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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!

The Well & Badly Loved, Ovalhouse Theatre

Written and Directed by Ben Webb ★★★★ Pros: Strong stylistic staging, excellent movement sequences. Cons: Overly lengthy at times, contains its fair share of stereotypes. Our Verdict: Enjoyable for people of all walks of life – gay or straight, a piece worth seeing. Courtesy of Risking Enchantment The Ovalhouse is a theatrical space in south London which strives to host ‘theatre for people with something to say’, and this is particularly the case for their latest season, entitled if only… ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Richard BeanDirected by Nicholas Hytner★★★★★ Pros: Easily the funniest show in town, different-in-a-good-way to the original, Owain Arthur is ridiculously good, The Craze are still playing the music. Cons: None. Except for the fact that it gets out at the same time as Phantom of the Opera, forcing you to share limited pavement space with so-called ‘Phans’! Our Verdict: Still at the top of it’s game, it remains the must-see show in London. Courtesy of Alistair Muir for the Daily ...

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The Bomb (Second Blast), Tricycle Theatre

Ryan Craig, David Greig, Zinnie Harris, Diana Son and Colin Teevan Directed by Nicolas Kent ★★★ Pros: A fascinating commentary on the influences and dangers of nuclear weapons in the modern world. Cons: A shame it is truncated into two productions – it seems bizarre not to present the origins of the bomb alongside its consequences. Sometimes feels like too much of a geopolitics lecture.  Our Verdict: An urgent and interesting production overall, and a fitting swansong for Nicolas Kent.  ...

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Can We Talk About This?, National Theatre

Conceived and directed by Lloyd NewsonCo-Production between the National Theatre and DV8 Theatre★★ Pros: DV8’s stylised physical theatre. Cons: The political agenda is uncomfortable. Our Verdict: DV8 is a brilliant physical theatre troupe, it’s a shame about the topic they’ve picked to perform which only detracts from what they do best. Courtesy of Gergoe Nagy for the Guardian Through verbatim speeches and stylised movement, DV8 are back on stage at the National Theatre, tackling the potentially flammable issue of Islam’s ...

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The Comedy of Errors, National Theatre

William ShakespeareDirected by Dominic Cooke★★★★ Pros: A wonderful cast and a fun, modern staging. Surprisingly emotional ending.  Cons: Not the funniest ever staging of the play, the set definitely dominates at times. Our Verdict: Plenty of laughs and plenty of reasons to go see it beyond the appeal of seeing Lenny Henry. Courtesy of Johan Persson for the Daily Telegraph It has been a while since I last queued at 7.30am for National Theatre tickets and I had almost forgotten ...

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Farewell to the Theatre, Hampstead Theatre

Richard NelsonDirected by Roger Michell★★★★ Pros: Fantastic cast who work excellently together and ticket prices for the Hampstead Theatre are brilliant. Cons: Underdeveloped ideas leave the audience wanting a bit more from the characters and the play. Our Verdict: Well worth a trip up to Swiss Cottage, ticket prices are very worthy for these top performances. Courtesy of Tristram Kenton for the Guardian Deep in the heart of North London lies the Hampstead Theatre. It is a modern and comfortable ...

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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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