The dangers of social media aimed at teenage audiences
Superpowers Panto – Extant & Simply Smiley Productions – The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 2 March 2023 and touring through March. 4****, Rod Dungate
A small-scale touring panto with a warm heart.
Crisp baroque elegance from Sinfonia Viva
A young piano star revealing beauty in unexpected places
The Journey to Venice by Bjerg Vik translated by Janet Garton. The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW 10 to 25 March 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Bitter sweet story of old age, dreams and one more trip to Venice beautifully acted.
Watery end to a wood spirit’s dream
An Absolute Farce of a Murder Mystery by Peter Rae. The Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 to 11 March 2023. 4****. William Russell.
The hammiest show in town - but a barrel of laughs.
An impactful mediation on a longtime friendship.
Grenfell System Failure – scenes from the inquiry by Richard Norton-Taylor with Nicolas Kent. The Tabernacle, 34 Powis Square, London W11. 27 February 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Shameful account of buck passing and failure impressively performed.
This Bitter Earth by Harrison David Rivers. The White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 to 11 March 2023. 4****. William Russell
A moving tale of interracial love and how black lives matter
Vocal gems from The Orlando Consort's farewell tour
The Way Old Friends Do, The Rep, Birmingham 23 February 2023 to 4 March, 2023 then on tour 3*** David Gray & Paul Gray
A warm but rather safe tribute to fandom and friendship.
Akedah by Michael John O’Neill. Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, Eton Avenue, London NW3 to 18 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Two sisters struggle with their past and the world of religious sects.
The Beach House by Jo Harper. Park 90, 19 Clifton Terrace, London N4 to 11 March 2023. 3***. William Russell
Well intentioned and blessedly brief tale of sisters in love.
London Philharmonic Orchestra. Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. 18 February 2023. 5*****. William Ruff
A stimulating programme played with charisma and insight
The Play with Speeches by James Woolf. The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 to 4 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Patchy but funny comedy about life upon the wicked stage.
The Oyster Problem by Orlando Figes. Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London W1 to 4 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Fascinating,civilised,informative and well acted play.