Abigail

Abigail

Most of us will be familiar with Arthur Miller’s character Abigail; the seductress who caught John Proctor’s eye and led a group of girls that sent innocent women to their demi… 

Privates: Great Ideas by Geniuses

Privates: Great Ideas by Geniuses

Things were warming up at the Spiegeltent Bosco as the pre-Eurovision party crowd was ready for some afternoon goofs and giggles. 

Shaggers

Shaggers

Shaggers brought a different take on sex for this year's fringe festival. 

Man of a Thousand Farces

Man of a Thousand Farces

If you looked up the dictionary definition of a variety show, Johnny MacAulay’s Man of a Thousand Farces should be there. 

Mentalless

Mentalless

Mentalism and comedy might be an uncommon combination, but performers Andrew Phoenix and Emma Wesslus prove it’s a worthwhile experiment in this lighthearted hour of tricks and j… 

American Idiot

American Idiot

An odd combination of nostalgia and existentialism, American Idiot continues to remain incredibly current. 

Busman's Honeymoon

Busman's Honeymoon

Both a restaurant and a theatre, The Mill at Sonning, with its beautiful river setting in the countryside near Reading, is currently host to the Busman's Honeymoon, co-written … 

Orlando

Orlando

Orlando, Virginia Woolf’s amusing challenge to the norms of society, stemmed from her own life and that of her lover Vita Sackville-West, but in her novel, the eponymous hero'… 

Sheila's Island

Sheila's Island

Four women find themselves isolated, stuck on a small island during a company team-building weekend. 

Absolute Certainty?

Absolute Certainty?

Absolute Certainty? staged by Qweerdog Theatre revolves around the confused lives of two brothers and a friend. 

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole

After sitting through two acts of around fifty-five minutes each at the Union Theatre, quite why David Lindsey-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five To… 

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

Modern opera is difficult to execute well, because no matter how good it is it will always be judged against the classics. 

Diary of a Somebody

Diary of a Somebody

John Lahr’s Diary of a Somebody makes a return to the stage after an absence of 35 years, this time at Seven Dials Playhouse. 

Mojo Mickybo

Mojo Mickybo

Two stunningly energetic performances keep Owen McCafferty’s Mojo Mickyboy, courtesy of Bruiser Theatre Company, rolling along at a cracking pace that provides an hour of action-… 

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

When Charles Dickens died, he left behind a plethora of iconic novels. 

The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

The Marriage of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein

There is deceit in the title of this play. 

The Collaboration

The Collaboration

Andy Warhol once declared, 'Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art'. 

Bacon

Bacon

Bacon, at the Finborough Theatre, showcases the talents of two remarkable young actors in a moving exploration of teenage angst. 

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

Can 80 million people ever be wrong? Back in 2003, The Da Vinci Code became a global publishing phenomenon, later branching out into a Hollywood film franchise. 

Abigail’s Party

Abigail’s Party

That irresistible 1970s suburban comedy, Abigail's Party, has been revived again; this time at the Watford Palace Theatre under the direction of Pravesh Kumar. 

Moreno

Moreno

Simple acts can often have huge repercussions. 

The Woods

The Woods

This production of The Woods, one of David Mamet’s earlier plays, at the Southwark Playhouse is directed by Russell Bolam, with Francesca Carpanini as Ruth and Sam Frenchum as Ni… 

Richard II

Richard II

Politically, it seems like a highly appropriate time to stage a production of Shakespeare’s Richard II - an exploration of the nature of leadership and egotistical entitlement. 

Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

The classic movie from the 1970’s involving John Travolta donning a white suit to wow audience members as he dances the funky chicken to the iconic Bee Gees soundtrack has now Broo… 

Never Not Once

Never Not Once

Never Not Once by Carey Crim tells the story of Eleanor, who attempts to find her biological father - uncovering a traumatic family secret in the process. 

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights. 

Kontakthof: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Kontakthof: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch

Disconcerting, both humourous and visceral, Kontakthof performed by Tanztheater Wuppertal continues to shock. 

