Roger Smith

Roger Smith was born in London and studied for an MFA in playwriting at The Lir, part of Trinity College Dublin. His plays have been performed all over the country to great acclaim, and have enjoyed success in competitions both here and abroad. They have also been translated into German, Italian, Spanish and Polish, and one of them, GUILTY SECRET, has been published by Oberon Modern Plays. He lives in London with his wife. rmstheatre.com
When did you last see a Whitehall farce? The Upstanding Member at the Old Red Lion

A likeable political farce about an upstanding Member (of Parliament) who tries and fails to get himself out of hot water. And there's not a duck house in sight. At the Old Red Lion.

Saturday 7th December 2013 Read more...
Where seagulls dare: The Seagull at the White Bear Theatre

A promising start for this newly formed Meisner-based company Front Foot Theatre, though it's fair to say a few issues remain to be ironed out. At the White Bear Theatre.

Thursday 5th December 2013 Read more...
The quality of this Merchant is quite strained: The Merchant of Venice at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

Some inexplicable cuts and irrelevant gimmickry can't save a lacklustre Merchant of Venice. At the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre.

Friday 22nd November 2013 Read more...
ENO and Improbable's Satyagraha an astonishing spectacle

English National Opera sing in Sanskrit, providing no translation apart from the occasional quotation projected onto the back wall: it can only be Philip Glass’ Satyagraha. 

Thursday 21st November 2013 Read more...
The Fulham Ring concludes with Götterdämmerung

Fulham Opera's absurdly ambitious Ring cycle came to a close with Götterdämmerung, though they are presenting the cycle complete next February as well. The instrumentation was bizarre and the stage direction problematic, though the show included some excellent singing.

Tuesday 12th November 2013 Read more...
Keith Warner and Stefanos Lazaridis' grimly compelling Wozzeck at Covent Garden

Alban Berg's expressionist opera Wozzeck is revived by the Royal Opera House here in Keith Warner's production, featuring Simon Keenlyside in the title role. You won't come out of this grinning and humming the tunes, but it's a compelling, cathartic theatrical experience which deserved its long ovation.

Friday 1st November 2013 Read more...
Calm down, dear — it's only the commercialisation of the female body: Calm Down, Dear at the Camden People's Theatre

A thought-provoking and sometimes entertaining evening at the Camden People's Theatre with Pretty Ugly and The Fanny Hill Project, both part of the Calm Down, Dear festival of feminist theatre. 

Monday 28th October 2013 Read more...
It's year 1984 in the Big Brother hoose. Nineteen Eighty-Four at the Richmond Theatre

Ignorance of Orwell's novel may well be a strength as you approach Headlong's intermittently inspired take on 1984. At least Davina McCall isn't in it. At the Richmond Theatre.

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 Read more...
John Upperton and Midsummer Opera make a game attempt at Verdi's Otello

Midsummer Opera's semi-staged version of Otello at St Johns Waterloo included some splendid singing despite occasional struggles.

Tuesday 22nd October 2013 Read more...
Julian, Sandy and Matthews: The Act at the Ovalhouse Theatre

Matthew Baldwin is excellent in his and Thomas Hescott's show about the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. At the Ovalhouse Theatre.

Friday 11th October 2013 Read more...
If it ain't Brecht... Fresh Off the Boat! at the Hen and Chickens

A mixed bag as Paradigm Theatre Company tackle the issue of immigration at the Hen and Chickens, but some excellent performances make the second piece in particular worth seeing

Wednesday 9th October 2013 Read more...
David McVicar and John Eliot Gardiner give us an enjoyable Figaro at Covent Garden

A mad day indeed: David McVicar's 2006 production of The Marriage of Figaro has returned to the Royal Opera House with Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting. A vocally and dramatically excellent performance from Christopher Maltman is among its highlights.

Wednesday 18th September 2013 Read more...
Do do that Lulu that you do so well: American Lulu

Olga Neuwirth's reimagining of Berg's Lulu doesn't smooth over the harshness (either musically or dramatically) of the original, and rightly so – an immensely bold and ambitious project. At the Young Vic Theatre.

Monday 16th September 2013 Read more...
The long, dark night bus of the soul: City Love at the CLF Art Cafe

Peckham (and the CLF Art Cafe in particular) continues its run of theatrical greatness with a touching portrayal of a relationship on the skids.

Thursday 12th September 2013 Read more...
The only way for Essex: Opera Seria's concert Roberto Devereux in London

Emerging opera group Opera Seria put on a concert performance of Gaetano Donizetti's bel canto Tudor opera Roberto Devereux in St Andrew's Church, Holborn. Some strong performances overcame an unsympathetic acoustic.

Monday 9th September 2013 Read more...
Sleep no more! The Broon does murder sleep: The Confessions of Gordon Brown at Trafalgar Studios

Ian Grieve stars as the Fifeshire feartie in Kevin Toolis's account of Gordon Brown's long dark night of the soul. At Trafalgar Studios.

Thursday 5th September 2013 Read more...
Ardent for some desperate glory: The Dark Tower at Riverside Studios

Conor Mitchell reimagines Louis MacNiece and Benjamin Britten's 1946 radio play The Dark Tower, setting quite a challenge for the young artists of Young Music Theatre UK. At Riverside Studios.

Monday 2nd September 2013 Read more...
Better the Herod you know: The Tragedy of Mariam at the Tristan Bates Theatre

An interesting historical curiosity, though perhaps not much more, redeemed by some good acting and a creative staging – Lazarus Theatre presents The Tragedy of Mariam at the Tristan Bates Theatre.

Tuesday 20th August 2013 Read more...
"Hashtag – a must see": Take a Deep Breath and Breathe at CLF Art Cafe

It's clever, funny, innovative and moving – and it's right opposite Peckham Rye station, 9 minutes from London Bridge. What's stopping you? At the CLF Art Cafe.

Thursday 15th August 2013 Read more...
Scat for dinner: One or the Other at Tête à Tête

An operatic Tom and Jerry from Filament Theatre, very funny and with the potential to become much better if it's tightened up.

Sunday 11th August 2013 Read more...
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