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‘Matilda: The Musical’ review

Adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book by Utopia writer Dennis Kelly, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s musical interpretation of Matilda is a wholly astounding show. Featuring original songs by Australian comedian Tim Minchin, Matilda wins over the audience from the get-go with ‘Miracle’; a fantastic indication of the irreverent but completely on-point humour to follow. The...

National Theatre’s ‘Ballyturk’ play review

While the audience might guess the setting of Enda Walsh’s Ballyturk to be a fictional village in Ireland sometime in the late ‘60s / early ‘70s, the programme specifies that it takes place in “No time. No place.” Very well. Its characters are numbered rather than named. 1 (Cillian Murphy) and 2 (Mikel Murfi) spend...

‘David Arnold: Live in Concert’ review

Currently best known for his work on BBC One’s Sherlock, composer David Arnold has been responsible for the music of five James Bond films, as well as countless other movies and television shows in a twenty year career which shows no signs of slowing. It was therefore a rare treat for CultBox to see the...

‘Monty Python Live (Mostly)’ review

Having begun as the teasing suggestion of “For One Final Night Only” and then spiralled into a frenzy of demand following the initial show selling out in 40 seconds, the final performances of the greatest British comedy export are at last upon us. A ten day residency at London’s O2 replete with many audience members...

‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical’ review

Musicals based on movies are quite the norm now, with huge successes such as The Producers and Legally Blonde, but how does this Michael Caine/Steve Martin screen romp from 1988 hold up on a London stage in the 2010s? Like those two aforementioned adaptations, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical also expands and illuminates its source...

‘Let the Right One In’ play review

A lonely climbing frame sits amongst a host of birches in the darkness. Characters walk through the woods in the glow of a street lamp, their boots kicking up snow as they cross the scene. It seems only a few members of the audience have noticed what’s happening on stage, before the lights have dimmed;...

‘Happy Days’ play review

A woman buried up to her waist by a cliff-face on a sandy beach. The sand is a mound, spreading like a ginormous skirt, and grains of it trickle threateningly down from the rocks.

‘1984’ play review

An adaptation is always going to differ from its source material. Deal with it. A play can’t be the book, and neither can a movie; what’s necessary is to capture the mood and essence of the story and transplant it to a different medium.

‘Avenue Q’ musical review

You'll have heard of Avenue Q before, of course, the delinquent boozy stepchild of Sesame Street. There's a major touring production happening later in the year, but those who can't wait and are down south would be well directed to this latest production from the Brighton Theatre Group.