Londongrip - founded by Patricia Morris in 2007 - is a wholly independent online venue, a cultural omnibus providing intelligent reviews of current shows and events, well-argued articles on the widest range of topics, an exhibition space for cross-media arts and an in-house poetry magazine with its own editor. All items are original, making their first appearance on the internet in this form.
Plum Busby’s Cool Christmas

Plum Busby’s Cool Christmas

Plum Busby return to the Hideaway in Streatham with their familiar eclectic mix of folk, blues, jazz, calypso, music hall and idiocy for a Yuletide extravaganza. A festive feast of musical madness not to be missed.

Saxon Court (Southwark Playhouse) – review by Carole Woddis

Saxon Court (Southwark Playhouse) – review by Carole Woddis

  Christmas 2011.  In the City.  An office party is under way.  The lewd, the gross and the ugly all on view, tipsy staff, humiliating games.  Haven’t we seen this before a few times?

London Grip Poetry Review – Cook & Stanton

London Grip Poetry Review – Cook & Stanton

London Grip’s poetry editor takes an optimistic view of two first collections from a new poetry press

London Grip Poetry Review – O’Connell

London Grip Poetry Review – O’Connell

Emma Lee follows Carolyn O’Connell through her thoughtful poetic explorations of links between past and present.

Hulencourt Soloists Chamber Orchestra: Nelson Freire & Niklas Willen. Review by Barbara Lewis.

Hulencourt Soloists Chamber Orchestra: Nelson Freire & Niklas Willen. Review by Barbara Lewis.

Embracing art’s ability to transcend national divisions, a young pan-European ensemble delivered Tchaikovsky at his most triumphantly Russian, as part of a vivacious and compelling beginning to its new season, known as the Hulencourt Art Project, which runs until May next year.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, English National Opera.  Review by Julia Pascal.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, English National Opera. Review by Julia Pascal.

  John Adams’ latest opera, with libretto and production by Peter Sellars, is an episodic and experimental take on elements of the New Testament which mixes texts from radical liberation theology to parts of the King James’ Bible.

London Grip Poetry Review – Scott

London Grip Poetry Review – Scott

After reading his New & Selected Poems, David Cooke admires the way that David Scott avoids tricks and consistently plays to his strengths 

Accolade (St James Theatre) – review by Carole Woddis.

Accolade (St James Theatre) – review by Carole Woddis.

  Take a spot of Rattigan (middle class English repression), add a spoonful of Coward (secret lives) and Priestley (outsider who overturns the apple cart) then a decisive twist of Welsh bohemian a la Dylan Thomas and what do you have? A rediscovered 1950s domestic drama that rings all sorts of contemporary bells, Emlyn Williams’s(…)

London Grip Poetry Review – Lowe

London Grip Poetry Review – Lowe

Hannah Lowe’s new poetry chapbook is a powerful blend of information and imagination, says Thomas Ovans

Wildfire/The Frida Kahlo of Penge West – review by Carole Woddis

Wildfire/The Frida Kahlo of Penge West – review by Carole Woddis

Wildfire gives us a contemporary run-down of a police force, the Met, where the pressures of having to respond to an increasingly violent society corrode even the most idealistic of recruits.
The Frida Kahlo of Penge West is a two-woman show about an egocentric actor’s determination to put on a one-woman show about the famous surrealist Mexican artist.

London Grip Poetry Review – McEwen

London Grip Poetry Review – McEwen

John Forth observes that Ian McEwen makes poetry out of some unlikely material.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), after William Shakespeare, Barbican. Review by Julia Pascal.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), after William Shakespeare, Barbican. Review by Julia Pascal.

  Perhaps the most tedious part of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the Pyramus and Thisbe interlude but director Dmitry Krymov has made it a wonderful spectacle of surrealism and circus.