Southwark Playhouse

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…

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…

Enjoyable in spite of the National's best efforts: Under Milk Wood reviewed

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Before the National Theatre produced Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood they had to make a decision. How could they stuff…

Do theatres actually read scripts before agreeing to stage them?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Money is a new internet play about financial corruption starring Mel Giedroyc. She appears on-screen for less time than it…

Unhappy blend of melodrama and allegory: Southwark Playhouse’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice reviewed

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a musical fantasy set in a Nordic town near the Arctic circle. Johan is a magician…

How Facebook became a freedom-gobbling corporate monster

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Southwark Playhouse is beating the latest lockdown with a zingy new musical about social media. The performers, Francesca Forristal and…

Skilful and riveting: Poltergeist at the Southwark Playhouse reviewed

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Sasha is angry. He’s a gay artist on his way to his niece’s birthday party and he keeps popping codeine…

The jackboot zealotry of ushers is ruining theatre

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Southwark Playhouse has revived an American show, The Last Five Years, whose run was cancelled in March. In advance, I…

Worth watching for the comments thread alone: NT's Twelfth Night livestream reviewed

2 May 2020 9:00 am

‘Enjoy world-class theatre online for free,’ announces the National Theatre. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. a play from the archive…

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…

Sister act: Zawe Ashton and Uzo Aduba in Jean Genet’s ‘The Maids’

Jean Genet’s fascinating play, The Maids, is botched at Trafalgar Studios

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The Maids is a fascinating document. Written in 1947, Jean Genet’s drama portrays a pair of serving girls who enact…

Is there a difference between being prejudiced and being a connoisseur of prejudice?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Paul Minx ventures boldly into Tennessee Williams country with The Long Road South. It’s 1965 and the Price family are…

Volpone and his coterie of misfits, L–R from the back: Julian Hoult (Castrone), Ankur Bahl (Androgyno), Henry Goodman (Volpone) and Jonathan Key (Nano)

Trevor Nunn’s Volpone reviewed: Henry Goodman bewitches the audience by doing nothing wittily

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Easy playwright to get on with, Ben Jonson. His world is simple, his tastes endearing. He likes golden-hearted swindlers and…

Radiant Vermin at the Soho Theatre reviewed: a barmy little sketch posing as a revolutionary satire

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Philip Ridley is best known as the screenwriter of The Krays, in which Gary and Martin Kemp played Ronnie and…

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…

Paul Barritt’s stunning design for ‘The Golem’ resembles ‘a ketchup-splattered bumble bee’

Young Vic's Golem: its status as a cult hit fills me with troubled wonder

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The Young Vic produces shows that please many but rarely me. Its big hit of 2014, A Streetcar Named Desire,…

The recruitment company to go to if you've got no arms or legs

6 December 2014 9:00 am

When to launch? For impresarios, this is the eternal dilemma. Autumn is so crowded with press nights that producers are…

Stage rage: Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra

Were the cast of the Old Vic’s Electra clothed by Oxfam?

11 October 2014 9:00 am

First, a bit of background. Conquering Agamemnon slew his daughter, Iphigenia, in return for a fair wind to Troy. This…

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…

Dolts, Doormats and FGM: theatre to make you physically sick

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Wow. What an experience. A 1991 movie named Dogfight has spawned a romantic musical. We’re in San Francisco in 1963.…

Sorry, Gillian Anderson, but you've caught the wrong Streetcar

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Streetcar. One word is enough to conjure an icon. Tennessee Williams’s finest play, written in the 1940s, is about a…

Mark Benton’s Hobson spares us nothing in his journey from rooftop to gutter

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Nice one, Roy. Across the West End secret toasts are being drunk to the England supremo for his exquisitely crafted…

Everyone should see this pious anti-war monologue – seriously

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Off to the Gate for a special treat: a pious anti-war monologue from the prize-winning American George Brant. Curtain up.…

Superior Donuts – a very irritating success

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Tracy Letts, of the Chicago company Steppenwolf, has written one of the best plays of the past ten years. August:…

Sam Mendes's King Lear is a must-see for masochists

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Directors appear to have two design options when approaching a Shakespeare tragedy. Woodstock or jackboot. Woodstock means papal robes, shoulder-length…