Hampstead Theatre

A surefire international hit: Lungs reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

No power on earth can stop Lungs from becoming an international hit. Duncan Macmillan’s slick two-handed comedy reunites Matt Smith…

Star quality: Jade Anouka, right, as Bea in Ella Road’s The Phlebotomist

An exceptional dystopia that’s made for TV: The Phlebotomist reviewed

6 April 2019 9:00 am

The Phlebotomist by Ella Road explores the future of genetics. Suppose a simple blood test were able to tell us…

Cost of Living at Hampstead Theatre isn’t a bad show – and it contains a star in the making

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Hampstead has become quite a hit-factory since Ed Hall took over. His foreign policy is admirably simple. He scours New…

A horror show that appeals to the intellect but not the gut: The Tell-Tale Heart reviewed

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The Tell-Tale Heart is based on a teeny-weeny short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The full text appears in the…

Maisie Williams as Caroline in the breathtaking new play 'I and You' at Hampstead Theatre. Photo: Manuel Harlan

One of the best plays I’ve ever seen: I and You at the Hampstead Theatre reviewed

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Lauren Gunderson’s play I and You opens in the scruffy bedroom of 17-year-old Caroline. Lonely, beautiful and furious, she’s unable…

Teen spirit: Karla Crome in Dance Nation at the Almeida Theatre

Its producers should tape a cyanide pill to the programme: The Humans reviewed

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Hampstead’s boss Ed Hall was so impressed by Stephen Karam’s play The Humans that he wanted to direct it himself.…

Contains at least 15 laugh-out-loud moments: Genesis Inc. reviewed

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Listen to the crowd. I often delay passing judgment on a show until the audience delivers its verdict. This is…

Rarely have I sat through such a chaotic and whimsical script: Describe the Night reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Describe the Night opens in Poland in 1920 where two Russian soldiers, Isaac and Nikolai, discuss truth and falsehood. Next…

David Calder as Caesar in Nicholas Hytner’s Julius Caesar

Bold, in its way, but Ben Whishaw is ill-suited to Shakespeare: Julius Caesar reviewed

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Nicholas Hytner’s new show is a modern-dress Julius Caesar, heavily cut and played in the round. It runs for two…

Robert Lindsay as Jack Cardiff in Prism

The Israel-Palestine conflict as flat-share comedy: Oslo at the Lyttleton Theatre reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Oslo opened in the spring of 2016 at a modest venue in New York. It moved to Broadway and this…

Spiteful, cynical, structurally flawed – why on earth are critics raving about Gloria?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Hand it to the Americans. They know how to hype a young talent to death. The latest to be asphyxiated…

Honey-glazed rural whimsy: Laura Donnelly (Caitlin) and Paddy Considine (Quinn) in Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman

A good show but some way short of a classic: Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman reviewed

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Jez Butterworth’s new play The Ferryman is set in Armagh in 1981. Quinn, a former terrorist, has swapped the armed…

Exquisite to look at but hard to warm to: The Glass Menagerie at Duke of Yorks reviewed

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Tennessee Williams’s breakthrough play is a portrait of his dysfunctional family. A young writer, Tom (Williams’s real name), lives with…

Putting the flag out: Martin McDougall (Howard) and Sean Delaney (John) in ‘Labyrinth’

What RSC’s The Alchemist needs is a James Corden or Matt Lucas

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Coleridge deemed the narrative structure of The Alchemist perfect. But, I wonder. A landowner quits plague-ridden London and his cunning…

More Dane than Thane: Ray Fearon as Macbeth

A spy thriller by a writer with no knowledge of spying or thrilling: Hampstead Theatre’s Wild reviewed

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Mike Bartlett’s curious blank-verse drama Charles III became an international hit. His new effort examines the cut-throat world of dark-web…

Wasn’t Lawrence of Arabia more annoying than this new play suggests?

14 May 2016 9:00 am

T.E. Lawrence is like the gap-year student from hell. He visits a country full of exotic barbarians and after a…

‘I want to break free-eee!’: Madeleine Worrall as Jane, the 19th century’s Freddie Mercury, in ‘Jane Eyre’ at the Lyttelton

Half-brilliant: Mr Foote’s Other Leg at Hampstead Theatre reviewed

3 October 2015 8:00 am

Samuel Foote (1720–77) was a star of the 18th-century stage who avoided the censors by extemporising his performances. Today we’d…

Shrapnel at the Arcola works for the slayers, not the slain

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Quite a hit factory these days, the Hampstead Theatre. The latest candidate for West End glory is Hugh Whitemore’s bio-drama…

Theatre: Responsible Other: an assured effort from newcomer Melanie Spencer; The Moment of Truth: Peter Ustinov fails to impress as a playwright

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Dominic Cooke did it at the Royal Court. Now Ed Hall is having crack as well. Cooke’s crazy decision to…