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Pharaoh's number 2

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In The Heights

20 February 2014 - 08:59 PM

Southwark Playhouse, 9th May - 7th June


Should be great!

Medea- Nt

10 January 2014 - 10:52 AM

Hearing that Medea will feature in the NT's 2014 season, directed by Carrie Cracknell and designed by Tom Scutt.

Fault Lines

15 December 2013 - 06:17 PM

Loved this. A great Christmas tragi-comedy, set in the office of a UK-based disaster relief organization when, on 24th December, a devastating earthquake hits Pakistan.

Playwright Ali Taylor has a sharp ear for wonderful dialogue and some genuinely funny one-liners, as well as setting up some brilliant (farcical) situations all whilst having a serious discussion about the ethics and morals of charities and the charitable.

It's superbly played by the cast of four: Samuel James, Natalie Dew, Nicola McAuliffe and Alex Lawther (brilliant in last year's South Downs, and an actor moving onto my - ever expanding - 'will see in anything' list).


08 December 2013 - 12:47 AM

Even very good performances from Deborah Findlay, Hadley Fraser and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen can't save this mess of a production. It looks ugly, and Josie Rourke has too much random stuff going on without any coherency. The cast, for a lot of the time, sit up stage on a row of chairs, getting up whenever they're in a scene. And occasionally they all move downstage and just stare at the audience. It's silly, as is the weird choreography also involving chairs. After Berenice, I'm starting to think Rourke has a chair fetish. There's also some business involving paint to draw on the floors and walls (something which she did in The Physicists), and there's a lot of random falling material- red confetti, soil, water etc. It makes little sense, and slows the action down as it needs to be constantly cleared up.

Tom Hiddleston does a decent enough job, though he's not helped by his over-excited occasionally squealing fangirls, some of whom have queued over night twice already to catch the first 2 previews. And Elliot Levey seems to be playing Michael Sheen playing Tony Blair.

My mind drifted a lot and I longed to escape. As expected, it received a semi standing ovation at the end, but if Mr Hiddleston (and therefore an audience full of his adoring girls) weren't in it, I'm not sure if it would've got the same reception.....

No doubt the press will love it, as they seem to have done with Henry V. I saw that this afternoon and that was also a major let down.

Let The Right One In

29 November 2013 - 11:06 PM

This is brilliant, and another triumph for John Tiffany. It's a really touching, and often thrilling, piece- a mix of vampires and teenage discovery. Beautifully staged and superlatively acted: Martin Quinn, in his stage debut, is near-faultless as Oskar.

It looks stunning, and features a highly impressive coup de theatre. There's a little self indulgent movement by Steven Hoggett which doesn't really add anything, unlike his work in Curious Incident and Once, and the start is a little slow, but once it gets going, the story grips. It's one of the best things I've seen this year, and I hope it transfers. It deserves to.