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BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF

★★★

Garrick Theatre

BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF at the Garrick Theatre ★★★ “the work feels constrained by its loyalty to the original series” James Graham’s latest stage play following smash hit ‘Dear England’ is another piece that seeks to show us something about the state of the nation, albeit this time from a

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KISS ME, KATE

★★★★

Barbican

KISS ME, KATE at the Barbican ★★★★ “This is a blazing production, burning with wit and charm, song and dance, and with a feelgood finale that is far hotter than a British summer” We are officially in summer in a couple of days’ time, although it might not necessarily feel

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THE BOUNDS

★★★

Royal Court

THE BOUNDS at the Royal Court ★★★ “The stakes in The Bounds are high, and there’s more than the outcome of a soccer game at risk” The Bounds is an ambitious attempt to create a historical drama out of the origins of soccer. It’s a well chosen subject, given that

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JULIE: THE MUSICAL

★★½

The Other Palace

JULIE: THE MUSICAL at The Other Palace ★★½ “Given the central message of the piece is a celebration of the chaotic and unpolished, Julie: The Musical gets away with a lot” You have no idea how much I wanted to like this swashbuckling tale of a legendary bisexual opera star

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KAFKA

★★

Finborough Theatre

KAFKA at the Finborough Theatre ★★ “the lack of structure or setting or context make any attempt to understand what is happening impossible” Franz Kafka is an extraordinary literary figure, with a wealth of brilliant works that encapsulate the human experience. Over the course of eighty minutes, writer and performer

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MOFFIE

★★★

Riverside Studios

MOFFIE at Riverside Studios ★★★ “a lengthy monologue telling an intriguing and moving story” “Moffie” is a one-man play about a closeted conscript in the South African Defence Force during apartheid. The title is a homophobic slur, referencing the toxic masculinity of the time and brutal treatment of gay soldiers,

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ACCOLADE

★★★½

Theatre Royal Windsor

ACCOLADE at the Theatre Royal Windsor ★★★½ “a grand revival that entertains and chills in equal measure” “We all have one thing we’re ashamed of. Even the judge has, who’ll be peering at you over his glasses, making you feel like dirt. His secret may be the nastiest of the

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JAZZ EMU: KNIGHT FEVER

★★★★★

Soho Theatre

JAZZ EMU: KNIGHT FEVER at the Soho Theatre ★★★★★ “Jazz Emu is somewhat of a lovable buffoon with a lack of self-awareness that’s endearing rather than infuriating” It’s the night of the Royal Variety Performance and one of the performers is getting a knighthood (apparently that’s how the Royal Variety

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CLOSER TO HEAVEN

★★★★

Turbine Theatre

CLOSER TO HEAVEN at the Turbine Theatre ★★★★ “unashamed fun, energised performances and a true, light-hearted celebration of decadence” Nearly a quarter of a century on from its premiere at The Arts Theatre, Jonathan Harvey’s “Closer to Heaven”, with music from the Pet Shop Boys, is having another stab at

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THE BLEEDING TREE

★★★★

Southwark Playhouse Borough

THE BLEEDING TREE at Southwark Playhouse Borough ★★★★ “Vaguely Gothic, but down to earth; a touch of the supernatural brushing against domestic tragedy” A crackling wail, somewhere between a synthesized didgeridoo and a death rattle, rises from the red earth, swelling into an anguished crescendo while three nameless women hiss

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MAY 35th

★★★½

Southwark Playhouse Elephant

MAY 35TH at Southwark Playhouse Elephant ★★★½ “an important and extremely moving piece of theatre” Next month marks 35 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989. In an act of memoriam and collective consciousness raising, Stage June Fourth, with support from Arts Council England and Amnesty International, are producing

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