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Odd Comic: My Champion Heartache
Odd Comic: My Champion Heartache

21 May 2015

Odd Comic, aka artists Holly Bodmer and Dot Howard, this month bring their new live art performance 'My Champion Heartache' to The Yard...

Ben Duke: Paradise Lost
Ben Duke: Paradise Lost

21 May 2015

Can you imagine a one man 'Paradise Lost' incorporating theatre, dance and spoken word...? For Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance, it was...

Vicki Amedume: Bedtime Stories
Vicki Amedume: Bedtime Stories

21 May 2015

Half term is coming up, so if you are a parent, you might be interested to hear that family circus piece 'Bedtime Stories'...

Luca Silvestrini: Border Tales
Luca Silvestrini: Border Tales

21 May 2015

This week Luca Silvestrini's Protein revives acclaimed piece 'Border Tales', an exploration of multi-cultural living, as the opening event for the annual Greenwich...

Ellie Taylor: Elliementary
Ellie Taylor: Elliementary

13 May 2015

You might be more familiar with Ellie Taylor's TV appearances than her stand up, but she's won a lot of acclaim in recent...

Caroline Horton: Mess
Caroline Horton: Mess

13 May 2015

We first came across Caroline Horton at the Edinburgh Festival, where she achieved high praise for shows like 'You’re Not Like The Other...

Selma Dimitrijevic: Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone
Selma Dimitrijevic: Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone

7 May 2015

Created by Selma Dimitrijevic of acclaimed theatre group Greyscale, 'Gods Are Fallen and All Safety Gone' is a celebrated play that explores the...

Ken Urban: Sense Of An Ending
Ken Urban: Sense Of An Ending

7 May 2015

This month sees the first UK outing of work from acclaimed US writer Ken Urban, when his award winning play 'Sense Of An...

Bobby Baker: The Expert View
Bobby Baker: The Expert View

30 April 2015

Celebrated artist Bobby Baker is well known for her performances and art works, in particular her Wellcome Collection exhibition, which has toured widely,...

Tom Salinsky: Kingmaker
Tom Salinsky: Kingmaker

29 April 2015

We first stumbled across 'Kingmaker' up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, when one of our rather impressed writers gave the show...

Roger Mortimer: My Children! My Africa!
Roger Mortimer: My Children! My Africa!

23 April 2015

A new production of South African playwright Athol Fugard's 'My Children! My Africa!' heads to Tristan Bates Theatre next week. Fugard, widely regarded...

Conrad Murray: No Milk For The Foxes
Conrad Murray: No Milk For The Foxes

21 April 2015

As soon as I read about 'No Milk For The Foxes', I knew it was something I wanted to find out more about....

Annette Mees and Tom Bowtell: Early Days (Of A Better Nation)
Annette Mees and Tom Bowtell: Early Days (Of A Better Nation)

17 April 2015

So much politics-related theatre at the moment, and not enough time to take it all in! However, if you get the chance, you...

Chris Goode: STAND
Chris Goode: STAND

16 April 2015

It truly is the season for political shows, but here's one with a bit of a difference – the broad-ranging experiences of different...

Peter Hamilton: Bridlington
Peter Hamilton: Bridlington

13 April 2015

This month and into next, north Islington theatre The Rosemary Branch hosts staging of playwright Peter Hamilton's 'Bridlington'. Directed by Ken McClymont, the...

Alison Skilbeck: Mrs Roosevelt Flies To London
Alison Skilbeck: Mrs Roosevelt Flies To London

10 April 2015

It's an established fact that Eleanor Roosevelt was a strong character, so it's no wonder actress and writer Alison Skilbeck was attracted to...

Catriona Knox: Thinks She's Hard Enough
Catriona Knox: Thinks She's Hard Enough

9 April 2015

Like us, you may have come across the ace Catriona Knox as one of comedy sketch trio the Boom Jennies, but we have...

Barbara Jane Mackie: Rumpy Pumpy
Barbara Jane Mackie: Rumpy Pumpy

2 April 2015

Screenwriter and novelist Barbara Jane Mackie's latest project is 'Rumpy Pumpy', a new musical based on the story of two Women's Institute campaigners...

Terri Paddock: Also Recognised Awards
Terri Paddock: Also Recognised Awards

2 April 2015

The Also Recognised Awards, launched last month, is a new award scheme set up by WhatsOnStage founder Terri Paddock and theatre critic Mark...

Lisa Cagnacci: Animals
Lisa Cagnacci: Animals

31 March 2015

Coming up at Theatre503 is associate director Lisa Cagnacci's first in-house production, and she has chosen to direct a new work from Yorkshire...

