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MEAN GIRLS

★★★★★

Savoy Theatre

MEAN GIRLS at the Savoy Theatre ★★★★★ “The performances are rich and joyous. It’s hard to take a part that’s so familiar and make it your own, but this cast does it.” In case you’ve been living under a rock, this show is a Covid delayed U.K. premiere of the

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BARNUM

★★★★

Watermill Theatre

BARNUM at the Watermill Theatre ★★★★ “it’s the songs and the thrill of the circus big top that makes this production sing” Cy Coleman’s Barnum is a big, big-top musical in the small Watermill Theatre proving that size doesn’t matter, as this is a big bold production. The skillset of

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CELEBRATING LIONEL BART

★★★

JW3

CELEBRATING LIONEL BART at JW3 ★★★ “the star of the evening is Michaela Stern who beautifully concludes the show” “There are many lyrics which wouldn’t get past the sensitivity reader these days” quips Nigel Planer before launching into a tongue-in-cheek rendition of Lionel Bart’s ‘Living Doll’. He singles out the

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SKELETON CREW

★★★★

Donmar Warehouse

SKELETON CREW at the Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ “a subtle and quiet portrayal of people who feel real and vivid” Not a lot happens in this play but that’s the crux of its genius. It elevates the everyday. It’s about everything and nothing. Written in 2014 and first performed in New

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GLITCH

★★★★

Minghella Theatre

GLITCH at the Minghella Theatre ★★★★ “Liz Elvin doesn’t give us theatrical fireworks, but something much more subtle and involving” What has been described as ‘the biggest miscarriage of justice in British legal history’ is the focus of this interesting new play by Zannah Kearns. It is drawn from Nick

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HASBIAN

★★★★

Omnibus Theatre

HASBIAN at the Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ “This is an impressive play with real heart” Has-bian. Slang for someone who ‘was’ a lesbian. But what does that really mean? Society’s understanding of sexual (and gender) identity has become more fluid in recent years. The binary of gay or straight is being

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NEXT TO NORMAL

★★★★★

Wyndham’s Theatre

NEXT TO NORMAL at Wyndham’s Theatre ★★★★★ “as close to extraordinary as is physically possible” Many years ago, as a young father, I often interrupted my children’s playtime by asking what they were doing. They never thought it an intrusion – always happy to answer. One particular day, in response

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THE MARILYN CONSPIRACY

★★★★

Park Theatre

THE MARILYN CONSPIRACY at Park Theatre ★★★★ “Genevieve Gaunt captures the mannerisms and the breathy vocals without resorting to cliché” Vicki McKellar and Guy Masterson’s “The Marilyn Conspiracy” is an intricately structured new drama, that undulates chronologically. Like a pendulum, swinging between the ‘before’ and ‘after’; in the centre of

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THE BECKETT TRILOGY

★★★★★

Coronet Theatre

THE BECKETT TRILOGY at the Coronet Theatre ★★★★★ “Lovett’s physical performance is totally captivating and anchors this exceptional work of theatre” The Beckett Trilogy is a stage production of three of the Nobel prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett’s novels Malloy, Malone Dies and The Unnameable by the Gare Saint Lazare Ireland

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WET FEET

★★★★

Union Theatre

WET FEET at the Union Theatre ★★★★ “The performance is measured and endearing, with great comedic beats” Wet Feet tells the story of two gay men meeting in a sauna. Nathan (Matthew Edgar), mid-twenties sex worker chats to Franko (Michael Neri), a mid-thirties man with OCD. Over the course of

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JOCK

★★½

Golden Goose Theatre

JOCK at the Golden Goose Theatre ★★½ “an interesting, if imperfect, examination of predatory twenty-first century masculinity held together by a strong performance” Written and performed by Charlie Howard, Jock is an autobiographical piece recounting his experiences as a young student attempting to gain access into the hyper-masculine in-group of

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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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