All articles by: William Russell

Theatre: Class, savagery and queens

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by William Russell

Heartbreak House The Union Theatre, London   Into the Numbers Finborough Theatre, London   SiX: Divorced, beheaded, LIVE The Arts Theatre, London   The Union Theatre in Southwark, London, has …

Theatre: Journey to where fault lies

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by William Russell

Dear Brutus Southwark Playhouse, London Goats Royal Court Theatre, London The Melting Pot Finborough Theatre, London Mention JM Barrie these days and the automatic reaction by most people is to …

Theatre: Big fish in small musical pond

Published: November 30, 2017
Written by William Russell

Big Fish The Other Palace, London Mother Courage and her Children Southwark Playhouse, London The House Of Benarda Alba Cervantes Theatre, London A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine …

Theatre: Battle, loss and chills

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by William Russell

Venus in Fur Haymarket Theatre, London Anything that Flies Jermyn Street Theatre, London Tryst Tabard Theatre, London In David Ives’ Venus in Fur, writer and director Thomas (David Oakes) is …

Theatre: A play of two halves

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by William Russell

These Trees Are Made Of Blood Arcola Theatre, London Set in what purports to be a cabaret club called ‘The Coup’ where satirical performances take place, These Trees Are Made …

Theatre: Ferryman pays dividends

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by William Russell

The Ferryman Royal Court Theatre, London and from June 20 at the Gielgud Theatre, London Obsession Barbican Theatre, London Jez Butterworth’s vast, sprawling superbly directed (by Sam Mendes) play really …

Theatre: A miserable night out

Published: April 11, 2017
Written by William Russell

The Miser Royal Festival Hall, London The Frogs Jermyn Street Theatre, London This travesty of the great French dramatist’s tale of the miser Harpagon who plans to marry his idiot …

Theatre: It’s not to die for

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by William Russell

Death Takes a Holiday Charing Cross Theatre, London Three Sisters Wyndhams Theatre, London Based on a play by the Italian writer Albert Casella written in the 1920s, Death Takes a …

Theatre: Not so high flying

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by William Russell

The Kite Runner Wyndham’s Theatre, London The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus Finborough Theatre, London The Kite Runner is a workmanlike, well-performed play based on Khaled Hossein’s much-loved novel which, while it …

Theatre: Side show, freak show?

Published: January 25, 2017
Written by William Russell

Side Show Southwark Playhouse, The Large, London The conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton are the heroines of Side Show, a  slightly hard to take musical about their life which …

Theatre: Bohemian revival

Published: December 3, 2016
Written by William Russell

After October Finborough Theatre,  London Written in 1936, this comedy by Rodney Ackland is a well made play of its time about a family of bohemian eccentrics living in Hampstead. …

Theatre: High note departure

Published: November 18, 2016
Written by William Russell

Fool for Love Found 111, London The last production in this theatre installed in the top floor of the old St Martin’s School of Art, this much performed play first …

Theatre: Sparkling revival packs a punch

Published: September 24, 2016
Written by William Russell

Made In Dagenham Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (September 21 – October 18) This musical based on the 2010 film about the strike by women at Ford’s Dagenham plant in 1968 opened …

On-form Labute

Published: August 8, 2016
Written by William Russell

Some Girls The Park Theatre Finsbury Park, London Guy is a thirty-something lecturer about to get married who has decided to visit some of his past loves – women he …

Not telling the truth

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by William Russell

The Truth Wyndhams Theatre London Totally different from Florian Zeller’s previous plays seen here – The Father and The Mother – this is a classic very funny farce about infidelity …

Bloody fringe at its best

Published: July 22, 2016
Written by William Russell

Titus Andronicus Rose Theatre London The most bloodthirsty of all Shakespeare’s plays, this tragedy set in Rome, unlike the other Roman plays, is fiction and probably not all by the …

Birthday girls

Published: July 11, 2016
Written by William Russell

Ugly Lovely The Old Red Lion Angel, London Shell is having a birthday. The vodka has had a bad effect. Her motormouth friend Tash is proving a nuisance, her boyfriend …

Vintage social comment

Published: June 27, 2016
Written by William Russell

Hobson’s Choice­ Vaudeville Theatre London The well made play is a rarity in the West End these days and this comedy by Harold Brighouse, written in 1911, is a fine …