Review Round-Ups

Review Round-up: Five Wives Too Few or Too Many?
By Editorial Staff
The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, the second play by 2005 Verity Bargate Award winner Matt Charman, received its world premiere on Wednesday (20 June 2007, previews from 13 June) at the Natio
Review Round-up: Love or Loathe Lord of the Rings
By Editorial Staff
The journey has indeed been epic for this hybrid musical of The Lord of the Rings. After years of development and re-writing, a try-out last spring in Toronto and six weeks of previews - ...
Review Round-up: Rosamund Illuminates Gaslight
By Editorial Staff
Nearly 70 years after its premiere, Patrick Hamilton’s Victorian London-set psychological thriller Gaslight returned to the West End when Peter Gill’s revival, starring Rosamund Pike and ...
Review Round-up: Did Drowsy Keep Critics Awake?
By Editorial Staff
Elaine Paige may have delighted the invited first night audience at the UK premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone last night (6 June 2007, previews from 14 May) at the West End’s Novello Theatre (...
Review Round-up: Masterpiece Betrayal Spot-on
By Editorial Staff
Harold Pinter’s 1978 play Betrayal received a fresh West End revival at the Donmar Warehouse last night (5 June 2007, previews from 31 May), in a strongly received production directed by ...
Review Round-up: Do McKellen Lear & Seagull Fly?
By Editorial Staff
Trevor Nunn’s Royal Shakespeare Company much-anticipated productions of King Lear and The Seagull, starring Ian McKellen (pictured), finally opened on the same day last Thursday (31 ...
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 ...