Theatre

Annie

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Nikolai Foster’s timely revival of the 1977 Tony Award-winning musical, Annie.

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On The Town

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Laurence Green reviews Drew McOnie's funny and joyful revival of Leonard Bernstein's production, On The Town....

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Love in Idleness

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Laurence Green reviews a handsomely mounted but slow-moving new production of Terence Rattigan's Love in Idleness....

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Seventeen

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Confused hormonal teenagers are played by a cast of over 50s actors in Seventeen, but the result is a great disappointment writes Laurence Green.

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Buried Child

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Ed Harris excels in Buried Child a resonant picture of the American dream turned into a nightmare, writes Laurence Green ...

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Father Comes Home from the Wars

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Laurence Green reviews Suzan-Lori Parks's three-hour American civil war opus When Father Comes Home from the Wars...

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Into the Woods

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Laurence Green goes Into the Woods to see Menier Chocolate Factory staging of the Stephen Sondheim musical favourite.

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Faith Healer

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Laurence Green reviews Lyndsey Turner's beautifully measured revival of Brian Friel's memory play, Faith Healer...

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Aladdin

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The stage version of Disney's Aladdin is a glittering musical extravaganza that provides great entertainment for the whole family. By...

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Hobson’s Choice

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Martin Shaw stars in this richly detailed but overripe version of Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice. Laurence Green reviews.

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The Taming of the Shrew

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A stingingly provocative production, then, that marks a triumph in the Globe's Shakespearean repertoire, writes Laurence Green....

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Laurence Green is disappointed by a modern retelling of Shakepseare's classic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream....

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Guys and Dolls

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Laurence Green finds a revival to relish in a new production of Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre.

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Funny Girl

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Sheridan Smith triumphantly reinvents Fanny Brice in this storming new version of Funny Girl. Writes Laurence Green....

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Showboat

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Showboat is brought vividly to life in this excellent new production. Do not miss it, writes Laurence Green. ...

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Cyprus Avenue

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Stephen Rae stars in Cyprus Avenue a provocative drama about a man struggling with his past during ‘the troubles’ in Ireland. Laurence Green reviews.

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Sunset Boulevard

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Laurence reviews Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard at London Coliseum, with Glenn Close reprising her Tony Award-winning role...

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Motown the Musical

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Laurence Green finds an energetic, relentlessly feel good musical in Charles Rudolph-Wright's Motown the Musical....

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Welcome Home, Captain Fox!

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Acid observations about the snobbery and paranoia in late 1950s America abound in Blanche McIntyre’s spiky comedy, writes Laurence Green.

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Mrs Henderson Presents

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Laurence Green finds in Mrs Henderson Presents a stirring story of hedonism and heroism that captures London during the Blitz...

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Uncle Vanya

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A complex web of dysfunctional relationships is at the heart of this flawed modern adaptation of Uncle Vanya, writes Laurence Green....

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The Master Builder

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Ralph Fiennes’s brilliance dominates this enthralling adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master at The Old Vic, writes Laurence Green.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

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Laurence Green enjoys a first rate performance of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom starring Sharon D Clarke as the titular Blues legend....

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The End of Longing

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Four lost souls' lives intertwine in Matthew Perry's The End of Longing but despite promise Laurence Green is left feeling disappointed. ...

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Red Velvet

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Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award winning play on the life of Ira Aldridge, the first black actor of note, transfers to the West End.

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The Mother

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Gina McKee offers a standout performance in The Mother by acclaimed French playwright Florian Zeller, writes Laurence Green....

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The Pianist of Willesden Lane

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Hershey Felder's moving theatrical drama of a child's experience in London after escaping Nazi oppression. Reviewed by Laurence Green...

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The Lorax

Theatre

The Old Vic’s first venture into the family show market then is a weird and wacky play with a message that will speak to audiences of all ages

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Goodnight Mister Tom

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Laurence Green reviews David Wood's play Goodnight Mister Tom at the Duke of York's Theatre....

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Top 10 theatre shows of 2015

Theatre

Laurence Green brings down the curtain on a stellar year for UK theatre shows....

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Around the World in 80 Days

Theatre

The majestic, mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg comes to the stage in this joyful adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic tale.

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Linda

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A woman, who at 55 seems to have it all, suddenly Linda her life falling apart around her in Penelope Skinner's flawed but timely new drama...

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Little Eyolf

Theatre

Ibsen's 1894 drama Little Eyolf still has the ability to shock in its study of a couple with a guilty secret, writes Laurance Green....

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Waste

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Laurence Green finds an elegant slow-burning revived version of the 1907 tale of political sleaze Waste at the Lyttleton Theatre.

