Reviews

Written for Everything Theatre

Locations for site-specific theatre come in many shapes, sizes, and levels of comfort, but it’s not often you come across luxury hotels being used for this purpose. This month though, theatre companies are going upscale, with The Hotel Plays on at the Langham and Dante or Die’s I Do at the Hilton Docklands.

Written for UNDERCULTURE

Adrian Lester reprises his role as Ira Aldridge/Othello, and meanwhile delivers a lesson in the do’s and oh-God-please-don’ts of acting in Red Velvet. Indhu Rubashingham started off her tenure as Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre in 2012 with this new play by Lolita Chakrabarti. As far as entrances go, this was the Arnold Schwarzenegger: not so much kicking in the door as shooting it down with a rocket launcher. It was clear: the Tricycle was going bring National Theatre quality to Kilburn. She managed it, quite literally, with Lester playing the lead. And now, the play is back.

Written for Everything Theatre

It will probably not have escaped your notice that we have a very special anniversary to ‘celebrate’ this year: the centenary of the First World War. Cinemas, tv stations and theatres will without a doubt provide their audiences with plenty of opportunities to look at ‘the war to end all wars’ from every possible perspective, but already it’s hard to imagine they’ll be able to deliver a piece that’s more poignant and hard-hitting than Terry Johnson’s revival of Oh What A Lovely War.

Written for Everything Theatre

‘Best of’ shows are tricky things to pull off. The recipe seems simple enough. Step one: take your most talented performers. Step two: have them sing your catchiest hits. Step three: watch auditorium explode with magnificence. On the other hand, there’s a lot that can go wrong as well. Dangerous adjectives like ‘self-indulgent’ and ‘repetitious’ lurk around every familiar turn. Interval Productions, rather in keeping with their name, delivers a show that’s stuck somewhere on that middle ground between awful and awesome.

Written for UNDERCULTURE

Beckett. I like to imagine his name being accompanied by a theme tune. Possibly something along the lines of Darth Vader’s personal intro. Beckett. Go on, say it out loud. Can you feel the chill running down your spine as the name leaves your mouth? I know I can. Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? I’m afraid of Samuel Beckett.