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PLAY BY PLAY
ACT ONE
at the Vivian Beaumont

PLAY BY PLAY
Ironically, a play about cutting a script down runs unnecessarily long.
Reviewed by: BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON READ MORE
SHOOTING BLANKS
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
at the St. James

SHOOTING BLANKS
Having all the ingredients does not necessarily make a cake.
Reviewed by: BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON READ MORE
BUILDING A HOME
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
at the Ethel Barrymore

BUILDING A HOME
Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play still rings out with the same heart and humanity today.
Reviewed by: BERNARD CARRAGHER READ MORE
PAINTED BLACK
RED VELVET
at St. Ann’s Warehouse

PAINTED BLACK
This look at the racial history behind Othello is a bit stilted and heavy-handed.
Reviewed by: MATT WINDMAN READ MORE
MAN ON FIRE
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
at the Ethel Barrymore

MAN ON FIRE
Denzel Washington puts in a smashing lead performance and is surrounded by an excellent supporting cast.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
DIVIDED LIVES
IF/THEN
at the Richard Rodgers

DIVIDED LIVES
Idina Menzel shows off her singing chops in this heartfelt new musical.
Reviewed by: MATT WINDMAN READ MORE
GOOD GOLLY, MISS POLLY
THE THREEPENNY OPERA
at the Linda Gross Theater

GOOD GOLLY, MISS POLLY
Laura Osnes shines in an otherwise dysfunctional musical production.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
BROADWAY SIZZLE
THE NEW YORK SEASON
BROADWAY SIZZLE
Right now the New York theater scene is more adventurous than its West End equivalent, especially concerning new musicals.
Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
THE MIGHTY FALL
KING LEAR
at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center

THE MIGHTY FALL
Michael Pennington plays the king like a sad, old man lost in the wilderness.
Reviewed by: SANDY MACDONALD READ MORE


ROYAL TREATMENT
KING CHARLES III
at the Almeida

ROYAL TREATMENT

Mike Bartlett plays with the relationship between politics and monarchy in this contemporary what-if.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
PURE DESTRUCTION
BIRDLAND
at Jerwood Theatre, Royal Court

PURE DESTRUCTION

The protagonist and the play itself are sorely lacking in redeeming qualities.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
MATTERS OF STATE
HANDBAGGED
at Vaudeville

MATTERS OF STATE

Moira Buffini’s play focuses entirely on the edgy relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
CROOKED FOUNDATIONS
A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS
at the National (Olivier)

CROOKED FOUNDATIONS

The narrative in this 1987 state-of-the-nation play lacks the structure of some of Alan Ayckbourn’s earlier plays.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
ART OF THE CON
DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS
at the Savoy

ART OF THE CON

This London production has the film and Broadway versions to contend with, and still comes out singing.

Reviewed by: RACHEL HALLIBURTON READ MORE
CREATURE COMFORTS
THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE
at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

CREATURE COMFORTS

The Wanamaker Theatre has chosen authenticity over comfort in its design, and is of to a difficult start.

Reviewed by: ED WILSON READ MORE
POLARISATION IN THE USA
OTHER DESERT CITIES
at the Old Vic

POLARISATION IN THE USA

A smart American drama, driven by the political and the personal, hits the London stage.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU
TWO INTO ONE
at Menier Chocolate Factory

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU

Ray Cooney revives his madcap romp with wild, silly success.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
FATAL FLAWS
FATAL ATTRACTION
at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket

FATAL FLAWS

Trevor Nunn's laborious production does little to reinvent the 1987 film, and hits the stage with a thud.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
SPIRIT WORLD
BLITHE SPIRIT
at the Gielgud

SPIRIT WORLD

Michael Blakemore's cast does Noel Coward's 1941 comedy proud.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
GOOD PEOPLE
at the Hampstead

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

David Lindsay-Abaire's brilliant play is equal parts funny and serious, without a false note.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
DILUTED EFFECT
A TASTE OF HONEY
at the National (Lyttelton)

DILUTED EFFECT

For this once-shocking period piece to have a strong effect, it would need different treatment than given here.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
LOTS OF INDIANS, NO CHIEFS
LONDON THEATRE 2013 REVIEW
LOTS OF INDIANS, NO CHIEFS

Some familiar titles were refreshed with verve, but it was a mixed year for musicals and new plays.

Reviewed by: MATT WOLF READ MORE

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SCHEDULE UPDATES -
Yes, Prime Minister contracts its run, while A Chorus Line expands its own.
POWERHOUSE OF THEATRE - After 11 years as the Almeida Theatre's artistic director, Michael Attenborough is stepping down to focus on directing. 

SONGS FROM THE HEART - Once the Tony-Award winning musical is set to hit London in January.


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