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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!

Crashed, Lowerwood Court Car Park

by Immercity Theatre CompanyDirected by Rosanna Mallinson★★★ Pros: Another well thought out production by Immercity which provides many of the components for brilliant immersive theatre. Cons: If you haven’t done the research, I don’t think this works quite so well. If you have done the research, you may feel that what you have looked up isn’t expanded on as much as you’d have hoped. Our Verdict: Give it a go. Immersive theatre is a popular form of entertainment at the ...

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Erich McElroy is Presidential, Slug and Lettuce Southbank

Written and Performed by Erich McElroy★★★ Pros: Crammed with interesting facts, amusing comparisons and bawdy humour. Very well woven together. Cons: Light on his own content while relying too heavily on asides about the media. Our Verdict: An entertaining show which will have you smirking and sighing at the insanity of American politics. Courtesy of Erich McElroy It’s a warm summer evening so sitting in a basement of a Slug and Lettuce bar doesn’t feel that appealing – until Erich ...

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Genesis New Writing Night, Genesis Cinema

Presented by Genesis Cinema Directed by William Walsh ★★★★ Pros: A chance to witness some early work from up-and-coming playwrights. Cons: Some plays need quite a bit of rewriting. Our Verdict: A fun night out and a chance to mingle with the actors and playwrights. Courtesy of Genesis Cinema I must admit I was a tad nervous at being given this assignment. I have been to numerous new writing evenings and quite a few have been terrible. They are often far too ...

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Treatment, Drayton Arms Theatre

Written & Directed by Raymond-Kym Suttle ★★★★ Pros: A well developed storyline that touches nerves in everyone’s lives – delivered with passion by the whole cast. Very emotionally engaging. Cons: Some may find the themes cliché and the acting soapy. It could do with a bit more balance in role distribution. Our Verdict: A tremendous collective effort that succeeds in bringing a strong message of paternal love and homophobic prejudice together. A very enjoyable night out at this Old Brompton ...

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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), Leicester Square Theatre

William Shakespeare Adapted by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield Directed by Matt Rippy ★★★★★ Pros: Great venue, enthusiastic performances, perfectly timed comedy. These renditions of the Bard’s work will appeal to keen Shakespeare fans and the not so keen alike. Cons: None except that the queue at the bar was a bit long at the interval, but when is it not?Our Verdict: A brilliantly timed, hilarious homage to Shakespeare’s work which appeals to audiences of all ages. Courtesy of Reduced Shakespeare ...

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Skin Tight, Park Theatre

Gary Henderson Directed by Jemma Gross ★★★★ Pros: Stand out performances and well-written dialogue that really hits home. Cons: I would have liked a little more detail on the story of their family, but it’s a really minor quibble considering the packed content of the relatively short play. Our Verdict: A strong production that expertly carries you through highs, lows, laughter and tears. Credit: Andy Colbourne The Park is a newcomer to the London theatre scene: it first opened its ...

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Macbeth, Lion and Unicorn Theatre

William Shakespeare Presented by Wyrd Sisters Theatre ★★★ Pros: Beautifully performed by each and every cast member. Cons: The immense heat came close to ruining the experience. Our Verdict: A fantastic rendition of this Shakespearean classic, but bring a fan! Credit: Ciaran Cunningham I was intrigued to see this unusual version of Shakespeare’s Scottish play from the Wyrd Sisters Theatre Company. Made up of an all-female cast – aside from the three male witches – the Bard’s dark tragedy is ...

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The Ladykillers, Vaudeville Theatre

Adapted by Graham LinehamDirected by Sean Foley★★★★ Pros: The main cast are skilled in delivering slapstick comedy and have excellent comic timing. The set is also very impressive and innovative. Cons: Some people may be put off by the silly humour, which is reminiscent of The Pink Panther and Gambit. Our Verdict: Slightly chaotic but overall an enjoyable performance with some laugh out loud moments. Courtesy of Vaudeville Theatre Following a successful run at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2011 and ...

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Glasshouse, The Battersea Arts Centre

The Honest Crowd★★   Pros: It’s unique and quite funny at times. The performers show excellent composure in the face of adversity. Cons: A little repetitive in the early stages and fairly unpleasant to watch at times. Not for those who don’t like a little audience-participation. Our verdict: An interesting experiment and very well performed. The script, while simple, does its job. Fans of performance art and surrealism may enjoy it. My friends will tell you that I don’t like ...

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The Precariat, Finborough Theatre

Emily Pulham Directed by Chris Dunkley ★★★★ Pros: All of the actors are excellent, and convincing. A very minimal set is cleverly utilised to add conviction to the scenes, and the theatre has a great atmosphere. Cons: Some of the more political rants don’t always sound true to the characters who are speaking them, and feel a little preachy (although the rants are not without purpose). Our Verdict: A wonderful piece – well cast, moving, enjoyable, thought provoking and darkly ...

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