The Comedy of Errors/La Commedia degli Errori

The Comedy of Errors/La Commedia degli Errori

Mistaken identity, two sets of twins and lots of frivolity is what makes this unique bi-lingual production of Shakespeare's classic comedy The Comedy of Errors. 

Two Worlds No Family

Two Worlds No Family

Writer/Director Ben Reid has made a stunning professional debut at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town, with his play Two Worlds No Family, originally written as his final y… 

Mr and Mrs Nobody

Mr and Mrs Nobody

A wonderfully entertaining evening of laughter and fine acting is currently to be found in Keith Waterhouse’s Mr and Mrs Nobody, staged by Gabriella Bird in her directorial debut… 

Last Will and Testament of Henry Van Dyke

Last Will and Testament of Henry Van Dyke

Two men, two different approaches to creating a good play. 

Elf Lyons - Swan

Elf Lyons - Swan

Elf Lyons made a welcome return to the stage with a high-octane, hilarious performance of her 2017 Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show Swan. 

Petrichor

Petrichor

The smell produced when rain falls on dry ground, usually experienced as being pleasant, is the definition given to the word petrichor by the Cambridge Dictionary. 

Multiverse Musical

Multiverse Musical

Multiverse Musical is a show with a twist. 

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare

Impromptu Shakespeare had all the right ingredients for a good night out, as well as a genuine love for William Shakespeare's language, plays and the characters involved. 

The Burlesque Imposter

The Burlesque Imposter

Fanny Dent was a woman on a mission - to see where she fits in (if at all) into the world of burlesque. 

Bad Nights and Odd Days

Bad Nights and Odd Days

The Greenwich Theatre reopened last week with the inspired programming of four short plays by Caryl Churchill. 

Heads or Tails

Heads or Tails

The topic of death is so incredibly subjective, with reactions ranging from resignation and acceptance to angst and fearfulness. 

Geoff Robb: The Music of Trees

Geoff Robb: The Music of Trees

Throughout lockdown, many of us have enjoyed reconnecting with the natural world. 

Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

A question taken from the 2020 English Literature GCSE exam that never was. 

 Shedding A Skin

Shedding A Skin

The Soho Theatre launched its post-lockdown summer season this week with Shedding A Skin, written and performed by Amanda Wilkin, the 2020 winner of the Verity Bargate Award. 

Rebel Boob

Rebel Boob

When it comes to a somewhat frightening topic like cancer, many of people seem to automatically shut down emotionally when talking about it, almost denying it exists. 

Duty

Duty

Duty is both fabulously simple and incredibly clever, shining the light on complex issues with deep and sympathetic understanding yet offering no glib answers. 

Jack the Ripper: My Life as a Suspect

Jack the Ripper: My Life as a Suspect

Whenever we think of Jack the Ripper, immediately we think back to Whitechapel and his gruesome victims. 

Frills and Spills

Frills and Spills

You can’t say that Frills and Spills descends into chaos so much as embraces it from the get-go. 

Ghislaine|Gabler

Ghislaine|Gabler

Looking to portay the idea of someone who is trapped both mentally and physically in a cell, Ghislaine/Gabler follows our protagonist as she tries to justify her involvement in a c… 

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Cinebra: Glenda & Rita

Glenda and Rita are two black and white stars from the 30s and 40s, who are trying to fit into a modern world of technicolour, personal labels, and what it really means to be a sta… 

A Mutineer’s Guide to Modern-Day Piracy

A Mutineer’s Guide to Modern-Day Piracy

Whether we care to admit it or not, in some way, shape or form, we are all intrigued by pirates. 

Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

Meet Liv (Lauren Gardner), Hannah (Elly Datson) and Gigi (Neve Ricketts): three women navigating their twenties. 

Trestle

Trestle

The Jack Studio Theatre in Brockley has opened its doors for the first time in fifteen months with a wonderfully heart-warming production of Stewart Pringle’s Trestle. 

Aidan Goatley: 12 Films Of Christmas

Aidan Goatley: 12 Films Of Christmas

If you're looking for a show that could make Scrooge himself engage with Christmas spirit in June, then Aiden Goatley: 12 Films of Christmas is for you. 

