Fanny and Alexander (Old Vic)

It may be better not to have seen the movie Fanny and Alexander. Coming to the stage version untainted you’ll have a stronger chance to enjoy an exuberant energy and ribald theatricality that doesn’t...

The Best Man (Playhouse Theatre)

A good old-fashioned play about good old-fashioned politics. Gore Vidal’s 1960 satire The Best Man is based around the Democratic convention where in reality JFK won his nomination. Each of Vidal’s...

A Princess Undone (Park Theatre)

Before there was Meghan, before Kate’s bump, Pippa’s rump, Fergie’s indiscretions or the tabloid gift-that-keeps-on-giving which was Diana, the press devoured Princess Margaret as a constantly watchable...

Foul Pages (Hope Theatre)

I tried seven different puns for 'ruff' to illustrate Robin Hooper's Foul Pages at the Hope Theatre.  But you can make up your own. A feisty countess (Clare Bloomer) commissions Ian Hallard’s pliant...

Gundog (Royal Court)

We’re visibly, audibly on a windswept moorland in Chloe Lamford’s dirt-shovelled set for Gundog and start well with two excellent actors - Ria Zmitrowicz who was movingly one of the Rochdale grooming...

Carmen (Covent Garden)

Remember how Jonathan Miller took Gilbert and Sullivan by the scruff of the neck in 1986 and delivered a black-and-white jazz age Mikado that’s stayed in the Coliseum’s repertoire for thirty years?  Well,...

Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre)

SEVEN THINGS I LEARNED AT JULIUS CAESAR: The Bridge Theatre is still a lovely venue, and the flexibility of staging is astonishing. Its great that £15 day tickets are available and young audiences can...