An Inspector Calls

An Inspector Calls

It might have been running on and off for nearly 18 years now, but Stephen Daldry’s groundbreaking production of JB Priestley’s classic is still as poignant, relevant and fresh as ever... 

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

The collaboration of John Dempsey’s story and Dana P Rowe’s composition leads to almost everything you expect musical comedy to be – cheesy, American, high octane and cringe worthy to the maximum extent... 

Many Roads to Paradise

Many Roads to Paradise

Anthony Biggs’ production of Stewart Permutt’s play flicks between several interconnecting storylines and manages to effectively analyse the development and breakdown of relationships... 

The Trial

The Trial

Kafka’s “Trial” is, in many respects, a very daring piece of work to choose to put on at the Edinburgh Fringe. For starters, it is neither comedy nor new writing and the nature of the piece, twinned with the obvious fact that it has and still is performed and “re-interpreted” so regularly would, I’m sure, lead many people towards “giving it a miss”... 

George In The Dragon's Den

George In The Dragon's Den

George in the Dragon’s Den is an odd mix of child and adult humour; a two hander, it markets itself as “a topical tour de force where pantomime meets Monty Python”, however despite an energetic attempt, it never really manages to convince in either department... 

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

CS Lewis’ magical novel “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” is perhaps the greatest ever written for children. It was therefore with a certain amount of trepidation that I walked into “C too” to watch Wendybird’s production of it... 

Camille O'Sullivan:The Dark Angel

Camille O'Sullivan:The Dark Angel

Camille O’Sullivan seemed, at one point, set to become an architect. After training for seven years and being awarded the highest mark in a decade at University College, Dublin, she reportedly made a sudden decision one night to throw the towel in and pursue her love of singing... 

Normality (Starring Pedro Kruger)

Normality (Starring Pedro Kruger)

How does God decide who gets which body? What is it that dictates whether someone is considered normal or abnormal? Indeed, how is it that someone comes to consider themselves as normal or abnormal?These are all questions which Hennie Van Greunen’s play “Normality” throws up... 

Andrew Lawrence - Soul-Crushing Vicissitudes Of Fortune!

Andrew Lawrence - Soul-Crushing Vicissitudes Of Fortune!

An individual walks onto the stage. He is short, wears a white shirt and black trousers, has ginger hair and looks like he’s just been sent out of a remedial French GCSE class. A few audience mutterings of “This can’t be him”, “That’s Andrew Lawrence?!” or quite simply “What?!” are pre-empted by the two-time if... 

Newsrevue 30th Anniversary

Newsrevue 30th Anniversary

Good evening. This is the 6 o clock news. The headline for today: NewsRevue has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for a record 30th year. The show, which features skits and sketches based on recent news events, is currently playing in the sound sapping Pleasance Over the Road and is already ripping into our politicians, celebrities and public figures to audience enjoyment and acclaim... 

Bob's Date

Bob's Date

It is Bob’s first date in 2 years. Logic would suggest that if everything goes to plan, Libido will be in action by the end of the evening. However, if nerves manage to subdue confidence and the memory of past experiences come to the fore, the emotion of the whole endeavour might cause the evening to end in utter disaster... 

Shakespeare For Breakfast

Shakespeare For Breakfast

With the curtain going up at 10am, Shakespeare for Breakfast is certainly one for the early birds, but is full of all the right ingredients to wake you up, cure a bad hangover and keep hunger locked up until lunch (croissants and coffee are provided)... 

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

It might seem an absurd idea to run a musical in the West End for just a week. In fact, it may conger up images of “Gone with the Wind”, which although managed to last out 6, seemed to leave everyone walking away from it as if they’d sat through a week! But this is what producers Jamie Hendry, Neil Eckersley and Paul Spicer have decided to run for, and in all fairness to them, their “Notes from New York” season offers London theatre-goers something fresh, original and exciting... 

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

I walk out of the Globe theatre at 10.30pm and I’m torn. I have just had a thoroughly enjoyable evening watching Romeo and Juliet and feel for the first time this year that summer really has arrived... 

Wall

Wall

One of Britain’s most recognised playwrights; David Hare’s recent credits include Gethsemane at the National, as well as the screenplays for Stephen Daldry’s films, “The Hours” and “The Reader... 

Tusk Tusk

Tusk Tusk

“Nelly the elephant packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus. Off she went with a trumpety trump, trump, trump, trump”. Come on troops. Let’s take check: Finn Bar, slightly ruffled but still on fighting form... 

Death and the King's Horseman

Death and the King's Horseman

Set in Oyo, Nigeria in the middle of World War II, Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman centres around the battle between British colonialist views and the local traditions... 

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

For all those who have been crying out for a gripping, controversial, and energising new musical, the wait is over. After taking over $50 million and grasping a swathe of Tony awards on Broadway, Michael Mayer’s production, inspired by Franck Wedekind’s 19th century play, has transferred to the Lyric Hammersmith’s stage and is set to take the West End by storm next month when it moves to the Novello... 

Mrs Affleck

Mrs Affleck

Samuel Adamson’s adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s great classic “Little Eyolf” is transported to the 1950s, a period which was renowned for stagnation, post war restructure and a profound lack of outgoing sexual vulgarity as was the case in the subsequent decades... 

Be Near Me

Be Near Me

Ian McDiarmid’s adaption of Andrew O’Hargan’s book for the stage revolves around a gay priest’s relocation to a small town in Scotland and a major scandal which unfolds whilst he is serving there... 

Macbeth

Macbeth

The word “Macbeth” originally became unlucky in theatres as it was such a guaranteed hit at its time, that if the current production was running badly, the theatre would simply resort to Macbeth the following week to draw the crowds back in – leaving actors and directors without jobs... 

Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Michael Morpurgo’s hugely moving, and very successful novel Private Peaceful made its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe last year as a one man show. This year it returns in a very different capacity – performed by a youth group from Leicestershire in a style heavily dominated by ensemble work... 

The British Ambassador’s Belly Dancer

The British Ambassador’s Belly Dancer

Who could not admire Nadira Murray? Born into an under-privileged background in Uzbeckistan, she faced the torment of watching her father, an unqualified but talented director and playwright, destroy himself with a cocktail of drink and drugs from an early age, struggle with conditions as close to poverty as imaginable (she tellingly pointed out that there is no government offering cosy support as so often the case in the UK), and try desperately to retain her decency whilst earning money in the only way she felt possible – as a belly dancer... 

The Patriot Act

The Patriot Act

Lynda Bruce and Sandy Burns’ new play confronts the issues of privacy, manipulation, and perhaps most importantly love and the willingness to embrace that by putting aside differences in order to work together... 

NewsRevue

NewsRevue

Back again, the world's longest running comedy show has returned to sell out audiences once more. Our team of superheroes are ready to jump on many of our pathetic, error prone, self absorbed and plain stupid celebrities and politicians! Sounds like a cracking hour of hysterical laughter and enjoyment... 

Reginald D Hunter - No Country for Grown Men

Reginald D Hunter - No Country for Grown Men

Reginald D Hunter is back at the Fringe this year with his latest show “No Country for Grown Men”. Cue 11.15pm (or more like 11.30pm once the audience were seated and we’d patiently sat in our seats for five minutes) and Reg’s rant began... 

Property Rites

Property Rites

Property Rites is, in its simplest terms, the story of a patron desperate to get rid of a set of singing dolls he bought and subsequently regretted. However, in truth it is far more a story of restless spirits, and the dilemmas and troubles faced by a set of such spirits desperate to break free...