LOVE LABOURS WON & SWEET LOVE ADIEU

LOVE LABOURS WON & SWEET LOVE ADIEU

If Shakespeare were alive today, he would very likely have a lot to say about the state of the world currently. 

Slut Confessions

Slut Confessions

Court cases have always intrigued a modern audience. 

Coffee After Therapy

Coffee After Therapy

All of us have been on our own respective journey individually, focusing on healing from heartbreak, trauma, loss and a rediscovery of self. 

One Way Mirror

One Way Mirror

Jonathan Oldfield brings an intriguing one man show to the stage: sitting in his living room watching the world go by behind his one way mirror out onto the world, safe in the know… 

Villains: A Dizney in Drag Parody

Villains: A Dizney in Drag Parody

From the creators of Dizney in Drag comes Villains: A Dizney in Drag Parody. 

The Tower

The Tower

You might not think of combining Coleridge’s The Rime of The Ancient Mariner with Disney’s Moana, but if you do you might have a story that resembles The Tower, a tale of explo… 

TAP

TAP

Dance when it has a clear usage of passion, dedication and experimentation can be a fascinating exploration of how various rhythms and technique can conjure up colour, feelings not… 

Summoning Sondheim

Summoning Sondheim

When we hear the name Stephen Sondheim, we immediately think of musicals he created such as Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Chorus Line and Assassins. 

Sour Grapes: The Musical

Sour Grapes: The Musical

Motherhood is a moment in which it is life changing for a woman. 

Ghost Walk of the Lanes

Ghost Walk of the Lanes

Brighton's South Laines is not just about cobbled streets, boutique shops, interesting pubs and restaurants. 

Doggerland

Doggerland

You might be visiting Brighton Fringe to escape the conference circuit, but Doggerland throws you straight into an administrative meeting, albeit one hosted in a Hanover living roo… 

Billy-the-Cactus and Lorraine Fontaine

Billy-the-Cactus and Lorraine Fontaine

Despite only being an infant when Margaret Thatcher left office, so not old enough to actually remember the era of Billy-the-Cactus and Lorraine Fontaine for myself, I was still vi… 

B*ST*RDS: A New Musical Comedy

B*ST*RDS: A New Musical Comedy

If Ben Elton's Blackadder met Oliver Cromwell and musical theatre, then you would have a funny musical extravaganza called B*rst*rds. 

Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

A sure fire winner, a tear-jerker with comedic appeal, Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures’ Edward Scissorhands, is based on Tim Burton’s 1990 film but reimagined for dance. 

The Government Inspector

The Government Inspector

Bribery and corruption, greed and stupidity dominate Nikolai Gogol’s The Government Inspector. 

A Song of Songs

A Song of Songs

The European premiere of A Song of Songs at the Park Theatre sees a work as mysterious in theatrical categorisation as the book on which it is based is in terms of religious litera… 

People, Places & Things

People, Places & Things

You don’t get many second chances in life. 

The Empress and Me

The Empress and Me

The Empress and Me is based on the true story of Lizzie Yu (Princess) Der Ling, who spent time as a lady in waiting to the Empress Cixi in Victorian China. 

Six Characters in Search of Pirandello

Six Characters in Search of Pirandello

Playwright Tim Coakley has created an interesting twist on Luigi Pirandello’s groundbreaking play, Six Characters in Search of an Author, with his latest work, Six Characters in … 

Company RAu's DIDO

Company RAu's DIDO

Love is a powerful emotion. 

Music for Cats

Music for Cats

Time travel has always been in the public consciousness, with early influences such as HG Well's The Time Machine. 

Urban Retreat with Jing Institute of Massage

Urban Retreat with Jing Institute of Massage

Every now and then, during a busy period such as the Brighton Fringe, life can get hectic and even the smallest task can seem daunting. 

Tales for an Unruly Audience

Tales for an Unruly Audience

The art of storytelling has always inspired our imaginations. 

Richard III

Richard III

From the moment you are handed your programme at the Bridewell Theatre you are immersed in the world of SEDOS’s Richard III directed by Dan Edge. 

RANK.

RANK.

At the end of drunken night out all that Gemma and Jane want is to jump into a taxi, get home and crash into bed. 

