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Adam Best as Pato and Orla Fitzgerald as Maureen (Photo: Helen Maybanks)

REVIEW: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Lyric Hammersmith (2021)

The Beauty Queen of Leenane... comes on like a village Romeo and Juliet. "Me? A whore? I dream."Maureen Boy (40+) meets Girl (40). They more than click. Love looks set…

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Cush Jumbo as Hamlet (Photo: Helen Murray)

REVIEW: Hamlet, Young Vic (2021)

Cush Jumbo's soliloquies are deep and thoughtful, every word heard as they should be.  This is the third time I recall the Young Vic choosing an excellent Hamlet but giving him a problematic production.  There was Peter Brook's curtailing Adrian Lester's Hamlet to just Hamlet's lines in the play.  There was Ian Rickson's setting of Martin Sheen as Hamlet in a psychiatric ward with Gertrude as a fellow patient and Claudius as the consultant psychiatrist.  We walked through an installation of the back of a hospital with a dispensary before seeing the play.  The last really successful, all round Hamlet I remember at the Young Vic was Paul Rhys's 1930s European royalty in 1999.

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