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Wed 28 December 2016

Sam Simmons: Not A People Person on Radio 4 | Preview by Steve Bennett

Sam Simmons: Not A People Person on Radio 4

Preview by Steve Bennett

28/12/2016 … As you might expect from the Australian absurdist, Sam Simmons’s first foray into Radio 4 is a weird, trippy late-night experience.

Tue 27 December 2016

Inside No 9: The Devil Of Christmas | TV preview by Steve Bennett
© BBC/Sophie Mutevelian
© BBC/Sophie Mutevelian

Inside No 9: The Devil Of Christmas

TV preview by Steve Bennett

27/12/2016 … Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have taken a leaf out of the Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace playbook for the much-anticipated return of Inside No 9, give or take a decade.

The Entire Universe | Last night's TV review by Steve Bennett
© BBC
© BBC

The Entire Universe

Last night's TV review by Steve Bennett

27/12/2016 … There’s a needlessly complicated set-up for this comedy-science extravaganza.

Thu 22 December 2016

Scott Gibson: Life After Death | Gig review by Steve Bennett at the Soho Theatre

Scott Gibson: Life After Death

Gig review by Steve Bennett at the Soho Theatre

22/12/2016 … The Edinburgh Comedy Awards did their job this summer.

Wed 21 December 2016

Art, with Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell | Theatre review by Steve Bennett at the Old Vic, London

Art, with Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell

Theatre review by Steve Bennett at the Old Vic, London

21/12/2016 … What is Art? Well, it’s Yasmena Reza’s remarkably enduring tragi-comedy, now being revived at the Old Vic with Tim Key, Paul Ritter and Rufus Sewell playing the three friends, whose relationship is wrenched apart by that very same question: what is art? The argument is sparked when Sewell’s charismatic Sergé blows €100,000 on a piece of art which is, more or less, white paint on white canvas, outraging traditionalist Mark (a snippy, scoffing Ritter), who considers it faddish and without merit.

Tue 20 December 2016

30 Christmases, with Jonny & The Baptists and Rachel Parris | Gig review by Steve Bennett at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

30 Christmases, with Jonny & The Baptists and Rachel Parris

Gig review by Steve Bennett at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

20/12/2016 … All the seasonal stories these days are about the rich, argue Jonny Donahoe & Co, citing the likes of Love Actually and Home Alone.

Thu 15 December 2016

Ricky Whittington & His Cat | Panto review by Steve Bennett at the New Diorama Theatre, London

Ricky Whittington & His Cat

Panto review by Steve Bennett at the New Diorama Theatre, London

15/12/2016 … Another week, another alternative comedy pantomime.

Fri 09 December 2016

Fleabag | Theatre review by Steve Bennett at the Soho Theatre

Fleabag

Theatre review by Steve Bennett at the Soho Theatre

09/12/2016 … As calling cards go, Fleabag is attention-grabbing: an audacious, hilarious, candid, compelling and heartbreaking look at the life of a very modern ‘hot mess’.

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