Review Round Up: Blithe Spirit

Edward Hall directs this latest film based on Noel Coward’s play – but how did critics react to it? The Guardian: * “Despite the heavyweight cast, the film’s production values are those of a kids’ TV show that might go out on a weekday afternoon.” The Financial Times: * “Hall recycles the set-up as pure… Read More

Review Round Up: The Comeback, Noel Coward Theatre

While performances have been postponed due to London moving to Tier 3 restrictions, we round up the reviews for the debut play from The Pin’s award-winning Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen. WhatsOnStage: **** “For all its smartness, it has at its centre a sweetness and an innocent enjoyment of comedy for comedy’s own sake that feels the perfect… Read More

Review Round Up: Wonder Woman 1984

We round up the reviews for this sequel focusing on Wonder Woman, which is out now in cinemas. The Guardian: *** “This is an epically long and epically brash film from director and co-writer Patty Jenkins, but Gadot has a queenly self-possession and she imposes her authority on it.” Empire: **** “As with the last… Read More

Review Round Up: A Christmas Carol, Dominion Theatre

We round up the reviews from last night’s press performance of this musical at the Dominion Theatre. WhatsOnStage: *** “It’s fun rather than frightening, jolly rather than admonitory. With the London Musical Theatre Orchestra joyfully conducted by Freddie Tapner taking up most of the stage, director Shaun Kerrison concentrates on keeping the movement fluid and… Read More

Review Round Up: Bags: Inside Out, Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s new exhibition aims to capture our fascination with the accessory. Here’s what the critics have had to say about it… The Observer: ***** “In the past, I have sometimes criticised the V&A for the way its blockbuster fashion shows have a tendency to make visitors feel as if they’re in… Read More

Review Round Up: Cinderella: The Socially Distanced Ball, Turbine Theatre

The Turbine Theatre’s first pantomime has now officially opened. Here’s what critics have had to say about it…. WhatsOnStage: **** “The script, by Jodie Prenger and Neil Hurst, strikes the right balance between sauce and sentiment, and the laughs keep coming throughout, even if some of the one-liners are older than the President-Elect. And director… Read More

Review Round up: RENT, Hope Mill Theatre (Online)

Having had its run affected twice by the ongoing pandemic, Luke Sheppard’s production has been made available to watch online. Here’s what critics have said about it… Broadway World: **** “Those lucky enough to be in the room for the few live performances of this production have bragging rights for life. For those who are… Read More

Review Round Up: A Promised Land by Barack Obama

The former US President has released his memoirs. Here we round up the reviews… The Guardian: “A Promised Land delivers amply on the basic expectations of political autobiographies, providing a granular view from the driving seat of power.” The Observer: “Like the best autobiographers, Barack Obama writes about himself in the hope of discovering who or even… Read More

Review Round Up: Death of England: Delroy, National Theatre

Michael Balogun stars in this sequel to the Death of England at the National Theatre. The Guardian: **** “Michael Balogun, as Delroy, is every bit as energetic as Spall, but his performance is more compact and controlled.” Variety: “Powered — that most definitely is the word — by Michael Balogun’s blistering performance, Clint Dyer and Roy… Read More

Review Round Up: Positions by Ariana Grande

We take a look at what critics have been making of the singer’s brand new album. The Guardian: *** “But despite the tabloid pre-publicity and the lyrical preoccupation with all-night romps, Positions deals in polished professionalism, not pulse-quickening excitement.” Pitchfork: “Positions doesn’t broaden Grande’s sound the way her past few albums have, and it isn’t buoyed… Read More