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Peter Pan at the Polka Theatre – 2 Stars

This classic children’s show has all the trademark touches of a Polka production; imaginative staging, wonderful puppetry, excellent casting, but the episodic nature of the piece makes it feel fragmentary, and therefore below the usually high Polka standards. This is an innovative adaptation, with the Darlings home set […]

New Shoes for RSC this Christmas

Following his acclaimed RSC debut, The Merry Wives of Windsor (2012), Phillip Breen returns to direct Dekker’s glorious city comedy of class, conflict and cobblers in love. What’s it about? Rowland Lacy loves Rose Oatley but it’s not going to work out. An aristocrat and a middle class […]

Theatre503 Award

The winner, or rather winners, of the inaugural Theatre503 Playwriting Award were announced on Friday. The new prize attracted 1600 entrants, all of whom submitted an original piece of writing with a running length of at least 60 minutes. After a great deal of reading and rereading six playwrights […]

Ronan Keating joins the cast of Once

Boyzone star Ronan Keating has joined the cast of the award-winning musical, Once, at the Phoenix Theatre. He plays the part of Guy opposite Jill Winternitz as Girl. Based on the Oscar-winning film, Once tells the story of a chance encounter between a girl and guy from different worlds […]

Top 5 Adult Panto

Number 1: Sleeping Booty Martin Witts & Lesley Ackland for Leicester Square Theatre presents Sleeping Booty!… all it takes is a prick! The Evil Mangelina (Miss Dusty ‘O’), is wreaking havoc over our precious, perverted pantoland, ruling with an unruly and slippery iron fist … Ouch mama! Together […]

2071: Dividing the Critics

Last month in our November Theatre Round-Up we recommended seeing 2071 at the Royal Court  It’s certainly proving controversial, which in our view makes it a play worth seeing. Here is a summary of what the critics said: Michael Billington: Guardian ★★★★★ Some will argue this is not really […]

The Shape of the Table: 3 Stars

David Edgar’s political drama The Shape of the Table, set in an unnamed eastern European country during the collapse of the Soviet Union, first premiered at the National Theatre on November 8th, 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now, during one of the most […]