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Husbands and Sons

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Superb performances and an imaginative, atmospheric set help bring to life this trio of DH Lawrence tales, writes Laurence Green. ...

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Mr Foote’s Other Leg

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Laurence Green finds Mr Foote's Other Leg starring Simon Russell Beale "an utterly irresistible paean to the love, eccentricity and...

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The Hairy Ape

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Laurence Green finds The Hairy Ape to be an absorbing and bold production of an unjustly neglected work.

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Farinelli and the King

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Mark Rylance is in brilliant form as Philippe of Spain wrestling depression and finding companionship with the famous castrato Farinelli....

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Jane Eyre

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An imaginative revoking of a Charlotte Brontë classic is provided by Sally Cookson in her absorbing and powerful productions of Jane...

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Hangmen

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Martin McDonagh’s much anticipated new play Hangmen, fails to deliver on the hype at the Royal Court Theatre writes Laurence Green.

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Kinky Boots

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Laurence reviews Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre....

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Song From Far Away

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The way in which we come to terms with grief is explored by Simon Stephens in his now one man play Song From Far Away (Young Vic), directed...

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Edinburgh Festival 2015

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Laurence Green picks the best bits of a hugely successful Edinburgh Festival 2015.

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Splendour

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Intrigue and suspicion form the backdrop of this disappointing rework of Splendour at Donmar Warehouse. Reviewed by Laurence Green. ...

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Three Days in the Country

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A shortened version of Ivan Turgenev's classic comedy of manners brings beautifully judged performances and wry wit to the Lyttleton...

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

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That barnstorming classic 1954 film musical Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is back in a rousing new stage adaptation directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park.

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Sinatra: The Man and His Music

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Ol' Blue Eyes is back - Frank Sinatra returns to West End's London Palladium after his British debut 65 years ago....

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What’s It All About – Bacharach Reimagined

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This homage to the music of the great Burt Bacharach is big on impact and timeless classics says Laurence Green at Menier Chocolate...

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Theatre

Exquisite set and costumes add style and elegance but David Suchet is the undoubted star of the reboot of the classic Oscar Wilde satirical comedy.

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The Dreamers

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Laurence Green finds First World War-set tale of courage and sacrifice, The Dreamers, to be lively but ultimately lacking in emotional...

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Bend It Like Beckham

Theatre

Stage version of Gurinder Chadha's 2002 hit film Bend It Like Beckham kicks off at the Phoenix Theatre....

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Oresteia

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2500 year-old epic trilogy gets a modern makeover in Robert Icke’s powerful reimagining of Aeschylus’s The Oresteia (Almeida Theatre), marking the start of a season of classic Greek theatre.

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Temple

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Laurence Green reviews Steve Waters's new play Temple at the Donmar, a fictional account of the events during Occupy London movement in...

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High Society

Theatre

Laurence Green predicts Cole Porter's classic feel-good musical High Society will be among the summer's biggest theatrical hits....

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Hay Fever

Theatre

Felicity Kendal returns to West End as Judith Bliss in the revival of Noël Coward’s Hay Fever at Duke of York’s Theatre.

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The Father

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Laurence Green reviews, The Father, a fascinating and totally unsentimental drama exploring the effects of dementia, featuring an...

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Everyman

Theatre

Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a commanding performance as the hedonistic Everyman in the Carol Ann Duffy's updated adaptation of the...

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The Audience at the Apollo Theatre

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Peter Morgan’s hit play The Audience returns to the West End with Dame Kristin Scott Thomas as Queen Elizabeth II.

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Bugsy Malone

Theatre

Laurence Green had an enjoyable evening with the stage production of Alan Parker's musical gangster film Bugsy Malone at the Lyric....

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A Mad World My Masters

Theatre

Take a Jacobean satire update it to seedy 1950s Soho and the result is Sean Foley's RSC production of Thomas Middleton's 1605 comedy A Mad...

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Ah, Wilderness

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Laurence Green reviews the revival production of Eugene O’Neill’s comedy Ah, Wilderness! at the Young Vic Theatre.

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Light Shining in Buckinghamshire

Theatre

Lyndsey Turner's grand scale revival of civil war set drama, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, provides a timely nod to failed hope and the...

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The Twits

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews the stage production of Roald Dahl's The Twits at The Royal Court Theatre....

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The Three Lions

Theatre

If you ever wondered what happens when a footballer, a prince and a Prime Minister were in a hotel room together, then William Gaminara’s timely comedy The Three Lions (St. James’s Theatre) provides the answer.

