Review: REVISOR at Sadler’s Wells
By Stuart King Wednesday, March 4 2020, 14:11
Following-on from their success with Betroffenheit, Crystal Pite’s company Kidd Pivot are again collaborating with Jonathon Young, this time for REVISOR which uses Gogol’s 1836 absurdist comic farce about political corruption - The Inspector General* - as its source material.
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.