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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!

King Kong, The Vaults – Review

Credit: Geraint Lewis

Pros: Light hearted King Kong romp which should keep older children amused for an hour and a half. A couple of ‘for the parents’ moments. Cons: Old jokes delivered in a shouty style which started to be annoying towards the end. On arrival at the small underground theatre, The Vaults, we sat on the old cinema-style seats listening to an eclectic mix of appropriately themed music (The Banana Splits, The Monkees – you get the picture). I had no idea there were so many ...

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The Passion of the Playboy Riots, Hen and Chickens Theatre – Review

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Pros: Its well-researched and original approach to the dark times of Irish history. Cons: Being unfamiliar with the topic, I found the play difficult to enjoy. If you’re familiar with Irish history and the troubles, The Passion of the Playboy Riots gives a valuable insight into the role of theatre at the origins of the IRA. Spanning 24 years, the play is based on the published writings of William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory, founders of the Irish Literary Theatre, and Patrick Pearse, ...

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Mr Gillie, Finborough Theatre – review

Credit: Lidia Crisafulli

Pros: A forgotten play gains new resonance in this timely revival. Cons: It’s very wordy, and the first act takes quite a while to pick up momentum. On Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, a visit to the Finborough Theatre will take you back to 1950’s rural Scotland. To be precise, it will drop you into the fictional mining village of Crult, where Mr Gillie is the headmaster of the small school, and where his radical ideas about education are not always ...

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