sat 13/04/2024

Helen Hawkins

Articles By Helen Hawkins

Wolf Cub, Hampstead Downstairs review - haunting solo play about the American nightmare

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Gentleman Jack, Series 2, BBC One review - the queer Victorian heroine swaggers back in style

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Slow Horses, Apple TV+ review - the sleazy underbelly of the espionage racket

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To Kill a Mockingbird, Gielgud Theatre review - Harper Lee’s classic tale is satisfyingly retooled for today

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Clybourne Park, Park Theatre review - excellent revival of Bruce Norris's award-winner

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Holding, ITV review - Graham Norton’s novel moves seamlessly to the small screen

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Our Generation, National Theatre review - Alecky Blythe captures the world of teenagers today

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Never Not Once, Park Theatre review - disappointing UK debut for a feminist award-winner

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The Forest, Hampstead Theatre review - puzzling world premiere from Florian Zeller

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Folk, Hampstead Downstairs review - thoughtful play about folklorist Cecil Sharp

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Spring Awakening, Almeida Theatre review - must-see revival for Tony-winning musical

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Habeas Corpus, Menier Chocolate Factory review - grappling with Alan Bennett's anti-farce

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Straight White Men, Southwark Playhouse review - an exciting Korean-American playwright arrives in the UK

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little scratch, Hampstead Downstairs review - a maverick director surpasses herself

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Brian and Roger: A Highly Offensive Play, Menier Chocolate Factory review - not for the squeamish

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The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Lyric Hammersmith review - matchless revival of a contemporary classic

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