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Tom Birchenough

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Articles By Tom Birchenough

Meeting Gorbachev review - Werner Herzog offers a swansong tribute

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Mad House, Ambassadors Theatre review - David Harbour is magnificent in Theresa Rebeck's family drama

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Jitney, Old Vic review - a directorial delight

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Lava, Soho Theatre review - silences, secrets and lies

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'Daddy' A Melodrama, Almeida Theatre review - production exuberance carries a new play of promise

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The Fever Syndrome, Hampstead Theatre review - ambitious family drama falls short

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Peggy For You, Hampstead Theatre review - comedic gold, and a splinter of ice, from Tamsin Greig

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Measure for Measure, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - this problem play is a delight

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A Merchant of Venice, Playground Theatre review - Shylock supreme in a pared-down production

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'Night, Mother, Hampstead Theatre review - despair in sotto-voce

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The Winter's Tale, RSC, BBC Four review - post-war poise colours a solid production

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A Splinter of Ice, Original Theatre Company online review - Graham Greene and Kim Philby are friends reunited

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Blu-ray: I Was at Home, But...

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Blu-ray: Beginning

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, SHAKE Festival livestream review - a star turn from Luisa Omielan makes this 'Bottom's Dream'

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Memories of My Father review - the richness of childhood, the cruelty of history

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Tosca, English National Opera review - a tale of two eras

Rome, 14/15 June 1800: the specifics of the original Sardou melodrama are preserved in Puccini’s thriller mixing love, lust, religion and tyranny...

The Crucible, National Theatre review - visually stunning re...

How can this beauty arise from such ugliness? The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama about the Salem witch trials of 1692, is rife with...

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris review - Lesley Manville as a Fifti...

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, based on Paul Gallico’s 1958 novel, is preposterous.  But it’s as pretty as a pink cloud. The director,...

Blonde review - Marilyn Monroe thrown to the wolves

Andrew Dominik’s Blonde is an atrocity – a ghoulish biopic...

John Gabriel Borkman, Bridge Theatre review - amusing tale...

It always feels special when a play speaks so directly to an audience that you feel and hear the ripples of recognition across the auditorium. And...

Album: Björk - Fossora

Album opener “Atapos” was released as a single earlier in September, its sharply angular beats created by...

Savala Nolan: Don't Let It Get You Down review - findin...

Liminal: a word that conjures thresholds and between states. Caught between three languages – the adjective is a borrowing from the Latin...