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The King’s Head Theatre (25 Nov – 9 Dec 2017)& 11th Jan - 3 Feb 2018


‘Comedy without crassness, heart without histrionics’  

‘Nakedness is uncomely...Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.’ So said British statesman and philosopher Francis Bacon. And it is not untrue that the British are somewhat known as prudish ... Read More


INTO THE NUMBERS by Christopher Chen

Finborough Theatre 2 - 27 January 2018


‘a play of ideas, particularly the nature of history and how we construct meaning from the range of disparate facts’

In 2004, a young American historian, Iris Chang, killed herself, seven years after her book The Rape of Nanking was a worldwide bestseller that highlighted the mass execution of tens of thousands of Chinese ... Read More



Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate, until 28 January 2018


'rich with romance, dazzle and wit’  

Irving Berlin’s musical is brought to us through the lens of RKO’s motion picture starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Based on this film and its book by Matthew White & Howard Jacques, it has lost none of its dazzle and wit.

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HARLEY AND ME by Lucy Walters,

The White Bear Theatre, Kennington until Saturday 8 January 2018“An interesting look at domestic violence, criminality and psychosis.”

In the US, a woman is being interrogated in a room by a psychiatrist. The woman, Harley Quinn, (Danielle Williams) has been arrested after a bank raid goes badly wrong and the psychiatrist (Niamh Watson) is trying to get to the bottom of her psyche.  Read More



Old Red Lion Theatre 12 Dec 2017 -6 Jan 2018


‘This is no dour interpretation, prepare to laugh and cry’

In Tom Crowley’s 21st century re-imagining of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, the parallels between Victorian London and today are astutely drawn. It maintains the essential story of unrequited love, the divide between income brackets, changing fortunes and ... Read More



The Jack Studio Theatre 13 Dec - 6 January 2018


‘a fun-filled romp from start to finish’

Joan Aiken’s much loved children’s novel “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” is brought to the stage in this vividly imagined production by The Jack Studio.

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THARK by Ben Travers,

Directed by Matthew Parker

Drayton Arms Theatre, SW5, until 6 January 2018


‘light and frothy period farce with meticulous physical comedy’

Farce reached a height of popularity in the 1970s and 80s with the likes of Joe Orton’s ‘Loot’, and Michael Frayn’s well known and well-loved ‘Noises Off’ before trailing off into an almost forgotten art.  Ben Travers’s play ‘Thark’ is a much earlier farce from the 1920s, and in director Matthew Parker’s production the period detail has been lovingly recreated.  Read More


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST a musical parody by Robyn Grant and Daniel Elliot

Kings Head Theatre 13th December – 6th January


‘An array of silliness, jokes and a fluffy gold dildo’

With Christmas comes the pantomime season and Fat Rascal Theatre Company have spun their own yarn on the famous tale of Beauty and the Beast with a gender-swapping version of the ... Read More


KING TUT: A Pyramid Panto

King’s Head Theatre until 6 January 2018


‘ … all the elements we love to hate’  

This brand-new King Tut-sic Panto, penned by John Savournin has all the elements expected of a Panto:  Incredibly bad puns, cheesy popular culture references, melodramatic ... Read More  


BEANS by Matthew Floyd Jones

Canal Café Theatre, W2, until 30 Dec 2017      


‘Oh, yes it is’  

It really shouldn’t work any more, it really shouldn’t, should Panto. Old jokes, songs you’ve heard a million times before, dodgy cross-dressing, acting as broad as the Dame’s behind ... Read More



The White Bear, Kennington 20th-23rd December


‘a proper kitchen sink drama; naturalistic, messy, and morally complex’  

The stage is littered with wine and spirit bottles (as many full as there are empty), piles of books, and screwed up bits of paper. This is the setting for Matthew Lyon’s second play ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’. The play revolves around writer Jack (Matthew Lyon) and actress Emily’s (Edie Newman) abusive relationship; a pair of alcoholics, they abuse ... Read More


A (ONE MAN) CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens

Etcetera Theatre until 22 December 2017


‘… remarkable and thoroughly engaging’  

In this one man show, adapted by Jud Charlton and Paolo Serra for the stage, there are all the well-loved characters as you might expect.  Scrooge is his mean miserly self, whilst Bob Cratchit, his clerk, scribes in a room so cold that ...

