THEATRE REVIEW: Shipwreck starring Fisayo Akinade, Raquel Cassidy & Tara Fitzgerald at the Almeida Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Almeida Theatre

WHEN? 15/3 runs to 30/3/19 RUNTIME: 3 hours (including a 20-minute interval)

Can political plays ever be about now? Was Shakespeare liberated by the censorship which dominated his writing or did its influence transform the Bard’s work into something truly universal?

  • Read on for reasons including how this work is like the best of James Graham

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Price starring David Suchet at the Wyndham’s Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Wyndham’s Theatre RUNTIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes (with 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 9/3, runs to 27/4/19

The effect of the Great Depression on America in the 1930s is a familiar theme running throughout the work of Arthur Miller and major revivals of his work are due at both the Old Vic, already currently staging The American Clock, and the Young Vic.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Dangerous Giant Animals at the VAULT Festival

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Vaults Festival RUNTIME: 60 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 10/3/19 (press review ticket)

‘We saw that you recently reviewed Cost of Living at the Hampstead. Our show deals with similar themes – disability, carers, family – and we wondered if you might be interested in reviewing?’

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THEATRE REVIEW: Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston & Zawe Ashton at the Harold Pinter Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Harold Pinter Theatre RUNTIME: 90 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 8/3, opens 13/3, runs to 1/6/19

A female voice sings a slowed-down and stripped back version of, we think, Depeche Mode’s Enjoy The Silence at several moments during this methodical revival and it’s the best in-joke of an understated evening.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Cyprus Avenue starring Stephen Rea at the Royal Court

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Royal Court Theatre RUNTIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 16/2/, opens 19/2, runs to 23/3/19

We’re in the 5th row and we count 3 members of the audience who head for the exit early as this startling play hurtles inexorably towards its terrifying conclusion.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train starring Ukweli Roach & Dervla Kirwan

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Young Vic RUNTIME: 120 minutes (excluding 15-minute interval)

WHEN? 15/2, opens 20/2 and runs to 30/3/19

Angel Cruz played by Ukweli Roach (pictured above) is in prison on Rikers Island, New York, where he encounters a fellow inmate on a similar murder charge.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? RUNTIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 9/2/19 (matinee), opens 18/2/19, booking until 14/9/19

‘Come from aways’ is a Newfoundland description for visitors from beyond the island and this is the story of what happened in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 when 38 planes were grounded there and the community embraced the outsiders.

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THEATRE REVIEW: All About Eve starring Gillian Anderson & Lily James

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Noel Coward Theatre RUNTIME: 120 minutes (no interval)

WHEN? 9/2/19 (evening), opening 12/2/19, booking until 11/5/19

All About Eve is best known as a 1950 film which won 6 Oscars starring Bette Davis as Broadway star Margo Channing who finds she is usurped by ambitious young Eve Harrington who insinuates herself into the star’s life.

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Shy Manifesto starring Theo Ancient at Greenwich Theatre studio

WORTH A LOOK? ****

WHERE?: Greenwich Theatre (studio) RUN TIME: 80 minutes (without interval)

WHEN?: 3/2, touring UK until 4/3/19 Details

Navigating the challenging terrain of social media is tough enough for adults but what must be it like for teenagers at a time when cyber bullying is rarely out of the headlines?

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