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party Brighton Seaside Special

Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party Brighton Seaside Special

Brighton got their boogie shoes on as they danced around Brighton with Boogie Shoes Silent Disco Walking Party under the guidance of our ship's captain Mama Roo and her shipmat… 

Words Without Consent

Words Without Consent

Katie Rice and Ellen Patterson are two performers on a mission to highlight how womxn are portrayed in today's world, as well as specifically within the political environment. 

Watson: The Final Problem

Watson: The Final Problem

Following on from his success at the Brighton Fringe with Waiting for Hamlet, a two-hander with Nicholas Collett, Tim Marriott returns to the Rialto Theatre with a solo show that i… 

The Sensemaker

The Sensemaker

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is anything but that when played ad nauseam on a loop while you are kept on hold by a robotic voice saying, “All our operators are currently busy. 

Diary of an Expat

Diary of an Expat

Diary of an Expat makes a striking impression even before Cecilia Gragnani enters the stage for her solo play at the Rialto Theatre, directed by Katharina Reinthaller. 

Sing For Better Health!

Sing For Better Health!

Singing has been proven over time to be beneficial for mindfulness and wellbeing - and not just for the professionals. 

Lone Flyer

Lone Flyer

The Jermyn Street Theatre continues its Footprints Festival with Lucy Betts’ acclaimed production of Ade Morris’s Lone Flyer, which was first staged at The Watermill Theatre la… 

The Cloak of Visibility

The Cloak of Visibility

Amy cannot socialise with the other mums after the school run because she is needed in the office. 

Chamberlain: Peace in our Time

Chamberlain: Peace in our Time

History is brought to life, and the man behind one of the most famous speeches in British history is revealed in this delightful two-hander, Chamberlain: Peace in our Time, from Se… 

Drama King

Drama King

Unless you have studied the history of theatre it's easy to imagine that performances on stage have always been very much as they are today. 

Hugs, Tears and Replacement Bus Services

Hugs, Tears and Replacement Bus Services

Hugs, Tears & Replacement Bus Services by Nod at The Fox is a 16-minute fully audio production complete with the dialogue fully subtitled to allow those who are hearing impaire… 

Waiting for Hamlet

Waiting for Hamlet

Waiting for Hamlet has itself been waiting for some time. 

Why I Am an Avocado

Why I Am an Avocado

The title of the show and the name of the company drew me to this production. 

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery

Bring together the work of Jane Austen and the modern world of dating together to create a murder mystery with a twist you get An Austentatious Murder. 

A Matter of Time

A Matter of Time

Anjali Singh has created a show that is a fusion of a Ted Talk, comedy and musical theatre, to depict how much time changes in the blink of an eye. 

Shakespeare (She/Her)

Shakespeare (She/Her)

Those who know of William Shakespeare will probably recognise several of his intricate plots. 

Big Quiffy Bingo

Big Quiffy Bingo

Big Quiffy Bingo was a show that was full of glitz and glamour, thanks to the host of the evening Boogaloo Stu. 

There's A Ghost In My House

There's A Ghost In My House

Reality and fiction fuse in this interesting piece focusing on the paranormal world, as a TV editor called Sam struggles to accept where the lines of reality lie when asked to chan… 

Sparkly Bird

Sparkly Bird

How do you live after your sister dies by her own hand? You mourn. 

Open Return

Open Return

Throughout our lifetime we meet hundreds of different people. 

The Late Show

The Late Show

The Late Show was a comedy night that lit up The Warren with much needed silliness, laughter and joy with the return of live shows. 

THIS IS REALITY 2000

THIS IS REALITY 2000

In July 2000 we found ourselves glued to our screens as series one of UK’s Big Brother aired for the first time and proved to be a major hit. 

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Lucian begat Goethe begat Dukas begat Disney begat Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost; for this new musical by the latter writing duo has history. 

Good Grief

Good Grief

Kicking off at the end of a particularly boozy and pizza-fuelled wake, then time-skipping over the months of post-funeral aftermath, Good Grief charts the stuttering relationship o… 

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life

What do tomatoes, banjos and a recovering executive have in common? Keith Alessi, who used to consume excessive amounts of tomatoes and had 52 banjos in his closet, but couldn’t … 

The Secret Theatre

The Secret Theatre

Where is the glitter and magic, our annual Christmas treat, without the Sugar Plum Fairy or the Snow Queen? With theatre doors closed during these sad times, Scottish Ballet have c… 

Sasha Regan's All Male The Pirates of Penzance

Sasha Regan's All Male The Pirates of Penzance

The works of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan are jewels in the English theatrical treasury and I, generally, have scant patience (no pun intended) with 'reimaginings'. 

