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Red Forest at the Young Vic
Monday 30 June 2014 - Alice Dickerson
Belarus Free Theatre has created a play which is all anger and no narrative.
A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic
Tuesday 22 April 2014 - Alice Dickerson
One of Arthur Miller's greatest plays retains its power through the outstanding performance of the actor at the heart of its story.
Oh My Sweet Land at the Young Vic
Tuesday 22 April 2014 - Alice Dickerson
A brutally honest, yet sensitive personal perspective on the war in Syria.
Other Desert Cities at The Old Vic
Friday 28 March 2014 - Leigh Hatts
Other Desert Cities at The Old Vic is the first of a series of productions to offer a more intimate experience than the theatre's proscenium arch usually affords.
Sizwe Banzi Is Dead at the Young Vic
Thursday 20 February 2014 - Alice Dickerson
A play which comes loaded with history but fails to live up to expectations.
Happy Days at the Young Vic
Sunday 2 February 2014 - Alice Dickerson
A perfectly staged version of Beckett's challenging work.
Beauty and the Beast at the Young Vic
Tuesday 31 December 2013 - Alice Dickerson
A show which is mesmerisingly beautiful and laugh-out-loud funny in equal measure.
Fortune's Fool at The Old Vic
Friday 20 December 2013 - Guy Rowston
It has taken almost twenty years for Mike Poulton's adaptation of Turgenev's tragi-comedy to reach London, having premiered at Chichester in 1996 and won Alan Bates an award on Broadway.
The Scottsboro Boys at Young Vic
Tuesday 5 November 2013 - Alice Dickerson
Unlike Rosa Parks or Little Rock, the Scottsboro Boys haven't entered the lexicon of pivotal moments in the American civil rights movement - at least not in the UK.
Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Vic
Friday 27 September 2013 - Marion Marples
The star names of Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Mark Rylance make this a must-see production. But poor initial reviews led to the SE1 critic attending with trepidation.
The Lightning Child at Shakespeare's Globe
Thursday 19 September 2013 - Leigh Hatts
'This performance contains filthy language and bare flesh,' says a notice outside Shakespeare's Globe where The Lightning Child is being staged.
Gabriel at Shakespeare's Globe
Wednesday 7 August 2013 - Marion Marples
Gabriel is an unusual unfolding of post-Shakespearian themes of London life, the position of women and the role of the trumpet in the works of Henry Purcell.
A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic
Sunday 21 July 2013 - Alice Dickerson
No piece of theatre could fully convey the horrors and injustices of the fight for Congolese independence.
Sweet Bird of Youth at The Old Vic
Thursday 20 June 2013 - Alice Dickerson
This may not be a flawless production but its characteristics reflect those of its own characters; imperfect, compelling and beautiful.
The Alchemist at the Rose Theatre
Saturday 15 June 2013 - Alice Dickerson
Try as it might, this production is unable to turn a dud play into something more fantastic.
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