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If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:4.5] In his programme notes, Anders Lustgarten says “now’s the time for the return of proper political theatre.” While some may argue it has never really gone away, it’s true that there has been a dearth of good political theatre recently, with too many ‘politics by numbers’ plays that tick social ...

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The Stepmother – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Sam Walters Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:3.5] Sam Walters, the Orange Tree’s Artistic Director, has been responsible for rediscovering many lost and unknown plays, bringing them to audiences for the first time since their original productions. The Stepmother is a play that extends this tradition. Githa Sowerby’s 1924 play received only one private performance in the West ...

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Quartermaine’s Terms – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Gray Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:5] Rowan Atkinson makes a triumphant return to the West End in a new production of Simon Gray’s 1981 play, Quartermaine’s Terms. As St John Quartermaine, Atkinson has a rôle that was made for him, and his performance and the production lives up to its promise. Set in the staff-room of ...

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The Dreamer Examines His Pillow – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: John Patrick Shanley Director: Anil Douglas Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:3] A UK premiere for a play by John Patrick Shanley, the US writer better known as the writer of films including Joe Versus the Volcano, Moonstruck, and Doubt. The Dreamer Examines His Pillow has a name that suggests navel-gazing ahead, and at times delivers on this unfortunate promise, but ...

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One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show – Tricycle Theatre, London

Writer: Don Evans Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:4.5] It’s rare for a play to do exactly what it says it is on the tin, but One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show is the exception. It claims to be The Cosby Show meets Restoration Comedy, and that’s just what it is. Presented as a live television recording of the ...

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Three Sisters – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov, in a version by Ranjit Bolt Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:3.5] People who bemoan theatre’s obsession with classical plays often complain they have no contemporary relevance. The Faction’s production of Three Sisters almost immediately shows the complaint as false, as Irina, the youngest sister, espouses the value of work and shows contempt for anyone who ...

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So Great A Crime – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: David Gooderson Director: David Gooderson Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:2.5] There are some titles tailor-made for reviewers who want to disparage a play. So Great a Crime invites comments that the biggest crime is the play being produced. This is not the case with David Gooderson’s new play, but it still falls a long way short of what could have ...

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The Public Reviews : The Best of 2012

2012 has been our biggest year for reviewing theatre. We have reviewed over 3,000 productions across the UK including West End shows, regional theatre, fringe, stand-up and live music. The end of the year saw us branch out with a team based in Ireland and we hope to continue to grow in other areas that we currently don’t cover on ...

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