Alissa In Wonderland

Alissa In Wonderland

Alissa in Wonderland is a quirky, enigmatic experience down the rabbit hole that exposes the parallels between eight-year-old Alice and twenty-something-year-old Alissa, while prov… 

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits is a ghostly comedy by Ross McGregor showing at the Brockley Jack until the 8th of January 2022. 

HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

As W S Gilbert once observed, “Oh, wouldn't the world seem dull and flat with nothing whatever to grumble at?” Cal McCrystal provides plenty of material for that in his pro… 

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

The Tony Awards for comedy must have had a lean year in 2013 when Christopher Durang won Best Play for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. 

Boy Out The City

Boy Out The City

Boy out the City at Battersea’s Turbine Theatre is a solo piece performed by Declan Bennett. 

The Dresser

The Dresser

Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser evokes memories of a bygone age in British theatre and no setting more befits it than that glorious monument to thespian achievement, the Richmond Th… 

The Idea

The Idea

The Brockley Jack Theatre is currently offering the opportunity to see a rarely performed and probably almost unknown operetta by Gustav Holst. 

Hamlet

Hamlet

The long-awaited Hamlet, directed by Greg Hersov, is finally on stage at the Young Vic and as the young prince Cush Jumbo gives a commanding performance that keeps the whole produc… 

 How to Survive an Apocalypse

How to Survive an Apocalypse

The renowned Finborough Theatre is still alive and well as witnessed by its latest production of Jordan Hall’s How To Survive An Apocalypse presented by Proud Haddock. 

Love, Genius and a Walk

Love, Genius and a Walk

Love, Genius and a Walk, at Theatro Technis, a venue billed as ‘one of London's best-kept secrets’, is an ambitious exploration of how artistic individuals struggle with ma… 

The Comedy of Errors / La Commedia degli Errorir

The Comedy of Errors / La Commedia degli Errorir

The mother of all mistaken identity comedies, The Comedy of Errors gets a lockdown makeover in the hands of the bilingual theatre group The Blind Cupid Shakespeare Company. 

This is Paradise

This is Paradise

This is Paradise, Michael John O'Neill’s new play at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, is a lengthy monologue in which Kate (Amy Molloy) provides a complex interweaving of the… 

Sweating the Small Stuff

Sweating the Small Stuff

Writer and director Annabel Lunney used the inspirations from anonymous submissions to create the play Sweating the Small Stuff. 

Absolutely Burlesque Cabaret

Absolutely Burlesque Cabaret

One of the great things that the Edinburgh Fringe has always done is to give a platform to local schools of various performing arts within an actual arts festival. 

Love Me

Love Me

Aisling Lally's Love Me is one of three plays bought to the Edinburgh Fringe 2021 by York DramaSoc. 

Somebody Special – The Aca-Betrayal

Somebody Special – The Aca-Betrayal

This twelve-strong company are enthusiastic, bright young things who sing, sway and beat-box with great spirit. 

A Suffocating Choking Feeling

A Suffocating Choking Feeling

What can an aspiring popstar do to get her big break and rise to stardom? Faking brain cancer might not be your first guess, but that is exactly what Simone Hamilton did. 

1001 Open Mic Nights

1001 Open Mic Nights

This energised group of youngsters bounce about the stage with glee, making a capella look far easier than it truly is and throwing themselves into the Fringe vibe with abandon. 

Tues Night @ Social Club

Tues Night @ Social Club

Tues Night @ Social Club is one of those 'Marmite' shows that some people would consider their worst nightmare, while others could consider it tailor-made for them. 

Tick Tick

Tick Tick

Tick Tick could give The Wolf of Wall Street a run for its money when it comes to the frequency of “Fuck”. 

Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre

Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre

Puppetry, shadow theatre, mime and music all contribute to this charming oddity, which Caravan Theatre do indeed perform in a caravan. 

Bard in the Yard: The Scottish Play

Bard in the Yard: The Scottish Play

Meet Shakespeare, but not the Shakespeare you know. 

Still

Still

Still by Frances Poet makes its world premiere courtesy of The Traverse Theatre Company at their theatre. 

