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Positive Reviews for The Cripple Of Inishmaan and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Saturday, 22nd Jun 2013  

Two New Shows with Big Names Attached Receive Praise in the West End

Daniel Radcliffe’s star turn in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan has received praise from critics as it opens at the Noel Coward Theatre and this news comes as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory received similar accolades at its home of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The Cripple Of Inishmaan follows a boy living on the Irish island of Inishmaan, who dreams of travelling to the neighbouring Inishmore to realise his Hollywood dreams as a documentary team has been on the Island. It features Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role and is directed by Michael Grandage as part of his season at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Radcliffe himself has been the recipient of much praise with Michael Billington in the Guardian granting it a four star review and Charles Spencer of The Telegraph granting it three stars and saying that Radcliffe “has grown up gracefully” whilst calling him a “previous gift”. In Paul Taylor’s review for the Independent, which also grants it three stars, he says that Radcliffe “gives an admirably honest performance” and “comes across as the genuine article”.

The production opened at the Noel Coward Theatre from Tuesday 18th June 2013 (previews from Saturday 8th June 2013) and is set to run through the summer until Saturday 31st August 2013. It is the latest staging of the play, which was originally penned in 1996 by Martin McDonagh, who is also well known for movies like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths.

Another show that is new to the capital is the Theatre Royal Drury Lane’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Like The Cripple Of Inishmaan, featuring Radcliffe, is boasts a big name as part of the creative team as Skyfall and American Beauty director Sam Mendes is directing the musical for the stage.

Peter Brown, writing for London theatre Guide, says “Sam Mendes's hugely inventive production is almost overwhelming in its sheer scale and complexity, but magical nonetheless”.  Expect more reviews to emerge for the production when it has its official opening on Tuesday 25th June 2013 (it is currently in previews). 

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