Theatre Reviews With Paul Seven

Reviews roundup: Machinal 3.8★

They loved the play, they loved the production, but most of all the critics loved Rosie Sheehy in Machinal at London’s Old Vic ...

Reviews Roundup: London Tide at The National 2.8★

A Dickens’ novel the by Ben Power (The Lehman Trilogy) with songs by PJ Harvey had the makings of a hit, so what did the critics think of the new National Theatre production? ...

What is the point of the Oliviers?

What is the point of the Olivier Awards? They purport to celebrate theatre but end up looking like self congratulatory lovie love-ins. The awards, organised by the Society of London Theatres, are meant to be a shop window for the best shows, performers and creatives. But what kind of shop ...

Reviews Roundup: The Comeuppance

The Almeida Most critics agreed that Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ new play The Comeuppance didn’t reach the heights of An Octoroon. Nevertheless they greeted the story of a group of American millennials now in middle age who look back and face mortality (literally since Death appears) with 4 and 3 star enthusiasm ...

Underdog: The Other Other Brontë – National Theatre- Review

Review of Sarah Gordon’s liberty taking, laughter inducing look at the Bronte sisters. Gemma Whelan from Game of Thrones and Upstart Crow stars ...

Reviews Roundup: Ian McKellen in Player Kings

Noël Coward Theatre With Sir Ian McKellen playing Falstaff in a new play directed by Robert Icke and adapted from William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts One and Two, the critics expected the theatrical event of the year. They got it.  4 and 3 star reviews told us that, even if ...

Reviews Roundup: Underdog: The Other Other Brontë 3.1★

What did the critics think of the National Theatre’s new comedy about the Bronte sisters and its star Game of Thrones’ Gemma Whelan? ...

Reviews Roundup: Long Day’s Journey Into Night 3.5★

What did the West End critics think of Brian Cox from Succession and Patricia Clarkson in Long Day's Journey into Night? ...

Reviews Roundup: Power of Sail 3.1★

In Paul Grellong’s play at the Menier Theatre, a Harvard professor invites a racist, holocaust denier to a symposium. Various people are up in arms, freedom of speech is evoked, but as the would-be thriller travels back in time, it reveals there is more to various protagonists’ motives than their ...

Reviews Roundup: The Divine Mrs S 2.9★

Hampstead Theatre Despite the Arts Council withdrawing its grant, Hampstead Theatre continues to present new work. The Divine Mrs S is a new comedy written by April De Angelis, directed by Anna Mackmin, and starring Rachael Stirling. It tells the story of the great 18th century actress Sarah Siddons as ...

Reviews Roundup: MJ The Musical

MJ The Musical hopes to repeat its Broadway success with a run in London's West End at the Prince Edward Theatre but even the critics who loved Michael Jackson's music, the choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, the script by Lynn Nottage and the performance of its star Myles Frost, couldn't forget ...

Reviews Roundup: Sheridan Smith in Opening Night by Ivo van Hove and Rufus Wainwright

There were mixed reviews for Sheridan Smith in Opening Night written and directed by Ivo Van Hove with music by Rufus Wainwright at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End ...

Reviews Roundup: Red Pitch (@sohoplace) 4★

It sold out twice at the Bush Theatre, Tyrell Williams' Red Pitch has moved to SohoPlace, the new in-the-round venue in the heart of London. Did the critics still rave about this play about three young black men with a love of football? ...

Reviews Roundup: The Faith Healer 4★

Rachel O’Riordan is the latest director to tackle Brian Friel’s classic Faith Healer, an exploration of memory and belief. Why do the critics think it's the best value show in London? ...

Reviews Roundup: Sarah Jessica Parker in Plaza Suite

Glittering Hollywood stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are making a rare appearance in London's West End. The fans love them but what do the critics' think and what's their opinion of Neil Simon's vintage 1968 comedy Plaza Suite? ...

Reviews roundup: Sarah Snook in The Picture of Dorian Gray

Succession star Sarah Snook took to the London stage to play all the parts in Oscar Wilde's story about a man who sells his soul. Did the critics think she succeeded? ...

Reviews Roundup: The Hills Of California 3.8★

After the success of Jersualem and The Ferryman, there were inevitably high hopes for Jez Butterworth's new play The Hills of California. So, did it live up to those expectations? Here's what the London theatre critics said ...

Reviews Roundup: For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy 4.6★

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy by Ryan Calais Cameron has gone from the fringe to the heart of the West end (twice). What do the theatre critics think of Ryan Calais Cameron's play about the challenges facing young Black men? ...

Reviews Roundup: Sister Act The Musical 3.4★

Sister Act The Musical is now performing in London's West End. What did the theatre critics think of this adaptation of the Whoopi Goldberg movie and its star Beverley Knight, when it previously played at the Eventim Apollo? And what was their average rating? ...

Reviews roundup: Billy Crudup in Harry Clarke 2.8★

Mixed reviews for Billy Crudup in Harry Clarke at the Ambassadors Theatre in London ...

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