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The Tempest, Jermyn Street Theatre
Photograph: Robert Day
Theatre, Shakespeare

‘The Tempest’ review

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

William Shakespeare’s final – and possibly weirdest – play is set mainly on a far-flung island…

One Jewish Boy, Trafalgar Studios 2020
Photograph: Pamela Raith
Theatre, Drama

‘One Jewish Boy’ review

Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall
4 out of 5 stars

There’s been a feeling of doom in the air for months now. It’s hard not to do anything but think about the coronavirus headlines…

Afterplay, Coronet, 2020
Photograph: Tristram Kenton
Theatre, Drama

‘Afterplay’ review

The Coronet Theatre, Notting Hill
3 out of 5 stars

A man enters a Moscow café after a hard day’s rehearsal at the city’s opera house…

Photograph: Oli Sones
Theatre, Drama

‘N89’ review

Matchstick Piehouse, Deptford
3 out of 5 stars

It is a well-known fact that south London is the capital of London…

On Blueberry Hill, Trafalgar Studios, 2020
Photograph: Patrick Redmond
Theatre, Drama

‘On Blueberry Hill’ review

Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall
3 out of 5 stars

We never actually see the two men speak to each other – but they overlap, in time, in space, and in each other’s tragedies. Christy and PJ spend 20 years together sharing a prison cell in Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison…

Love Love Love
Photograph: Helen Maybanks
Theatre, Drama

‘Love, Love, Love’ review

Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith
4 out of 5 stars

A satire on baby boomers in the era of ‘OK boomer’? Bit on the nose, surely? Well yes. 

Blithe Spirit, West End, Jennifer Saunters, 2020
Photograph: Nobby Clark
Theatre, Comedy

‘Blithe Spirit’ review

Duke of York’s Theatre, Covent Garden
3 out of 5 stars

If you’re going to bring another revival of Noël Coward’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ to the West End just a few years after Dame Angela Lansbury, World Treasure, took on the scene-stealing role of Madame Arcati, you’re going to need some canny casting…

United Queendom, Kensington Palace, Les Enfants Terribles, 2020
Photograph: Gail Harland
Theatre, Interactive

‘United Queendom’ review

Kensington Palace, Kensington
2 out of 5 stars

Of course grungy immersive theatre types Les Enfants Terribles weren’t going to turn down a chance to do a show at Kensington Palace. And of course the show isn’t very good…

Love, Loss & Chianti, Riverside Studios, 2020
Photograph: Alex Harvey-Brown
Theatre, Drama

‘Love, Loss & Chianti’ review

Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
3 out of 5 stars

There’s a plaintive poshness to Robert Bathurst’s stage and screen presence – a crumple of tailored linen and regret that has served him well when distilled into TV comedy-drama series like ‘Cold Feet’…

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