REVIEW: The Cocktail Party, Print Room At The Coronet ✭✭✭✭

The Cocktail Party - Print Room at the Coronet

There are many more layers both to this play and to this production that deserve further comment, but which lie beyond the reach of a relatively brief review. Suffice to say that this production makes a very well thought-through case for revisiting Eliot’s plays as a whole, and serves to remind us that there is a lot more important drama to his name than the one work we all know – namely Cats – which of course he never intended for the stage.

The Mentalists – Rehearsal Images Released

Steffan Rhodri and Stephen Merchant in The Mentalists. Photo: Helen Maybanks is pleased to bring you these great images from rehearsals of The Mentalists starring Stephen Merchant and Steffan Rhodri. Written by Richard Bean of One Man, Two Guvnors fame, The Mentalists is the story of Ted (Stephen Merchant) who has a master plan to revolutionise the world – and with help from his best friend Morrie (Steffan Rhodri) and his video camera, it may just go global! But Morrie begins to suspect that Ted’s in trouble as unpaid bills and cryptic phone calls start to mount; and as the world closes in, there is only one way out, in this hilarious, sharply written and touching comedy. The Mentalists is directed by Abbey Wright with scenic design by Richard Kent. BOOK TICKETS TO THE MENTALISTS AT LONDON’S WYNDHAMS THEATRE

REVIEW: Spamalot, Richmond Theatre (on Tour) ✭✭✭✭

Joe Pasquale as King Arthur in the UK Tour of Spamalot

The balance in Luscombe’s revival is precisely right. The “make-do” feel of the sets is in sync with the coconut clacking of the unrelentingly cheery Patsy and helps set the tone of silliness and frivolity with which one must approach Spamalot to reap its many rewards. Versatility is at a premium in this cast. Wide-eyed, dry, droll and gently teasing, Pasquale makes a lovable and very funny Arthur.

REVIEW: Bad Jews, St James Theatre ✭✭✭✭

Bad Jews at The St James Theatre, London

Harmon writes vicious dialogue fearlessly and with potent froth. The characters are clearly defined by their speech and each seems real, accessible – possibly someone you might know. There are several real surprises along the way and not much ends up as it first seems. It is a sharp, clever piece of writing.