Theatre

Fawlty Towers – The Play is the best museum piece you’ll ever see

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Fawlty Towers at the Apollo may be the best museum piece you’ll ever see. A full-length play has been carved…

Minority Report is superficial pap – why on earth stage it?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Minority Report is a plodding bit of sci-fi based on a Steven Spielberg movie made more than two decades ago.…

Cheesy remake of Our Mutual Friend: London Tide, at the Lyttelton Theatre, reviewed

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Our Mutual Friend has been turned into a musical with a new title, London Tide, which sounds duller and more…

Four female writers at the court of Elizabeth I

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Of Ramie Targoff’s gifted quartet, Mary Sidney was particularly admired by her contemporaries for her translation of the Psalms into English verse

‘I couldn’t afford loo roll’: Bruce Robinson on being skint, Zeffirelli’s advances and Withnail’s return

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Bruce Robinson is ramming a huge log into the grate of his ancient fireplace in mud-clogged Herefordshire. He’s 77 and…

Player Kings proves that Shakespeare can be funny

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Play-goers, beware. Director Robert Icke is back in town, and that means a turgid four-hour revival of a heavyweight classic…

The mayhem ‘Born Slippy’ provoked felt both poignant and cathartic: Underworld, at Usher Hall, reviewed

13 April 2024 9:00 am

On the same night Underworld played the second of two shows at the Usher Hall, next door at the Traverse…

The tumultuous story behind Caravaggio’s last painting

13 April 2024 9:00 am

For centuries no one knew who it was by or even what it was of. The picture that had hung…

Exhilarating: MJ the Musical reviewed

6 April 2024 9:00 am

If you’ve heard good reports about MJ the Musical, believe them all and multiply everything by a hundred. As a…

Comedy of the blackest kind: Boy Parts, at Soho Theatre, reviewed

4 November 2023 9:00 am

There’s something mesmerising about watching a good mimic. And Aimée Kelly, who plays fetish photographer Irina Sturges in Soho Theatre’s…

If only Caryl Churchill’s plays were as thrillingly macabre as her debut

28 October 2023 9:00 am

The first play by the pioneering feminist Caryl Churchill has been revived at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Owners, originally staged…

Scherzinger is superb but why’s the set so dark and ugly? Sunset Boulevard, at the Savoy Theatre, reviewed

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Sunset Boulevard is a re-telling of the Oedipus story set in the cut-throat world of Hollywood. Pick a side in…

As gripping as an Agatha Christie thriller: Shooting Hedda Gabler, at the Rose Theatre, reviewed

14 October 2023 9:00 am

The unlovely Rose Theatre in Kingston is a modest three-storey eyesore. The concrete foyer looks like an exercise area on…

Diary

30 September 2023 9:00 am

Cheesy skit: A Mirror, at the Almeida Theatre, reviewed

23 September 2023 9:00 am

The playwright Sam Holcroft likes to toy with dramatic conventions and to tease her audiences by withholding key information about…

Watch three irascible women screaming at each other: Anthropology, at Hampstead Theatre, reviewed

16 September 2023 9:00 am

Anthropology is a drama about artificial intelligence that starts as an ultra-gloomy soap opera. A suicidal lesbian, Merril, speaks on…