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Better old: Happy New at Trafalgar Studios (***)

After a successful Off West End run (and a year and a bit later), Brendan Cowell’s Happy New “premieres” at Trafalgar Studios – but something’s been lost in transfer. Brendan Cowell’s Happy New was one of my favourite plays of last year: a clever script with the right combination of long, poetic monologues, character comedy and a … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Anything but wrong: The Play That Goes Wrong at Trafalgar Studios (*****)

We loved The Play That Goes Wrong when it played at the Old Red Lion, and I’m pleased to report that the transfer to Trafalgar Studios has not dented this wonderful new Noises-Off-esque farce – if anything, it’s enhanced it. Mischief Theatre are better known for their improvisational comedy shows, but this scripted departure proves, if anything, … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Bloody brutal: Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios (****)

Jamie Lloyd’s grim take on Shakespeare’s notorious Scottish play features post-apocalyptic grime, buckets of blood and an international movie star – and the result is pretty awe-inspiring. Not perfect, but certainly breath-taking. At Trafalgar Studios. The body count and general level of gore in Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies is notoriously high, but rarely has a … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Not that Legend of Zelda: Zelda at Trafalgar Studios (***)

Running in rotation with Celebrity Night at Café Red and alongside another new piece about Zelda Fitzgerald, Zelda has it’s work cut out for it. In Kelly Burke’s monologue, a fascinating character is revealed, but this is too short and in need of something more than one woman on stage. At Trafalgar Studios. Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald’s life was … Continue reading