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The Bardette

  • nuclear war
    Off West End Review

    Nuclear War – Royal Court

    Simon Stephens has collaborated with choreographer and movement director Imogen Knight to present a 45-minute experimental piece, fusing together words and movement, song and dance. The characters are unnamed, words are…

  • joan ovalhouse
    Off West End Review

    Joan – The Ovalhouse

    Towards the end of last year, my good friend (and fellow critic) Grumpy Gay Critic, urged me to see Milk Presents’ Edinburgh smasher JOAN when it transferred to the Ovalhouse. As…

  • a midsummer nights dream
    Off West End Review

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Young Vic

    Joe Hill-Gibbins has taken A Midsummer Night’s Dream away from the magical, whimsical enchantment and slapped it onto a ‘dank and dirty’ muddy ground; Glasto style. But throughout this condensed re-imagining,…

  • wish list
    Off West End Review

    Wish List – Royal Court

    What a way to start the year, with Katherine Soper’s timely play the Wish List. January is a time when we look to the year ahead; our goals, achievements and aspirations.…

  • kite runner
    Review West End

    The Kite Runner – Wyndham’s Theatre

    It’s been several years since I pored over the pages of Khaled Hosseini’s powerful novel The Kite Runner. This incredible tale of friendship affected by conflict, war and overwhelming guilt, all…

  • thrifty theatre

    Theatre tickets on a budget

    Happy New Year! First week back at work can feel pretty blue – no more Quality Street for breakfast, no more lie-ins, the prosecco isn’t free flowing and the lounge has…

  • yerma

    My Top Ten Theatre Shows of 2016

    2016, you may have been crap for a lot of things but theatre was certainly not one of them. There has been so much astounding talent and British theatre has offered…

  • hedda gabler
    Off West End Review

    Hedda Gabler – National Theatre

    Emma Thompson thought she had the monopoly of melancholically listening to Joni Mitchell at Christmas time, but she hadn’t banked on Ivo van Hove. Neither had I, but when those sorrowful…