A Cup of Tea with… State Red’s Samuel Anderson

“State Red’s Samuel Anderson talks to Hampstead Theatre’s Online Features Editor Faye Johnson about party tricks, reuniting with the other History Boys and Doctor Who. Samuel plays Luke in State Red which runs Downstairs until 6 December.” State Red at Hampstead Theatre, a play discussing the police, racism and the idea, who polices the police?…

The Brilliance of ‘Ballyturk’ at National Theatre

What do you get when you cross a highly accomplished, three piece cast (including the likes of talented, striking, blue-eyed-boy Cillian Murphy) with inquisitive writing and direction from Irish play write Enda Walsh at The National Theatre? A bloomin’ good play, that’s what. Alright, so perhaps my own joke was not, in fact, a joke…

‘1984’ at the Playhouse Theatre… Welcoming Dystopian Horror.

Many will know George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian classic which offers us an almost imaginable world in which individuals are continually watched under the cold eye of Big Brother, in which fact is only fact if the Ministry says it is so, and where children will condemn their parents and take pleasure in public death. Sometimes it…

Brilliant and Bonkers… ‘Mr Burns’ at The Almeida Theatre

It’s always fun going to see a piece of theatre where you really don’t know what to expect. Even if I had read up on The Almeida’s current play, Mr Burns, I still wouldn’t have been prepared for what I saw. I’ll try and give a summary that won’t ruin it; post apocalyptic America meets The Simpsons…

‘The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable’ …Just GO!

Alright, I’m lucky enough to go to the theatre quite a lot (I have connections, yeah? …OK, one connection) but this particular visit was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It was consuming, compelling, complex, confident, considered… please insert other complimentary c-adjectives below! But, really, Punchdrunk’s immersive and interactive performance of ‘The Drowned Man: A Hollywood…

‘Billy Elliot,’ an Inspiring Musical Brimming with Young Talent.

Many of us will have seen the movie; Jamie Bell being just brilliant. Well, the long running musical of Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre presented another wonderfully talented young dancer and actor, Matteo Zecca. The musical centres around young Billy who wants to escape from his mining community, which is suffering due to the…

Fleabag at the Soho Theatre; a Guilty Giggle!

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is brilliant in her self written, one woman, one hour play, Fleabag. I didn’t know what to expect, I went upon recommendation, with little information other than, it’s great! And, what do you know, it was great, bloomin’ marvellous I’d stretch to say. Clearly aimed at twenty or thirty-somethings, who haven’t lived a sheltered…

Enjoy a Sunny Afternoon at The Hampstead Theatre

Enjoy a Sunny Afternoon at The Hampstead Theatre The Hampstead Theatre’s latest upstairs addition is their play Sunny Afternoon which unravels the story of the Kinks; their formation, their success, their failure, their fans, their relationships, and I thought it was brilliant. I was not around when the Kinks were taking over the radio waves, nor am…

Step Aside Moriarty

Step Aside Moriarty Andrew Scott’s performance of ‘Sea Wall’ at the National Theatre was a class in simple yet magnificent theatre. The audience circled the actor on three sides; the balcony seats, which would often give a great view of the actors’ hair line and nothing else, were in this case just as good a view…