Tom Birchenough

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Reviews (18)
The Arts Desk

This is writing that feels engrossing as it proceeds, but less significant once it has passed. It's a memorable vehicle for David Harbour’s talent, and that is compelling reason in itself to see this show. Full Review

The Arts Desk

Laura Ford and Angharad Jones’s direction allows Lava’s humour to flow with real spontaneity, and feels very nicely attuned to the nuances of a piece in which silences can speak more potently than any utterance. Full Review

The Arts Desk

It offers plenty to a cast that is led by a barnstorming performance from Robert Lindsay, while the female roles are richer in both nuance and feeling. Roxana Silbert’s production is accomplished, but this dysfunctional family needs more to bring it together. Full Review

'Night, Mother
Camden Town
The Arts Desk

Stockard Channing is hurting and hurtful in the revival of Marsha Norman's piercing 1983 drama...Norman’s humour is always coruscating, even when its effect is lacerating. Full Review

Uncle Vanya
West End
The Arts Desk

Ian Rickson’s exemplary production relishes the nuances of Conor McPherson's adaptation. Full Review

The Arts Desk

It’s a revealing adaptation... one that maintains much of the spirit of the original while transplanting it to a dramatically different world (though some of the textual balances perhaps feel stretched...).' Full Review

The Arts Desk

Rich in empathy, dramatically raw, Alexander Zeldin's bleak study of society on the edge...Zeldin’s honesty is such that he can’t give his characters 'voices' that they wouldn’t have in their real circumstances.' Full Review

Equus
West End
The Arts Desk

Lean and hungry brilliance in Ned Bennett's production of Peter Shaffer. Full Review

Bronx Gothic
Southwark
The Arts Desk

Okwui Okpokwasili’s solo performance piece is an astounding piece of theatre...It’s hard, and finally fruitless to attempt to describe Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic in conventional terms of genre...' Full Review

Jitney (London)
Southwark
The Arts Desk

Wilson moves ... this casual, slice-of-life drama-comedy ... with ... lovely banter-infused dialogue. Full Review

The Arts Desk

Like the art that hangs on Andre’s walls, it’s a matter of taste. Whatever Harris’s subtitle may proclaim, I came away with a sense that less might have been more. Full Review

Peggy For You
Camden Town
The Arts Desk

It’s an articulation of resilience very necessary in these times of shuttering stages, making the revival an appropriate reaffirmation of theatre, indeed of life itself. A seasonal treat. Full Review

The Arts Desk

A Shakespearean voyage through the legacy of apartheid. Full Review

The Arts Desk

this Three Sisters, confidently played by its ensemble cast and technically accomplished on all fronts...brings a real breath of fresh air to the National. Full Review

Fairview
Southwark
The Arts Desk

... ingenious in every way...a rollicking breaking of the fourth wall that evinces an empathy all the more powerful for the artifice that has come before.’ Full Review

Torch Song
Battersea
The Arts Desk

Impressive return for Harvey Fierstein's seminal gay drama...Director Drew McOnie deftly handles Fierstein’s fluid structure...Needham is brilliantly assured...' Full Review

Sweat (West End)
West End
The Arts Desk

searing drama of working life..the indelible power of Lynn Nottage’s new play confirmed in Donmar transfer. Full Review

The Arts Desk

Come for a tour-de-force from Fiennes, but the delights here are spread right across the board, right down to the performing snake. Full Review