“A short but powerful play” : Jonny Ward reviews IN CONVERSATION WITH GRAHAM NORTON

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  In Conversation with Graham Norton ☆☆☆ The Hope Theatre The programme notes tells us firmly that Graham Norton does not appear in this Production. I can believe it as I take the rickety stairs up to the tiny theatre space (tonight the capacity is just 25 people) above the Hope & Anchor pub. I … Continue reading

Alan Flanagan’s extraordinary way with words in BINGO

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Bingo  ☆☆☆ The Pleasance Theatre Cormac, a lovable Irishman at large in London (played with charm and nicely paced energy by Alan Flanagan) has been a very busy boy. He goes for a check up and finds out he has the full house of infections – HIV/Syphilis/Gonorrhea/Hepatitis C. to which the nurse mutters under her … Continue reading

Alexis Gregory has woven various themes together beautifully in his compelling performance in RIOT ACT

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Riot Act ☆☆☆☆ The Kings Head Theatre Alexis Gregory bounds on stage like an excitable puppy and delivers a masterclass in the oral tradition. His latest piece (following sold-out Sex-Crime previously reviewed here) presents the verbatim record of his interviews with three gay men. Each has a tale to tell and Michael-Anthony Nozzi’s is absolutely … Continue reading

And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens : a short slice of genius playwriting from a queer master at work

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And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens ☆☆☆☆☆ Mr Delaney (superbly played by Luke Mullins; delicate but tense like an over wound watch) is a successful interior decorator and landlord, who transforms into Candy when he has gentlemen company in the stifling deep south of New Orleans. Tonight he has brought home Karl, … Continue reading

Andrew Scott IS Noel Coward in this sparkling revival of PRESENT LAUGHTER at London’s Old Vic

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  PRESENT LAUGHTER ☆☆☆☆ THE OLD VIC, LONDON   There is no hotter actor in the UK at the moment than the openly gay Irish Andrew Scott. His recent portrayal of the love interest priest for Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s character in the wildly popular and critically acclaimed Fleabag has shot Scott to the top. He appears … Continue reading

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