Theo Bosanquet

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Reviews (40)
WhatsOnStage

" 'The Crucible' now has far wider resonance, and seems as much a meditation on sin, faith and herd mentality as that unsavoury chapter of modern American history." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

"Some of its quirkier edges may have been knocked off, as a first introduction to a children’s classic, or a treat for a young bookworm, it’s hard to beat." Full Review

WhatsOnStage

"Nyoni is a writer who combines a forensic eye for detail with a sharp ear for humour. Through telling the story of one family she is able to pinpoint so many failings in the system down the years. The fact it takes a love so strong in order for Dwight to have even a chance at happiness is perhaps the most heartbreaking thing of all." Full Review

Patriots (London)
Islington
WhatsOnStage

"It's highly watchable, and moves at a lick; Morgan writes with admirable precision. And it's good to get an insight into the machinations of the Russian state at a time when they're threatening to destabilise the world." Full Review

King Lear (London)
Southwark
The Stage (UK)

The most striking thing about this production of King Lear ... is the physical transformation of Kathryn Hunter in the title role. However ... the production comes over as rather uneven, and Hunter’s performance a bit of a curate’s egg. Full Review

WhatsOnStage

Although long, at two hours and 40 minutes, the play rarely sags, largely because it sustains a gripping feeling of impending crisis...as a portrait of blended family dysfunction it is highly enjoyable, while also raising provocative questions about the limits of science. Full Review

WhatsOnStage

But there is lots to enjoy on the journey, not least the soul-infused compositions of Ben and Max Ringham, and the video design of Jack Phelan... Full Review

Our Generation
Waterloo
WhatsOnStage

But as a piece of theatre, it is heavy going, its sheer ambition also its greatest weakness. This is a generation that has had it especially tough...and their stories deserve a clearer airing. Full Review

WhatsOnStage

Having said that, when the cast are as high calibre as this, the lack of a recognisable story seems a minor quibble. I gobbled it up. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

Arinzé Kene ... gives a towering performance in the central role. Clint Dyer’s production sometimes struggles when it tries too hard to be a musical; it’s at its best when it lets the music speak for itself. The whole thing sounds fantastic ... it all brims with a sort of unbridled charm that makes you believe, just for a moment, that everything really is going to be all right. Full Review

WhatsOnStage

Holly Race Roughan and Sean Holmes' co-production ... is light, energetic and full of audience participation. This is storytelling in its purest form, delivered by a cast at the top of theirs. Full Review

Malindadzimu
Hampstead
WhatsOnStage

The theatrics of the spiritual visions are difficult to rectify with the subtlety of the central drama, and the conclusion feels rather neat and predictable considering the tensions that build up to it. Full Review

Paradise
Waterloo
WhatsOnStage

Lesley Sharp gives a towering performance as the abandoned war veteran at the heart of Kae Tempest's stirring reimagining of Sophocles' Philoctetes. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

Writer-director Foster’s production has an enjoyably end-of-the-pier charm about it. He and Philpott work their way through multiple costumes arranged on coat stands, making it all feel like a cosy game of charades. Full Review

Billionaire Boy
West End
WhatsOnStage

It can't be claimed to be one of Walliams' more inventive ideas, and few of the characters venture far beyond stereotype, but nevertheless Billionaire Boy proves an enjoyable family treat. Full Review

Under Milk Wood
Waterloo
WhatsOnStage

For audiences still adjusting to a new world, Thomas's nostalgic Welsh lullaby proves a suitably gentle, sombre, and loving reintroduction to theatre. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

This is immersive theatre as corporate jolly, and it’s every bit as tawdry as you’d expect from such a venture... Ultimately, the biggest crime committed...is the criminal waste of a good cast.' Full Review

Other People's Money
Elephant and Castle
The Stage (UK)

The plot feels quite thin to sustain two hours, but nevertheless this is an intriguing snapshot of an era that created many of the issues we’re dealing with today.' Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "The Irishman delivers his words with a rhythm and a lyricism best described as hypnotic...Amid the laughter is a powerful meditation on the significance of a life well-lived, told from the bottom of a broken heart...What may sound like hyperbole elsewhere sounds perfectly natural in Murfi’s hands. This is a masterclass in the art of the monologue. Funerals have rarely been so enjoyable." Full Review

Cuckooed
Midtown E
WhatsOnStage

for a previous production "His eye for the absurd and sharp sense of irony makes for an engaging hour. But there's a predictability to the story, not helped by the premature exposition of Martin as a suspected spy, which builds to a rather unsatisfying denouement. Perhaps Thomas hopes to inspire us to grab a D-lock and head for the nearest arms fair. But my overriding emotion was a crushing sadness at the pointlessness of protest." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