Idle Motion: Shooting With Light
Idle Motion: Shooting With Light

26 March 2015

We first came across theatre company Idle Motion at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they've impressed our review team with their excellent, thought-provoking...

Buddug James Jones: Hiraeth
Buddug James Jones: Hiraeth

18 March 2015

Buddug James Jones' autobiographical performance piece concerning her departure from rural Wales for a life in the big city premiered to critical acclaim...

Anthony Nikolchev: All the Things You Said You Never Said Before You Thought You Could Ever Say
Anthony Nikolchev: All the Things You Said You Never Said Before You Thought You Could Ever Say

12 March 2015

Compagnie TDU's Dance Theatre piece 'All the Things You Said You Never Said Before You Thought You Could Ever Say' was guaranteed to...

Giles Cole: The Heart Of Things
Giles Cole: The Heart Of Things

5 March 2015

Next week sees the timely premiere, at Jermyn Street Theatre, of Close Quarter Productions' 'The Heart Of Things', a play set against the...

Brian Logan: Sprint at Camden People's Theatre
Brian Logan: Sprint at Camden People's Theatre

4 March 2015

Camden People's Theatre is renowned for staging really interesting, new and innovative stuff, and their annual Sprint Festival showcases a whole lot of...

Daniel Buckley: Lardo
Daniel Buckley: Lardo

3 March 2015

When I heard about pro-wrestling themed play 'Lardo', which kicks off a month long run at the Old Red Lion this week, I...

Rachel Parish: Hellscreen
Rachel Parish: Hellscreen

27 February 2015

'Hellscreen' is a multi-genre immersive performance inspired by a classic Japanese horror story in which Jonny Woo plays a successful artist with a...

Charlie Tuesday Gates: Sing For Your Life
Charlie Tuesday Gates: Sing For Your Life

26 February 2015

Although artist Charlie Tuesday Gates wouldn't call herself a taxidermist, she has achieved acclaim for her artistic works rendered via the medium of...

Olivia Poulet: How I Learned To Drive
Olivia Poulet: How I Learned To Drive

19 February 2015

If you're the kind of person who keeps ups with the latest reviews, you might already be aware that the new co production...

Phil Mann: BattleActs!
Phil Mann: BattleActs!

18 February 2015

As you may know, the TW team head up to Edinburgh every August to partake of the cultural banquet that is the Edinburgh...

Rachel Waring: Hamlet
Rachel Waring: Hamlet

12 February 2015

This month a new production of Hamlet opens at The Cockpit. One could argue that everyone puts their own interpretation on such classics...

Bertrand Lesca: Ablutions
Bertrand Lesca: Ablutions

11 February 2015

We first came across the work of FellSwoop Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe, where they've achieved great success (and fab reviews from us)...

Guy Retallack: Happy Ending
Guy Retallack: Happy Ending

4 February 2015

It doesn't perhaps sound like the best subject matter for a funny musical - the story, set in an oncology clinic, of a...

Martin Bonger: Fat Man
Martin Bonger: Fat Man

29 January 2015

As you artsy Londoners may be aware, the Vault Festival started this week, so you can all look forward to a full six...

Mary Franklin: Diary Of A Nobody
Mary Franklin: Diary Of A Nobody

22 January 2015

You may well have read 'The Diary Of A Nobody', but not everyone will have, so I should explain that it started out...

Guillaume Pigé: Blind Man's Song
Guillaume Pigé: Blind Man's Song

15 January 2015

I think we first came across Theatre Re, a company who create work “on the edge of mime and theatre”, at the 2012...

James Hogan: Ivy, Joan and Oberon
James Hogan: Ivy, Joan and Oberon

14 January 2015

If you know anything about the world of drama publishing, you've probably heard of James Hogan, the founder of Oberon Books, known for...

Robert Gillespie: Shaw's Women
Robert Gillespie: Shaw's Women

7 January 2015

Robert Gillespie is something of a familiar TV face, thanks to his myriad small screen appearances, most notably in sitcoms such as 'Keep...

Ella Carmen Greenhill: Made In Britain
Ella Carmen Greenhill: Made In Britain

6 January 2015

This week at the Old Red Lion Theatre sees the staging of 'Made In Britain', a two hander dealing with the political disillusionment...

Ontroerend Goed: Sirens
Ontroerend Goed: Sirens

19 December 2014

Belgian theatre group Ontroerend Goed are renowned for their experimental and challenging pieces, which we first witnessed at that brilliant stage for outre...

