Nick Curtis

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Reviews (223)
The London Evening Standard

"The play is witty, bracingly sweary and probes intriguing ideas." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

“Minor niggles aside, Frayn’s comic classic seems to be bulletproof. Hats, and trousers, off to him.” Full Review

The London Evening Standard

“This love-in of starry small screen creatives fills a hole in the West End as a much-needed, riotous bit of fun.” Full Review

The London Evening Standard

“Whatever the production’s failings, it’s great to see Takei’s grin at the curtain call...This show exists and throws light on a slice of neglected history thanks to him. Which is fair enough.” Full Review

Wreckage
Battersea
The London Evening Standard

"The 60-minute script is not without narrative skill or ambition, but it’s too skimpy to approach anything profound." Full Review

Watch on the Rhine
Seven Dials
The London Evening Standard

"This is a handsomely mounted, well-acted work that strums reliably on the emotions, but feels inescapably like a museum piece." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"The atmosphere of Rourke’s production is autumnal. 'As You Like It' celebrates a retreat into sunlit rural simplicity, but there are as many references to frost as to spring in the text." Full Review

Sons Of The Prophet
Camden Town
The London Evening Standard

" 'Sons of the Prophet' is, quite simply, not very good. The characters are self-consciously quirky, the situations forced, the supposed darkness of the wit overdone." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "Ian McKellen makes a triumphant return to pantomime damehood in this gleeful, willfully slapdash affair. " Full Review

Hex
Waterloo
The London Evening Standard

"Overall, though individual segments are presented with flair, it feels like 'Hex' is being made up as it goes along." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"Almost everything in Clint Dyer’s production is harsh and stark." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"It’s performed on a stage bare apart from a few chairs, with a largely young cast in everyday clothes playing multiple roles. And it’s intense. ... It’s a typically bold ending to a fresh and vivid interpretation." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"The ensemble fills the stage with verve but the big dance numbers lack finesse...Elf makes a disappointing start to London theatre’s Christmas season." Full Review

Here (London)
Elephant and Castle
The London Evening Standard

" 'Here' isn’t a great play but it’s a great start: an engaging, empathetic, slightly spooky affair that definitely arrests the attention." Full Review

Blackout Songs
Camden Town
The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "The writing is intelligent, the performances strong. But the characters have little external life and no reliable inner existence. This makes the play suffocating. " Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"It’s very hard to go badly wrong with this comedy. Westley-Sanderson understands its rhythms and he and his cast give it freshness and verve. Like I said, joyful." Full Review

Mary (London)
Camden Town
The London Evening Standard

"Roxana Silbert’s production is static, talky and monotonous, less than the sum of its parts. Munro writes in an intriguing, impressionistic blend of modern and historic Scots vernacular." Full Review

Elephant (London)
Shepherds Bush
The London Evening Standard

"Lucas is a performer of rare charisma and her first full play is a teasing, provoking pleasure. I’ve seen three shows each lasting an hour this week: this is the only one I wanted to be longer." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"Like its subject, this playful, exuberant theatrical happening wins you over with sheer heart and good humour." Full Review

GOOD (London)
West End
The London Evening Standard

"Although grimly funny and studiously banal at times, it progresses inexorably...This is an important rather than an enjoyable watch." Full Review

The Doctor
West End
The London Evening Standard

"No play in the past 10 years has felt more tense, challenging, and intellectually provoking than this one." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"It’s an affecting tale but not entirely bleak...There’s no historical context, and the focus is on the family’s unity rather than the external threats." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"This is a lively, passionate piece of writing, packed with the drama and sense of exterior life that one-person shows so often lack." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"It’s salutary to watch, but I kept wondering who the show is for...Jews and philosemites will already know the substance if not the letter of everything it describes." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"Harvey meets each twist of the script with steady aplomb, while the supporting ensemble furnish a vivid gallery of grotesques. I can understand why some might abandon this play at half time. But trust me: the experience is transformed if you stay." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