Burnt Out

Burnt Out

Following the recent United Nations climate report, which has been described as a “code red for humanity,” it is more important than ever that we explore the issue of the clima… 

The Preacher

The Preacher

One of the strangest Fringe shows of recent memory is A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves – a sh… 

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery

Highly Suspect is a highly novel theatrical experience in which four actors take on the roles of supporting players from the Sherlock Holmes stories - Watson, Le Strade, Mycroft an… 

Tickbox

Tickbox

In a moving one-woman show, Lubna Kerr explores race, heritage, gender and health in the context of her and her family's experiences as a Pakistani family in Glasgow. 

Plasters

Plasters

Plasters is an original play by Emma Tadmor who founded RJ Theatre Company with co-producer, Daniel Feldman. 

Corpsing

Corpsing

For a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe entitled Corpsing you might be forgiven for thinking it’s a comedy about laughing out of place. 

Grin

Grin

Challenging, daring, with longeurs but also explosive moments, this makes for uncomfortable viewing but is a much-needed and to be applauded show. 

The End of the Line

The End of the Line

At the end of the line; a story of waiting for life to begin and the delays we experience to get there. 

Dance Base Unwrapped

Dance Base Unwrapped

Tucked in between the bustling pubs of the grassmarket is the capital's home of dance and its latest exhibition, Dance Base Unwrapped. 

Dirty Tricks: How the Illusionati Rule the World

Dirty Tricks: How the Illusionati Rule the World

The Great Baldini sets the stage excellently for his show, greeting each audience member at the door, and asking their name, which he will repeat when he invites them to volunteer … 

Run

Run

Jonathan Smeed is making his Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in Run by Stephen Laughton at Lauriston Halls, courtesy of No Frills Theatre Company. 

Moonlight On Leith

Moonlight On Leith

Moonlight on Leith, by Emilie Robson and Laila Noble, at theSpaceTriplex is inspired by the ‘Save Leith Walk’ campaign; a grassroots movement seeking to preserve the historic s… 

#txtshow (on the internet)

#txtshow (on the internet)

Do you think that most fringe shows are utter rubbish? That you can write a better script? Well, here’s your chance! In #txtshow, if you don’t like the script, just blame yours… 

Taiwan Season: Fighters

Taiwan Season: Fighters

We need heroes in these strange times is the thesis of this show, and Les Petites Choses’ Fighters brings us five. 

Esther Manito: #NotAllMen

Esther Manito: #NotAllMen

Esther Manito, still a relatively fresh-face in the comedy scene, brings her new show #NotAllMen to the Camden Fringe. 

Tropicana

Tropicana

Billed as ‘the future of queer comedy cabaret’ Tropicana is Aidan Sadler’s 80’s solo show of classic queer hits at the suitably late hour of 23:15 at theSpaceTriplex. 

Love in the Time of Lockdown

Love in the Time of Lockdown

Lockdown has been a universal experience for everyone in this country. 

Move

Move

Transgressing borders, ethnicity and culture, MOVE is an epic tale of women across the world and how their stories intertwine. 

My Night With Reg

My Night With Reg

Is there an issue with capturing plays from the second half of the twentieth century that deal with gay issues of the period? The Southwark Playhouse recently managed a production … 

every seven years

every seven years

For many it will be impossible to see writer/director Jack Fairey’s every seven years at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre and not be reminded of the groundbreaking sociological T… 

The Game of Love and Chance

The Game of Love and Chance

As if so-called ‘Freedom Day’ had not generated enough excitement on Monday 19th July, the Arcola Theatre had its planned reopening that evening and showcased its fabulous new … 

Helium

Helium

The Space on the Isle of Dogs continues its practice of supporting new talent with Helium, an original work by Grumble Pup Theatre, a fledgling company founded in the Black Country… 

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray

The Tragedy of Dorian Gray

Blue Devil Productions closed the Rialto Theatre’s Brighton Fringe season last week with a two-act production,The Tragedy of Dorian Gray; their first full-length play. 