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Finborough Theatre until 22nd Dec 2017


‘Who are you?’

Jerome Klapka Jerome; what a wonderful and magical name! Jerome was a fourth child. He had a pretty eventful early life. ... Read More


THE MELTING POT by Israel Zangwill

Finborough Theatre, SW10, until 22 Dec 2017


“....America , where all races and nations come”  

Israel Zangwill’s subject matter in his play “The Melting Pot” couldn’t be me apposite. With all nations struggling the world over with assimilation of peoples it is absolutely right that this seminal work ... Read More


Tennessee Williams A TIME FOR DEPARTURE

Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead until 17 December 2017


‘Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for’ Tennessee Williams

The theme of escape runs through these three one-act plays by Tennessee Williams.  Although these productions are set firmly in their own period of 30s and 40s they resound with arguments which are ... Read More 


CURTAIN CALL by Simon Bradbury

White Bear Theatre, Kennington, until 16 December 2017


'The perfect Christmas show'

This new play by Simon Bradbury, takes us backstage, where jealousies both professional and personal are the starting cause for lost opportunities, stage fright and alcoholism.  Stanley, a classical actor, is now ... Read More



London Theatre workshop, EC3 until 16 Dec 2017


‘The complexities of human nature and more specifically love are given a richness and heartfelt honesty in this production’

1960’s events are unfolding, and relationships move and ebb like the sea along Brighton Pier seafront.  An apt setting for a gay couple to co-habit, although still wanting to keep under the radar ... Read More


‘TIS UNMANLY GRIEF by Tim Crowther

Theatre N16, Balham until 16 Dec 2017


‘interesting premise frustratingly under-explored’

Theatre N16’s final show in its Balham home of the last three years seeks to explore grief and how it affects and perhaps destroys relationships. Tom (Damien Hassan) brings his dad to the home he shares with his wife Katie ... Read More


HIDING HEIDI (A TALE OF LOVE & HATE IN STOKE ON TRENT) written and directed by Ian Dixon Potter

Presented by Golden Age Theatre Company

Etcetera Theatre 13th November, 21st November – 3rd December 2017


‘After a promising start, it feels like a wasted opportunity’

What will post-Brexit Britain look like? With the negotiations still full of uncertainty, how it will affect day-to-day life in the 2020s is an unknown. Hiding Heidi (A tale of love & hate in Stoke on Trent) ... Read More 


THE BALCONY by Jean Genet

The Bread & Roses Theatre 21 Nov to 2 Dec 2017


‘A timely revival of Genet’s modern classic, given extra depth and contemporary resonance because it is performed by an excellent all female cast.’    

What is real, what is illusion? Just how addictive are fantasies of power? And what would happen if those fantasies were suddenly fulfilled? ... Read More



Brockley Jack Studio Theatre 14 November to 2 December 2017


“The truth is rarely pure and never simple”  

“The Importance of Being Earnest” was first produced at the St James Theatre on St. Valentine’s Day 1895. It was an enormous hit. Allan Aynesworth, the original Algernon Moncrief, noted, ‘I never remembered a greater ... Read More


FLYCATCHER by Greg Masuak

The Hope Theatre, 7 November- 2 December 2017


‘Stunning piece of original theatre’

Flycatcher follows the story of Madelaine (played by Emily Arden, with an amazing ability to portray a complex, disturbing character convincingly). Madelaine is strange, socially awkward and utterly ... Read More



Lion and Unicorn Theatre, NW5, 13 – 29 November


‘Brilliant and engaging absurdist play’

