21 Mar 2019
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Admissions

Admissions Review

“Initially compelling but somewhat wearing” Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) stars in Joshua Harmon’s new play as Sherri, an admissions tutor at an elite private school, trying to encourage diversity in the student body alongside her husband, the school’s principal (Andrew Woodall). When their son Charlie (Ben Edelman) is deferred for a place at Yale, […]

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22 Feb 2019
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Tartuffe

Tartuffe Review National Theatre

“Thoroughly entertaining throughout” One could call Molière France’s answer to Shakespeare. He’s been lauded as the greatest writer in the French language, and his plays written in the 17th century were originally written in similarly complex verse. The National Theatre’s production of Tartuffe brings the story into the 21st century with John Donnelly’s new adaptation […]

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4 Feb 2019
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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical Review

Austria: The MOOsical When you have endless possibilities for the setting and story line of a musical, the topics that come up can be adventurous, hilarious and quite frankly, strange. The theme chosen for my evening at the improvised musical, Showstopper! involved cow-milkers in the hills of Austria set to the music of Fiddler on the Roof, […]

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30 Jan 2019
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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Mind the Gap (Showstopper!) Review

The London Underground. 1954. An illicit affair on the Piccadilly line which could cause a scandal in the Ministry. Pickpockets trying to climb up the social ladder. The threat of Russian spies. The music is inspired by the likes of Hamilton, Sweeney Todd, and Singin’ in the Rain. It’s called ‘Mind the Gap’. It was […]

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27 Jan 2019
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Chambre Noire Review

“Let’s hope their puppets never find peace, because these tortured souls are the stuff of theatre magic.” Plexus Polaire creates imagery that stamps itself onto the retinas and holds fast in the memory. In Chambre Noire, two life-size puppets wrestle on the ground, Andy Warhol’s disembodied head floats in the air and a spider-woman sporting […]

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25 Jan 2019
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The Wedding

The Wedding Review

It is commonplace to be moved to tears by a bittersweet story. It is much rarer to be similarly moved by optimism and the sheer force of joy. But in their nine-strong physical theatre piece The Wedding, Gecko and creator Amit Lahov nail it, as if they are preachers with a limitless supply of mojo. […]

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18 Jan 2019
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The Unreturning

The Unreturning Review

“An exploration of home and the self, and what happens when you lose the sense of either” The meeting of Anna Jordan‘s words and Frantic Assembly‘s movement sparks potent potential. In the anxiety-logged poem that is The Unreturning, Jordan’s empathic character studies are subtly underpinned by Frantic’s earthy choreography. The piece is split into three […]

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21 Dec 2018
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Circus 1903 Review

“MORE APPEALING THAN EVER” This is how the circus should be done. Taking it back to the golden age of the big top where each act was a show in itself and the performances were driven by talent instead of a storyline, Circus 1903 is a spectacle of showmanship, grandeur and awe-inspiring thrills. There are […]

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14 Dec 2018
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The Cane Review

“A THRILLING ALLEGORICAL MICROCOSM” A vulnerable demographic, an accepted culture of violence, an angry mob, a spokesperson, a new school that seeks to tear down what went before; Mark Ravenhill’s new play The Cane is a perfectly arranged and oh so natural analogy. For what exactly, I’ll spare the spoilers (although this tale could be […]

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13 Nov 2018
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The Simon & Garfunkel Story Review

“THE SHOW’S SIMPLICITY EMULATES THE MUSIC ITSELF”  As one of the most successful folk duos of all time, Simon and Garfunkel wrote and sang some of the most memorable and influential songs of the late sixties and early seventies. With their soft and distinctive vocal harmonies, I had reservations about just how similar a pair […]

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“Initially compelling but somewhat wearing” Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) stars in Joshua Harmon’s new play as Sherri, an admissions tutor at an elite private school, trying to encourage diversity in the student body alongside her husband, the school’s principal (Andrew Woodall). When their son Charlie (Ben Edelman) is deferred for a place at Yale, […]

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