Staircase

Staircase

The Southwark Playhouse has been transformed into an authentic 1960’s barbershop for the revival of Charles Dyer’s hit play Staircase, by Two’s Company and Karl Sydow in asso… 

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Warhol: Bullet Karma

Garry Roost’s one-hander, Warhol: Bullet Karma, at the Rialto Theatre, as part of the Brighton Fringe, explores aspects of the artist’s life through encounters with various peo… 

Hold Me Close

Hold Me Close

From dance routines dating back to childhood, to embarrassing anecdotes relating to their PE teacher, Hold Me Close is a wonderful montage of Sophie and Jade’s friendship. 

Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire

Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire

The apologetic opening to Mayhem at the Cabaret Voltaire, explaining the failure of the actors to turn up, might seem out of place in any standard piece of theatre, but then it wou… 

Liz and Jessie's Undiscovered Country

Liz and Jessie's Undiscovered Country

A family comedy show with a twist, Liz and Jessie's Undiscovered Country follows Liz and Jessie as they set out to explore places in the UK that may have had a connection to th… 

I am Echoborg Online

I am Echoborg Online

Is artificial intelligence here to save us or to destroy us? Is the future more like Cameron’s Terminator or Spielberg’s A. 

Ross Kamp: Seeing Queerly

Ross Kamp: Seeing Queerly

Seeing Queerly was a comedy show that presented a different take to life during and after lockdown, as well as dating. 

LEGS

LEGS

It was interesting to see a show that presented the possibility that we take our bodies very much for granted. 

Henry Churniavsky: Lockdown Diaries 2020-2021... Any End?

Henry Churniavsky: Lockdown Diaries 2020-2021... Any End?

Let’s admit it – Zoom calls are not ideal for stand-up comedy. 

An Intervention

An Intervention

Juicy Lime Productions presents Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play An Intervention, as part of the Brighton Fringe at the Sweet Room, Old SteineTwo characters, identified in the script on… 

After All These Years

After All These Years

After All These Years is a trilogy of plays courtesy of Close Quarter Productions and Theatre Reviva! in association with Holofcener Ltd. 

An Evening With Professor Edvard von Goosechaser

An Evening With Professor Edvard von Goosechaser

Professor Edvard Von Goosechaser is the leading 17th Century monsterologist promising to entertain us with his Anglo-Saxon insult-based humour. 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

There seems to be a resurgence of interest in the adaptability of works by Robert Louis Stevenson for the stage, with productions popping up in many quarters. 

Broken Link

Broken Link

It’s been five years since Ellie’s death. 

About The Garden

About The Garden

Take yourself away from the busy seafront streets and you’ll find About the Garden, a charming and quirky production staged in 4 Rigden Road’s garden, in the heart of Hove. 

Between Two Waves

Between Two Waves

Between Two Waves by Australian playwright Ian Meadows interweaves an urgent call to recognise the world’s impending climate crisis and the troubled smaller world of a young clim… 

The Signalman

The Signalman

Adapted from Charles Dickens’ eerie and twisty short story, The Signalman weaves a spooky yarn about ghosts and trains (but no ghost trains). 

The Black Cat

The Black Cat

The notion of a man becoming particularly attached to a handsome black cat may initially feel a familiar experience, especially as around 3. 

Readymade Cabaret 2.0

Readymade Cabaret 2.0

The first rule about a Dada performance is that you don’t start one with the history of Dada. 

Ingénue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood

Ingénue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood

A simple premise lays the foundation for Melanie Gall to recount the story of two of Hollywood’s brightest golden age stars, Deanna Durbin and Judy Garland: a New York Times jour… 

An Intervention

An Intervention

It is a complete delight to watch these two actors practice their craft. 

Every Time A Bell Rings

Every Time A Bell Rings

The phrase "Every Time a Bell Rings" is well known and resonates especially at Christmas time: straight away we expect a link to the classic It’s a Wonderful Life, and … 

Little Gift

Little Gift

M6 Theatre Company have put together a heartwarming show filled with the Christmas spirit, with some truly charming use of puppetry, storytelling and stage magic It is exactly the … 

Howerd's End

Howerd's End

A lot of love has gone into this imagined duet between Frankie Howerd and his lover Dennis Heymer.