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.
Steve Reich, Carnegie Hall. Review by Julia Pascal.

Steve Reich, Carnegie Hall. Review by Julia Pascal.

  The evening started with Steve Reich and Colin Currie performing the 1970 Clapping Music which was a strong taster for what was to come.

But First This (Watermill Theatre, Newbury) – review by Carole Woddis.

But First This (Watermill Theatre, Newbury) – review by Carole Woddis.

  Kathy Clugston is one of Radio 4’s most familiar voices.  Any morning of the week, you’ll hear her in her light Caledonian accent introducing the news, the shipping forecast and much else besides.

London Grip Poetry Review – Bland

London Grip Poetry Review – Bland

John Forth suspects that Peter Bland’s poetic inspirations come to him unbidden – rather as shy creatures will approach nature-watchers who remain patient while waiting for small animals.

Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre) – review by Carole Woddis.

Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre) – review by Carole Woddis.

One of the great classic Broadway musicals, those brazen chords by Jule Styne (music) as the orchestra limber up in the Overture let you know immediately you’re right in the heart of razzmatazz Broadway showbiz, where the lights shine brighter, the feathers are bigger and everything sings of a world of glitz and dreams.

Damn Yankees, Landor Theatre.  Review by Julia Pascal.

Damn Yankees, Landor Theatre. Review by Julia Pascal.

This show originally opened on Broadway in 1955 and is a modern Faustian pact where a middle aged baseball fanatic sells his soul to the devil for youth and the chance to beat the Yankees.

London Grip Poetry Review – Moore

London Grip Poetry Review – Moore

D A Prince examines some of  the subtleties that make Hubert Moore’s poetry so effective

The Marriage of Figaro, Directed by Fiona Shaw, ENO.  Review by Julia Pascal.

The Marriage of Figaro, Directed by Fiona Shaw, ENO.  Review by Julia Pascal.

Fiona Shaw’s first impulse was to give Mozart’s famous comic opera a comic slant. But she concedes that Beaumarchais’ original text, set before the French Revolution, had to stay in the eighteenth century.

The Infidel, Stratford Theatre Royal. Review by Julia Pascal.

The Infidel, Stratford Theatre Royal. Review by Julia Pascal.

This is a wickedly funny satire on ‘race’ and religion which appears to deliver stereotypes but, at it core, has a deeper interrogation of British society.

Taken at Midnight (Chichester, Minerva Studio Theatre) – review by Carole Woddis.

Taken at Midnight (Chichester, Minerva Studio Theatre) – review by Carole Woddis.

A few years ago, I remember watching a TV drama about Hitler that surprised me. It was the true story of Hans Litten, the brilliant young German lawyer who subpoenaed Hitler in 1931, cross-examined him in a trial of four Nazi stormtroopers and humiliated him.

Tilly Crumb in ‘It Will Be Over By Christmas’

Tilly Crumb in ‘It Will Be Over By Christmas’

The library committee of Stepney Borough Council have invited Ms Tilly Crumb, the maverick editor of the Stepney Chronicle to give a lecture about the First World War. Tilly is a cross between Germaine Greer, Janet Street Porter and Edith Piaf and the library committee are nervous that her lecture will be just a bit too radical for their taste.

Capten, art tha sleepin’ there below?

Capten, art tha sleepin’ there below?

Peter Giles re-tells a little-known story from the second world war…

Peer Gynt, Barbican. Review by Julia Pascal.

Peer Gynt, Barbican. Review by Julia Pascal.

Ibsen’s original text, which he never imagined being staged, is a wild poetic fantasy far removed from his naturalistic works. Irina Brook’s version is inspired by her days in New York during the 1980s when she was in love with the rock scene and Iggy Pop. It is a brave production which tries to take this impossible text on a new journey.