THEATRE REVIEW: The Importance Of Being Earnest starring Sophie Thompson at the Vaudeville Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: Vaudeville Theatre

WHEN?: 20/7, press night 2/8, runs to 20/10/18

Oscar Wilde saved his best play until last and so Classic Spring Company’s acclaimed year-long Wilde season ends on the highest of highs.

  • Read on for reasons including how the script is the star of this fine season finale

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THEATRE REVIEW: Allelujah! starring Sacha Dhawan & Samuel Barnett at the Bridge Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Bridge Theatre

WHEN?: 14/11, press night 18/7, runs to 29/11/18

‘I tend to write a play before I do the research for it,’ confesses Alan Bennett in the programme notes for his 1st play in 5 years and it really shows here.
* Read on for reasons including how Alan Bennett’s new play couldn’t be more topical

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THEATRE REVIEW: As You Like It starring Olivia Vinall at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Regents Park Open Air Theatre

WHEN: 9/7/18, press night 11/7, runs to 28/7/18

We’re joined in the audience at this preview by director Max Webster and composer Charlie Fink, formerly frontman of band Noah And The Whale, who have collaborated on work we’ve loved recently including Cover My Tracks and The Lorax (both Old Vic).

  • Read on for reasons including what a magical venue this is as the sun sets

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Lieutenant Of Inishmore starring Aidan Turner at the Noel Coward Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Noel Coward Theatre

WHEN: 29/6, press night 4/7, runs to 8/9/18

RUN TIME: 110 minutes (including interval)

It’s already been quite the year for playwright Martin McDonagh who should’ve won bigger at the Oscars for Three Billboards and now sees Poldark heartthrob Aidan Turner reviving one of his best-known plays.

  • Read on for reasons including whether Turner’s performance is a showstopper

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THEATRE REVIEW: Fun Home at the Young Vic starring Eleanor Kane, Jenna Russell & Cherrelle Skeete

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Young Vic

WHEN: 23/6, press night 27/6, runs to 1/9/18

RUN TIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

This first mainstream musical about a young lesbian won 5 Tonys and brings the curtain down on David Lan’s 18-year tenure as Artistic Director at this venue.

  • Read on for reasons including why The Inheritance is what we’ll remember Lan for

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Q&A and THEATRE REVIEW: Sea Wall starring Andrew Scott at the Old Vic

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 21/6, runs to 30/6/18

RUN TIME: 30 minutes

Andrew Scott won our 2017 Best Theatre Actor monsta for his lead role in Hamlet (Almedia and Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End) and follows it up with a revival of this Simon Stephens monologue at the Old Vic.

  • Read on for reasons including how Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Zawe Ashton & Ian Hislop featured

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THEATRE REVIEW: Heathers starring Carrie Hope Fletcher at the Other Palace

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Other Palace

WHEN: 15/6, runs to 4/8/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes (with a 20-minute interval)

UPDATE: Heathers transfers to the Theatre Royal Haymarket 3/9 to 24/11. Tickets

We’ve not experienced this level of pre-show excitement in a theatre since we saw Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, a stone’s throw from this venue.

  • Read on for reasons including how the buzz for this show is electric

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THEATRE REVIEW: Monogamy starring Janie Dee at the Park Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Park Theatre

WHEN: 9/6, press night 11/6, runs to 7/7/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours 10 minutes (with 20 minute interval)

Janie Dee starred in our favourite revival of last year, Follies, which also saw her shortlisted for monstas for Best Actress and Performance Of A Song and she returns to it at the National Theatre early next year.

  • Read on for reasons including why Dee is one of our finest actresses

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie starring Lia Williams at the Donmar Warehouse

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE: Donmar

WHEN: 8/6, press night 12/6, runs to 28/7/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 35 minutes (with 15 minute interval)

Star Lia Williams’ last two plays (Oresteia and Mary Stuart) transferred into the West End from their runs at the Almeida and it would not surprise us in the least if that feat was repeated here.

  • Read on for reasons including why Williams’ performance is the best by any actress this year

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THEATRE REVIEW: My Name Is Lucy Barton starring Laura Linney at the Bridge Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Bridge Theatre

WHEN: 2/6, press night 6/6, runs to 24/6/18

RUN TIME: 90 minutes without interval

Laura Linney made her UK stage debut last night as the titular Lucy Barton with this monologue adapted from the 5th novel by Elizabeth Strout which was longlisted for the 2016  Man Booker Prize

  • Read on for reasons including how Linney returns to Tales Of The City soon

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