THEATRE REVIEW: Brown Boys Swim at Soho Theatre (Upstairs)

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2 RUNTIME: 60 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: Thursday 29 September, runs to 15 October 2022

Young Muslims Mohsen (pictured left above) and Kash (pictured right) are best friends and decide to learn to swim when they are invited to classmate Jess Denver’s pool party.

  • Read on for reasons including how this is very funny but boasts a sharp shift in tone
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THEATRE REVIEW: The P Word at the Bush Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Saturday 10 September 2022, opens 14 September, runs to 22 October 2022 RUNTIME: 90 minutes (no interval)

Bilal – or Billy as he prefers to be known (pictured right above) – is 31 and has lots of anonymous sex but wonders why he’s never found the 1 or even a boyfriend.

  • Read on for reasons including why this is 1 of the best new plays performed this year
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THEATRE REVIEW: Eureka Day starring Helen Hunt and Ben Schnetzer at the Old Vic

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Tuesday 6 September 2022, opens 23 September, runs to 31 October 2022 RUNTIME: 120 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

Eureka Day opens with a headteacher and parent governors in the seemingly liberal titular private US school debating at length the inclusivity of a drop-down menu describing the pupils’ ethnicity.

  • Read on for reasons including our thoughts on Helen Hunt’s London stage debut
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THEATRE REVIEW: Treasure Island at Greenwich Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHEN?: Saturday 20 August 2022 (matinee), runs to 4 September 2022 RUNTIME: 135 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

We’re here because this venue describes this as ‘perfect for fans of the Greenwich Theatre pantomime’ and while there are lots of similarities that lightning hasn’t quite been captured in this (rum) bottle here – although it’s an apt description.

  • Read on for reasons including how this reminds of the Christmas joy that is the annual Greenwich Theatre pantomime
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THEATRE REVIEW The Southbury Child starring Alex Jennings at the Bridge Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Saturday 6 August (matinee), booking until 27 August 2022 RUNTIME: 150 minutes (with a 20-minute interval)

Jennings won 3 Oliviers between 1988 and 2003 and here plays a vicar who likes a drink, may have been unfaithful to his wife but is causing a stir in the parish because he won’t allow balloons at a Disney-loving dead girl’s funeral.

  • Read on for reasons including how the author of The Southbury Child is the screenwriter of our favourite film
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THEATRE REVIEW: Tom, Dick and Harry starring and co-written by Andrew Pollard at the Alexandra Palace Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Saturday 6 August (evening), booking until 28 August 2022 RUNTIME: 150 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

The authors of Tom, Dick and Harry visited the National Archives in London to find the documentation surrounding the World War Two escape from Stalag Luft III best known perhaps as 1963 film The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough.

  • Read on for reasons including how your reviewer lent a hand and had a ball with several elements of audience participation
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THEATRE REVIEW: Jerusalem starring Mark Rylance and Mackenzie Crook at the Apollo Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Saturday 30 July 2022, runs until 10 August 2022

My companion whispers in my ear at curtain down: ‘Best living actor in this country in a role of a lifetime’ and that does feel like a suitable 12-word summary.

  • Read on for reasons including how to get tickets for this must-see show
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THEATRE REVIEW: Sister Act starring Beverley Knight & Jennifer Saunders at Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHEN?: Saturday 30 July, runs to 28 August 2022

This 3,500-seater venue has 3 times been host to our Best Gig monsta winner (in 2017, 2018 and 2019) but it just feels too big from our Circle seat to do justice to this film turned musical.

  • Read on for reasons including how Hairspray star Lizzie Bea really grabbed our attention
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THEATRE REVIEW: Patriots starring Tom Hollander at Almeida Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHEN?: Saturday 16 July, booking until 20 August 2022

Hollander is doubtless 1 of this country’s greatest living theatre and TV actors and here as Boris Berezovsky his performance is sweary, larger than life and unforgettable.

  • Read on for reasons including how The Crown author Peter Morgan has crafted something extremely clever
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THEATRE REVIEW: Anything Goes starring Kerry Ellis, Denis Lawson, Simon Callow & Bonnie Langford at the Barbican

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHEN?: Saturday 9 July (matinee), runs to 3 September 2022 RUNTIME: 160 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

There’s a seemingly unscripted moment at the final curtain call when Bonnie Langford completes the highest kick of the show, with her leg above her head, that makes you think about what could have been.

  • Read on for reasons including how this show is still ‘just the kick London needs to help it as theatres re-open’
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