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Review: Much Ado About Nothing (Lion and Unicorn Theatre)

An imaginative adaptation of Much Ado that's packed with action and fizzing with powerful emotions

Much Ado About Nothing , Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London: The intimate Lion and Unicorn's Much Ado imposes itself on its in-the-round audience like a boisterous teenager: admirable for its energy and irreverence but exasperating for an adolescent lack of subtlety. Read the full

The Secret Garden review ingenious design in an alfresco setting

Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre, ChesterKate Saxon's adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel boasts heart, charm and a thoroughly convincing cast Continue reading...

A Bright Room Called Day, Southwark Playhouse

The pivotal early 1930s period in which Herr Hitler overcame strong if fractured left-wing opposition should make for meaty drama, but the sluggish polemic currently occupying Southwark Playhouse will leave carnivorous viewers unsatiated. American playwri

Review: A Bright Room Called Day (Southwark Playhouse)

The production of Tony Kushner's play doesn't provoke the questions that it might

A Bright Room Called Day, Southwark Playhouse, London

Southwark Playhouse, London: Set in Germany in the early 1930s, Tony Kushner's play depicts the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler through the filter of Reagan's America. Inspired in part by Brecht's The Private Life of the Master Race, th

What the Ladybird Heard, Cadogan Hall, London

Cadogan Hall, London: There's plenty to commend in this four-hander adaptation of Julia Donaldson's popular children's book. The cheerful farmyard set is effectively a three-dimensional version of the page, instantly recognisable to most of the pre-school

Adriana Lecouvreur, Opera Holland Park, London – review

Director Martin Lloyd-Evans has delivered a lively production of Cilea’s slice of romantic hokum, sung and played with passion and affection

The Last Days of Limehouse review enjoyable and heartfelt

Limehouse town hall, LondonThis unsentimental show about east London's historic Chinese community is made with love and acted with vigour Continue reading...

Natural Affection, Jermyn Street Theatre

The work of William Inge doesn't get much of a look-in on British stages, but the American dramatist's depictions of frustrated aspirations and desires at work in small-town Midwestern lives - most famously realised in the Pulitzer-winning Picnic and Bus