Neville’s Island – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Tim Firth’s Neville’s Island, which is running at the Duke Of Yorks Theatre in London until January 3 [Photo: Johan Persson] Team bonding – two words to strike chills into the hearts of middle managers everywhere. But there’s great comic potential when a weekend away with office co-workers goes horribly wrong. A revival of Tim …

Gypsy – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, at Chichester Festival Theatre until November 8 Imelda Staunton has become the “go to” person to tackle larger-than-life characters on stage. If you thought her award-winning turn as Sweeney Todd‘s Mrs Lovett was a knock-out then wait until you see her in her Stephen Sondheim follow-up, Gypsy. The …

Taken At Midnight – theatre review

Theatre critic Anne Cox offers her verdict on Mark Hayhurst’s Taken At Midnight, which is at Chichester Festival Theatre until November 1 There are moments in Mark Hayhurst’s remarkable play, Taken At Midnight, when the audience at the opening in Chichester’s Minerva Theatre were left on the brink of tears. One man was so angry at …

Love Me Do – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on extraordinary apocalyptic ’60s play Love Me Do, on at Watford Palace Theatre until October 18. So, it’s the end of the world and we are all about to be blown to pieces in a thermo-nuclear war. How would you spend your last day? It sounds like one of those …

Next Fall – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on compelling drama Next Fall, on at Southwark Playhouse until October 25. Charlie Condou swept out of Coronation Street as sexually confused nurse Marcus for a new start in London (where the nation’s favourite soap thinks the streets are paved with gold). It’s a brave step for a jobbing actor to …

Sweeney Todd – theatre review

Anne Cox delivers her verdict on an incredible production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, on now at Twickenham Theatre in London. London’s newest theatre last night opened its first full scale production, and what an opener – a bloody brilliant production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 17, 2014

Regeneration – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Regeneration, which is at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate ahead of a UK tour Regeneration, from Pat Barker’s gripping trilogy, is one two plays opening this month dealing with the relationship between World War I poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. It nipped under the wire at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate this week …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 16, 2014

Friend Or Foe – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews Friend Or Foe, which is at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester until Saturday, September 13 I’ve been in the wars over the last week and am all the better for it. Last week saw the opening of the superb WWI drama Regeneration and, on Friday night, I was plunged headlong into a …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 11, 2014

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – theatre review

Anne Cox reviews A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre until Sunday, September 14 Wae’aye pet, whose idea was it to make Shakespeare’s Bottom from Byker Grove? The Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set for an Asian tour and they’re trying out the production at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre this week. Last …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 11, 2014

Land Of Our Fathers – theatre review

Theatre critic Anne Cox reviews Land Of Our Fathers, which is at Trafalgar Studios in London until October 4 [Kyle Rees as Curly in Land Of Our Fathers] I’ve never been down a mine but I imagine that it takes a certain kind of person to work shifts at a coal-face 1,000 feet below ground. …

Theatre Theatre Reviews September 10, 2014

Pitcairn – theatre review

Anne Cox offers her verdict on Pitcairn, which is at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, then touring Most people know the story of how Fletcher Christian led a mutiny aboard the Bounty and fetched up on Pitcairn, an uninhabited scrap of land in the middle of the South Pacific. But what happened next? There have been …

Top Hat: The Musical – review

Anne Cox reviews a revamped all-singing, all-dancing production of Top Hat at Milton Keynes Theatre ahead of its nationwide tour Top Hat is back on stage and it’s looking as splendidly sumptuous as ever. It has been almost year since the award-winning musical closed in the West End and its producer, Kenny Wax, has used …

Theatre August 27, 2014

Guys and Dolls – musical review

Guys and Dolls is running at Chichester Festival Theatre until September 21. Review by Anne Cox Chichester Festival Theatre is on a roll with its sparkling debut of the classic Broadway hit musical Guys and Dolls. There was a full house last week for this award-winning show about New York gamblers and their wise-cracking dames. …

Tristram Shandy: Conception, Cock & Bull – theatre review

Stephen Oxley has adapted Laurence Sterne’s humourous novel for the one-man show Tristram Shandy: Conception, Cock & Bull, which is running at St James Studio, Victoria in London this week. Review by Anne Cox Long before there were monologues and stand-up there was Tristram Shandy – the bawdy raconteur who entertained the Georgians through the diaries written …

Bakersfield Mist – theatre review

Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in Stephen Sachs’ new play Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre in London. Review by Anne Cox The debate over what is art has been around since the first Stone Age painters took to their caves to daub them with images of animals. It boils down, in the end, to …

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