Review Round Up: Rip it Up, Garrick Theatre

Bringing the 1960’s to life, find out what critics made of Rip it Up  now playing at the Garrick Theatre.  The Stage: *** “The real live wire in this quartet however is Merrygold, late of JLS and by far the most accomplished all-rounder. His several musical interludes including a gently soaring Whiter Shade of Pale showed a deep emotional connection to the music, while the intensity of his dance, accompanied by an equally… Read More

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Love London Love Culture’s Picks of the Week: Sunday 17th February

Missed anything on Love London Love Culture this week? Here’s what has been proving popular on LLLC…  Review of A Beautiful Noise at the Lyric Theatre: this week saw Love London Love Culture catching the first West End performance of the show dedicated to the music of Neil Diamond. Including songs such as ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ and ‘Sweet Caroline’, it is a “Designed to be a crowdpleaser”. Review Round Up of Edward II at the Shakespeare’s Globe: this week saw the opening of Edward II and Love… Read More

Review Round Up: The Price, Wyndham’s Theatre

Transferring from the Theatre Royal Bath, David Suchet stars in this revival of Arthur Miller’s play.  Londonist: **** “Jonathan Church’s excellent, slow-burning production retains our attention in a long play that tends towards the verbose and over-explanatory, but powerfully shows the price people pay for their key decisions in life.” Camden New Journal: “Jonathan Church’s production is superbly acted. Brendan Coyle is totally convincing as Victor, with just a sense… Read More

Review Round Up: The American Clock, Old Vic Theatre

Rachel Chavkin directs this revival of Arthur Miller’s play at  the Old Vic Theatre. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews… The Guardian: *** “The aim is to heighten the story’s timelessness and reflect the nation’s diversity: fine in theory but the effect, paradoxically, is to shift the focus away from the family. The real strength of the production lies in individual scenes that give vivid snapshots of 1930s America.” The Times: ***… Read More

Review Round Up: Don McCullin, Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s latest exhibition showcases some of the  photographer’s impactful images from the last sixty years.  The Guardian: ***** “There is a visceral quality to McCullin’s photographs, in their analogue tonalities, the depth of their blacks and greys, the clarities and dimming of their whites, their strong and weak light, their focus, their attendance on the unconscionable. Evening Standard: ***** “For a man who has been so often under… Read More

Review Round Up: Edward II, Shakespeare’s Globe

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Nick Bagnall’s  production. WhatsOnStage: **** “While Bagnall’s production is generally low on frills (setting aside some charming musical accompaniments), it is a highly involving watch which gallops along at the right pace – and has been stripped back in order to reward a newcomer.” The Telegraph: *** “The performances are variable. Several odd dramatic choices (a… Read More

Review Round Up: Tracey Emin: A Fortnight of Tears, White Cube Bermondsey

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Tracey  Emin’s latest exhibition… Time Out: ***** “Throughout this show, Emin brilliantly takes the misery we all experience from time to time and condenses it into little atomic bombs of aesthetic urgency. It’s overwrought, over-intense, and over the top, but that’s why it’s so good.” The Guardian: **** ” Her work remains a riposte to the weird constipated… Read More

Review Round Up: If Beale Street Could Talk

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Barry Jenkins’s  film based on James Baldwin’s novel.   The Observer: ***** “The result is another mesmerising and wholly immersive experience from a film-maker whose love of the medium of cinema – and fierce compassion for Baldwin’s finely drawn characters – shines through every frame.” The Guardian: **** “Here is a film almost woozy with its own beauty and dignity, a… Read More

Review Round Up: Pinter 7: A Slight Ache/Dumb Waiter, Harold Pinter Theatre

The final double bill in the Jamie Lloyd Company’s Harold Pinter  season is now playing in the West End. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews.   The Telegraph: *** “Even though the finale, neatly pairing the 1958 radio play A Slight Ache with the better known 1957 two-hander The Dumb Waiter, brings things to a less rousing climax than one might have hoped,… Read More

Review Round Up: All is True

Kenneth Branagh’s latest film focuses on the final year’s of  Shakespeare’s life. Here is what critics have had to say about it…  The Independent: **** “Kenneth Branagh and Ben Elton might have played fast and loose with the truth, but they have created something bold and contemporary.” Irish Times: **** “There has never before been an oddity quite like this agreeable film.” Empire Online: *** “this is a contemplative drama, with more talking than conflict… Read More