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Ian Shaw does not hold back in baring his old man’s flaws. Robert was plainly a self-pitying bully, a bad loser prone to gambling and drinking songs. He had dramatic presence, though, and so does his son, who co-wrote this watchable 90-minute play. Full Review
for a previous production Having seen Cinderella in previews, let me tell you what our joy-starved public is being denied...It has catchy songs, fabulous wigs, witty lyrics by David Zippel and revolving stalls that gives punters a ride during a luxuriant waltz. Full Review
Bennett remains bafflingly popular. How formulaic his riffs feel... Bennett has a veneer of sympathy yet there is something cruelly caricatured about his characters. ... The acting is subtly brilliant...' Full Review
Ola Ince’s direction demands a little too much open-mouthed astonishment from her actors, but Steven Mackintosh is good as a career-troubled yuppie and Isabella Pappas shows promise playing an omigod teenage girl.' Full Review
for a previous production "Alex Hassell is excellent as Henry V. Yet Mr Hassell’s good looks are not the only thing to ravish the eye...Mr Hassell and director Gregory Doran give us something more varied...There is plenty of humour in this show. Terrific comedy...Much to admire here: the English, the French, the sparseness of the stage...This richly rewarding Henry V shows us the loneliness of kingship and the power of history to inspire us. It is unashamedly proud of its central figure, making Henry a patriotic hero." Full Review
for a previous production "Without this intriguing Hotspur, Part I might sink close to parody...We should be chilled when Falstaff is so careless of the lives of his recruits, for it should be such a contrast to his merriness. Yet here the contrast is underdone. And come his big moment at the end of Part Two, this Falstaff may not elicit many. But I quibble. Alarums. Trumpets without. All hail! With these two 'Henry' plays, Gregory Doran gives a strong statement of intent for his own reign at Stratford." Full Review
for a previous production "This one is done superbly. With Miss Mantel’s novels each as fat as a brick, script-writer Mike Poulton pulls off a remarkable act of compression. He manages to explain a heck of a lot of background in the early stages... What saves it from becoming a history lesson is the magnetic central character of Thomas Cromwell... We lose some of the gastronomic colour in Mantel and Cromwell’s tragic home life is lost to pressures of time. But the essentials of the 16th century power tussle are here." Full Review
Good pace, clever scenery projections, an adorable baby and . . . a plot of pure tommyrot: Nick Hytner’s return to Philip Pullman’s fiction is fun to watch but intellectually little more nourishing than cornflakes. Full Review
for a previous production Internet gossip about [Lily] Allen’s performance proves to be unfair. She is no Glenda Jackson ... but nor is she a disaster. Danny Robins’s play is entertaining and has a good twist. Full Review
Manville gives as strong a performance as the two-dimensional writing allows. The staging has panache. But for all its opulence, this self-indulgent show lacks heart and, at four hours, is far, far too long.' Full Review
"Here is one of the great lost-love tales of all time. If it falls a little short in this jazz musical, that is because the whole enterprise is a touch too hip for characterisation or humour to flourish. But this is a show with plenty of spectacle...Despite a certain level of nonsense, the show trots along and has a handsome swagger." Full Review
for a previous production "Mademoiselle Binoche may be the big draw, but there is more to it than that. Director Ivo van Hove goes for a modern-dress approach which, with Anne Carson’s informal new translation, gives it a sprightly tone...this is a fine, unusual, teenager-silencing show." Full Review
for a previous production "I saw it at a matinee and the sensation of slipping away from my day job at Parliament to sit in a theatre full of four and five-year-olds was bliss...A wriggling auditorium soon stilled once Paul Lloyd’s narrator started to tell the story of the toy rabbit who sits neglected in the nursery until one day he finds himself in his little master’s arms at bedtime...Their imaginations were hooked by the actors and a few props." Full Review
for a previous production "Stratford's 'Richard II' is a wondrous spectacle...Mr Tennant is good, very good, but not yet a great. His performance lacks the final five yards of nobility. You get the feeling that Mr Doran has reined him in...As the run continues he may well trust the rhythm of the verse a little more, and check those little squeaks of personal vanity. Despite those quibbles, this is a definitive production of a great play and well worth catching when it is broadcast live to cinemas next month." Full Review