“...’Lemons’ is a bittersweet pleasure: a play that asks wide-ranging questions about communication and control, and a sad love story subtly enacted by two luminous screen stars.” Full Review

Othello
Hammersmith
The London Evening Standard

"The play becomes a powerful study in male brutality, stripped of many other layers of meaning. Never more so than in the last scene, which is as vicious and shocking as anything I’ve seen on stage recently." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"Edelman is a compelling, super-energetic performer, witheringly smart and laceratingly self-critical, expertly cranking and relaxing the throttle of his hectic narrative. He admits he wants us to like him, and it’d be extremely hard not to." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"Tennessee Williams doesn’t do happy endings but this production represents a triumph over disaster. Frecknall proves herself again to be a director of great vision and invention." Full Review

On The Ropes
Finsbury Park
The London Evening Standard

"This remains a story worth telling and hearing, but as a piece of theatre it’s no knockout." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"This English version is wilfully amateurish, full of oafish mugging, clumsy tricks and jokey British regional accents." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"I’m pretty sure this imperfect tryout will be further refined into a greater triumph...Hello Dolly: welcome back to the world of musicals." Full Review

Mandela
Southwark
The London Evening Standard

"This musical biopic of South Africa’s great unifying leader is a storming celebration of the human spirit and the human voice. ... The entire cast are in full, roaring voice it’s overwhelming." Full Review

Kerry Jackson
Waterloo
The London Evening Standard

"You could tie yourself in knots forever over the complications and questions this play throws up, but it is ultimately a theatrical sitcom: engineered confrontations, sudden revelations, big laughs." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"It feels like commercial and art-house theatre are productively entwined here, bringing a questing intelligence and star power to hot-button issues." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"I really can’t fault Herrin’s bold, pacy production, or the canniness and flair of Graham’s writing here. Bravo." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

The staging is pleasingly simple ... [but] Ed Curtis’s script is awful. Ultimately ... this show depends on the quality of the music ... [when] Knight transitions into full-throated song, time seems to stop. Her four male co-stars deliver immaculate performances. Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"There’s no life animating its dialogue and ultimately I don’t have a clue what it’s about." Full Review

The Sex Party
Southwark
The London Evening Standard

"Johnson certainly has balls, wading into the gender-identity debate via a sex comedy, two things most theatres wouldn’t attempt. Shame the result is so poor, though." Full Review

Noor (London)
Elephant and Castle
The London Evening Standard

"At 105 minutes it manages to be both skimpy and ponderous. The dialogue is full of melodrama and bathos, the acting mostly poor." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

“Amid a fine ensemble, Blackborow stands out…This play isn’t perfect, but as a warning about what we’ve let the NHS become, it feels important.” Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"This is a carnivalesque takedown of something rotten... I love this show." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

for a previous production "Madge has a strong voice and writes witty lyrics, but the tunes are generic inspirational ballads. These are minor quibbles, though, with a charming piece of work that clearly strikes a deep chord." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"For all the ravishing imagery and the collective endeavour involved, this show isn’t quirky or adult-friendly enough for that." Full Review

East Is East
Waterloo
The London Evening Standard

Khan’s production stretches the action across the wide Lyttelton stage but hits every comic and dramatic mark sharply...I still find the overall effect of East is East discomfiting. Again, perhaps that’s the point. Full Review

The London Evening Standard

“The acting is iffy at the edges and the pacing is off at the start. But the humane spirit of this show is irresistible and the core group of musicians and actor-players very tight indeed. “ Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"Terera, Adekoluẹjo and director Linton - each provide a different but potent draw to audiences. Certainly, they all contribute to the alchemy of a deliciously funny and deeply affecting piece of theatre." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"It’s right that we don’t feel unearned sympathy for these characters: wrong that we feel no convincing human connection with them at all." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"Turner’s production rolls over us with the remorseless, implacable intent of a bulldozer." Full Review

The London Evening Standard

"This remains a needle-sharp comedy that packs a smart and timely punch." Full Review