Pulitzer Prize-nominated Talk Radio comes to the Old Red Lion Theatre

This autumn, the team behind No Villain return to the Old Red Lion with Eric Bogosian’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated Talk Radio. Thirty years after its inaugural production in New York, this play explores the not-so-hidden prejudices in ‘80s America and the power of the media to manipulate events. Barry Champlain is abrasive and forthright, the ultimate […]

REVIEW: BIRTHDAY SUIT (Old Red Lion Theatre) ★★★★

The Old Red Lion Theatre in Islington plays host to the world premiere of Birthday Suit by David K. Barnes, most well-known for his acclaimed podcast Wooden Overcoats. The scene is set: a pristine Canary Wharf flat, white rug and sofa, huge windows and balcony with a fantastic view of the capital. The balloons are […]

World premiere of ONE LAST THING (FOR NOW) comes to Old Red Lion Theatre

Althea Theatre (There’s No Place Like) present the world premiere of One Last Thing (For Now), inspired by love letters from times of conflict in different cultures and languages. The production, written and developed over the last two years by Lilac Yosiphon with the ensemble, is a universal look at the language of love, the […]


Simon Blow’s new drama is based on the true story of his relationship with his great-uncle, a former socialite who was considered “the brightest” of the “bright young people” in the 1920s – Stephen Tennant. Tennant had an affair with Siegfried Sassoon over several years and counted Cecil Beaton, The Sitwells, Jean Cocteau, and many […]

REVIEW: BOTTLENECK (Old Red Lion Theatre)

Jamie Eastlake’s production of Bottleneck by Luke Barnes comes to the Old Red Lion Theatre for a short time following a successful run at Theatre N16. With Euro 2016 matches being shown on a big screen in the pub downstairs and the recent verdict of the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster, ending the longest jury […]


Richard D. Sheridan’s new one-man play tackles homophobia in rugby head-on, from the stuffiness of a testosterone-filled changing room to the bright lights of the pitch. Odd Shaped Balls tells the story of James Hall’s rise in professional rugby and his struggle to work out his sexuality which is thrust ruthlessly into the media spotlight. […]


First staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in 1966, before transferring to The Royal Court in the same year, The Local Stigmatic by poet / playwright / painter / sculptor Heathcote Williams shocked audiences with its raw and unprovoked violence and is considered a ‘Cult Classic’ today. Al Pacino was impressed enough to turn the […]

West End Wilma – Review Round-Up

Take a look at all the shows that have been reviewed over the past week on westendwilma.com … REVIEW: Russian Dolls (King’s Head Theatre) ★★★★ Russian Dolls was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize in 2013 before winning the Adrian Pagan award last year. Based on the real-life story of an Islington version of Hilda, Kate Lock’s […]


Rating *** Reviewed by Michaela Clement-Hayes Old Red Lion Theatre 26th September 2013 I’m very fond of plays with small casts that take place in a small stage area. It makes the theatre experience more intimate and you can really see the actors, their body language and facial expressions. Rona Munro’s play ‘Iron’ at the […]

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