A young man looking for love tries to find it with various animals he has f*cked but in their telling silence, he only finds rejection and a lack of common feeling.  He’s a square peg in a round hole and as he continues ... Read More


NO PLACE LIKE HOPE by Callum McGowan

The Old Red Lion 7 – 25 Nov 2017


‘a heartfelt cancer comedy that’s not afraid to tackle the big questions’  

No Place Like Hope, named for a self-help book designed to make the lives of terminally ill people bearable, is a Cancer Play. ... Read More


THE TAILOR-MADE MAN by Claudio Macor

White Bear Theatre until Saturday 25th November 2017


‘An extraordinary play that takes on even greater significance in today’s landscape’

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Claudio Macor’s play, The Tailor-Made Man, Eastlake Productions revive an extraordinary play that takes on even greater significance in today’s landscape. Telling the true story of Holywood ... Read More



Finborough Theatre

Until Saturday 25 November 2017


'A must-see night of theatre exploring families, religion, loss and love'

Hannah ( Kazia Pelka) is a American Episcopalian vicar (Church of England equivalent). She’s just had an email from a wealthy Egyptian family who say they have an explosive document –  the first Gospel written about Christ ... Read more 


QUAINT HONOUR by Roger Gellert

Finborough Theatre  29 Oct – 21 Nov 2017


‘It has an unexpected frankness about its subject matter, but it is the play’s emotional complexity that is its enduring legacy’

Those heading to the Finborough expecting a worthy but dull historical curiosity are in for a pleasant surprise. Quaint Honour, not performed since 1958, explores the relationships ... Read Here



The Etcetera Theatre 14 – 18 October 2017

Part of VOILA EUROPE festival


‘irreverent, ferocious, and inciting’  

Euripides’ ‘The Bacchae’ is often cited as one of the greatest tragedies ever written. It is concerned with the two opposite sides of human nature: the rational and civilized side ... Read More



Directed by Courtney Larkin

Presented by Theatre N16: A first credits production

Theatre N16 until 18th November 2017


‘A talented cast that deserves more sophisticated writing’

In its short but effective tenure in Balham, Theatre N16 has become a genuine power-player in the fringe scene. They understand how difficult it is for new graduates to get a foot on the acting ladder and with this production of Last Man Standing, N16 offers an opportunity for actors to gain their first professional theatre credit ... Read More



Upstairs at the Gatehouse, N6, 7 – 18 November 2017


‘Gorgeous vocals, stunning stories and tremendously entertaining’

Solo performer, Beth Burrows, has created this show based on three of the most iconic silver screen stars of the last century. As well as bringing to life their public persona she delves into their private selves to bring a more rounded understanding of ... Read More


THE BLACK EYE CLUB by Phil Charles

Bread & Roses Theatre, SW4, 1 – 18 Nov 2017


‘Full of mellow humour and tasty conflict of character’

Phil Charles’ THE BLACK EYE CLUB is Bread & Roses Playwright Award winner, chosen anonymously from over 450 scripts .... Read More  



King’s Head Theatre 31 Oct – 18 Nov 2017


‘charming, silly and delightful production with plenty of hilarious moments’

The production premiered at White Bear Theatre June 2014, followed by a run at King’s Head Theatre earlier this year.  Already very well received by the press, director Mary Franklin has continued to develop ... Read More  



The Drayton Arms Theatre, South Kensington until 12 Nov 2017



With the New Year fast approaching, MKEC productions gave us a glimpse of what might unfold in some homes around the world with their production of When Midnight Strikes. This was such a relatable story about New Year’s Eve and ... Read More


IED by Martin McNamara

Theatre N16, Balham, until 11th November


‘Multi-layered and thoughtful’

In 2008 at the height of the Afghanistan conflict the British forces sustained heavy losses, many due to IEDs (improvised explosive device). While the focus was on those involved in the conflict, back home the ... Read More



