REVIEW: To Kill A Mockingbird, Barbican Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭

To Kill A Mockingbird at the Barbican Theatre

Timothy Sheader’s utterly astonishing, profoundly beautiful, and intensely gripping production of To Kill A Mockngbird, is now playing at the Barbican Theatre. It’s not practically perfect in every way – it is absolutely perfect in every way. In terms of glorious story-telling and superb ensemble acting rapturously telling a richly detailed and extraordinarily resonant – but sublimely simple – tale, there is nothing to touch this production (bar Gypsy) currently playing in London.

REVIEW: The Motherf**ker With The Hat, Lyttleton Theatre ✭✭✭

Motherfucker With The Hat review National Theatre

It’s not that this is a bad play; it’s more that it is not really a play at all. It’s a series of separate scenes, mostly two-handers, which chiefly concern the central character, Jackie. It doesn’t really have any compelling over-arching theme, there is no lyrical, poetic or political beauty to the language, and it does not attempt to shine a light on society or culture in any significant way. It looks and sounds like a short film – not a coherent, magnificent drama worthy of the Lyttleton stage.

REVIEW: The Jew Of Malta, Swan Theatre ✭✭✭✭

The Jew Of Malta at the Swan Theatre

This is a play where the inhabitants of a Nunnery are slain by poisoned porridge; where the daughter of a Jew becomes a Christian Nun, twice; where, having purchased a Thracian slave, owner and slave engage in a bout of one-upmanship about the vile deeds they claim to enjoy; where Friars are referred to as “religious caterpillars”; where the Jew inquires if theft is the basis of Christianity; where a Friar casually asks if the Jew has been “crucifying children”; and where no one, really, has any redeeming features. It all but screams farce, even if some of the subject matter is repugnant and, sadly, deadly accurate.

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