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The Broken Heart

Theatre

Laurence Green on the revival of John Ford's 17th century tale of obsessive passions and vengeful schemes, The Broken Heart. ...

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Man and Superman

Theatre

Laurence Green had an enjoyable evening with Simon Godwin's revival of George Bernard Shaw's classic Man and Superman at the National...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and finds it to be “a musical to treasure with a dazzling array of unforgettable songs”.

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Di and Viv and Rose

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Anna Mackmin's exploration of friendship and finds a bittersweet comedy that promises more than it fulfils. ...

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Taken at Midnight

Theatre

Penelope Wilton gives a stand out performance in Taken at Midnight and engrossing reminder of the terrible price paid by those who dared...

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Theatre

Laurence Green sees a madcap musical that doesn’t cut very deep but certainly provides an entertaining evening in the theatre.

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City of Angels

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Josie Rourke's revival of City of Angels at The Donmar Warehouse. ...

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Golem

Theatre

Theatre company 1927's latest production Golem blending original animation, entrancing music and live performance in a superb satire on our...

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Theatre review of 2014

Theatre

Laurence Green picks his top 10 theatre productions over the past 12 months.

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Far Away

Theatre

One woman's search for the truth in senseless world provides the theme of Caryl Churchill's intriguing but perplexing short play Far Away...

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Made in Dagenham

Theatre

An uplifting new musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right is how you could describe Rupert...

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Memphis

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys a roof-raising musical charting the birth of rock n roll and the troubled history of race in the USA.

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The Cherry Orchard

Theatre

Not a definitive performance ... but an entertaining and though provoking evening at the theatre says Laurence Green....

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Electra

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys the stage production of Sophocles's tragedy, Electra, at the Old Vic Theatre....

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Little Revolution

Theatre

Laurence Green says Little Revolution fails to deliver enough sense of tension or menace in its portrayal of the London riots of 2011.

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Traverse Theatre

Theatre

Laurence Green visited the Traverse Theatre during Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 for some of the best new drama and shows....

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My night with Reg

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Kevin Elyot's ground breaking 1994 play: My night with Reg...

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The Nether

Theatre

Laurence Green sees a dystopian vision of the future in Jennifer Haley’s dark new play The Nether at the Royal Court Theatre

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Shakespeare in Love

Theatre

Laurance Green enjoys the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film at the Noel Coward Theatre....

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Daytona

Theatre

Laurence Green finds Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer "a joy to watch" in Oliver Cotton's ultimately uneven new play, Daytona....

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Forbidden Broadway

Theatre

Laurence Green watches Gerard Alessandrini’s merciless satire on musicals but finds it comes up short on wit and imagination.

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Bakerfield Mist

Theatre

Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in Bakerfield Mist, which Laurence Green finds a witty, joyful and rewarding experience....

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Miss Saigon

Theatre

Laurence's Connor's stunning revival of Miss Saigon has cinematic fluency and is proving to be one to the most popular shows in town....

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The Pajama Game

Theatre

Laurence Green finds the new production of The Pajama Game to be a buoyantly blissful blend of romance and comedy.

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Good People

Theatre

Laurence Green finds humour, punch and poignancy in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People - "not just a good play but a very good one"...

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Relative Values

Theatre

Trevor Nunn's stylish revival of Noel Coward's comedy Relative Values comes to the Harold Pinter Theatre....

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I Can’t Sing

Theatre

Spoof musical of the hugely popular ITV talent show The X Factor now arrives at the London Palladium.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Theatre

Laurence Green says the new musical version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is 'great fun' as he heads off into the night with a smile on his...

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Fatal Attraction

Theatre

The current trend in the commercial theatre to turn hit films into plays continues apace with Trevor Nunn's slick, shallow production of...

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Blithe Spirit

Theatre

Angela Lansbury makes triumphant return to West End in Blithe Spirit at Gielgud Theatre. Laurence Green reviews.

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Versailles

Theatre

Versailles is an an intelligent, impressive drama that marks a worthwhile addition to the current debate about the legacy of the First...

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The Full Monty

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys a night of The Full Monty at London's Noel Coward Theatre....

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1984

Theatre

George Orwell’s chilling and unsettling work, 1984, is still relevant in this absorbing adaptation at the Almeida Theatre.

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Quidam

Theatre

Cirque du Soleil are back with a show that lets your imagination take flight. Laurence Green is thrilled by Quidam....

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Stephen Ward

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical Stephen Ward (Aldwych Theatre), directed by Richard Eyre....

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Fortune’s Fool

Theatre

A scathing satire of 19th century Russian Society is provided by Ivan Turgenev in his unjustly neglected explosive family drama Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic), directed by Lucy Bailey.

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