Natal Attraction

Natal Attraction

This debut solo show by Katherine Kotz about five women and different aspects and attitudes to motherhood is certainly ambitious, and highlights some thorny and some hilarious area… 

Maggie & Me

Maggie & Me

Let’s tackle head-on what a younger theatre-goer may think when they see a play called Maggie and Me; “who is Maggie?” is my bet. 

Macready! Dickens' Theatrical Friend

Macready! Dickens' Theatrical Friend

When people think of Charles Dickens, one of the first things people think of are the variety of novels and articles he wrote, as well as his troubled love life away from the spotl… 

Lost to the Sea

Lost to the Sea

Lost to the Sea is an exploration of grief after losing a child to an accident at sea and how the power of words can be a huge part of the healing process going forwards. 

Great Britons

Great Britons

Great Britons starts with pomp and ceremony music setting the scene with a little row of Union Jack flags hung against a black backdrop. 

Far From Home Close To Love

Far From Home Close To Love

Actor and writer Benjamin Kelm taps himself repeatedly about the face as he repeats the mantra, “You can do it, you can do it , you can do it. 

Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown

Coleridge-Taylor of Freetown

We meet George Coleridge-Taylor terrified and hiding while bullets are heard loudly around him. 

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Prepare to be swept away with the magical spirits, river gods and squeaking sprites of Yubaba’s bathhouse for a timeless adaptation of the classic Japanese animated film, Spirite… 

The Ballad of Mulan

The Ballad of Mulan

There is a lot to be said about historical figures that in their own quiet way made a difference to the world they lived in at the time. 

The Elagabalia

The Elagabalia

The Elagabalia explores the idea of where we all belong as people. 

Strange Orbits

Strange Orbits

A couple celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary; their understated surroundings ooze of comfort and wealth and no hardships. 

Sexy Rude Harp Concert

Sexy Rude Harp Concert

Have you ever been on several failed dates and lived to tell the tale? Sexy Rude Harp Concert explores the idea of trying to find the perfect match and a happy ever after in an hon… 

Can't Stop Carrying On

Can't Stop Carrying On

Back in the day, the Carry On franchise was one of the biggest contraversial hits of all time. 

Practice of Zen

Practice of Zen

Practice of Zen, currently streaming as part of C ARTS’ online offering, explores the sensuality and resilience of traditional Chinese swordplay. 

Magpie

Magpie

In a cell strewn with straw, Michael Murphy sits on a basic mattress, chalks up the days of imprisonment on the wall; looks in his notebook and scribbles in it with his pencil. 

Laughing Boy

Laughing Boy

Connor Sparrowhawk died this morning. 

Art by Yasmina Reza

Art by Yasmina Reza

Art by Yasmine Reza is a comedy focusing on a group of three friends, whose close friendship is tested and challenged by a painting. 

A Year And A Day

A Year And A Day

Christopher Sainton-Clark, the sole actor in A Year and a Day, founded Raising Cain Productions in 2021 ‘with the aim of producing bold, innovative and cinematic small-scale thea… 

COMŒDIA

COMŒDIA

COMŒDIA takes on the ambitious challenge of reviving the vivacious spirit of the traditional Italian theatre form, Commedia dell'Arte. 

Frozen

Frozen

Bryony Lavery’s Frozen embraces difficult issues and circumstances. 

So That You May Go Beyond The Sea

So That You May Go Beyond The Sea

As we sit in the Camden People’s Theatre, a performance of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is taking place at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at least for the purposes this pl… 

What The Butler Saw

What The Butler Saw

Artistic Director and Founder of London Classic Theatre, Michael Cabot opened the company’s touring production of Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw at the Devonshire Park Theatr… 

Robin Hood (that sick f**k)

Robin Hood (that sick f**k)

Baby Lamb Productions have scored another success with their latest production, Robin Hood (that sick f**k) at the Bread and Roses Theatre. 

Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

If Emily Burns’ immaculately realised Love’s Labour's Lost is anything to go by, there is a fresh new breeze whispering through the corridors of the RSC. 

When Mountains Meet

When Mountains Meet

Heartfelt, feel-good, this is a highly enjoyable performance. 

