Reviews

The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone (songs by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, and book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar) is quite a phenomenon, starting life as a party piece at a Canadian stag do and ultimately gracing Broadway and the West…
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Birdland

Does the price of fame always bring celebrities down? No, but in some case it can destroy their careers and end their lives as they know them. Birdland, written by Simon Stephens, is all a bit dark and depressing. The…
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Quartet

Ronald Harwood’s play about four elderly opera singers living in a home for retired musicians first saw the light of day in 1999, but it was not until 2012 that most people, myself included, came to know it through a…
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Temple

In October 2011, the anti-capitalist demonstrators going under the collective title of Occupy tried to set up a protest camp outside the Stock Exchange. Thwarted by a pre-emptive injunction taken out by the Corporation of London, they camped instead outside…
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Gaslight

The play is far more claustrophobic than either of the filmed versions and director Michael Goron exploits every inch of stage and lighting technique to ratchet up the tension between his performers. Steve Clark is quite beautifully monstrous as Jack…
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Echo’s End

Every now and then, it feels a privilege to witness something for the very first time. Echo’s End – commissioned and produced by Salisbury Playhouse, in its world premiere run – certainly falls into that category. Set in 1915 Wiltshire,…
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