All articles by: William Russell

Theatre: Love blossoms behind bars

Published: March 31, 2018
Written by William Russell

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Menier Chocolate Factory, London. This Kiss of the Spider Woman is not the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical but a new version by Jose …

Theatre: Loss, heartbreak and reconciliation

Published: March 17, 2018
Written by William Russell

Returning to Haifa, The Finborough Theatre, London.  In 1948, after the British left Palestine, the Israelis embarked on the seizure of Palestinian and Arab villages. Among the displaced were Said …

Theatre: Nice songs, shame about the racket

Published: March 9, 2018
Written by William Russell

Pippin, Southwark Playhouse, London. The score and lyrics(by by Stephen Schwartz) for this 1972 Broadway musical about Pippin,  the holy fool son of the Emperor Charlemagne, are a delight, but …

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 …