Theatre

One of the best nights of my life: Hampstead Theatre's Peggy For You reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Hampstead Theatre has revived a play about Peggy Ramsay, the legendary West End agent who shaped the careers of Joe…

His thuggish materials

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust has been adapted at the Bridge. The yarn is set in Oxford, and the…

Clive Rowe is astonishing: Hackney Empire's Jack and the Beanstalk reviewed

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Jack and the Beanstalk is a big, sprawling family show that opens with a baffling gesture. A booming voiceover announces…

An amazing technical achievement: Life of Pi at Wyndham's Theatre reviewed

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi is a complicated organism. The action starts in southern India where we meet a…

The National has become the graveyard of talent: Manor, at the Lyttelton, reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Somewhere in the wilds of England a stately home is collapsing. Rising floodwaters threaten the foundations. Storms break over the…

Guilt-free hilarity: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Charing Cross Theatre reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

World-class sex bomb Janie Dee stars in a fabulously silly revival of the American comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha…

A gem that should be released online: Park Theatre’s Abigail’s Party reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Mike Leigh’s classic, Abigail’s Party, has been revived under the direction of Vivienne Garnett. The script is a guilty secret…

An affectionate exercise in comic sabotage: Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of) reviewed

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Let’s be honest. Jane Austen is popular because War and Peace doesn’t fit inside a handbag. Austen’s best-loved novel, Pride…

Like Alan Bennett but less funny: 'night, Mother at Hampstead Theatre reviewed

6 November 2021 9:00 am

’night, Mother is a two-hander that opens like a comedy sketch. ‘I’m going to kill myself, Mama,’ says Jessie. She’s…

Every MP must see this play: Value Engineering – Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry reviewed

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry is a gripping, horrifying drama. Nicolas Kent and Richard Norton-Taylor have sifted through the public…

Somewhere in this production lies Shakespeare's tragedy: Almeida's Macbeth reviewed

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Yaël Farber’s Macbeth sets out to be a great work of art. The director crams the Almeida’s stage with suggestive…

A triumph: Young Vic's Hamlet reviewed

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Here goes. The Young Vic’s Hamlet, directed by Greg Hersov, is a triumph. This is a pared-back, plain-speaking version done…

A well-meaning but dull Official History: Olivier's Normal Heart reviewed

9 October 2021 9:00 am

The Normal Heart is not about Aids. Larry Kramer’s play is set in New York in 1981 at a time…

Gripping slice of old-fashioned entertainment: Old Vic's Camp Siegfried reviewed

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Boy meets girl. Girl gets pregnant. Then the entire world collapses. That’s the story of Camp Siegfried, which is set…

Jennifer Saunders is brilliant: Blithe Spirit at the Harold Pinter Theatre reviewed

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Blithe Spirit is a comedy with the plot of a horror story. Charles, a middle-aged novelist, lives happily with his…

Sexist, classist and pro-global warming: Frozen, at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, reviewed

18 September 2021 9:00 am

Frozen the musical declares war on woke politics. The 2013 Disney movie has been turned into a song-and-dance show that…

Tsunami of piffle: Rockets and Blue Lights at the Dorfman Theatre reviewed

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Deep breath. Here goes. Winsome Pinnock’s new play about Turner opens with one of the most confusing and illogical scenes…

Glib and snarky: Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, at Gillian Lynne Theatre, reviewed

4 September 2021 9:00 am

It’s a rum beast the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Cinderella is set in Belleville, a European city of 18th-century…

Captures the rapturous gaiety of the original: Globe's Twelfth Night reviewed

28 August 2021 9:00 am

The new Lily Allen vehicle opens in a spruced-up terrace in the East End. Allen plays a self-satisfied yuppie, Jenny,…

Homeric levels of misery: Paradise, at the Olivier Theatre, reviewed

21 August 2021 9:00 am

The National Theatre has given Sophocles’s Philoctetes a makeover and a new title, Paradise. This must be ironic because the…

Sinatra, Bacon and a YouTube star: Edinburgh Fringe Festival round-up

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Sinatra: Raw (Pleasance, until 15 August) takes us inside the mind of the 20th century’s greatest crooner. The performer, Richard…

Ian McKellen is riveting: Hamlet, at Theatre Royal Windsor, reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Ian McKellen in his early eighties plays the Dane in his mid-twenties. A production with such a strange innovation should…

One for hardcore Tennessee Williams fans only: The Two Character Play reviewed

31 July 2021 9:00 am

It can be difficult to remember that Tennessee Williams, the great songster of the Deep South during the 1950s, was…

What a comic treat: The Game of Love and Chance at the Arcola reviewed

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Lady Sylvia is a gorgeous aristocrat whose hand is sought by the charming Dorante whom she has never met. To…

A shrill, ugly, tasteless muddle: Romeo & Juliet reviewed

17 July 2021 9:00 am

What shall we destroy next? Romeo & Julietseems a promising target and the Globe has set out to vandalise Shakespeare’s…