REVIEW: HAMLET at the Hackney Empire
By Monty Leigh Thursday, March 15 2018, 15:50
This expansive production of Hamlet fills every inch of the fantastic Hackney Empire with its elaborate colours and booming attitude. Set in West Africa, Designer Paul Wills has truly made this production a feast for the eyes, with the stage wrapped in drapes of patterned wax fabric and brilliant performers who play drums while the lighting allows us to live in this warm atmosphere.
Review: CALLISTO - A QUEER EPIC at the Arcola Theatre
By Monty Leigh Thursday, December 14 2017, 07:04
A story of four unique same-sex relationships from across the ages, theatre company Forward Arena’s production is ambitious and undeniably fresh in its storytelling. We are greeted with a complete absence of set, which is necessary for a production that jumps time periods with almost every scene.
Review: MISS JULIE at the Jermyn Street Theatre
By Monty Leigh Monday, November 20 2017, 08:38
Revived in a new adaption by Howard Brenton, August Strindberg’s Miss Julie seems to have acquired a breath of new life in this 70 seat studio-theatre.
Review: A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE at the Vaudeville Theatre
By Monty Leigh Saturday, October 21 2017, 07:02
The Vaudeville kicks off its exciting year-long Oscar Wilde season with A Woman of No Importance, directed by Dominic Dromgoole. It is a play packed full of Wilde’s zingy one liners and witty satire of upper-class society.
Review: WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre
By Monty Leigh Tuesday, October 17 2017, 18:00
Wicked, the spellbinding musical that tells the story of the witches of Oz, has most recently glided into its 12th year smash hit at the Apollo Victoria, London. It has now surpassed Billy Elliot as one of the longest running musicals, becoming the 16th longest running show in London’s history.