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

What is magic, really? Is it an evil enchantress who can freeze a person in ice? Is it a crow who can talk? Or is it seeing dozens of little faces light up with joy? The Snow Queen… 

Hansel and Gretel? (A Postmodern Pantomime)

Hansel and Gretel? (A Postmodern Pantomime)

Outdoor theatre? In December? Yes, it’s happening! Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) have launched their first ever Christmas programme with a bang as Hansel and Gretel? A Postmod… 

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Working with a tight script from Stuart Crowther and some inspired direction from Stephen Smith, Threedumb Theatre have created a wonderfully atmospheric version of The Strange Cas… 

The Geek Shall Inherit...

The Geek Shall Inherit...

Hattie Snooks has staged an existential crisis, and somehow humour and song only enhanced this portrait. 

Furlough She Better Don't

Furlough She Better Don't

Clap Back Club have done it again! The feminist performance troupe, that started off as a choir, never fail to bring harsh truths to a laughing audience through parody and song. 

My Boy Danny

My Boy Danny

It’s worth noting first off that My Boy Danny was never originally intended to appear as an MP3 available for streaming on YouTube, with that compromise being a happy result of l… 

Frills in Lockdown

Frills in Lockdown

I knew it! This is what the Scottish lassies have been up to during lockdown. 

I Am Gavrilo Princip

I Am Gavrilo Princip

“I lit the spark that burned the world down”, declares Oliver Yellop’s Gavrilo Princip, before a dying trumpet slide suggests the spark may have been, in fact, rather more of… 

Iain Dale: All Talk with Alastair Campbell

Iain Dale: All Talk with Alastair Campbell

It shouldn’t be controversial to assume that one’s ability to enjoy this particular interchange may well rest ultimately on personal politics and the level of individual anger … 

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE* *But Just The Deaths (and the gory bits too)

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE* *But Just The Deaths (and the gory bits too)

This jaunty little potter through the more gruesome elements of Shakespeare’s works really ‘gets’ the tone needed for this strange 2020 hybrid of live theatre / film / desper… 

Countdown to Clowntown:

Countdown to Clowntown:

When Covid-19 is up, the economy down and Brexit looming around the corner, you need clown therapy. 

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party

Vampire's Ball Ultimate Halloween Party

Brad Tassell and Steve Goodie describe themselves as a pair who have been ‘all-around nutty goofballs for more than 30 years’; and it shows. 

Lockdown Drag-out

Lockdown Drag-out

It’s either a mid-conversation pick-up or a recording error that opens Jane Martin’s monologue, Lockdown Drag-Out, in which she appears as the plummy and plumpy Audrey Stanton … 

Short Film Night

Short Film Night

Closing the first day of [email protected] on Monday 11th of August was an online short film screening and Q&A with Phil Spencer, available to watch online in full. 

The Plague Thing

The Plague Thing

If you’ve been feasting on BBC iPlayer during lockdown and enjoying the delights of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, it’s worth taking six minutes out of your social isolation t… 

Smoking Gun

Smoking Gun

A dodgy MP, a new and potentially dangerous drug and a mysterious whistle-blower. 

The Maydays: Confessions!

The Maydays: Confessions!

Another riotous performance from the Maydays! Proving that they really are the masters of improvisation, Maydays’ latest outing, Confessions had a packed-out Komedia in stitches. 

Life And Death Of A Journalist

Life And Death Of A Journalist

Jingan Young is a fascinating writer to follow, as her play Life and Death of a Journalist explores the hardships of journalism amid political turbulence and cultural difference. 

Pride Plays

Pride Plays

Edinburgh’s Traverse has long-championed new drama—indeed, the venue’s self-description is the simple goal of being “Scotland’s new writing theatre”. 

Antigone, Interrupted

Antigone, Interrupted

Experimental, inventive and hugely daring, Antigone, Interrupted is Sophocles re-imagined, the first production by Joan Clevillé since becoming Artistic Director of Sc… 

Talk

Talk

Set in 1854 in the criminal wing of Bethlem Hospital for the Insane and being about the birth of psychotherapy, you would be forgiven for assuming this play will be heavy going. 

