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Show of the week

Helen Maybanks

Henry IV

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

I don’t think I’ll ever love any of superstar director Phyllida Lloyd’s trilogy of all-female Shakespeare plays for the Donmar. Not out of phallocentric malevolence, but because Lloyd over-justifies her gendered casting by reframing the works as plays-within-plays, staged by the inmates of a preternaturally jolly women’s prison.The device soured 2012’s ‘Julius Caesar’ for me. Definitely one of the Bard’s less amusing plays, Lloyd’s insistence on staging

  1. Donmar Warehouse 41 Earlham St, WC2H 9LX
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Nov 29
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This week's theatre reviews

Alice On The Underground

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Chickenshed Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sat Oct 25
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Blind Eye

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Theatre 503 503 Battersea Park Rd, SW11 3BW
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sat Oct 25
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Confirmation

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Battersea Arts Centre Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Oct 25
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Damn Yankees

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Landor Theatre 70 Landor Rd, SW9 9PH
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sat Nov 8
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Notes from Underground

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Print Room 103 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LB
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Nov 1
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Selfie

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Ambassadors Theatre West Street, WC2H 9ND
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Wed Nov 26
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Urinetown

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Apollo Shaftesbury Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Jan 24
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  1. Drayton Arms Old Brompton Road, SW5 0LJ
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sat Oct 25
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Warde Street

  • Rated as: 2/5
  1. Park Theatre Clifton Terrace, N4 3JP
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Oct 26
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Next Fall

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Southwark Playhouse Newington Causeway, SE1 6BD
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Oct 25
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The Girl of the Golden West

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  1. London Coliseum St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4ES
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 1
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Great Britain

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Haymarket Theatre Royal 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y 4HT
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Jan 10
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Manon

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice
  1. Royal Opera House Bow St, WC2E 9DD
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sat Nov 1
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Rachel

  • Rated as: 2/5
  1. Finborough Theatre Finborough Road, SW10 9ED
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sat Oct 25
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Seminar

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Hampstead Theatre Eton Avenue, NW3 3EX
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Nov 1
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Speed-the-Plow

  • Rated as: 3/5
  1. Playhouse Theatre Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DE
  2. Mon Oct 20 - Sat Nov 29
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Elizabeth W
Elizabeth W

'Click!' at the Ophelia Theatre, Dalston is fantastic. A black comedy about two girls, Elle and Erm, who discover Elle has a magical superpower- the ability to be happy with just a click. Cannot recommend it highly enough. On until Sunday.

alan
alan

Just been to see Michael Finestein at the Palace theatre in London. The show which is part of Londons Festival of Cabaret also included Elaine Paige and Julian Ovenden. Michael was fantastic singing songs from the Great Amercian songbook from such writers as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jerry Herham. His talent and knowledge of this music is unsurpassed and he gave a truly wonderful performance.

Lia
Lia

I bought tickets to see Phantom of the Opera through lastminute.com that were advitised as second price stalls or royal grand stand for £50. The seats I was asigned were actually restriced view and were misrepresented on the lastminute site. When I complain to the company, with picture evidence, they refused to admit that the seats were ristricted view. Both the theatre and lastminute are selling these tickets and fooling the public. Be aware it will definately spoil your enjoyment!

Simon
Simon

How could Time Out give Birthday the honour of being show of the week?? Either the offering that week in London was abysmal, or the reviewer had been smoking something very mind altering, because certainly not even "easily pleased from Welwyn Garden City" could have honestly thought this play was good. It was second-rate British TV sitcom from the beginning to end. A laboured premise (if you'll excuse the pun), cardboard characterisation (e.g. midwife and registrar) and not one funny line in the whole play. A disaster! Don't go!

Tony
Tony

Duchess of Malfi- Old Vic: Visually stunning production but at 3 1/4 hours Mr. Spacey needs to talk to Jamie Lloyd - who seems like one of those children, who given too many toys for Christmas insists on playing with all of them at once. Webster's plotting is pedantic at best and it does not do to allow the audience to dwell on the leaps of time and logic that bedevil the text. Mr. Lloyd instists on explaining everything - slowly, directly and with deliberate focus. But what has kept the play in focus for the past 400 years is the language in all its beauty and epigramatic magnificence. Eve Best is wonderful and her transformations from duchess to lover, to mother, to victim and back to duchess again are clear and emotionally satisfying. Her brothers offer less clarity and compelling complexity. Harry Lloyd in particular, offered none of the perverted sexual power that drives him to lust after his sister while seeking her death to secure his release from his guilt. Understudy Adam Burton did well with the cardinal, but was perhaps more clinical than debauched. Fynbar Lynch brought an unexpected celtic quality to his Bosola and I missed his sense of ambition and secret power. His redemptive moments were however compelling and he held the narrative together beautifully. One last note - I think that the design elements of this play - while offering the standard Jacobean shape of curtained discovery space and multiple balconies made brilliant use of the theatres vast proscenium opening - truly magnificent.