The Etcetera Theatre 6th Oct – 11th October 2017‘What’s unique about this production is the courageous simplicity’

Philip Ridley’s Dark Vanilla Jungle is a challenge. It’s a challenge for the audience but also a challenge for anyone who decides to put it on. Dark and disturbing even by the author’s standards, Andrea’s story of heartbreak, trauma and abuse could be melodramatic in the hands of a less skilled writer. ... Read More


ON THE PISTE by John Godber

Jack Studio Theatre 24 Oct - 11 Nov 2017


“You must all be very sexy in the body”  

For “On the Piste” the Brockley Jack Studio has been turned into the slopes and hotel of Chamonix with firs, snow and snowmen. The jolly soundscape reinforces the rather delicious wintry embrace that awaits the audience .... Read More


METROPOLIS by Joe Brooks and Dusty Hughes

Ye Olde Rose and Crown Walthamstow 10th October – 5th November 2017


‘a superb show’  

Following on from their great successes this year with My Land’s Shore and 110 In The Shade, All Star Productions have triumphed again with the futuristic musical Metropolis ... Read More



Old Red Lion Theatre 4 November 2017


‘Truly scary’

Studies have shown that some horror video games, stage productions and books are way scarier than movies. How is it possible? One might ask, especially since movies have all the tricks ... Read More



Adapted/Directed by Simon James Collier (After Edgar Allen Poe)

The Old Red Lion Theatre 18th – 19th October  

The Etcetera Theatre 31st Oct – 5th November

‘a story most worth of being told’

Regardless of one’s personal taste it is undeniable that ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allen Poe is one of the most famous poems ever written. Poe’s seminal work has been parodied and reinvented before, and ... Read More


TRYST by Karoline Leach

Tabard Theatre 12th October – 5th November


‘gripping play driven by two outstanding performances, with Leach’s script keeping the audience guessing until the end’

There are no shortage of cads and bounders in Victorian and Edwardian literature. But their dastardly actions mainly occur offstage, with the “ruined” women re-emerging only after being deserted. Karoline Leach’s Tryst, first performed in 1997 and superbly revived at the Tabard Theatr .... Read More


HEROES by Bebe Barry and Tony Barry

Bridge House Theatre until 5th November


‘Sweet, sparky coming of age tale.’  

1972 was a pretty grim year. Northern Ireland was at the height of the Troubles and still reeling from Bloody Sunday and the whole of the UK was sliding inexorably into a recession that was to last almost until the end of the decade. So when a young Bowie complete with red spiky hair and ... Read more


SKIN TIGHT by Gary Henderson

Hope Theatre until 4 November 2017


‘fervently brought to life’

Skin Tight, a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1998, is fervently brought to life in the first production from Southern Magpie Theatre, which is sure to be ... Read More


PSYCHOPOMP by Roger Benington

Canal Café Theatre 20 – 28 October 2017


‘A spectacular end to the American Season at the Canal Cafe Theatre’

Psychopomp, performed as part of the Canal Cafe Theatre’s American season is a tense journey through the complex relationship between one man and ...

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King's Head Theatre N1, until 28 Oct 2017


'Becca Marriott is superb in the role'

Puccini’s opera is transported from 1800 Rome to 1944 occupied Paris in this evocative production. The twists and turns of the Italian libretto is now rendered in English by Becca Marriott and Adam Spreadbury-Maher allowing ... Read More



Directed by Lisa Spirling

Theatre503,  4 - 28  October


“An orgasm’s like an apology. You never get one from a man”

This is an astonishing piece of work. It’s also a jolly good evening ...Read more





Brockley Jack Theatre, until 21 October 2017


‘a sight to behold’

With so many adaptations and parodies of Frankenstein, Arrows and Traps Theatre Company had it all to do on the Night. And with an audience who might have commenced ... Read More