Danny Wainwright: A family 'Christmas Carol'
Danny Wainwright: A family 'Christmas Carol'

11 December 2014

If you are looking for a theatrical treat for the whole family over Christmas then this show might be just the thing: a...

Gus Miller: A Christmas Carol
Gus Miller: A Christmas Carol

4 December 2014

I told you to expect more Christmassy Q&As as we progress towards the 25 Dec, and here is the latest, focusing on Neil...

Birthday Girls: Party Vibes
Birthday Girls: Party Vibes

4 December 2014

If you are a comedy aficionado, you've probably heard of Birthday Girls, given the recent critical acclaim accorded to them up at that...

Michael Kingsbury: Reviving 'Christmas'
Michael Kingsbury: Reviving 'Christmas'

25 November 2014

I love Christmas, me, so any show with the word Christmas in the name is bound to grab my attention (watch out for...

Sondra Lee: Go See
Sondra Lee: Go See

19 November 2014

The late Norris Church Mailer, despite being better known as the wife of Norman Mailer, was in her own right a talented writer,...

Stuart Slade: Cans
Stuart Slade: Cans

7 November 2014

'Cans', a co-production from Theatre 503, Kuleshov Theatre and Etch Theatre, certainly has an interesting premise, which sees the central characters, a woman...

Toby Ealden: Gatecrashing
Toby Ealden: Gatecrashing

6 November 2014

When I heard about this production, I was intrigued – an immersive piece, delivered by the medium of silent disco and produced by...

Tom Littler: First Episode
Tom Littler: First Episode

31 October 2014

It's not the first time we've spoken to Primavera Productions, an award winning company which focuses on reviving forgotten and neglected plays, and...

Clara Brennan: Spine
Clara Brennan: Spine

23 October 2014

This week at Soho Theatre, Londoners have the chance to see Clara Brennan's Edinburgh Festival success story 'Spine', which won a Fringe First...

Andrew Keates: Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well
Andrew Keates: Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well

16 October 2014

This month a starry cast begins a run of musical revue 'Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris' at the...

Rebecca Atkinson-Lord: MilkMilkLemonade at Ovalhouse
Rebecca Atkinson-Lord: MilkMilkLemonade at Ovalhouse

9 October 2014

Cult American theatrical hit 'MilkMilkLemonade' makes its UK debut at Ovalhouse this month. This particular production has been directed by one of the...

Guilt & Shame: Going Straight
Guilt & Shame: Going Straight

2 October 2014

Comic duo Guilt & Shame first caught our collective TW eye at the Edinburgh Fringe, when our reviewers were impressed by their dark...

Felix Mortimer: Shakespeare In Shoreditch
Felix Mortimer: Shakespeare In Shoreditch

25 September 2014

Shakespeare in Shoreditch is a twelve day, site-specific theatre festival celebrating both former resident Shakespeare and the cultural hotbed that is Shoreditch itself...

Anthony Biggs: Flowers Of The Forest
Anthony Biggs: Flowers Of The Forest

23 September 2014

As you may know, Jermyn Street Theatre makes a point of reviving forgotten works (as well as staging all things new) and 'Flowers...

Nitin Sawhney: Dystopian Dream
Nitin Sawhney: Dystopian Dream

18 September 2014

Award winning DJ/composer/producer Nitin Sawhney takes to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday to showcase tracks from his upcoming new...

Al Lubel: Still Al Lubel
Al Lubel: Still Al Lubel

17 September 2014

We first came across US comedian Al Lubel when he made his acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe debut with 'Al Lubel Is Mentally Al' in...

Sophie Austin: Teatro Vivo
Sophie Austin: Teatro Vivo

10 September 2014

Teatro Vivo are a company who have become renowned for their performances in unusual, often outdoor spaces, and have been producing quality work...

Like Swimming: Revealing 'Structures'
Like Swimming: Revealing 'Structures'

8 September 2014

Swedish three piece Like Swimming - Claes Carlstrom on vocals and guitar, Ida Hedene on vocals and keys and Petter Wesslander on drums...

Cardinal Burns: First Time Tour
Cardinal Burns: First Time Tour

4 September 2014

Channel 4 comedy types Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns, they of – yes, the names give it away a bit – Cardinal Burns...

Andrew Maddock: The Me Plays
Andrew Maddock: The Me Plays

2 September 2014

Up and coming writer Andrew Maddock starts a run at the Old Red Lion this week, performing his own, semi-autobiographical stories in a...

Richard Marsh: Wingman
Richard Marsh: Wingman

29 August 2014

Some members of the ThisWeek team have recently returned from Edinburgh where we've been busy covering the Festival for our sister publication ThreeWeeks...

