Review Round Up: The Shape of Water

Sally Hawkins stars in Guillermo del Toro’s romantic fantasy film, out in UK cinemas now. Here’s what critics have been saying…  The Guardian: **** “The Shape of Water is probably Del Toro’s best film so far.” Irish Times: **** “The Shape of Water still works well on its own middle-stump terms. It’s a lovely thing. We… Read More

Review Round Up: Satyagraha, English National Opera

First staged in 2007, Phelim McDermott’s production of Satyagraha is back in London. Here’s what the critics have been saying about it:  Satyagraha is composer Philip Glass’s meditation on Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, tracing the progress of his concept of non-violent protest as a positive force for change. The Guardian: *** “It’s not so much an opera… Read More

Review Round Up: The Captive Queen, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Barrie Rutter directs this new re-imagination of John Dryden’s Restoration drama, filled with passion and politics. Here’s what critics have had to say about it… An ageing Emperor and his Governor rage at the loss of their youth and beauty. Two fratricidal sons are spurred from victory in war to the warfare of love. And… Read More

Review Round Up: Gundog, Royal Court Theatre

Simon Longman’s new play is being presented as part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme. Here’s what critics have had to say about it… On a farm in the middle of nowhere, sisters Becky and Anna try to hold their family together after the death of their mother. Time is always moving somewhere –… Read More

Review Round Up: All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical , Arts Theatre

The musical  based on the story of the Small Faces, arrives in the West End for a limited run. Here’s what critics had to say about it… In 1965, a new phenomenon erupted out of London’s East End.  It was the essence of all that was cool.  It was Mod.  ALL OR NOTHING follows the rise and demise… Read More

Review Round Up: The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes explores matters of the human heart in his latest novel. Here’s what critics have had to say about it…  First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn’t know anything about that at nineteen. At nineteen, he’s proud of the fact his relationship flies in the face of social convention. As he grows older,… Read More

Review Round Up: Black Panther

This is the latest superhero film to hit cinemas, starring Andy Serkis and Chadwick Boseman. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews here: The Guardian: **** “The intriguing thing about Black Panther is that it doesn’t look like a superhero film – more a wide-eyed fantasy romance: exciting, subversive and funny.” NME: **** “This is… Read More

Review Round Up: Long Day’s Journey into the Night,Wyndham’s Theatre

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprise their roles from the Bristol Old Vic run of Richard Eyre’s production. Discover what critics are saying so far here:  The Tyrones’ summer home, August 1912. Haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present, the Tyrones and their two sons test the bonds of… Read More

Review Round Up: Carmen, Royal Opera House

Barrie Kosky directs this new production of  Bizet’s opera with Anna Goryachova and Gaëlle Arquez in the title role. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews here:  The Guardian: *** “It’s a curious staging, shot through with flashes of brilliance, though by no means cohering into a musical or dramatic whole.” The Telegraph: *** “Love it… Read More

Review Round Up: Dry Powder, Hampstead Theatre

Hayley Atwell stars in this new production of Sarah Burgess’s play exploring the vulnerability and vilification of those in charge of the economy.  In the same week his private equity firm forced massive layoffs at a supermarket chain, Rick threw himself a lavish engagement party – which even featured an elephant – setting off a publicity… Read More