"It’s all good fun and provides plenty of giddy escapism. But at over two hours, it feels overstretched, particularly for this age range, and several gags get flogged to the point of cruelty." Full Review

WhatsOnStage

"This impassioned new play from Sonali Bhattacharyya - draws direct comparisons between the use of child labour in India and the current UK gig economy. It also paints a moving portrait of a father and daughter separated by a generation – and a continent – but united by their bravery to stand up to exploitation." Full Review

WhatsOnStage

"The performances are uniformly (no pun intended) superb, and the company have an infectious joie-de-vivre. ... Although the pandemic delayed its premiere, 'Jack Absolute Flies Again' proves the perfect tonic to the miserable few years we have been through." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

"Several big themes are covered, from gay marriage to adoption and alcoholism. At times it can feel like it’s trying to cram too many into one play. But there are some fabulously funny lines, and the characters largely ring true, thanks in no small measure to some towering performances." Full Review

The Stage (UK)

Anna Himali Howard’s production pulses with energy. As a story, it’s compelling, and though Akhtar’s play could do a better job of putting it in its political context. Nik and Nyx are perfectly cast in the central roles, combining pop good looks with palpable charisma. Full Review

Clybourne Park (London)
Finsbury Park
WhatsOnStage

Oliver Kaderbhai's production fizzes with energy and features a top-notch ensemble...And although at times the production perhaps strains a little too hard for laughs, it's entirely forgivable when the material is so rich. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

Quite what Jane Austen would make of this very 21st-century updating of her final novel is anyone’s guess, but one thing’s for certain: It’s as innovative and funny an interpretation as you’re likely to see. Full Review

Red Pitch
Shepherds Bush
WhatsOnStage

Tyrell Williams has hardly come from nowhere, he is a graduate of the BAFTA Elevate scheme, but he's a rising talent of the first rank. Theatre needs voices like his... Full Review

The Stage (UK)

As with the recent Metamorphoses at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which also put a contemporary spin on ancient myths, there is something strangely reassuring in hearing these ancient tales now. Full Review

Yellowfin
Elephant and Castle
WhatsOnStage

At 100 minutes straight through, it is perhaps a notch overlong. But the climactic moments are superbly well constructed, leading to a delicious denouement. I guarantee you'll never look at a tin of tuna in quite the same way. Full Review

WhatsOnStage

The climax ... is action-packed but left me rather cold. It feels like an almost pantomimic finale to what is until then a slow-burning thriller ... for all this one's beauty, it's a pity there isn't a little more grit. Full Review

Leopards
Kingston
The Stage (UK)

Despite the familiarity of the subject, Metcalf’s writing is clever enough to avoid being predictable. [Coomer & Marquez's] duet makes for a gripping 90 minutes. Full Review

WhatsOnStage

Twelfth Night is given a more delicate touch, one that shows plenty of pathos but could do with a little more punch. Full Review

The Stage (UK)

There is plenty to enjoy as we romp through roughly 1,500 years of history. That a few sketches fail both the humour and historical interest test is eminently forgivable when you hear an audience of young children giggling. Full Review

Extinct
Stratford
WhatsOnStage

And it's hardly new ground - the production feels startlingly similar to the Katie Mitchell-directed Ten Billion, which was at the Royal Court nine years ago. But that is not to say its message does not bear repeating. Full Review

Be More Chill
Victoria
The Stage (UK)

for a previous production Stephen Brackett’s production fizzes with feel-good energy and the talented ensemble proves once again that although we may not be originating many musicals this side of the pond, we can certainly perform them with panache.' Full Review

The Stage (UK)

...this 1930s-set production directed by Elle While wisely embraces [the play's] fluffiness and proves a popular crowd-pleaser. It takes a very free hand with the text, with many of the biggest laughs coming from additions.' Full Review

The Stage (UK)

But for all its nostalgic charm, the production commits a sin more cardinal than even Corden and co managed – it’s boring. And considering that, for many children, this will be their introduction to Beatrix Potter’s work, that seems a crying shame. Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
WhatsOnStage

for a previous production "What a brave piece of work this is from Mike Bartlett and director Rupert Goold, fully deserving of its must-see status. In an age when the mere idea of a play about monarchy inspires images of sepia-toned banality, they serve up a gripping 'future history' of the Windsors that is Shakespearean in scale and operatic in drama." Full Review

WhatsOnStage

“How refreshing it is to see a show on a West End stage that resonates so widely across the cultural spectrum...Not every number hits the mark...But in the main this is a cornucopia of comedy musical treats...There is little here to genuinely shock, and laughs by the bucketload...By warm-heartedly embracing the medium of musical theatre, Parker and Stone have revealed a maturity and sensitivity lacking from their screen work. And I for one am delighted to welcome them to the fold.” Full Review