THE IMMORTALIST by Heathcote Williams

Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead until 15 October 2017


‘tour de force performance of Heathcote Williams’ dazzling play’

A brilliant discourse between the Immortalist, a 278-year-old man and his interviewer, a cynical TV reporter.  This is a play for anyone who wondered whether ... Read more 


CONSUMABLES by Matthew Kyne Baskott

King’s Head Theatre 9 – 14 October 2017


'Subversive and hilarious first date'

This play doesn’t fully match the scenario the flyer seems to suggest of kinky sexual activity that goes one step too far.  Yes, the play does start with a middle-aged man wearing a gimp mask surrounded by ... Read more



The Hope Theatre until 14 Oct 2017


‘short, punchy and heartfelt’

Turkey; noun, something that is extremely or completely unsuccessful, especially a play or film. A brave title for Frankie Meredith’s first full length play. But it becomes apparent within the opening minutes ... Read More



Baron’s Court Theatre 5 - 30 September 2017


Dante’s narrative poem was completed in 1320, one year before his death. Telling the story of the soul’s journey towards God, Dante was very much a man of his time. So It Goes Theatre have taken this late Medieval epic and given it contemporary focus. Read More


THE PROVOKED WIFE by John Vanbrugh

The Hope Theatre, 5 to 23 Sept 2017


It takes something special to make a 320-year-old play feel fresh, funny, and entirely up-to-date, and Marooned Theatre do exactly that with their new take on Vanbrugh’s The Provoked Wife. Read More


TALK RADIO by Eric Bogosian

Old Red Lion Theatre 29 August – 23 September 2017


Thirty years ago, when Eric Bogosian penned the play, talk radio was at its height. With loners, drunks, and insomniacs included amongst their callers, they were not, the most level-headed bunch. Read More


ADAM AND EVE by Tim Cook

Jack Studio theatre until 2nd September


‘the slow disintegration of a relationship…with enough edge to keep it feeling fresh’  

The dysfunctional teacher pupil relationship has proved to be a rich seam for playwrights to mine (Phoebe Éclair Powell’s Wink, Matt Parvin’s Jam and Brad Birch’s The Brink) and playwright Tim Cook adds a new dimension ... Read More


THE GAME’S AFOOT by Tom Taylor (Touring nationally)

Reviewed at Upstairs at The Western, Leicester 1 September 2017


‘the laughs come thick and fast’

Tom Taylor is a very funny multi award winning comedian whose usual genre is silly musical comedy. This year he has branched out into what can only be described as spoof detective stories and ... Read More


FILTH based on the novels by Irvine Welsh adapted by Harry Gibson

Etcetera Theatre, 18 – 20 August 2017

Part of Camden Fringe


'A stonking filthy Glasgow Kiss'  

As the show kicks off, it becomes clear that the filth of the title role is an officer of the law who has chosen his job for the sole satisfaction of abusing the power it gives him. Read More


MIMES (Most Imbecilic Mime Ensemble Show)

The Three Dots Company

Etcetera Theatre 16 – 20 August 2017

Part of Camden Fringe


'Their expressive faces reveal so much more than words could say, in this exquisite mime show'

In this family show the mimes use traditional Commedia dell’arte techniques as well as clowning and ... Read More


BROKEN by Matthew Lyon

The Etcetera, Camden  14th – 17th August


‘soaring musicality and delicious smuttiness’

Broken is one of those rare things where you feel as though you are watching a classic in the making. Set in Shepherds Bush it focuses on the ... Read More



By Tom Burgess & Sam Nicoresti

Etcetera Theatre, Camden 22nd July


‘a depth of oddity that’s utterly unique’

A sweet and awkward pair, the boys hit the ground running with intense energy and silliness. They quickly established a relationship with the audience, striking ... Read More



Jack Studio Theatre 18 July – 5 August 2017

Presented by Lazarus Theatre Company


‘If Kneehigh did fringe theatre, this would be it.’

