Theatre Reviews With Paul Seven

Theatre Reviews Roundup: Alma Mater

'Satisfyingly labyrinthine' or 'too many irons in the fire'? The London theatre critics have their say about a new play covering the ramifications of a sexual assault at an Oxbridge college ...

Theatre Reviews Roundup: Grud

Hampstead Theatre Downstairs Sarah Power's second play sees a teenage woman balancing home life with an alcoholic father and sixth form with a new friend. Jaz Woodcock-Stewart directs. Not many critics took the journey to Hampstead but those that did enjoyed it. [Links to full reviews are included but a ...

Theatre Reviews Roundup: Slave Play

Were the critics ready for Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play with its sex scenes, racist language and a naked Kit Harington? ...

Theatre reviews roundup: Skeleton Crew

What did the critics think of the UK premiere of Dominique Morriseau’s 2016 play about Detroit factory workers facing redundancy? ...

Theatre Reviews Roundup: Your Lie in April

It was a manga comic and an anime TV series, now it's a musical on the West End stage. The London theatre critics loved the stars but had mixed feelings about the show ...

Reviews Roundup: Mnemonic

The original 1999 production of Complicite’s Mnemonic is legendary for its use of experimental theatre. Did the critics think this updated revival was still powerful? ...

Reviews Roundup: Starlight Express

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express is back in a new production at the Troubadour Wembley Park. Were the critics carried away by the trains and roller skates? ...

Reviews Roundup: The Secret Garden

The critics were enchanted by this new open air theatre production of the classic children’s story ...

Reviews Roundup: Mean Girls The Musical

Tina Fey’s musical version of her movie script took six years to get from Broadway to the West End. Was it worth the wait? The London theatre critics had mixed feelings ...

Reviews Roundup: The Constituent

What did the London theatre critics think of James Corden’s return to the West End stage? ...

Boys From The Blackstuff – review

James Graham, of Dear England fame, has written a stage version of Boys From The Blackstuff, the legendary TV series from the early 1980s. How does it translate onto the stage? And was it worth the effort? ...

Reviews Roundup: Kiss Me Kate with Adrian Dunbar

Does Adrian Dunbar make or mar Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate at the Barbican theatre in London? The critics are divided ...

Reviews Roundup: Kathy And Stella Solve A Murder!

How many more low budget British musical comedies can the West End accommodate? The critics are pleased it found room for Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! ...

Two Strangers (carry a cake across New York)

This is a review of a new British musical by Kit Buchan and Jim Barne with the feel of an old fashioned romcom. Sam Tutty from Evan Hansen and Dujonna Gift star as two very different people who meet before a wedding ...

Reviews Roundup: Dominic West in A View From The Bridge

Theatre Royal Haymarket The critics were agreed that Lindsay Posner's production of Arthur Miller’s classic, originally presented in Bath, was traditional, old fashioned even, but disagreed on whether this was a good or bad thing. Few could resist comparing it with Ivo Van Hove’s legendary minimalist production. Dominic West was ...

Ben Whishaw in Bluets – Royal Court Theatre

Ben Whishaw is the star attraction in an ensemble theatre piece in which three actors produce a live film based on the book by Maggie Nelson ...

Reviews Roundup: Punchdrunk’s Viola’s Room

In complete contrast to The Burnt City, Punchdrunk's spectacular hit, their new theatre show is small, intimate and low key. Did the critics like it as much as the previous offering? ...

Reviews Roundup: Boys From The Blackstuff 3.7★

James Graham, the modern master of political drama, was one of the few playwrights who could possibly bring Alan Bleasdale’s class TV series Boys from the Blackstuff to the stage. The critics agreed that he has succeeded, although there was some disagreement about how well it lived up to the ...

Izzard Hamlet 2★

Is this the worse show in London? The Izzard Hamlet, in which the stand-up comedian and actor (now using the pronoun 'she') plays every role, has been greeted by extraordinarily bad reviews, including two 1 star ratings. This is a summary of what they said ...

Bluets (Royal Court) – Reviews Roundup 3.1★

Katie Mitchell’s ‘live cinema’ stage version of Maggie Nelson’s Bluets might have been marginalised as an art installation rather than theatre, except it stars Ben Whishaw, Emma D’Arcy and Kayla Meikle. What did the critics make of it? ...

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