Review Round-Ups

Review Round-up: Plagued Merchant Strikes Gold?
By Editorial Staff
The Globe’s new production of The Merchant of Venice suffered several setbacks this summer, including recastings of both Portia and Gratiano (see News, 12 June 2007), but despite the adver
Review Round-up: A Dire Critical Fate for Kismet?
By Editorial Staff
With rumours of backstage feuding between director Gary Griffin and choreographer Javier De Frutos, who withdrew from the production last week (See The Goss, 25 Jun 2007), a cancelled preview and ...
Review Round-up: Did Angels Bedevil the Critics?
By Editorial Staff
The first major UK revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winner Angels in America opened at west London’s Lyric Hammersmith on Tuesday (26 June 2007, previews from 20 June), with both ...
Review Round-up: Court Scores with Painful Satire
By Editorial Staff
When he took over as artistic director of the Royal Court earlier this year (See News, 6 Feb 2007), Dominic Cooke promised a programming shift towards plays that shone an uncomfortable spotlight on ...
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 ...