THEATRE REVIEW: An Adventure at the Bush Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Bush Theatre

WHEN?: 17/9, (press ticket) runs to 20/10/18

Author Vinay Patel is 1 of the first 2 writers of colour to contribute to Doctor Who in its 55-year history during the latest series which begins on Sunday nights on BBC1 next month.

  • Read on for reasons including how we were swept away by the scale of the ambition of the story and genuine warmth of the cast

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THEATRE REVIEW: Foxfinder starring Iwan Rheon & Paul Nicholls

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Ambassadors Theatre RUN TIME: 2 hours (including an interval)

WHEN?: 6/9, press night 13/9, runs to 5/1/18

Game Of Thrones star Iwan Rheon plays titular Foxfinder William Bloor and twice removes his top to self-flagellate as he investigates why a farm he is visiting is not yielding the crops expected.

  • Read on for reasons including how Rheon’s performance has echoes of his best-known work

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THEATRE REVIEW: Chicago starring Alexandra Burke at the Phoenix Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Phoenix Theatre WHEN?: 13/8, Ms Burke appearing until 14/10/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 20 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

This production won middling reviews when it opened earlier this year starring Hollywood’s Cuba Gooding Jr but it was only until the casting of Alexandra Burke, who debuted tonight, that we were persuaded through its doors.
  • Read on for reasons including all the opening night gossip featuring Martin Kemp as Billy Flynn

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THEATRE REVIEW: Aristocrats starring David Dawson & Elaine Cassidy at the Donmar

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Donmar

WHEN?: 10/8, runs to 22/9/18 RUNTIME: 2 hours and 20 minutes (with 20-minute interval)

We’ve admired David Dawson (pictured above with Cassidy) in TV’s The Last Kingdom and The Hollow Crown but we’ve never seen him perform in theatre until now.

  • Read on for reasons including how Dawson’s turn in this Brian Friel play will move you most

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THEATRE REVIEW: Little Shop Of Horrors starring Vicky Vox, Jemima Rooper, Marc Antolin & Matt Willis at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

WHEN: 4/8, press night 10/8, runs to 25/8/18 NOTE: Extended to 22/9/18

RUNTIME: 2 hours and 5 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Drag queen Vicky Vox (pictured above) makes her theatrical debut here as the voice of the mysterious plant named Audrey II which is hungry for blood at the heart of this fun-packed musical revival.

  • Read on for reasons including how Julian Clary and Strictly‘s Ian Waite featured

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THEATRE REVIEW: Othello starring Mark Rylance and Sheila Atim at the Globe

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RUN TIME: 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

WHEN?: 28/7, press night 1/8, runs to 13/10/18

Sir Ian McKellen once told us that this Shakespeare tragedy should really be called Iago and Rylance’s performance in that role here might shock.

* Read on for reasons including what Sheila Atim did after winning her Olivier Award

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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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