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Reviewing is at the heart of what we do. Here you’ll find all the reviews that our wonderful team of reviewers have written. On average we review around 15 productions all over the capital every week, so there should always be something that takes your fancy!

Travelling Light, National Theatre

Nicholas WrightDirected by Nicholas Hytner★★★ Pros: Interesting and light-hearted story, some good performances and a superb set design. Cons: A little silly in places, and quite hard to concentrate at first because of the accents.  Our Verdict: Not the National’s best, but still very good and worth a trip! Courtesy of Tristram Kenton for the Guardian As always, it remains our intention to see everything that the National has to offer. So as part of a mop up of shows ...

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The London Spring, Etcetera Theatre

Francis Beckett Directed by Christine Kimberley ★★★★ Pros: A thought-provoking production with an intelligent and layered new script. Cons: The action comes across a little cliché at times. Our Verdict: Not for the politically apathetic. For anyone else, don’t miss out on this fascinating insight into recent world politics. Courtesy of Etcetera Theatre The Arab Spring was a movement which no-one expected. It all started with the self-immolation of a young, unemployed Tunisian graduate. Just 15 months later, no less ...

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Don Juan Comes Back from the War, Finborough Theatre

Ödön von Horváth, in a new version by Duncan MacmillanDirected by Andrea Ferran★★★ Pros: Great venue delivering another solid production and offering great value for money; some strong performances too. Cons: Felt it lagged ever so slightly in the middle. Our Verdict: Quite an interesting piece of new writing to check out, and as usual the Finborough worth a trip. Courtesy of the Finborough Theatre The legendary character of Don Juan made his first appearance in the 17th century and ...

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Scooter Thomas Makes it to the Top of the World, New Diorama Theatre

Peter ParnellDirected by Sam Miller★★★★★ Pros: Wonderful script and sublime performances, really London fringe theatre at its absolute best.  Cons: Slightly dragged at one point, but to be honest this is almost not worth mentioning. Our Verdict: Superb. Go and see it now, you haven’t got long! Courtesy of New Diorama Theatre Every now and again, you find a gem hidden away in the depths of London. This evening, I found two. Firstly, I discovered the New Diorama Theatre, tucked away ...

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The Oresteia, Riverside Studios

Aeschylus, translated by Ted HughesDirected by Anastasia Revi★★★ Pros: An engaging production of a Greek classic with some great imagery and stylisation. Will keep you entertained. Cons: Sometimes goes over the top and veers towards melodrama. Our Verdict: Worth the trip if your want to catch an entertaining version of a rarely-performed classic. Courtesy of Anna Soderblom A two and a half hour long production recounting the ins and outs of a three-generation-long family feud was never going to be ...

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God/Head, Ovalhouse Theatre

Chris GoodeDirected by Wendy Hubbard★★★★★ Pros: An incredibly intelligent and well-written show, excellently executed, genuinely fascinating and really makes you think.  Cons: Perhaps easy to zone out if one is in the wrong mindset, not for everyone. Our Verdict: If you want a thought-provoking show with a great script, then don’t miss this. Courtesy of Ovalhouse Theatre A discussion about the nature of God and the reality of religious experience isn’t necessarily my perfect idea of a Friday night out. ...

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In Basildon, Royal Court

David Eldridge Directed by Dominic Cooke ★★ Pros: A part of the country that few playwrights choose to write about and a well-executed artistic vision.  Cons: Not very inspired writing, a couple of badly placed, almost caricature-like secondary characters and a rather dull and unnecessary ending, difficult to engage with the main characters. Our Verdict: Probably not worth your money considering what else you could be watching, but if serious drama really is your thing, then you may want to ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lyric Hammersmith

William ShakespeareDirected by Sean Holmes for Filter Theatre★★★★  Pros: An uproarious version of Shakespeare’s classic with many laugh out loud scenes along the way, incredibly accessible Shakespeare. Cons: Very liberal with the script so definitely not for Shakespeare purists. Our Verdict: Pucking funny (ahem)! A great night out if you keep an open mind, in terms of pure laughs Shakespeare doesn’t get funnier than this! Courtesy of The Daily Telegraph The first thing to say about the latest offering from ...

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