Theatre

Finally an entertaining play at the Royal Court: Cuckoo reviewed

29 July 2023 9:00 am

The boss of the Royal Court, Vicky Featherstone, will soon step down and she’s using her final spell in charge…

Forgettable stuff: The Crown Jewels, at the Garrick, reviewed

22 July 2023 9:00 am

In the 1990s, the BBC had a popular flat-share comedy, Men Behaving Badly, about a pair of giggling bachelors who…

Why the Chester Mystery Plays are more popular than ever

1 July 2023 9:00 am

The Chester Mystery Plays date back to the 13th century – but are more popular now than ever, finds Richard Bratby

Hamlet fans will love this: Re-Member Me, at Hampstead Theatre, reviewed

10 June 2023 9:00 am

A puzzle at Hampstead Theatre. Literally, a brain teaser. Its new production, Re-member Me, is a one-man show written and…

Diary

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Much better than the film: Mrs Doubtfire, at Shaftesbury Theatre, reviewed

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Mrs Doubtfire is a social comedy about divorce. We meet Miranda, a talentless, bitter mother, who tires of her caring…

Sad, blinkered and incoherent: Arcola’s The Misandrist reviewed

20 May 2023 9:00 am

A new play, The Misandrist, looks at modern dating habits. Rachel is a smart, self-confident woman whose partner is a…

Riveting and sumptuous: The Motive and the Cue, at the Lyttelton Theatre, reviewed

13 May 2023 9:00 am

The Motive and the Cue breaches the inviolable sanctity of the rehearsal room. The play, set in New York in…

The secret truth about Dom: The Play

25 February 2023 7:13 pm

‘Who wrote it?’ asks the Times, of Dom: The Play. I’ll let you in on a secret: it was me.…

Kids will enjoy this new show at the West End's newest theatre more than adults: Marvellous, @sohoplace, reviewed

29 October 2022 9:00 am

London has a brand-new theatre – yet again. Last summer, a cabaret venue opened in the Haymarket for the first…

Artistic achievements that changed the world

22 October 2022 9:00 am

‘Astonish me!’ was the celebrated demand that the impresario Sergei Diaghilev made of Jean Cocteau when he was devising Erik…

This production needs more dosh: Good, at the Harold Pinter Theatre, reviewed

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Good, starring David Tennant, needs more dosh spent on it. The former Doctor Who plays John, a literary academic living…

Mirthless, artless farrago of jabber: The Doctor, at Duke of York's, reviewed

15 October 2022 9:00 am

The Doctor is an acclaimed drama from the pen of writer-director Robert Icke. We’re in a hospital run by a…

How politics killed theatre

15 October 2022 9:00 am

Zoe Strimpel on how identity politics is killing theatre

A show for politicians: John Gabriel Borkman, at the Bridge Theatre, reviewed

8 October 2022 9:00 am

Clunk, clunk, clunk. John Gabriel Borkman opens with the obsessive footfalls of a disgraced banker as he prowls the attic…

Worthy of Wilde: Eureka Day, at the Old Vic, reviewed

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Eureka Day is a topical satire set in a woke school in America. An outbreak of mumps has led to…

A masterpiece: P Word, at Park Theatre, reviewed

24 September 2022 9:00 am

Look at this line. ‘I’m 80 years old. I find that unforgivable.’ Could an actor get a laugh on ‘unforgivable’?…

A tremendous show that will attract serious attention from the West End: Rehab – The Musical reviewed

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Rehab: The Musical opens with a boyband star, Kid Pop, getting busted for possession of cocaine. The judge sentences him…

Rhapsodic banalities: I, Joan, at the Globe, reviewed

10 September 2022 9:00 am

‘Trans people are sacred. We are divine.’ The first line of I, Joan at the Globe establishes the tone of…

Our prison culture is more barbaric than it was in 1823: Elizabeth Fry ‘The Angel of Prisons’ reviewed

3 September 2022 9:00 am

The Angel of Prisons dramatises the life of the penal reformer Elizabeth Fry, who lived near Canning Town. She married…

The show works a treat: Globe's The Tempest reviewed

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Southwark Playhouse has a reputation for small musicals with big ambitions. Tasting Notes is set in a wine bar run…

A four-way race between poet, actor, video artist and sound engineer: Edinburgh Festival's Burn reviewed

20 August 2022 9:00 am

In a new hour-long monologue, Burn, Alan Cumming examines the life and work of Robert Burns. The biographical material is…

No, Boris Johnson isn’t ‘missing in action’

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Someone in the Guardian wrote that Boris Johnson had his ‘out of office’ on, and the Chancellor was ‘missing in…

The Dane gets an interpretive dance makeover: Ian McKellan's Hamlet reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

Ian McKellen’s Hamlet is the highlight of Edinburgh’s opening week. In this experimental ballet, Sir Ian speaks roughly 5 per…

Why Merseyside is the natural home for a Shakespearean theatre

6 August 2022 9:00 am

A neglected little town in Merseyside is the natural home for Shakespeare North, says Robert Gore-Langton