THEATRE REVIEW: Kiss Of the Spiderwoman starring Samuel Barnett and Declan Bennett


WHERE: Menier Chocolate Factory

WHEN: 18/3, press night 21/3 runs to 5/5/18

William Hurt won an Oscar in 1986 for his memorable performance in the film version of this play as Molina, a transgender convict who entertains her political prisoner cellmate with reminiscences from escapist films.

  • Read on for reasons including how projections are used to great effect here

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Inheritance (Part 1) starring Kyle Soller, Andrew Burnap and Samuel H. Levine

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Young Vic

WHEN: 17/3, press night 28/3 runs to 19/5/18

Author Matthew Lopez writes in the programme of the power of literature – how watching Emma Thompson in Howards End as a 16-year-old changed his life.

  • Read on for reasons including when we will review Part 2 starring Vanessa Redgrave

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THEATRE REVIEW: Long Day’s Journey Into Night starring Jeremy Irons & Lesley Manville

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Wyndhams Theatre

WHEN: 10/3 runs to 7/4/18

Last Sunday Lesley Manville was pipped to a Best Actress Oscar for her role as a domineering sister to Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread and a day later she was shortlisted for the Oliviers for her role in this.

  • Read on for reasons including which Olivier Award-nominated actress was in the audience for this

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THEATRE REVIEW: Fanny and Alexander starring Penelope Wilton


WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 24/2, press night 1/3, runs to 14/4/18

We join director Max Webster and writer Stephen Beresford for a Q&A two nights before their production of Ingmar Bergman’s beloved children’s classic Fanny and Alexander opens.

  • Read on for reasons including how this version does not include Nazis and jazz

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THEATRE REVIEW: Summer and Smoke starring Patsy Ferran


WHERE: Almeida Theatre

WHEN: 3/3, press night 7/3, runs to 7/4/18

Last year saw two acclaimed Tennessee Williams revivals in London (the Young Vic’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie at the Duke Of York’s) and his Summer And Smoke is less well known for a reason.

  • Read on for reasons including why the supporting cast is strong and who is the one to watch

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THEATRE REVIEW: Harold and Maude starring Sheila Hancock, Bill Milner and Rebecca Caine


WHERE: Charing Cross Theatre

WHEN: 24/2, press night 26/2, runs to 31/3/18

How have we never managed to see the 1971 film of this life-affirming Colin Higgins play about a death-obsessed teenager and his chance meeting with a bohemian woman approaching her 80th birthday?

  • Read on for reasons including how engaging Sheila Hancock is as Maude in this

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THEATRE REVIEW: Frozen starring Suranne Jones, Nina Sosanya & Jason Watkins


WHERE: Theatre Royal Haymarket

WHEN: 9/2, press night 20/2, runs to 5/5/18

We’re imagining that most of the packed audience at this venue are here for Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones and it’s her name we hear in occasional murmurings from our fellow guests ahead of this first preview.

  • Read on for reasons including why it’s Jason Watkins who you’ll remember about this

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