Justin Murray left university with a degree in Classics and a crippling addiction to theatre and hasn’t looked back since. He is founder and artistic director of Catharsis and likes heavily reimagined classics and physical theatre. But most other theatre too. When not in the theatre Justin can be found tutoring or with his nose in a book.
Review: TRAGIC SCENES OF LEGENDARY WOMEN WHERE SNAKES WERE (KIND OF) PRESENT at the Blue Elephant Theatre
By Justin Murray Monday, June 24 2019, 09:47
Tragic Scenes of Legendary Women Where Snakes Were (Kind Of) Present is a clown piece devised by Gaulier-trained cabaret performers Monia Baldini and Lucia Peña Pen. We see meet star attraction and impresario Nina Divina (Baldini), who’s here to take us on a journey through a series of ancient or mythological women whose stories also involve snakes: Medusa, Cleopatra, Eve.
Review: SWEAT at the Gielgud Theatre
By Justin Murray Wednesday, June 12 2019, 13:45
Sweat is the Pulitzer-winning play by Lynn Nottage, transferring to the Gielgud straight from the Donmar. Directed by new Bush artistic director Lynette Linton, whose rise through the London theatre scene has been almost unprecedentedly meteoric.
Leanne Best, Martha Plimpton and Clare Perkins in Sweat directed by Lynette Linton, designed by Frankie Bradshaw. Photo Johan Persson
Review: 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT TAMING OF THE SHREW at Wandsworth Fringe
By Justin Murray Wednesday, May 15 2019, 09:32
Gillian English’s latest one-woman show 10 Things I Hate About Taming of the Shrew (previous instalments have included Giant & Angry and Drag Queens Stole My Dress) is a hilarious, acerbic romp through Shakespeare, gender politics, and the worst evils of ‘90s Hollywood ethics.
Review: TOP GIRLS at the National Theatre
By Justin Murray Monday, April 8 2019, 10:21
Top Girls is widely regarded as Caryl Churchill’s finest play, and in Lyndsey Turner’s rich, maximalist production for the National’s Lyttleton Theatre, it is given perhaps its largest-scale platform ever.
Amanda Hadingue and Charlotte Lucas in Top Girls at the National Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson
Review: SPARKS at HighTide Theatre, Walthamstow
By Justin Murray Monday, October 1 2018, 13:13
Sparks follows a woman who’s not played by one person, but two; one of whom (Jessica Butcher) speaks in words, the other (Anoushka Lucas) in music and song, aided by her keyboard.
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