Review Round-Ups

Review Round-up: Smart Honours for Philistines
By Editorial Staff
Political playwright Maxim Gorky’s Philistines received a fresh update in a new version by Andrew Upton that opened on Tuesday (30 May 2007, previews from 23 May) at the National’s ...
Review Round-up: Critics Not So Kean on Bio-Play
By Editorial Staff
Adrian Noble’s new production of Kean starring Antony Sher as “the actor who never ceased acting” opened last night (30 May 2007, previews from 24 May) at the West End’s Apollo Theatre ...
Review Round-up: Fiddler’s Well-Received Tradition
By Editorial Staff
Sheffield Crucible’s production of Fiddler on the Roof opened at the Savoy Theatre last night (29 May 2007, previews from 19 May) to a warm welcome from London critics (See Today’s 1st ...
Review Round-up: Rushed Othello at Three Hours
By Editorial Staff
Eamonn Walker last week (24 May 2007, previews from 4 May) became the first black actor to play the title role in Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s the first time the play has been ...
Review Round-up: Fog’s Black History a Critical Hit
By Editorial Staff
Pioneering African-American playwright Theodore Ward’s 1937 political melodrama Big White Fog opened at the Almeida last week (17 May 2007, previews from 11 May) with critics commending its ...
Review Round-up: Death a Matter of Mixed Opinion
By Editorial Staff
National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner has attacked critics by calling them misogynistic “dead white” men following unflattering overnight reviews of A Matter of Life and Death ...
Review Round-up: Grotesque Vernon Wins Praise
By Editorial Staff
DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize-winning novel Vernon God Little struck the Young Vic stage this week (Tuesday 9 May 2007, previews from 30 April) to the delight of critics and fans of this darkly ...
Review Round-up: Absolutely Lukewarm Verdicts
By Editorial Staff
The stage version of Colin MacInnes’ 1959 novel Absolute Beginners premiered last night (3 May 2007, previews from 26 April) at the Lyric Hammersmith in a physical production that critics ...
Review Round-up: Strachan Delivers Strong Letter
By Editorial Staff
A few cobwebs and a restrained lead performance have failed to dampen the critical enthusiasm for director Alan Strachan’s revival of W Somerset Maugham's 1927 play The Letter, which opened ...
Review Round-up: Critics Caught in Spider's Web?
By Editorial Staff
An altered ending and an undisclosed location have this week split London critics attending Charlotte Westenra’s new revival of Kiss of the Spider Woman, which plays 25 April to 26 May 2007 (...