Paul Taylor

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Reviews (74)
The Independent (UK)

The show exemplifies how the meaning of a theatrical production can change radically. A day can make all the difference. Make no doubt: this Henry V is historic in more ways than one. Full Review

Camp Siegfried
Southwark
The Independent (UK)

Katy Rudd’s production makes extraordinary, telling sense of the physical space in the Old Vic. Any comparisons with the political worldview and electoral ambitions of Donald Trump are entirely purposeful. The production is a wonderful achievement. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Josh Azouz’s piece goes for broke: it draws on energies that the director, Eleanor Rhode, and her [wonderful] ... company of actors. The production is superbly designed. Full Review

Bach & Sons
London Bridge
The Independent (UK)

Nina Raine’s new play Bach & Sons (premiered now in a production by Nicholas Hytner that moves with a terrific musicality) is typically sly, in the know and phenomenally eloquent. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Trevor Nunn’s beautiful, deeply considered 60th-anniversary production offers a shock to the system in new and unforeseen ways. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

As the psychic Madame Arcati in this marvellous production, Saunders channels AbFab’s Edina – only with more intrepidity. Full Review

Endgame
Southwark
The Independent (UK)

Daniel Radcliffe’s sarky slapstick is brilliant in Endgame, a stark vision of a post-apocalyptic world...Richard Jones’s revival of Samuel Beckett’s play is inspired.' Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production This new season looks set for the kind of success Lloyd and company had last year with their marvellous Pinter retrospective. Bravo. Full Review

Vassa
Camden Town
The Independent (UK)

Siobhan Redmond shines in this disgracefully funny adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s 1910 play...The whole evening yammers with talent. Full Review

Big The Musical
West End
The Independent (UK)

Kimberley Walsh is a knockout in zestful production with an uncynical spirit...It helps a lot that the leads – Jay McGuiness...and Kimberley Walsh...have a lovely natural rapport as performers. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

A brave, magnificently modulated revival...Starring Clive Owen and directed by James Macdonald, this is a brilliant reminder of what an extraordinary feat Tennessee Williams pulled off here Full Review

the end of history...
Sloane Square
The Independent (UK)

Lesley Sharp is painfully funny in this clever, intriguing production...Jack Thorne and John Tiffany's new play is both satire and celebration.' Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Matthew Broderick excels in Kenneth Lonergan's play...The actors play characters that range from laugh-out-loud funny to twisty, wrong-footed ambivalence Full Review

Downstate
Waterloo
The Independent (UK)

for a previous production Bruce Norris’s studiedly provocative play... The acting is excellent throughout...I admired, rather than liked the play.' Full Review

The Independent (UK)

“A romcom set in the workplace and a feminist drama in which the protagonist makes painful progress to the belatedly assertive moment when she boots out her smugly abusive husband. Admittedly, there are moments of discomfort but it says a lot for the fast sass and wonderful take-it-or-leave-it silliness and the occasional sugar-free sequences in Nelson's deft book that the spot-on cast...mostly manage to give these elisions an elating good humour and humanity." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

In these divisive times, with invasion scares and border walls and trumped-up national emergencies, the show’s celebration of selfless hospitality has certainly found its moment. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production “An epic that aims to chart the entire hubristic history of American capitalism...All three performers are magnificent...Some may regret that ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ doesn’t give you the lowdown on the subprime mortgage industry or debt-swallowing shadow companies...But, in general, this is a powerful, thought-provoking play and Mendes has directed it with extraordinary elegance and penetration.” Full Review

Girls & Boys
West Village
Independent.IE

for a previous production "A piece that takes us on an extraordinary journey from clubby laughter to the bleak arctic wastes that lie on the other side of terrible tragedy. The show is jolly, then it punches you in the gut and it sends out a feminist message of shocking power. Mulligan’s performance retains a moving openness through all these difficult changes of tone...A remarkable return for Mulligan." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

“The saga of the American War of Independence and a look at the teething problems of a new nation are presented in the shape of a bona fide game-changer of a musical...A piece that is obviously a magnificent achievement. Miranda’s synthesis of the historical material is phenomenal, as is his supple control of the diverse musical idioms.” Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production Matthew Warchus’s magnificent staging provides everything you might want from a theatrical adaptation of Dickens’s timeless morality tale. Full Review

The Exorcist
West End
The Independent (UK)

But this stage version of Blatty’s yarn insists, with unforgettable effectiveness, that the most destructive sin to which you can succumb is despair. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham star in this two-hander by Simon Stephens in the first production of director Marianne Elliott's new theatre company...The two actors have superb chemistry. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production "All the fuss was largely justified...The production keeps warm, expert control of the mercurial moods and temperamental traffic of the vast family...Some very well written scenes of late-night teenage boozing explore the tensions between peaceable rural behaviour of the Carney lads and the harder ways of their visiting Corcoran cousins...The piece is not as original as 'Jerusalem,' but it has the feel of unearthed, instant classic." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

"The kids are more than alright – in fact, they’re an absolute joy in this ridiculously entertaining new show...The show, directed by Laurence Connor, is a quirky hoot with a heart, a fable about the empowering force of music that crackles with mischief and sly irreverence...Serenely indifferent to the narrative implausibility but shrewd and truthful about the relationships thus forged." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production "Theatre's love affair with Morpurgo continues with this stage version of his novella...It makes for a winningly rumbustious family show, spilling over with song and dance and inventive cheek, that movingly affirms life in the face of the tragedy at its heart...I'm not sure that they've yet achieved the ideal balance between inspiring sentiment and inspired silliness and the proceedings feel a bit padded-out, but the sheer verve of the ensemble should delight punters of all ages." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

