If you prefer your historical entertainments delivered with a bludgeon or shouted in your face, you’ll be delighted by this much anticipated but sadly over-lauded and unsubtle production of Kander and Ebb’s beloved Berlin Kit-Kat Club musical.
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Review: CABARET at The Kit Kat Club Playhouse Theatre
By Stuart King Friday, January 14 2022, 00:47
Review: LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall
By Stuart King Friday, January 14 2022, 00:31
Cirque du Soleil’s latest extravaganza Luzia (billed as a waking dream of Mexico) has finally arrivedat the Royal Albert Hall considerably more than 600 days since the troupe last held a residency at the grand arena. Although their sunny return is most welcome, the production is not one of their strongest.
Review: LIFE OF PI at Wyndham's Theatre
By Stuart King Friday, January 7 2022, 11:06
For those who were captivated and engrossed by Yann Martel’s 2001 award winning novel, the stage adaptation will tick most of the plot boxes and mesmerise through sheer technical invention, but the production itself fails to genuinely engage on an emotional level.
Hiran Abeysekera (Pi) in Life of Pi at Wyndham's Theatre
Review: PEGGY FOR YOU at Hampstead Theatre
By Stuart King Saturday, December 18 2021, 20:58
Amidst the dire predictions for theatre’s immediate future (due largely to the unwelcome spread of the omicron variant), there remain fantastic causes for optimism. One such ray of hope, is Tamsin Greig’s superlative turn as the extraordinary Peggy Ramsay (the once formidable power broker to the literary set). Greig literally inhabits and hypnotises as the title character in Hampstead Theatre’s revival of “Peggy For You” under Richard Wilson’s masterful direction.
Tamsin Greig and Jos Vantyler in Peggy For You - © Helen Maybanks
Review: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at the Barbican
By Stuart King Friday, November 26 2021, 08:24
When two sets of identical masters and servants all find themselves in Ephesus (having been mixed-up and separated years earlier as the result of a nautical disaster) miscommunications and mistaken identities unsurprisingly result. The farcical comedy and slapstick choreography which ensues lays at the heart of Phillip Breen's direction of Shakespeare's best loved early comedy for the RSC, now playing at the Barbican.
The Comedy of Errors Barbican, London, November 2021. Photo by Pete Le May.
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