Noises Off (Lyric Hammersmith)

In 1982, I went to the Lyric Hammersmith to see Michael Frayn’s new farce Noises Off featuring Patricia Routledge, Paul Eddington – I took my parents who were horrified to hear 'that nice actor from...

The End of History (Royal Court)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany swerve into kitchen sink drama with The End of History, a nicely-judged skid through the 20 years from Blair to Brexit in one...

Afterglow (Southwark Playhouse)

We start with a triple simultaneous orgasm. I'd say that's pretty innovative, because it would take considerable stage managing.On stage love triangles, though, are far from new. Noel Coward shocked...

Avalanche (Barbican Theatre)

When I went to see Vanessa Redgrave in The Year of Magical Thinking in New York, we sat in the centre of row C of the Stalls and every time I woke up she seemed to be staring directly at me. There was a...

All My Sons (Old Vic)

My first written review - for a student newspaper - was All My Sons, at the Octagon Theatre Bolton. 45 years, and six thousand seats in the stalls later, we have come full circle and it was with pleasure and...

Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse)

This is as unconventional production of Sweet Charity as you're likely to see. Set firmly in the art milieu of Andy Warhol's Factory, it's so perfectly, silver-foil-wrapped acid-tabbed 1967 it's like you...