Max Lewendel is Artistic Director of Icarus Theatre Collective, touring drama across the UK and Europe. Highlights include Time Out Critic’s Choice for his second fringe show, awards for The Lesson in Romania, and his Macbeth headlining a Shakespeare festival in Germany’s Globe Theatre for a sold-out week, taking over the slot from the UK Globe company.
Review: THE FUTURE at Battersea Arts Centre
By Max Lewendel Friday, June 14 2019, 14:12
This fun, irreverent, and brilliantly choreographed cosmic rock concert shines a comic light on the nature of AI and human consciousness.
Shamira Turner, Eugénie Pastor, Cominic Conway, and Clare Beresford in The Future at the Battersea Arts Centre
Review: VINCENT RIVER at Trafalgar Studio 2
By Max Lewendel Wednesday, May 29 2019, 11:11
Brutality at its finest… and most intimate – a story of acceptance steeped in tragedy, and a masterclass in acting by Louise Jameson.
Review: PELLÉAS & MÉLISANDE at The Playground Theatre
By Max Lewendel Thursday, May 9 2019, 13:34
Inspired by the Rapunzel fairy tale as well as Tristan and Isolde, there is nothing that is not necessary in this bold take on Debussy’s classic told by brand new company, Opera on the Move. The simplicity of their staging with just five supremely talented singers, two strong (and shamefully uncredited) pianists, and limited design team will make them one to watch.
Review: THE HALF GOD OF RAINFALL at The Kiln Theatre
By Max Lewendel Thursday, May 2 2019, 14:29
This modern, Nigerian/American Fairy story is well worth telling but some powerful acting from Rakie Ayola (Modupe) and a brilliant sound design by Tanuja Amarasuriya is not enough to save poor dialogue, distracting lighting, and lack of creativity in staging. With such a small cast, Inua Ellams new play may be more suitable to a literary audience than a theatrical one.
Kwami Odoom as Demi in The Half God of Rainfall. Photo by Dan Tsantilis.
Review: THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller at The Yard Theatre
By Max Lewendel Thursday, April 25 2019, 09:36
If you’re looking for a postmodern, energetic tale of America’s dark past, Jay Miller’s production of The Crucible may be just for you, though some staging does detract from the tremendous power of the piece.