The Mirror and the Light dramatises – supremely well – the concluding volume in Hilary Mantel’s award-winning trilogy about Thomas Cromwell... Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Pinnock’s play maintains that the chief value of art lies in its capacity to bear witness. It is brought to life ... in a production of huge resourcefulness and chutzpah by Miranda Cromwell. Full Review

Anna X
West End
The Independent (UK)

I hope that Joseph Charlton continues to write for the theatre. He has a real feel for what is enigmatic and imponderable in the static-fizzy conundrum of contemporary living, and uses the capabilities of the medium as a way of not editing out the possibilities. Full Review

Under Milk Wood
Waterloo
The Independent (UK)

In Lyndsey Turner’s Olivier staging of Under Milk Wood, [Michael Sheen's] galvanising presence and knack for whipping up a storm with words make a strong and emotionally satisfying case for this popular verse drama by Dylan Thomas. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

With a crack cast of actors in the tortuous, torturous triangle on which the play centres, Dawn Walton’s revival is palpably a labour of love. It’s alive to the play’s impious humour and swagger as well as to its anger. Full Review

Leopoldstadt
West End
The Independent (UK)

Tom Stoppard’s shiveringly sensual journey through the terrible 20th century is a masterpiece. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

...Ella Hickson’s clever, funny and indignant new play, takes a haunting look at the predicament of Elizabeth I... shifts between grimly gleeful anachronism and historical empathy.' Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production Sam Tutty gives a star-making performance in a story of grief, deception and the conscienceless juggernaut of the internet. Full Review

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

Caryl Churchill pushes boundaries. Your wits need to hurry to keep up with the audacious, haunting and often horribly funny games the veteran dramatist is playing in Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.' Full Review

The Independent (UK)

A note-perfect Jenna Russell gives a genius performance...Jason Robert Brown’s musical take on this beloved story is beautifully orchestrated and occasionally sublime.' Full Review

Peter Gynt
Waterloo
The Independent (UK)

A mighty achievement – but with strings attached...in general, this show – sharply etched across the board by populous crack cast – is a mighty achievement and one of which the NT can be justly proud.' Full Review

The Independent (UK)

...Nicholas Hytner’s gloriously funny, immersive take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre...David Moorst excels as the obstreperous hobgoblin Puck.' Full Review

Top Girls
Waterloo
The Independent (UK)

for a previous production A work of genius that will never date... Directed by Lyndsey Turner, Top Girls has never seemed more hilarious, or wrenching.' Full Review

Betrayal
West End
The Independent (UK)

Crowning his superlative six-month Pinter season at this address, Jamie Lloyd directs an exceptionally thoughtful and searching revival of this time-reverse play. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production The crucial thing missing from this funny musical is any truly compelling reason why Del Boy and Rodney have to burst into song. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Simon Godwin's production of the Shakespearean tragedy proves to be an astute and moving work. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production Katori Hall's book is too brisk...Even folk who are inclined to be sniffy about jukebox musicals will be overwhelmed by this one. It has everything going for it. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production "Eyre’s revival...is shatteringly good. After three-and-half-hours...you emerge drained but in that state of elation to which only true tragedy, confronted searchingly and honesty, can bring you...Eyre conducts the piece with a masterly touch, its repetitions...coming across like the emotionally incremental recapitulations in a great piece of music...The production is wonderfully alert to the way that the characters swing on an axis between love and hate...An unmissable masterpiece." Full Review

The Grinning Man
West End
The Independent (UK)

In Morris’s production, it all unfolds like a fevered, slightly bonkers but luridly compelling fairy story...The score has an organ-grinding, carnival quality. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman of the The Feeling, has written an immensely attractive score – bobbing along with a melodic pop bounce and catchy rhythmic insistence and rising to the emotional occasion with some eloquently poignant power ballads. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

Mel Brooks’s musical make-over of his classic 1974 horror movie spoof is deliriously silly and shameless from start to finish. That’s its appeal. It has no aspirations other than to unleash laughter. On that front, the show is a signal success. Full Review

Coming Clean
West End
The Independent (UK)

for a previous production This bittersweet 1980s comedy offers a frank, moving portrait of gay relationships just before the Aids crisis. Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production "A brilliantly bracing new version of ‘The Tempest’…There’s a quirky earthiness, comic grit, and fiercely choreographed punch in this splendid diverse cast which has no weak link…The production is full of delights – especially Jade Anouka’s streetwise, red-wedged Ariel…Walters’ delivers a wonderfully intelligent performance…There have been many high-profile Shakespeare productions to mark 400 years since his death. Lloyd’s 'Tempest' is my personal favourite." Full Review

King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
The Independent (UK)

for a previous production "A production that unfolds with great clarity and confidence and boldness of gesture...Makes a strong case that Lear is a man more sinning than sinned against in the first movement of the play. Sher is magnificent at the fierce, rebarbative side of this monarch...But there’s a slight inflexibility in his gruff delivery of the verse that prevents it from sounding fully lived in...It’s an evening that moves and impresses but falls short of leaving you, as it should, shattered to the core." Full Review

The Independent (UK)

for a previous production "This hotly anticipated show turns out to be such a tonic that it's a pity you can't get a repeat prescription for it...Retunes our sense of the black hilarity and emotional depth of the central conceit...Matthew Warchus’s production is a miracle of stage-craft and technical coordination...Broadway star Andy Karl tackles the demanding central role with fantastic aplomb...It must be exhausting work but he makes the task of carrying the show look effortless." Full Review