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York)

A hopelessly romantic modern musical that'll leave you beaming throughout, Two Strangers is all you could want from a feel-good evening of musical theatre. 

The Girls of Slender Means

The Girls of Slender Means

The delightful wit with its dark undertow of Murial Spark’s The Girls of Slender Means is caught brilliantly in this adaptation by Gabriel Quigley, directed by Roxana Silbert. 

The Cord

The Cord

Theatre in the round (well, square) at the Bush Theatre, The Cord is a powerful realist drama about the unshakeable bond of motherhood and the tests of being a new parent, written … 

London Tide

London Tide

Standing ovations, once reserved to acknowledge only the highest calibre of performance, are now part of the theatre routine. 

Community Service

Community Service

Stan’s Cafe Theatre, Birmingham, is rooted in the community, so it’s no surprise that they have taken the local story of Trevor Prince, a gospel guitarist and one of the first bl… 

Iain Stirling - Relevant

Iain Stirling - Relevant

Iain Stirling's Relevant is undeniable proof of not only of his talent as a comedian and ability to entertain across generations, but also the level of his comedic reflexes, in… 

Besa

Besa

What an extraordinary and charming play this is, courtesy of De Insomniis Theatre. 

James V: Katherine

James V: Katherine

A brilliant gem, witty, gallus (cheeky) James V: KATHERINE by Rona Munro (a Raw Material and Capital Theatres Production) pulls no punches. 

Underdog: The Other Other Brontë

Underdog: The Other Other Brontë

In the same way that, for many, Destiny’s Child is Beyonce, the Brontë Sisters is (are?) Charlotte (Jane Eyre). 

My Beautifull Laundrette

My Beautifull Laundrette

Hanif Kureishi’s adaptation of his screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette was at the Liverpool Playhouse as part of its UK tour, courtesy of the Theatre Nation Partnerships conve… 

Horne's Descent

Horne's Descent

It all starts off so nicely, but it’s not long before Nina Atesh’s drawing-room drama turns into a battleground of conflicts that resurrect the past, fight for the present and … 

 The Dream of A Ridiculous Man

The Dream of A Ridiculous Man

An one-man adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoevsky short story of the same name, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man comes to the Marylebone Theatre stage with all the pertinent of its day: … 

Les Misérables (School Edition)

Les Misérables (School Edition)

To stage Les Misérables is a massive undertaking for any theatre company, but Director Ben Jeffreys has consummately risen to the challenge with a production of the School’s Edi… 

Foam

Foam

Harry McDonald’s Foam, at the Finborough Theatre, is a chronological series of snapshots that capture events in the life of Nicky Crane (1958-1993). 

Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Duke Bluebeard's Castle

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle is a one-act Hungarian opera saturated in symbolism. 

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

It’s refreshing to see a much-visited subject of bullying and homophobia in a world dominated by social media, given a fresh treatment that is both innovative and extraordinary, … 

Guys & Dolls

Guys & Dolls

Celebrating the show’s first anniversary, Nicholas Hytner’s sensational, immersive production of Guys & Dolls continues at the Bridge Theatre with a new lineup of stars, th… 

Cold, Dark Matters

Cold, Dark Matters

Cold Dark Matters is the story of a writer. 

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, has scored a major triumph in securing the services of Sir Trevor Nunn to direct his faithful adaptation of Uncle Vanya in a production that has … 

The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi

Director Rachel Bagshaw has created a vibrant and vivid production of John Webster’s tragedy, The Duchess of Malfi, at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre that revels in the candlelight se… 

Blue Beard

Blue Beard

Emma Rice is a genius - we know this from her stage adaptations of classic texts - but when it comes to a wholly original play written by Rice herself, how does she fare?The play i… 

Starter For Ten

Starter For Ten

In a landscape often cluttered with musicals trying to emulate other modern successes, it is delightful to see a new musical carving its own visual and musical aesthetic in this 80… 

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

Ryan Calais Cameron’s For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy, is now in its fourth run and second West End transfer with a brand new cast, and it … 

Rika’s Rooms

Rika’s Rooms

Rika’s Rooms is the second in the series of four works that form the Playground Theatre’s season of plays by Gail Louw and features Emma Wilkinson Wright in the eponymous solo … 

Blonde Poison

Blonde Poison

Gail Louw's best-known work, Blonde Poison, forms part of a four-play season devoted to her work at the Playground Theatre. 

