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My Brilliant Friend

Two excellent lead performances from Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack define this two-part epic adapted from Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels. Laurence Green reviews.

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10th Dec 2019
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Theatre review of the year 2019

50connect theatre critic Laurence Green selects his top productions from 2019, including the superb Jesus Hopped the A Train and Sally Field's excellent performance in All My Sons.

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4th Dec 2019
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Dear Evan Hansen

A show that captures the dilemma of the alienated teen - but doesn't succeed in getting the viewer to surrender to its emotional involvement.

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25th Nov 2019
Laurence Green
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On Bear Ridge

Rhys Ifans and Rakie Ayola conjure a tone of impending doom in this intriguing post apocalyptic drama, but despite their committed performances the result is cold, woolly and unmoving.

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11th Nov 2019
Laurence Green
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The Antipodes

A journey to the centre of America's dark heart is provided by Annie Baker in her latest play The Antipodes (Dorfman Theatre at the National) which is also directed by Baker, together with Chloe Lamford. Laurence Green reviews.

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5th Nov 2019
Laurence Green
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A Very Expensive Poison

A blackly comic exploration of relationships overshadowed by the political furore surrounding the poisoning and murder of Alexander Litvinenko. Reviewed by Laurence Green.

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30th Sep 2019
Laurence Green
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Hansard

Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan elevate this satire on late-Eighties Toryism at the NT's Lyttelton Auditorium.Laurence Green reviews.

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20th Sep 2019
Laurence Green
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The Doctor

'A timeless work, performed with great bravado, which manages to be both powerful and thought-provoking.' Laurence Green reviews The Doctor.

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5th Sep 2019
Laurence Green
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The Secret River

The Secret River is a shattering, astonishingly beautiful piece of contemporary theatre, one that speaks directly to a modern world riven by mistrust of the other, writes Laurence Green.

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30th Aug 2019
Laurence Green
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Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear - the Musical!

Laurence Green immerses himself in the psychedelic colours and sounds of this wisecracking, rib-tickling, side-splitting phantasmagoria.

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5th Aug 2019
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nicholas Hytner returns to the Bridge Theatre once again with another Shakespearn classic, this time venturing out of Rome and into the dream-forest outside of Athens in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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25th Jul 2019
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Jesus Christ Superstar

The Rice/Lloyd Webber-penned classic still feels fresh and vibrant and provides an entertaining and thought-provoking experience for audiences of all ages, writes Laurence Green.

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19th Jul 2019
Laurence Green
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The Hunt

Adapted from the acclaimed 2012 film, The Hunt is a disturbing and powerful drama that you won't forget in a hurry! Laurence Green reviews.

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12th Jul 2019
Laurence Green
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On Your Feet

Christie Prades gives a performance of great personal magnetism, tenderness and sensitivity in this absorbing and occasionally moving musical about the life of Gloria Estefan. Laurence Green reviews.

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8th Jul 2019
Laurence Green
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Present Laughter

Andrew Scott steals the show with a fascinatingly detailed interpretation of a character who is flirtatious, stroppy and sardonic, yet also drowning in melancholy in Noel Coward's comedy. Laurence Green reviews.

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2nd Jul 2019
Laurence Green
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Bitter Wheat

David Mamet's trademark whip-crack smart dialogue is much in evidence throughout this acid portrait of Hollywood power and manipulation starring John Malkovich. Laurence Green reviews.

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25th Jun 2019
Laurence Green
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The Starry Messenger

Laurence Green finds the eagerly awaited The Starry Messenger a play that fails to drum up much interest in or empathy with the characters and the situations they face.

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7th Jun 2019
Laurence Green
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Rutherford and Son

An impressive, intimate family drama that has aged well and provides plenty of topical resonance in its sense of festering tensions between the generations, writes Laurence Green.

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7th Jun 2019
Laurence Green
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Our Town

Thornton Wilder's revived Pulitzer-winning play is a grand meditation on human life, celebrating what it is to be alive and the bonds that unite us all. Laurence Green reviews.

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29th May 2019
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Death of a Salesman

Wendell Pierce excels in this compassionate, psychologically acute interpretation of Arthur Miller's classic that allows us to see a familiar play with fresh eyes. Laurence Green reviews.

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21st May 2019
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Rosmersholm

This timely revival of Ibsen's Rosmersholm "is a piercingly relevant work of personal and political passion, ambitious, complex and dramatically compelling. It might now in our troubled, searching times have found its right moment." Laurence Green reviews.

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13th May 2019
Laurence Green
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Small Island

A passionate engagement with the past that is sure to resonate with audiences at a time when recognition and compensation for the Windrush generation is under such fierce scrutiny. Laurence Green reviews.

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8th May 2019
Laurence Green
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All My Sons

Sally Field and Bill Pullman bring a real sense of authenticity to this production that is a testament to the enduring power of Arthur Miller's appeal to our collective conscience. Laurence Green reviews.

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30th Apr 2019
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I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With Why Have You Been Sleeping With My Wife: A Play by Christopher Bliss

With dad jokes flying left right and centre and some nice physical comedy, this is a show for those who have never truly grown up and long may they remain! Gabriel Wilding reviews.

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26th Apr 2019
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Sweet Charity

A heart-pounding, foot-tapping ode to Broadway musicals which sees Anne-Marie Duff steal the show as the titular heroine. Laurence Green reviews.

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23rd Apr 2019
Laurence Green
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Top Girls

Top Girls presents an argument for compassion, as well as a sharp look at social inequality in a country divided by its own ambitions, writes Laurence Green.

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12th Apr 2019
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Fiddler on the Roof

The resurgence in ant-Semitism ensures a timeless resonance to Trevor Nunn's revival of Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre, writes Laurence Green.

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5th Apr 2019
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Emilia

Elements of pantomime and boisterous backchat make Emilia a rousing reminder of creative women who have been omitted from history or have had to fight to make themselves heard.

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5th Apr 2019
Laurence Green
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Admissions

Alex Kingston and Andrew Woodall are perfectly cast in Joshua Harmon's satirical comedy skewering of the hypocrisies of the liberal left.

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25th Mar 2019
Laurence Green
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Waitress

"A truly tasty treat, bringing an uplifting celebration of love and laughter to the West End stage." Laurence Green reviews Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre.

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20th Mar 2019
Laurence Green


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