Blancheblanche marvin's london theatreviews

recommended by Peter Brook
**** = stand if necessary
*** = sit in front stalls
** = sit in back stalls
* = have a drink!

Blanche Marvin, has been involved for over 50 years in writing, directing and producing theatre in London and in New York which has given her a unique approach to reviewing London theatre and transfers to New York or vice versa. Her depth of knowledge, and experience make her a most practical plus influential reviewer on the theatre scene in London today. She reviews the full schedule of shows for each theatre which draws a picture and identity of the theatre venue as well as the plays. It paints a picture of the current themes running in the theatre, and relates to the style or trends most dominant, in addition to explaining why theatre will or will not work in London or New York when transferring.
Blanche was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday honours.


INTRODUCTION/ REVIEWS Covid-19 THEATRE 2021/22
The reviews, though singly edited and printed for the years of 2021 and 2022 will inclusively be the sum total of all the shows in those years, rather than the usual listings that I did previously regardless of being within the year. The reason for this change is because of Covid-19 which changed the whole course of theatre going and theatre productions. Many of the theatres just stopped producing, others shortened productions and runs while still others tried to digitalize their shows online. Many times shows were cancelled even when one has arrived to the theatre because the cast have been struck by the virus. Because of the insecurity of the running of the theatres or their plays I have not been able to do my usual style of reviewing and have instead incorporated the whole of the year with my comments and reviews as concise but fully realized in their productions. Audiences dwindled enormously and reviewing could no longer be consistent to the run of the shows in theatres.
BEST PLAYS
 RatingPlayTheatreId
****GOOD by C.P. TAYLORHAROLD PINTER2995
****RITA by CAETANO DONIZETTICHARING CROSS2997
****MARVELLOUS by NEIL BALDWIN, MALCOLM CLARKESOHOPLACE2999
****THE MIRROR AND THE LIGHTGIELGUD3011
****CONSTELLATIONS by NICK PAYNEVAUDEVILLE3012
****LIFE OF PIWYNDHAMS3017
****PIPPIN by ROGER O. HIRSONCHARING CROSS3019
****FROZENDRURY LANE3025
****ORLANDO by VIRGINIA WOLFGARRICK3046
****BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY by PEARL CLEAGENATIONAL THEATRE,Lyttelton3006
****MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO after HAYAO MIYAZAKIBARBICAN3010
****WHAT IF IF ONLY by CARYL CHURCHILL ROYAL COURT downstairs3028
****ROCKETS AND BLUE LIGHTS by WINSOME PINNOCK NATIONAL THEATRE, Dorfman (Cottesloe)3032
****LOVE ALL by DOROTHY L. SAYERS JERMYN STREET2998
****INDECENT by PAULA VOGELMENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY3044