Reviews

The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water is a comedy by English playwright Shelagh Stephenson, first staged at Hampstead Theatre in 1996. Three sisters have come together for the funeral of their mother, Vi. Vi was a glamorous woman when younger and freely…
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Party Piece

This 1992 comedy play by Richard Harris puts several exaggerated stereotypical characters into two adjoining, semi-detached, suburban back gardens – and stirs, with hilarious consequences. In one house it is the night of the house-warming fancy-dress barbecue for obsessive doctor…
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Murder Mystery

This enthusiastic and hard-working company is always a cause of wonder, and their latest production met the standards we have come to expect of them. A murderer is at large in Checkmate Manor, doing in members of a family who…
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The Hound of the Baskervilles

The website tells me that this production is all but sold out for the entire run (contact the box office, though, just in case) which is as it should be because this is an excellent adaptation of the famous sleuth’s…
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The Best of the West End

When I reviewed this society’s Sounds of the ’50s and ’60s just a year ago, I regretted that there were only two performances, both on the same day. Exactly the same thought struck me this year: there was so much…
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Starlight Express

It’s a brave company that puts on a show with an entire cast on roller skates, but perhaps an insane one that also expects them to be able to sing and act. BMT Productions does it superbly. It would be…
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