Road (Royal Court Theatre)

Road by Jim Cartwright is an important piece of writing but it is also a fly in amber - for all the clever delineation of characters in a single street in Bolton in the eighties, it has quickly staled to the...

Apologia (Trafalgar Studios)

Far be it from me to identify with the bitter old bitch who sits at the end of the table passing comment on everyone and everything in her path, but there's more than a touch of Bette Davis in The...

I Loved Lucy (Arts Theatre)

Revival is a strange word.  It suggests something rescued from its deathbed and shocked into fresh vigour by an infusion of talent, or money, or inspiration.  In the case of I Loved Lucy, the corpse seems...

Twilight Song (Park Theatre)

Kevin Elyot scored a huge success with his 1994 tragicomic gay play My Night With Reg, hailed as an Abigail's Party for the HIV era, but his later playscripts floated beneath the radar as his career focused on...

Touch (Soho Theatre)

Welcome to 'Bridget Jones's Bedsit'.  Touch may come from the same stable as the amazing Fleabag but drops the posh and goes Welsh: imagine Stacey left Gavin for a squalid London studio, a diet of Echo Falls,...

Blondel (Union Theatre)

I’ve been trying to remember why I didn’t go to either the 1983 original or the 2006 London revival of Blondel. Especially as its central character is King Richard I of England whose heir presumptive...