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Month: January 2017
The Unlikely Life of Leonard Langley, Courtyard Theatre, London ★★★
Lacuna Theatre’s one-act play seeks to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis, although at times it feels as if it is doing the opposite
January, Live at Zédel, London ★★★
TS Eliot was three months too late. The cruellest month is not April, but January – when the post-Christmas comedown collides with hard-to-maintain resolutions, topped off by grotty weather. Such is the premise of this nascent new cabaret show, with a variety of comedy songs by Patrick Stockbridge set in the first month of every year.
In the Depths of Dead Love, The Print Room, London ★½
Seeing the play itself, it appears that, while the objections to a wider lack of roles for East Asian actors are certainly valid, and the thought of white actors further reducing those meagre casting availabilities equally so, targeting this production for those reasons feels misplaced.
Promises Promises, Southwark Playhouse, London ★★
Is Promises, Promises really only three hours long? It feels longer, and not in a good way. Based on Billy Wilder’s film The Apartment, this musical has some serious creative welly behind it, with a book by Neil Simon and songs by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. But to be blinded by such prestige would be to ignore a skewed sense of 1960s sexual politics that struggles to be counterbalanced by much warmth and heart, and takes an age to tell its story.
Raising Martha, Park Theatre ★★★★
David Spicer’s new play is a thrilling addition to the farce canon
Gaslight, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury ★★★★
Gaslight, @TheWaterside1 and touring ★★★★ “It is Tointon who throughout makes this production so watchable”
The Tempest, Southwark Playhouse ★★½
A shortened production reduces, rather than improves, Shakespeare’s magical play
Glockenspiel, Tristan Bates Theatre, London ★★
Veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder is inadequately covered
Broadway star Audra McDonald returns to London
Audra McDonald is to return to London’s West End in April for four concerts at Leicester Square Theatre, where she completely sold out her shows last year.The Broadway legend, who has won a record 6 Tony Awards, will be joined on stage this time by host & pianist Seth Rudetsky, who last month starred in…
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