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: MAMMA MIA! at the Novello Theatre
By Justin Murray Thursday, September 16 2021, 14:49
ABBA, and pop music like it, were never a big part of my childhood (in my household Mozart was considered avant garde, it’s a long story, I’ll tell you another time). But Mamma Mia has existed in the London theatresphere since the previous millennium, and, with the show reopening this week after a long pandemic-shaped hiatus, I went along to see what the big deal was.
Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK at the Fortune Theatre
By Justin Murray Monday, March 2 2020, 12:11
Review: THE LESSON at the Old Red Lion Theatre
By Justin Murray Monday, February 17 2020, 08:29
Gracia Rios Calderon’s one-woman show The Lesson appears this month as part of ORL’s Where Are We Now? season, having previously featured in Lexi Clare’s Maiden Speech festival last year.
Review: FAUSTUS: THAT DAMNED WOMAN at the Lyric Hammersmith
By Justin Murray Tuesday, February 4 2020, 18:55
In the Hammersmith Lyric’s Faustus: That Damned Woman, Johanna Faustus does not have the title of Doctor when we first meet her. She’s just Johanna the apothecary’s daughter, obsessed with her mother, hanged as a witch.
Jodie McNee as Johanna Faustus in Faustus: That Damned Woman at the Lyric Hammersmith. Photo by Manuel Harlan.
Review: CYRANO DE BERGERAC at the Playhouse Theatre
By Justin Murray Monday, January 13 2020, 20:28
It’s the 1640s - or perhaps it’s today. In the Jamie Lloyd Company’s modern-dress production of CYRANO starring James McAvoy, one isn’t quite sure.
Either way Cyrano is still the fiercest fighter and wittiest wordsmith in Paris - just don’t mention his large nose, which is something of a sore point.
Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Eben Figueiredo, and James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac
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