The play is relocated from 16th century Padua to the midst of a muddy festival field in 2017. Here, men and women engage in an epic battle of the sexes to a modern upbeat soundtrack, donned with face glitter and wellies.

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4.48 PSYCHOSIS by Sarah Kane

Angel Theatre Company

Barons Court Theatre, 4-8 July 2017


‘Magnificent seven actors bring poetic beauty to a deeply challenging subject’

You know if you are going to a Sarah Kane play it’s going to be a challenging night. So, it was with some trepidation that I went to see 4.48 Psychosis, the last play Kane wrote before taking her life in 1999 aged just 28. Read More


DYL by Mark Weinman

Directed by Clive Judd

Old Red Lion Theatre, 9 May to 3 June.


James has exiled himself to Aberdeen. He works two weeks on an oil rig. Then he sits for two weeks on the sofa in his rented flat and his dressing gown, staring into space.

James (Scott Arthur) has no friends, but he has a flatmate, and that flatmate, Ryan (Laurie Jamieson), is the friendly, garrulous, foot-in-the-mouth kind of guy who isn’t going to let James waste away his life this way.  Read More


LIVING A LITTLE by Finlay Bain

The Kings Head Theatre 6th May – 14th May

Presented by Riot House Theatre with In Your Face Theatre


‘Full of crudeness, charm, and heart’

It’s happened: the zombie apocalypse. The world is in tatters, society has dissolved, chaos reigns. But holed up in a small flat with all the pre-apocalypse luxuries one could hope for, Paul and Rob are living life as normally as they can. But when their sanctuary is invaded by the katana-wielding Penelope, their carefully constructed way of life is challenged and irrevocably changed. Read More



The Kings Head Theatre 3rd May – 4th June

Presented by The Charles Court Opera


‘will delight opera veterans and convert new comers alike’

Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ is one of the best known and well-loved operas there is. An intimidating project to say the least. The Charles Court Opera present their interpretation of this famous show setting it in the heart of the South American jungle. The story follows intrepid explorer Tamino as he embarks on a journey filled with fantastical, magical creatures, where nothing is as it appears to be.  Read More



The Hope Theatre 2 – 20 May 2017


‘an immeasurably good play’

Where would you find the devil? Is it Mr Bates hiding behind the National Front? Or even more disturbingly behind a cup of tea and the Sunday Times? Or, Martin, the ‘kindly’ stranger inveigling his way into the household. In Dennis Potter’s 1970s play, banned by BBC radio and not aired until 11 years later, we are faced with this dilemma. Read More


CASTE by TW Robertson

Finborough Theatre

2 - 18 April 2017


“Kind Hearts and Coronets”

The Finborough Theatre has done it again. They have re-discovered (and dare I say it re-imagined) this wonderful play ‘Caste’ by TW Robertson. They have, without a doubt, ‘a hit. A palpable hit’, on their hands.  Read More


Arthur Miller’s INCIDENT AT VICHY  

Finborough Theatre until 22 April 2017

Presented by Anita Creed Productions for The Phil Willmott Company


Pitch-perfect production

Rather like the Finborough itself, ‘Incident At Vichy’ is small but perfectly formed and never less than ambitious. One of Arthur Miller’s lesser known plays, it centres around the capture and questioning of a group of men during the Second World War.

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Music and Lyrics by Christopher J Orton

Book and Lyrics by Robert Gould

Presented by All Star Productions

Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre 7 – 26 February


Deserves a transfer to the West End

Director Brendan Matthew recalls in his programme notes that My Land’s Shore was described during its workshop stage as ‘The Welsh Les Mis.’ And that’s exactly what it is.

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Presented by Ovation

Gatehouse Theatre until 29th January 2017


'Delightful cast in a well-presented production'

The action takes place on a transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton in 1934. This charming production is faithful to the period and might have been exactly as Cole Porter would have wanted to see it. Read More






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