Review: A NUMBER at the Bridge Theatre
By Stuart King Monday, March 2 2020, 14:42
The play, the playwright, the players and the director, are all possessed of proven pedigrees. So why doesn’t this re-imagining of Caryl Churchill’s groundbreaking 2002 exposé of cloning, feel more substantial and relevant?
Review: THE PIRATE QUEEN at The London Coliseum
By Stuart King Friday, February 28 2020, 11:00
The original 2007 Broadway run of The Pirate Queen (created by the Les Miserables team), made an estimated loss in excess of $16 million due to high running costs and mediocre box office interest. But did producer Tom Gribby’s much anticipated, one-night, semi-staged version at the Coliseum, signal a possible future London opening?
Review: THE CUTTING EDGE at Arcola Theatre
By Stuart King Friday, February 21 2020, 09:28
Seven years ago, the lure of a peaceful, self-sufficient existence in the countryside, beckoned for Anna (Jasmine Hyde) and Chris (David Sturzaker). But did their lives blossom after leaving behind a world of glossy magazines and art scene criticism brimming with pseuds?
Jasmine Hyde and Maggie Steed in The Cutting Edge at the Arcola Theatre. Photo Alex Brenner.
Review: MUSIK at Leicester Square Theatre
By Stuart King Wednesday, February 12 2020, 10:45
Jonathan Harvey’s egomaniacal creation Billie Trix — self-proclaimed icon, rock-star and screen-goddess — hits the stage again, nearly 20 years after Frances Barber first inhabited the outrageous character in Closer to Heaven. “I Am Art” she declares - and who are we to argue?
Frances Barber as Billie Trix in MUSIK by Pet Shop Boys and Jonathan Harvey. Photo Marc Brenner.
Review: THE HAYSTACK at Hampstead Theatre
By Stuart King Tuesday, February 11 2020, 11:02
The new Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre Roxana Silbert, marks her directing debut for the house with a scorchingly delivered exposé of our national security eavesdroppers and what happens when their unfettered access to personal data, reveals more than they expect.
Sarah Woodward (Hannah), Oliver Johnstone (Neil) and Enyi Okoronkwo (Zef) in The Haystack at Hampstead Theatre. Photo credit Ellie Kurttz.