), wrung poignancy from its theatrical tricks at every turn, his shtick here is all trick: what he calls “an experiment with form”. Nothing stays the same from scene to scene. Full Review

The Arts Desk

This is a superior coming of age piece that never loses sight of Wedekind’s subtitle, A Children’s Tragedy, yet is vastly entertaining and even laugh-out-loud funny at times. Full Review

The Arts Desk

The Korean-American writer Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, currently enjoying its UK debut at Southwark Playhouse, is presented within a frame that cleverly and radically alters what’s inside it...This is a nicely judged production from Steven Kunis, impressively choreographed by Christina Fulcher. Full Review

The Arts Desk

So although this is a lively evening, deftly directed by David Babani to use his venue’s small basement space to its full potential, its raucous ambitions aren’t a perfect fit for its characters' comic potential. Full Review

curious
Soho
The Arts Desk

Back and forth we go across the centuries, Lee-Jones entertainingly populating the stage with her creations, often with great comic impact, though there is an intriguing steel behind her smile at key points. Full Review