Splendid award winning production returns to the main stage of the Arcola - a deserved return with fine performances all round.
Two twitchers end up on a remote Scottish island which the Government plan to use as a place to text anthrax - it is 1939. There to look at the birds and the island and report back they emncounter the only two inhabitants, a cantankerous old man and his repressed niece. One thing leads to another as the girl comes between the boys and the birds.
A worth while revival of a 1982 play of interest as it signals what was to come from Kevin Elyot, although it is showing its age - but saved by good performances all round.
The perils of becoming an internet sensation are revealed in this baffling monologue devised for radio by Rose Heiney. It may have sounded better there as a piece of radio drama but it is not the stuff of the stage. Just as what happens in Vegas should stay there so too it should be for Radio Four.
Famously lampooned by Forbidden Broadway as I Sleep with Everyone, the leading ballad, Love Changes Everything is apparently Lloyd Webber's most successful song. The show is one in which the sexual roundabout involving some far from loveable people gets tedious although director Jonathon O'Boyle does his best with this production which originated at the Hope Mill Theatre Manchester last year.
Black, bleak tale of madness and love set in a penal colony out of control which is provoking and well done by all involved.
The smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd are there in this spellbinding monologue delivered with skill and pathos by Peter Duncan as an ageing comic, star of panto and summer show, who has seen better days.
Superbly danced and choreographed , gorgeously silly musical which delivers value for money in every respect.
London MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR By William Shakespeare 4**** A right carry on The Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS to 5 January 2019. In repertory 17, 18,19,22,27, 31 December & 2, 5 January at 7.15pm. Mat 22, 27 December & 3, 5 January at 1.30pm. Runs 2hr 50 mins One interval. TICKETS: 020 7638 8891 www.barbican.or.uk @reviewsgate @pursuivant Review: William Russell 12 December Carry on Falstaff Set in the land of the …