Vicious, true, laugh-out-loud satire
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.
Women Talking (2023), Director – Sarah Polley, Universal Pictures International, 5*****: Matthew Alicoon
A masterful examination into previous tragedies.
Far better without the songs!
Windfall by Scooter Pietsch. The Large, Southwark Playhouse, 77 Newington Causeway, London SE1 to 11 March 2023. 2**. William Russell.
The perfect example of a play that goes wrong - badly wrong.
Winner’s Curse by Daniel Taub with Dan Patterson. Park Theatre, 13 Clifton Terrace, London N4 to 11 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Ramshackle but interesting play loaded with laughs.
Pianist Petr Limonov opens a window on the sublime
My Son’s a Queer (But what can you do?) by Rob Madge. The Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2 to 18 March 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Utterly beguiling account of living life as one wants to live.
Has Brendan Fraser just locked his Oscar win?
SNIFF by Gabriel Fogarty-Graveson. The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 to 11 February 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Nothing is what you think it is in a gripping tale of two men who meet in a pub toilet.
Intelligent, highly responsive playing from the Schumann Quartet
The Lehman Trilogy by Stefan Massini adapted by Ben Power. The Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London WC2 to 20 May 2023. 4**** stars. William Russell.
The Lehman Trilogy returns recast but remains spellbinding.
A glorious celebration of an iconic English composer
Linck & Mulhahn by Ruby Thomas. Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage, London to 4 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
A queer romance based on a true story.
Popcorn with opera as the mighty Metropolitan New York comes to local cinema.
Missing (2023), Directors – Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, Sony Pictures Releasing, 5*****: Matthew Alicoon
The 2023 thriller to beat.
One Who Wants To Cross by Marc-Emmanuel Soriano – translated by Amanda Gann. The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 to 25 February 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Powerful, unforgettable and deeply disturbing.
Rare repertoire dazzlingly played by a young star cellist