Jessie Thompson

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Reviews (27)
The London Evening Standard

The production is so slick, so consummately performed, that I occasionally found myself jolted, thinking, “but this is real. It happened.”...Every politician needs to buy a ticket. Full Review

Patriots (London)
Islington
The Independent (UK)

" 'Patriots' is a play in two registers. There are the witty lines, the erudite speeches and the moral conundrums that we’ve come to expect from Morgan’s work. ... The other register, though, is one that’s weighed down by research and exposition." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

It’s 20 minutes too long, perhaps, and towards the end the tone tips towards melodrama. But otherwise, this is undoubtedly a majorly significant piece of writing. Full Review

The London Evening Standard

Not everyone can afford to have principles. This is an essential revival; that Childress’s work is finally being seen is, at least, one injustice corrected. Full Review

Little Scratch
Hampstead
The London Evening Standard

The attempt to bring that unnerving lack of quietness to the stage is strangely comforting. Amidst the cacophony, there’s an illuminating and unusual sense of beauty. Full Review

Oleanna
West End
The London Evening Standard

Bailey’s crackling, intelligent production is full of fleeting moments that could inspire hours of discussions in themselves. Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production [On Blueberry Hill] unfolds like a slow-burn bedtime story. Full of warm wit and language you want to luxuriate in...but as a work of theatre it is static, with a story that becomes ever harder to believe as it goes on. Full Review

Scenes With Girls
Sloane Square
The London Evening Standard

Lol-versations with friends in Miriam Battye's perceptive study of female relationships...it feels especially insightful in exploring how an increasingly feminist culture oppressively idealises female friendship.' Full Review

A Kind of People
Sloane Square
The London Evening Standard

Bhatti’s writing is often very witty...But when it drills into deeper issues, it can feel like a set of mouthpieces parroting political points at each other.' Full Review

The London Evening Standard

It sags slightly when there are too many soppy love songs...But the world feels merde, and this charming show brings some much-needed silly delight. Full Review

The London Evening Standard

It’s an interesting project that wears its politics on its sleeve, with moments that sparkle. But it left me with a presiding feeling that I’d been trapped in a revision session.' Full Review

The London Evening Standard

Engrossing and inventive...in the latest show from indefatigably inventive theatremaker Tim Crouch...the comforts of old-fashioned storytelling give way to anxieties about the future.' Full Review

Wicked (London)
Victoria
The London Evening Standard

“A solid West End favourite. We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore for this heartwarming prequel of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, showing us why the Wicked Witch of the West turned out to be such a meanie...It has some seriously heavyweight casting history...The show’s big banger is ‘Defying Gravity’...A must-see for anyone hoping to sample a modern musical classic.” Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"It’s a great family-friendly show to take kids who are rebelling from stories about cutesy animals and want to get their teeth into something that feels a bit feistier...The stellar cast of young kids, surely the big stage stars of tomorrow, are given songs that really showcase their vocals whilst they play all their own instruments live too. For those about to see the 'School of Rock,' we salute you." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

"Serendipitously, this affectionate, playful tribute to the Queen has returned at just the right moment." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

"The staging is determinedly spare – just plastic chairs, chipboard walls. The actors are mic-ed up and barefoot, wearing comfy, floaty clothes. ... But where that show swaggered, using spoken word to bring electricity to the source material, this one feels too static – almost like a radio play." Full Review

SPLINTERED
Soho
The London Evening Standard

How can you not love a show that begins with one of its stars downing a shot from a menstrual cup? This cabaret-inspired celebration of queer Caribbean women is fearlessly its own thing, and all the more enjoyable for it. Full Review

The London Evening Standard

The majority of the action is almost sitcom-like, as three adult brothers return to their dad’s house for Christmas...Lee’s play is funny, well-observed, often surprisingly gentle, and refreshingly nuanced. Full Review

The London Evening Standard

Lee Hall’s book does away with clunky exposition, taking us on a feverish journey through Marley’s musical awakening and rise to stardom. Admittedly this sometimes leaves the story feeling a bit vague, but we’re having too much fun to care. Full Review

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Islington
The London Evening Standard

But the combo of its brevity and the make-do-and-mend austerity give the show a small canvas to work from, and it never quite lifts off. Full Review

Be More Chill
Victoria
The London Evening Standard

for a previous production Viral teen musical is like Dear Evan Hansen on helium...It’s easy to see why the bleepy bloopy soundtrack is so popular...But the appeal doesn’t feel much broader than that...' Full Review

The London Evening Standard

Abrahami’s production has a keen sense of atmosphere...Hickson is a deeply intelligent writer who can blaze through to big truths, and even on a lower wattage Swive offers smart and pertinent insights...' Full Review

Fairview
Southwark
The London Evening Standard

Beneath all of its formal mastery, Fairview delivers on two of theatre’s simplest purposes: it provokes empathy in the strongest way, and it made me want to talk about it with everyone I know.' Full Review

Vassa
Camden Town
The London Evening Standard

This is the kind of theatre that people who hate theatre describe when justifying their hatred of theatre. Full Review

The London Evening Standard

Alexander Zeldin remains an unparalleled chronicler of everyday pain and joy...He still finds the hope in desperate circumstances, and can still catch you off-guard with a single line...' Full Review

Falsettos
Victoria
The London Evening Standard

...on the whole this is an intelligent, subversive musical that feels like a neglected gem. The cast expertly tread the fine line between comedy and pathos...' Full Review

The London Evening Standard

“The songs of ABBA take centre stage in this riotously fun musical about a young woman trying to find out who on earth her dad is...The star-studded 2008 film...only bolstered the success of the original source material, which offers a bonding evening for mothers and daughters everywhere. It’s an evening packed with hits that you already know all the words to, from Dancing Queen to Waterloo, but it’s also a heartwarming story of unconventional families and rekindling lost love.” Full Review