King Lear with Sheep

King Lear with Sheep

The bard gets replaced by the baaard in Missouri Williams’ eccentric production King Lear With Sheep at The Courtyard Theatre. However, whilst there’s plenty of sheep thrills in this ewe-nique premise, its short running time and lack of ideas beyond the main concept mean that it doesn’t quite bleat the competition... 

Bears in Space

Bears in Space

King Joffrey, a Scottish koala bear and a Jane Austen loving, guitar-strumming narrator walk onto a spaceship. No, it’s not the start of a Ross Noble joke, but just some of the bizarre characters on display in Collapsing Horse’s latest production Bears In Space, now playing at the Soho Theatre... 

Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs

Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs

In this 50th anniversary production of David Halliwell’s comedy Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against The Eunuchs at The Southwark Playhouse, Soggy Arts invite us to visit the confused world of Malcolm Scrawdyke once more, and it’s every bit as frenzied, vibrant and hilarious in the present day as it was some half a century ago... 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Iris Theatre’s promenade production of Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night is a sumptuous romp around and inside the magnificent St Paul’s Actors’ Church in Covent Garden which, whilst not quite adhering to the great Bard’s more intricate comedy twists, still delights and enchants with its merry mischief on many levels... 

After Party

After Party

In a cavernous corner of the Dragonfly Brewery in Acton, London, Franz Schubert ponders life, death and music. It’s not the first place you’d imagine finding the famous Austrian composer nearly 200 years since his demise... 

Clarion

Clarion

Like the best headline grabbers, Clarion, a play at the Arcola Theatre about a fictional hated British newspaper, shines the most when full of punchy, clever zingers striking left right and centre column... 

The Anatomy of Melancholy

The Anatomy of Melancholy

Space operas are so 1970s. In intellectual, grown-up 2014, we need our oeuvres and opuses to do more than just take us to a galaxy far, far away. Which is just as well, as company Bodycorps have come up with an intriguing proposition – The Anatomy of Melancholy, an opera exploring how or if it’s even possible to tackle 21st century depression... 

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

The Temple is the thing at this unusual production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet -Temple Church that is. One of London’s oldest churches used way back when as the city’s headquarters for the Knights Templar, the Temple for one week only becomes a backdrop to tell one of love and tragedy’s oldest tales... 

Scenes from Hello Again

Scenes from Hello Again

This show is a work in progress and has been reviewed with that in mind. Director Tania Azevedo presents a work in progress showcase of the musical "Hello Again" to the Blue Elephant Theatre, providing a few slivers of inspiration amongst a still roughly hewn smattering of songs and stories... 

The Flying Roast Goose

The Flying Roast Goose

Against a backdrop of terror and war comes The Blue Elephant Theatre’s The Flying Roast Goose - the affecting tale of one woman and her winged companion told in a charming and often completely ingenious way... 

Bash: Latterday Plays

Bash: Latterday Plays

Monologues are a difficult thing – too short and it’s easy to feel cheated out of admittance to a fully formed performance, but too long and it’s hard not to become apathetic to the storyteller or – even worse - just plain bored... 

Dead At Last, No More Air

Dead At Last, No More Air

Playwright Werner Schwab was just 35 when he died from what must have been quite a drinking spree after a New Year’s Eve party in 1994. It’s maybe uncomfortably ironic that the one of the last plays he penned was titled “Dead At Last – No More Air” but then if uncomfortable is what you’re looking for, Just A Must’s English language premiere of Schwab’s play is your kind of show... 

Good People

Good People

South Boston, the place of ‘cahs’ instead of ‘cars’, is the all-encompassing setting for Good People, David Lindsay-Abaire’s fascinating story of pride, poverty and the past... 

Once We Lived Here

Once We Lived Here

All That Jazz. Food Glorious Food. Gotta Fix The Pump. In an increasingly strange game of “guess the odd one out” most will probably come to the conclusion that the latter is the oddity, owing to the fact that the first two are songs from musicals... 

Joan Collins: One Night With Joan

Joan Collins: One Night With Joan

The claws may not be fully out for this night of name dropping and gossip mongering with the Queen of Dynasty, but there’s certainly still a lot of fun to be had, especially if the crowd is full of as many cheering and slightly delirious fans as its first night... 

Francis Rufelle

Francis Rufelle

Ah, Paris. The bright lights, the secret passageways, the.. Aristocats. Tony Award winning singer and story teller Frances Ruffelle gives voice to these and many more of the City of Light’s nuances in a night of surprises, soliloquies and smoky nostalgia... 

The Speed Twins

The Speed Twins

Three undead lesbians walk into a bar. It’s not quite the joke we were expecting, but this surreal new play from Maureen Chadwick, the bolshy writer and creator of TV dramas Bad Girls, Footballers’ Wives and Waterloo Road follows the trials and tribulations of two women in love who have been fighting their feelings for each other against the need to live a “normal” heterosexual existence all their lives... 

The Improsarios (London preview)

The Improsarios (London preview)

As of late there has been an increasing number of acts hopping onto the improvised performance wagon at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the extent that you might start to flinch at the amount of well rehearsed spontaneity you can find around just about every corner... 

Mat Ricardo's London Varieties

Mat Ricardo's London Varieties

Variety shows were once all the rage – make or break performances where talent was snapped up and audiences were left almost bewildered and stunned by the wonderful trinity of lights, noise and action... 

The Route To Happiness

The Route To Happiness

The Route To Happiness is a musical in its purest form, in that it is purely music. It’s a feat tricky to pull off even if you’re BBC comic songwriter Alexander Bermange and have been writing songs professionally for donkey’s years as the pacing has to be just right - otherwise the songs begin to all sound the same and you start to wonder whether you’ve accidentally walked into the choral version of purgatory... 

The Boy Who Was Woody Allen

The Boy Who Was Woody Allen

The problem with starting a play with a man dressed in a moose costume explaining his life story to the audience is that, other than being a little odd, a high level of weird has already been reached right from the very beginning – leaving actors struggling to top it without seeming desperate, in turn encouraging rather awkward silences... 

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow is one of the earlier stage plays written by John Patrick Shanley, the playwright best known for his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning stage play Doubt: A Parable... 

Angel Cake

Angel Cake

It’s the end of the world as we know it at the Camden People’s Theatre, but hey, at least there are biscuits. As the audience we are ushered into a dimly lit lounge-come-tepee setting by our host for the night “Sophie”, played by Rhyannon Styles... 

Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Pantomime is traditionally seen as more of a treat for the kids than the adults, but after hearing the raucous laughter from nearly every adult audience member in the building at some point during Robin Hood, this reviewer was left wondering just why on earth that’s been the case for so long...