Kate Wyver

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Reviews (31)
The Guardian (UK)

A brilliantly tricksy new production by Lucy Kirkwood ... in text and direction, this play also delights in the way theatre is made. A heady production with stellar performances. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

The cast of eight unravel this world of ancient Rome with gusto, but it hardly feels ... as if the person in charge could make or break the country. To the audience, it just feels like a bit of a laugh. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Shakespeare’s challenging text has been streamlined to a neat two hours in this contemporary production. Its innards have been snipped and significantly shuffled...The result is a production cleanly cut, sharply told. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

There is a lot to love: with a wonderfully wild energy throughout, it’s happily queerer than the film, and the well-known songs really are spectacular. Full Review

Fair Play
Shepherds Bush
The Guardian (UK)

...Fair Play throws us into the brutal ignorance and invasiveness of the way elite sport approaches gender, with results that disproportionately impact Black women. Full Review

Rare Earth Mettle
Sloane Square
The Guardian (UK)

Rare Earth Mettle has enormous scope, but it tries to do too much...It’s incredibly smart, but there’s not quite enough heart. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

The stories are simple and to the point but lose none of their potency. By nature of its form, Metamorphoses can’t tie up the disparate threads of its tales. But these are eternal stories, beautifully and accessibly told. It’s hard not to have a good time. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

This show is not scary enough to cause nightmares, nor is it gruesome or graphic or gory; it’s more human than the creepiest horror movies. But there are genuinely chilling moments, scary enough that the whole theatre is tense and pin-drop quiet. Full Review

Lava
Shepherds Bush
The Guardian (UK)

Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo is luminous in Benedict Lombe’s passionate memoir-monologue that weaves lyrical storytelling with untiring protest. Full Review

After Life
Waterloo
The Guardian (UK)

Although After Life is based on a film, its best parts are pure theatre. The performers play with the liveness and the artificiality of recreating a memory. Full Review

Quarter Life Crisis
London Bridge
The Guardian (UK)

The writing at times still feels like it’s finding its feet, slipping between insight and cliche, but Mercy is such an affable host that the room is eager to watch her grow as she goes.' Full Review

Scenes With Girls
Sloane Square
The Guardian (UK)

Within Battye’s writing is a comic, astute commentary on female friendship...But as it is, Scenes With Girls refuses to break out of the cliches its characters rail against.' Full Review

Richard III
Bankside
The Guardian (UK)

Without a strong enough pull towards the personal or political, the production thrashes about. The teams switch shirts until they’re so muddied you can no longer tell – nor care – which side anyone’s on.' Full Review

Big The Musical
West End
The Guardian (UK)

Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh have chemistry in the lead roles but this revival is flat and insipid, and the story’s sexual politics are still a problem. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Michelle Terry’s volcanic Hotspur...is wholly commanding: of her soldiers, of our attention and of the text. It is as though the words don’t exist until they leave her mouth. She’s so good it is hard to look elsewhere...' Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Maxine Peake offers a wild exhaustion as Leigh’s Woman, consumed by the desperation to conceive, but her performance is stifled by a formulaic script that leaves no space to stretch between the words.' Full Review

Jitney (London)
Southwark
The Guardian (UK)

A stylish rework of the August Wilson character-study sees a standout performance from Wil Johnson. Craig’s direction provides the whole show with a laid-back ease. Full Review

I Know I Know I Know (London)
Elephant and Castle
The Guardian (UK)

This is astute, impressive writing, with thoughtful staging, confident performances, and delicate, rumbling sound design underlining the sharpest moments of horror and gut-punch grief. Full Review

The Glow
Sloane Square
The Guardian (UK)

Vicky Featherstone’s production has great control in the way it slowly feeds us information, toying with the confusion it creates as myth and history collide. Sci-fi is too rarely done on stage but here McDowall has chosen the perfect medium. Full Review

Dick Whittington
Wimbledon
The Guardian (UK)

This production of Dick Whittington – truly the most incomprehensible of all panto plotlines – is almost blindingly glitzy, packed to the rafters with glittering lights and fizzing pyrotechnics. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Presented in association with Brent Borough of Culture, The Wife of Willesden is a celebration of community and local legends, of telling a good story and living a life worth telling. Not bad for an original text that’s 600 years old. Full Review

Yellowfin
Elephant and Castle
The Guardian (UK)

Directed by Ed Madden, the characters’ unravelling feels completely natural...Yellowfin has a smart set-up but the impact of the action always feels one-step removed. Full Review

When Darkness Falls
Finsbury Park
The Guardian (UK)

Although it’s the shocks and screams that make us jump, there’s a vivid sense that the scariest thing on this haunted island isn’t the threat of a ghoulish presence, but the potential of what one human can do to another. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production There’s a lot of talent on show in 'Operation Mincemeat', but it would need several significant cuts to have a real emotional impact. It runs for two and a half hours; there is a sharper, shorter show buried inside. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Jones’s dialogue is quick, sharp and clever...[Jasmine Lee-Jones] is a brilliant, dynamic writer, and this is a striking debut. Full Review

Cruise (London)
West End
The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production Joyful, painful and wholeheartedly life-grabbing, Cruise is an ode to the gay men who lived, loved and were lost during the Aids crisis. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Misogynistic comedy is a rotten apple... Flat insults, bland puns and painful verse let down this staging of Shakespeare’s problematic play, which charges ahead without a trace of satire.' Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

With firecracker performances and singalong sounds, this version of the Bing Crosby classic glistens with sexy razzmatazz, but tenderness lies beneath the shiny surface. Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

In this immersive show we are promised a globetrotting night of drugs and sex…but are left loitering in a living room...' Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

Jealousy and lechery divert the idle rich in Elle While’s production of the Shakespeare romcom, but well-dressed schemings lack chemistry...' Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

It is here that Amankwah truly takes control, demonstrating “the mettle of [her] pasture”. Her earlier performances are strong, but now she is majestic...' Full Review