Benjamin Scheuer: The Lion
Benjamin Scheuer: The Lion

14 August 2014

New Yorker Benjamin Scheuer is the writer and star of 'The Lion', a musical featuring one man, six guitars, and a story of...

Sarah Berger: The HopeFull Rep Season
Sarah Berger: The HopeFull Rep Season

7 August 2014

King's Head-affiliated new writing venue The Hope, which opened its doors in November last year, this month hosts the HopeFull Rep Season, a...

Anna Jones: A Volpone for Hackney
Anna Jones: A Volpone for Hackney

31 July 2014

For their latest project NYLon - a theatre group which, you might have worked out, straddles both London and New York - has...

Paul Reid: Black Cultural Archives
Paul Reid: Black Cultural Archives

17 July 2014

This month the Black Cultural Archives will open a fantastic new £7m heritage centre in Brixton to house its extensive collection of artefacts...

Suzy Willson: Clod Ensemble and the Red Ladies
Suzy Willson: Clod Ensemble and the Red Ladies

14 July 2014

Clod Ensemble are renowned for their brilliant and inventive shows, which transcend and disregard the boundary lines of traditional performance genres. One of...

Lydia Fraser-Ward: Woman of Mass Destruction
Lydia Fraser-Ward: Woman of Mass Destruction

10 July 2014

'Women Of Mass Destruction 2' is a pretty provocative title, so I was immediately drawn to it, and even more interested once I...

Christeene: The Christeene Machine
Christeene: The Christeene Machine

3 July 2014

'The Christeene Machine' offers a "gender-blending booty-pounding perversion of punk dragged through a musical theatre gutter" courtesy of its star, Christeene, described by...

Victoria Melody: Major Tom
Victoria Melody: Major Tom

26 June 2014

We first heard of Victoria Melody's intriguing show 'Major Tom' at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, where it garnered no small amount of critical...

Helen Chadwick: War and Song
Helen Chadwick: War and Song

19 June 2014

Renowned composer and singer Helen Chadwick, possibly best known for her Royal Opera House commissions 'Dalston Songs' and 'The Singing Circle', has written...

Anthony Biggs: Bringing South Africa to Jermyn Street
Anthony Biggs: Bringing South Africa to Jermyn Street

12 June 2014

Jermyn Street theatre is known for its interest in staging new and neglected plays and bringing them to the attention of a fresh...

Phoebe von Held: The Manual Oracle
Phoebe von Held: The Manual Oracle

2 June 2014

Here's a show that immediately sounded intriguing to me; a play inspired by a seventeenth-century 'self-help' manual, exploring themes of paranoia, suspicion and...

Carey Marx: Intensive Carey
Carey Marx: Intensive Carey

28 May 2014

I first came across Carey Marx, quite a few years ago, at the Edinburgh Fringe. I was stunned – to put it mildly...

Matthew Xia: Reviving Sizwe Banzi
Matthew Xia: Reviving Sizwe Banzi

22 May 2014

'Sizwe Banzi Is Dead' was written and first performed back in the seventies. Set in apartheid era South Africa, the play sees its...

David Murley: Objects Of My Affection
David Murley: Objects Of My Affection

24 April 2014

MurleyDance, a London ballet and contemporary dance company, begin a tour of their latest show with a date at the capital's Shaw Theatre...

Linnie Reedman: Adapting Dorian Gray
Linnie Reedman: Adapting Dorian Gray

23 April 2014

Much has been made of the celebrity connections of two of the stars of this production – one is Daisy Bevan, daughter of...

David Hutchinson and Sam Lupton: Sell A Door's Avenue Q
David Hutchinson and Sam Lupton: Sell A Door's Avenue Q

18 April 2014

I've long been a fan of touring company Sell A Door and their commitment to creating shows designed to attract teenagers and young...

Sue Buckmaster: Rubbish
Sue Buckmaster: Rubbish

17 April 2014

As a parent, I'm always on the lookout for great shows aimed at children and families. 'Rubbish' sounds like just the ticket, a...

Lizzi Kew Ross: Reading With Bach
Lizzi Kew Ross: Reading With Bach

16 April 2014

I was intrigued when I heard about this event, and not just because I love books; it's a piece that takes the act...

Tom Littler: The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith
Tom Littler: The Notorious Mrs Ebbsmith

10 April 2014

If you told me you hadn't heard of Victorian playwright Arthur Wing Pinero I wouldn't be terribly surprised, even despite two recent stagings...

Laura Lindsay: Hidden
Laura Lindsay: Hidden

4 April 2014

We were first alerted to the existence of Black Toffee's highly acclaimed piece 'Hidden' at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, when our reviewer...

Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly At Odds With The Universe
Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly At Odds With The Universe

20 March 2014

Radio 4 frequenter Tom Wrigglesworth is headed to Leicester Square Theatre next week for three performances of  'Utterly At Odds With The Universe',...

Martin Jameson: Away From Home
Martin Jameson: Away From Home

14 March 2014

'Away From Home', currently completing a run at London's Jermyn Street Theatre, depicts the relationship between a male escort and a premiership footballer....

Tim Key: Single White Slut
Tim Key: Single White Slut

13 March 2014

I am not sure how much introduction Tim Key needs, because I feel as though I've known of his existence for a very...

Lewis Reynolds: Directing Lear
Lewis Reynolds: Directing Lear

11 March 2014

A new production of 'King Lear' is on at The Cockpit in Marylebone this month starring stage and screen veteran David Ryall. Over...

Ben Moor: On 'Each Of Us'
Ben Moor: On 'Each Of Us'

5 March 2014

The immensely talented writer/performer that is Ben Moor is currently touring his latest one man show 'Each Of Us' ("unashamedly intellectual" and "mesmerising",...

Paul Jellis: London, Underground and all that
Paul Jellis: London, Underground and all that

26 February 2014

If you've ever been to one of new writing theatre company nabokov's Arts Club nights, then you might be interested to hear that...

Danny Wainwright: Sherlock Holmes revelations
Danny Wainwright: Sherlock Holmes revelations

19 February 2014

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes (and I am pretty sure there are quite a few fans out there, especially in...

Robert Wolstenholme: Shang-a-Lang and all that
Robert Wolstenholme: Shang-a-Lang and all that

24 January 2014

If you are a fan of Catherine Johnson, the scriptwriting talent behind 'Mamma Mia' - and even if you are not, frankly -...

Jeremy Kingston: Retelling Oedipus
Jeremy Kingston: Retelling Oedipus

12 January 2014

Jane Nightwork Productions' latest outing, 'Oedipus Retold', on this month and next at Tristan Bates Theatre, has already won praise for its intelligence...

Patrick Lynch: Snow Play
Patrick Lynch: Snow Play

13 December 2013

Patrick Lynch is the artistic director of – and performer with - highly successful children's theatre group Lyngo, and if you're a parent,...

Adam Kay: Amateur Transplants, Christmas Edition
Adam Kay: Amateur Transplants, Christmas Edition

11 December 2013

I doubt there are many pop culture-absorbers out there in London these days who haven't heard that Amateur Transplants 'London Underground' song, so...

Judith Owen and Harry Shearer: Holiday Sing-Along
Judith Owen and Harry Shearer: Holiday Sing-Along

27 November 2013

Acclaimed Welsh singer song writer Judith Owen and her husband, 'Spinal Tap' / 'Simpsons' / 'SNL' star Harry Shearer, have been staging Christmas...

Hannah Silva: The Disappearance Of Sadie Jones
Hannah Silva: The Disappearance Of Sadie Jones

26 November 2013

'The Disappearance Of Sadie Jones', which heads to Pleasance for a five night run this week, tells the story of a young woman...

Evie Manning: Our Glass House
Evie Manning: Our Glass House

14 November 2013

We first discovered 'Our Glass House', a site specific piece focusing on domestic violence, at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer, where it garnered...

Susan Croft: Restaging Revolutions
Susan Croft: Restaging Revolutions

12 November 2013

If you are a true lover of theatre, then there's an exhibition and series of events on at Ovalhouse this month and next...

David Pinner: The Potsdam Quartet
David Pinner: The Potsdam Quartet

9 November 2013

If you don't recognise the name David Pinner (though many of you will), then you will definitely recognise his most famous output, because...

Immodesty Blaize: Back for some Hoxton Variety
Immodesty Blaize: Back for some Hoxton Variety

8 November 2013

This month Hoxton Hall are staging 'Hoxton Varieties', a series of 150th birthday fund-raising events featuring cabaret, comedy, film, and a photography exhibition....

Rachel Blackman: Moon Project
Rachel Blackman: Moon Project

4 November 2013

Rachel Blackman is an award winning theatre practitioner, known for such pieces as 'Triptych: Three Attempts at Love', which premiered to no small...

Jon Gun Thor: MacBeth of Fire and Ice
Jon Gun Thor: MacBeth of Fire and Ice

4 November 2013

A new production of 'Macbeth' heads to London's Arcola Theatre this month; one that, drawing on the director's Icelandic roots, is influenced by...