Professional Breakup Artist

Professional Breakup Artist

Annabelszki brought an uplifting and insightful fusion of storytelling, comedy and poetry to her show Professional Breakup Artist to highlight the various stages of love, da… 

Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy

Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy

Fresh from a slot on James Corden’s Late Late Show, Lou Sanders breezes into Brighton to blow away the grubby taint of the coronavirus—and your dad. 

Songs of Innocence

Songs of Innocence

Part of the Six Plays One Day event at Tristan Bates, Songs of Innocence really stands out from the crowd. 

Am I Happy Yet?

Am I Happy Yet?

Written and performed by Jack Hesketh and directed by Coral Tarran, Is Trying Enough? starts with a young man bouncing out of bed to the upbeat sounds of Mr Blue Sky by ELO. 

Noodles For Breakfast

Noodles For Breakfast

When Kate (Robyn Lovell) starts her new job working in a charity call centre for breast cancer care, her newfound workmate and desk-share partner Garry's (Matthew Bromwich) rel… 

My Fern Flower

My Fern Flower

According to an ancient myth, the fern flower blooms for a very short time on the eve of the summer solstice, and those who are fortunate enough to find it are granted earthly fort… 

Little Boxes

Little Boxes

Actor Joann Condon from BBC'S Little Britain fame is fed up with being put into a box. 

Over My Dad's Body

Over My Dad's Body

Since I last saw Simon David on stage in his 2018 Edinburgh Fringe debut, Virgin, much has happened in his personal life. 

Roots

Roots

We’ve reached the end of the decade and entered the ‘20s again. 

A Kind of People

A Kind of People

One party gone wrong and a constellation of friends, family, and sacrosanct values falls apart. 

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

Welcome to The Republic of Biafra, 1967. 

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen

Scottish Ballet: The Snow Queen

A wintry tale of fire and ice where selfless love wins, The Snow Queen, choreographed by Christopher Hampson, is a dangerous journey encountering bandits and snow creatures. 

Stick Man

Stick Man

It’s a Thursday afternoon, and I’m sat comfortably in the stalls of Brighton Theatre Royal amongst an absolute army of five-year-olds. 

Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Panto season is upon us (Oh Yes it is!) and Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch have repackaged the classic tale of Robin Hood and bought it to the stage in a wonderful way. 

Wind of Heaven

Wind of Heaven

There is something wonderfully seasonal about Wind of Heaven at the Finborough Theatre. 

Oor Wullie

Oor Wullie

Many Scots first experience of comics is likely to be two series published by Dundee-based D C Thomson in their long-running newspaper, The Sunday Post. 

Rage, but Hope

Rage, but Hope

Streatham Space Project helped its audience ask questions of themselves during the debut performance of Rage, But Hope. 

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

A long table stretches across the expansive floor of the Coronet. 

The House of The Spirits / La Casa de Los Espíritus

The House of The Spirits / La Casa de Los Espíritus

The mission of the Cervantes Theatre “to showcase the best Spanish and Latin American plays in London” is strikingly realised in its closing play of the 2019 season that featur… 

The Haunted Ballroom

The Haunted Ballroom

Billed as a Halloween cabaret extravaganza, The Haunted Ballroom was a loose mix of disco style party and cabaret acts from renowned London based performers Black Cat Cabaret, who … 

STOP KISS

STOP KISS

Above The Stag Theatre yet again provides us with a beautifully handled love story, whilst sensitively exploring societal issues that LGBTQ+ individuals face. 

Sydney & the Old Girl

Sydney & the Old Girl

Forget any notions of political correctness, civility or polite drawing room conversation. 

The Match Box

The Match Box

The prospect of a two-act monologue that lasts around two and a quarter, an interval, is perhaps daunting for both the actor and aficionados of the genre alike. 

Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

The Tower Theatre Company again displays comedic excellence as they lift Noël Coward’s witty and well-timed words from the page ferociously and successfully in their latest perf… 

Angela Barnes: Rose-Tinted

Angela Barnes: Rose-Tinted

It’s a Wednesday night in Brighton and Komedia is packed. 

The Stornoway Way

The Stornoway Way

“We do not live in the back of beyond, we live in the very heart of beyond,” argues Roman Stornoway, a struggling musician and the central protagonist in Kevin MacNeil’s thea… 

Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties

Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties

Geoff Norcott is a working class comedian with an (oven) chip on his shoulder.