Marry Me a Little

Marry Me a Little

London’s newest Pub Theatre has opened with a sublime production of Stephen Sondheim’s rarely-staged Marry Me A Little. 

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Standing at the Sky's Edge

It’s rare to see an original musical open in the West End. 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Eleanor Rhode’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the RSC is a child’s-eye Shakespeare; a tale told in either the boring black and white of adult discourse or a … 

Marx in London

Marx in London

Unlike Marx's great work Capital, the one thing you cannot describe this boisterous comic Opera as, is boring. 

King Lear

King Lear

Danny Sapani (Misfits, Killing Eve, Black Panther, the National Theatre’s Medea) is King Lear in this intricate, striking production directed by Yaël Farber. 

Hadestown

Hadestown

It’s taken a hell of a time to get here, but finally, Hell has arrived in London’s West End. 

Two Sisters

Two Sisters

We live in turbulent and deranged times. 

On Before Carlos Acosta

On Before Carlos Acosta

For charisma, no other male dancer can beat Carlos Acosta, one of the greatest classical dancers of our times, still spell-binding at fifty. 

Dear Octopus

Dear Octopus

As a title, there’s something intriguing about Dear Octopus, now playing the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage. 

When You Pass Over My Tomb

When You Pass Over My Tomb

You know you’re in for a wild night at the Arcola Theatre when one of the content warnings is ‘Mentions of necrophilia’. 

The Gentleman of Shalott

The Gentleman of Shalott

Set in a secluded tower, this play is a queer adaptation of Alfred Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott, a poem detailing the life of said Lady, who is locked away, spending her days w… 

The Hills of California

The Hills of California

Set in the summer of 1976, in the driest heatwave of the century, four sisters come back to their home in Blackpool as their mother teeters on the precipice between life and death. 

Till the Stars Come Down

Till the Stars Come Down

Before digital TV made it a thing, “watching on catch-up” used to mean spending your Sunday afternoon in front of the EastEnders omnibus. 

Ingoldsby Legends

Ingoldsby Legends

There is something gorgeously comforting about a show that within five minutes of beginning you know you can relax and enjoy, because even the things that are ad libbed and unscrip… 

Ķīn

Ķīn

Has the National Theatre put the Lyttelton on Airbnb? In October, we had the city-break-length two-week run of Alexander Zeldin’s The Confessions (quite long enough, in my opinio… 

Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde

Is there anyone who hasn’t seen at least one version of this story, a version filled with gore, elaborate story lines and ostentatious special effects? This production of Jekyll … 

9 to 5 The Musical

9 to 5 The Musical

Before the titular, double-Grammy-awarded opening number begins, we are exposed to a soundscape of cheesy 80s commercials for domestic products that serve to highlight some of the … 

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

How does one adapt Franz Kafka’s bizarre novel onto the stage? With distinctive style and relative simplicity, answers Frantic Assembly. 

Cinders!

Cinders!

Is Cinders a male or a female? Audiences won’t know until the curtain rises on a particular night. 

The House with the Chicken Legs

The House with the Chicken Legs

There’s a famous quote by Winston Churchill that says that Russia “is a riddle wrapped in a mystery wrapped in an enigma”. 

MIDWYNTAR

MIDWYNTAR

Many of us have experienced the horror of meeting our significant other’s parents for the first time. 

Hansel & Gretel

Hansel & Gretel

Engelbert Humperdink’s biggest hit, packed with stuff that should not fit. 

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Mischief Theatre is back again with Peter Pan Goes Wrong, an effortlessly hilarious show where magic and mayhem coexist. 

The House of Bernarda Alba

The House of Bernarda Alba

Looking out at you from the poster for the National Theatre’s latest version of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, Harriet Walter cuts an imperious figure. 

The Homecoming

The Homecoming

The Homecoming, as with much of Harold Pinter’s work, is a timeless play, charged with machismo, pride and tension.