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Review: Rain Man (Apollo Theatre)

The show’s first night was meant to happen last week, but then things don’t always happen as they’re originally intended. Just one week into rehearsals, director David Grindley left the show and was replaced by playwright/director Terry Johnson

So it actually turned out that last night’s performance was actually the final preview… apparently the show’s producers didn’t feel the need to reduce the price of my tickets. Fortunately, by the time I had watched last night’s show, I really didn’t care…

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Review round-up: Afterlife (National Theatre)

I went to the National Theatre on Tuesday night to see Michael Frayn’s new play, Afterlife, at what was press night.

I generally prefer not to stray too far out of my writing comfort zone and instead, I concentrated on writing about musical theatre in this blog (as you’ll see if you look at my planned trips for this year, you’ll notice a very clear bias towards musicals.

Given that, I don’t plan to write a full review of Afterlife – there have been plenty of other people offering their thoughts on the play, so instead, I’ve decided to pick up what they have said, and whether I agree at all with them.

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Review: Never So Good (National Theatre)

Never So Good with Jeremy Irons

After a weekend of I’d Do Anything, I payed a visit to the National Theatre last night to see Howard Brenton’s new play, Never So Good, which opened a couple of months’ back. A vist to the National seems like a suitable counterpoint to the frivolity of a BBC reality TV show, and it was the perfect way to round-off the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Review: God of Carnage (Gielgud Theatre)

It’s been 2 great Monday nights of theatre for me – last week was Speed-the-Plow at the Old Vic, starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum, and last night, it was the turn of Yasmina Reza‘s new play, God of Carnage, at the Gielgud Theatre.

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Review: Speed-the-Plow (Old Vic Theatre)

Speed-the-Plow at the Old Vic Theatre

Despite what you might think if you have read this blog before, I do go to see straight plays as well as musicals. In fact, rather in the manner of London buses, 2 trips are coming along for me in quick succession. Last night was Speed-the-Plow at the Old Vic, and next Monday is God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre.

There are some obvious parallels between the 2 productions. Both have big name film actors in the cast – Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in the former, and Ralph Fiennes in the latter. Both plays are also directed by the same man – Matthew Warchus. Unsurprisingly, I was pretty excited about both trips.

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Review: Much Ado About Nothing (National Theatre)

Zoë Wanamaker and Simon Russell Beale in Much Ado About Nothing

I was fortunate enough to get tickets to see Much Ado About Nothing at the National on Tuesday night. The show closes on Saturday, so you only have 5 more chances to see the show, although I suspect that at this very late stage it’s practically impossible to get hold of a ticket.

I’m no Shakespeare expert (if you’ve read my blog, you’ll see that I spend more of my time watching musical theatre than I do classical theatre), but I was thoroughly impressed by both the play and the production.

A few thoughts, in no particular order, about the production…

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Review: Dealer’s Choice (Trafalgar Studios)

Originally posted on March 11th 2008 


Last night I went to see Dealer’s Choice at the Trafalgar Studios, which was a treat.

After its initial run at the Menier Chocolate Factory (if you haven’t yet found the Menier, it’s time you did), the show has transferred to the West End for a limited season until the end of March. 

It can be hard for a production to move into a theatre for which it was not originally intended, but the Trafalgar Studios was a perfect host – comfortable for the audience, but small enough for the production to retain its intensity. When we got to the theatre, and found ourselves some way back in the auditorium, I was worried, but I was drawn in from the first minute by a combination of exceptional material and even better acting.

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