Southwark Playhouse

A timely drama with a strong premise – but it needs rewriting: Dessert reviewed

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Oliver Cotton is an RSC stalwart who looks like a man born to greatness. Google him. He has the fearless…

Did Rodgers and Hammerstein intend Allegro for the theatre? Or for euthanasia treatment?

27 August 2016 9:00 am

‘European premiere of classic American musical’ is a phrase that deeply alarms the experienced playgoer. As I tootled along to…

Sister act: Zawe Ashton and Uzo Aduba in Jean Genet’s ‘The Maids’

Jean Genet’s fascinating play, The Maids, is botched at Trafalgar Studios

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The Maids is a fascinating document. Written in 1947, Jean Genet’s drama portrays a pair of serving girls who enact…

Is there a difference between being prejudiced and being a connoisseur of prejudice?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Paul Minx ventures boldly into Tennessee Williams country with The Long Road South. It’s 1965 and the Price family are…

Volpone and his coterie of misfits, L–R from the back: Julian Hoult (Castrone), Ankur Bahl (Androgyno), Henry Goodman (Volpone) and Jonathan Key (Nano)

Trevor Nunn’s Volpone reviewed: Henry Goodman bewitches the audience by doing nothing wittily

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Easy playwright to get on with, Ben Jonson. His world is simple, his tastes endearing. He likes golden-hearted swindlers and…

Radiant Vermin at the Soho Theatre reviewed: a barmy little sketch posing as a revolutionary satire

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Philip Ridley is best known as the screenwriter of The Krays, in which Gary and Martin Kemp played Ronnie and…

Muswell Hill reviewed: a guide on how to sock it to London trendies

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Torben Betts is much admired by his near-namesake Quentin Letts for socking it to London trendies. Letts is one of…

Paul Barritt’s stunning design for ‘The Golem’ resembles ‘a ketchup-splattered bumble bee’

Young Vic's Golem: its status as a cult hit fills me with troubled wonder

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The Young Vic produces shows that please many but rarely me. Its big hit of 2014, A Streetcar Named Desire,…

The recruitment company to go to if you've got no arms or legs

6 December 2014 9:00 am

When to launch? For impresarios, this is the eternal dilemma. Autumn is so crowded with press nights that producers are…

Stage rage: Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra

Were the cast of the Old Vic’s Electra clothed by Oxfam?

11 October 2014 9:00 am

First, a bit of background. Conquering Agamemnon slew his daughter, Iphigenia, in return for a fair wind to Troy. This…

A wizened Victor Mature: Matthew Kelly in Toast

Bent bureaucrats, ‘fake dykes’ and bad bakers — this week’s theatre

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Eye of a Needle, by newcomer Chris MacDonald, looks at homosexuality and asylum. Gays from the Third World, who’ve suppressed…

Dolts, Doormats and FGM: theatre to make you physically sick

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Wow. What an experience. A 1991 movie named Dogfight has spawned a romantic musical. We’re in San Francisco in 1963.…

Sorry, Gillian Anderson, but you've caught the wrong Streetcar

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Streetcar. One word is enough to conjure an icon. Tennessee Williams’s finest play, written in the 1940s, is about a…

Mark Benton’s Hobson spares us nothing in his journey from rooftop to gutter

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Nice one, Roy. Across the West End secret toasts are being drunk to the England supremo for his exquisitely crafted…

Everyone should see this pious anti-war monologue – seriously

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Off to the Gate for a special treat: a pious anti-war monologue from the prize-winning American George Brant. Curtain up.…

Superior Donuts – a very irritating success

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Tracy Letts, of the Chicago company Steppenwolf, has written one of the best plays of the past ten years. August:…

Sam Mendes's King Lear is a must-see for masochists

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Directors appear to have two design options when approaching a Shakespeare tragedy. Woodstock or jackboot. Woodstock means papal robes, shoulder-length…

Highly alluring: Gemma Chan as Athena in ‘Our Ajax’

'Keeler' is not just about Tory bigwigs chasing nymphettes around the pool

16 November 2013 9:00 am

It’s an unlovely venue, for sure. Charing Cross Theatre, underneath the arches, likes to welcome vagrant plays that can’t find…

The Light Princess badly needs a mission

26 October 2013 9:00 am

There are many pleasures in The Light Princess, a new musical by Tori Amos. George MacDonald’s fairy story introduces us…

A mega-musical that’s like watching the Downton cast crammed into a telephone kiosk

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Hats off for theatrical recklessness. The producer Danielle Tarento has taken a $10-million Broadway mega-musical and staged it in the…

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…