Park Theatre

Joyously liberating: Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] reviewed

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Harry Hill’s latest musical traces Tony Blair’s bizarre career from student pacifist to war-mongering plaything of the United States. With…

Two hours of bickering from a couple of doughnut-shaped crybabies: Middle, at the Dorfman Theatre, reviewed

14 May 2022 9:00 am

‘I fink I doan luv yew any maw.’ A marital bust-up drama at the National Theatre opens with a whining…

All a bit Blackadder: Hamlet, at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, reviewed

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Never Not Once has a cold and forbidding title but it starts as an amusing tale set in an LA…

Suchet makes Poirot sound like craft beer: Poirot and More, at Harold Pinter Theatre, reviewed

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Producers are getting jittery again. Large-scale shows look risky when a single infection can postpone an entire show. Hence Poirot…

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…

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…

The script’s a dud: Antipodes at the Dorfman Theatre reviewed

16 November 2019 9:00 am

The Antipodes, by the acclaimed dramatist Annie Baker, is set in a Hollywood writers’ room. Seven hired scribblers are brainstorming…

He’s everywhere and nowhere: Jim Broadbent

‘It could be a disaster’: Jim Broadbent talks to Stuart Jeffries about his latest role

13 July 2019 9:00 am

‘I live completely anonymously,’ whispers Jim Broadbent down the phone from Lincolnshire. Nonsense, I counter. You’re one of the most…

Doon Mackichan as Sondra and John Malkovich as Barney Fein in David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat

A captivating freak-show: Bitter Wheat reviewed

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Bitter Wheat, David Mamet’s latest play, features a loathsome Hollywood hotshot, Barney Fein, who offers to turn an actress into…

Cost of Living at Hampstead Theatre isn’t a bad show – and it contains a star in the making

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Hampstead has become quite a hit-factory since Ed Hall took over. His foreign policy is admirably simple. He scours New…

David Suchet as Harry in The Collection, part of Pinter Two

Pinter comes across as an eccentric lightweight scribbler: Pinter Two reviewed

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Pinter Two, the second leg of the Pinter season, offers us a pair of one-act comedies. The Lover is a…

Rarely have I sat through such a chaotic and whimsical script: Describe the Night reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Describe the Night opens in Poland in 1920 where two Russian soldiers, Isaac and Nikolai, discuss truth and falsehood. Next…

A gripping new play with a Michael Fish-y narrative: Pressure reviewed

14 April 2018 9:00 am

David Haig’s play Pressure looks at the Scottish meteorologist, James Stagg, who advised Eisenhower about the weather in the week…

Christian Slater is mesmerising: Glengarry Glen Ross reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

David Mamet’s plays are tough to pull off because his dialogue lacks the predictable shapeliness of traditional dramatic speech. He…

Perishable goods

14 October 2017 9:00 am

  Labour of Love is the new play by James Graham, the poet laureate of politics. We’re in a derelict…

Worse for wear: Kevin McNally as Lear and Burt Caesar as Gloucester in King Lear

Keeping it in the family

9 September 2017 9:00 am

A new orthodoxy governs the casting process in Hollywood. An actor’s ethnicity must match the character’s. If you extend this…

Heavy-handed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Oliver Cotton is an RSC stalwart who looks like a man born to greatness. Google him. He has the fearless…

Turn this play into a film and it’ll win Oscars – Hollywood can’t resist a posh Brit battling disability

1 August 2015 9:00 am

God, what a title. The Gathered Leaves. It sounds like a tremulous weepie about grief and endurance with a closing…

We’ve forgotten just how attractive Jimmy Savile once was

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Ho hum. Bit icky. Not bad. Hardly dazzling. The lukewarm response to An Audience With Jimmy Savile has astonished me.…

Find the voice, find the character: Steve Nallon as Margaret Thatcher

Even those who reviled Thatcher will be moved, appalled and astonished: Dead Sheep at the Park reviewed

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Dead Sheep is a curious dramatic half-breed that examines Geoffrey Howe’s troubled relationship with Margaret Thatcher. Structurally it’s a Mexican…

Muswell Hill reviewed: a guide on how to sock it to London trendies

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Torben Betts is much admired by his near-namesake Quentin Letts for socking it to London trendies. Letts is one of…

Young Vic’s Bull, review: a new Mike Bartlett play to bore you into catalepsy

24 January 2015 9:00 am

A knockout show at the Young Vic. Literally. The stage has been reconfigured as a boxing ring to make Mike…

An inept dud penetrates the Park Theatre’s dross-filters - and I blame Beckett

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Jonah and Otto is a lost-soul melodrama that keeps its audience guessing. Where are we? The Channel coast somewhere. Indoors…

Will Marti Pellow attract enough tipsy hen parties to Evita to flog all 18,000 seats?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Tim and Andy are back. Their monster hit Evita opens the fully refurbed and re-primped Dominion Theatre, which is built…

A wizened Victor Mature: Matthew Kelly in Toast

Bent bureaucrats, ‘fake dykes’ and bad bakers — this week’s theatre

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Eye of a Needle, by newcomer Chris MacDonald, looks at homosexuality and asylum. Gays from the Third World, who’ve suppressed…