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The Welkin, National Theatre, 2020
Photograph: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg
Theatre, Drama

‘The Welkin’ review

National Theatre, South Bank
3 out of 5 stars

‘Twelve Angry Men’ meets ‘A Light Shining in Buckinghamshire’ meets a really out-there Agatha Christie novel in this often brilliant and somewhat frustrating new drama from Lucy Kirkwood…

The Sunset Limited, Boulevard Theatre, 2020
Photograph: Marc Brenner
Theatre, Drama

‘The Sunset Limited’ review

Boulevard Theatre, Soho
3 out of 5 stars

Two men sit, eyeing each other warily, in a rundown New York apartment owned by Black (Gary Beadle), who has just prevented White (Jasper Britton) from ending his life in front of a subway train. Now, he wants to convince him not to try again…

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Faces In the Crowd, Gate Theatre, 2020
Photograph: Ellie Kurttz
Theatre, Drama

‘Faces in the Crowd (Los Ingrávidos)’ review

Gate Theatre, Notting Hill
4 out of 5 stars

A woman now living in Mexico City tries to tell us about her youth, working as a translator in America, but struggles to pull the story together as the duties of motherhood distract her…

Scenes with Girls, Royal Court 2020
Photograph: Helen Murray
Theatre, Drama

‘Scenes with Girls’ review

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square
5 out of 5 stars

Back in 2015, Miriam Battye’s ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’ played at the Bristol Old Vic for just over a week. It was about a young man teaching an old man to ballroom dance and they performed it in the basement with a couple of plastic chairs. Despite seeing literally hundreds of plays since, I still, every so often, find myself thinking about this little treasure of a show, cuddling the memory of its understated brilliance…

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Beckett Triple Bill, The Old Tune, 2020, Jermyn Street
Photograph: Robert Workman
Theatre, Experimental

‘Beckett Triple Bill’ review

Jermyn Street Theatre, St James’s
4 out of 5 stars

Ever rediscovered an autobiographical creation, like a teenage diary or confessional recording, years later and experienced the torture of reading, or listening to, the younger version of you? 

Theatre, Musicals

‘Les Misérables’ review

Sondheim Theatre, Soho
4 out of 5 stars

I would seriously question whether any other show on the planet bar ‘Les Misérables’ could get away with junking its original production and carrying on as if nothing had changed…

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Theatre, Circuses

Cirque du Soleil: ‘Luzia’ review

Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington
3 out of 5 stars

‘Always different, always the same’ is how the late John Peel famously described his favourite band The Fall, and it’s a description that could quite tidily be applied to Cirque du Soleil’s annual start-of-the-year stand at the Royal Albert Hall…

Theatre, Musicals

‘Rags the Musical’ review

Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
3 out of 5 stars

Unless you’re an extreme fan of musical theatre, it’s unlikely you’ve heard of ‘Rags The Musical’…

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