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NOW, I SEE

★★★★

Theatre Royal Stratford East

NOW, I SEE at the Theatre Royal Stratford East ★★★★ “All three actors have wonderful chemistry together, expressing a totally believable fraternal bond.” Movement in theatre can often feel forced in an attempt to be Avant Garde. Cringe-inducing lyrical movement to show passion or staccato twitching under strobe to show

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THE TAILOR-MADE MAN

★★★★

Stage Door Theatre

THE TAILOR-MADE MAN at the Stage Door Theatre ★★★★ “Pilcher magnificently captures Haines’ free spirit and rebelliousness” In 1930, William Haines was listed as the top box-office attraction in Hollywood. Just three years later, however, having made the successful transition to ‘talkies’, Haines’ contract was torn up by studio chief

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A SONG OF SONGS

★★★★

Park Theatre

A SONG OF SONGS at Park Theatre ★★★★ “The songs are pools of splendour we would happily bathe in for hours” According to tradition, King Solomon wrote three books of the bible, the most famous of which is ‘Song of Songs’ (also known as ‘The Song of Solomon’) – a

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MASTERCLASS

★★★★

Southbank Centre

MASTERCLASS at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre ★★★★ “Rachel Bergin’s creative production packs a well-staged punch aimed squarely at the patriarchy” You will recognise the stage set up from any “A Conversation With…” events you have attended in the neighbouring Royal Festival Hall. Two opposing casual chairs either side of

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BLIZZARD

★★★★

Soho Theatre

BLIZZARD at the Soho Theatre ★★★★ “The plot is both completely mad, and entirely believable” Emily Woof’s one woman show offers a truly unique view of the world, while still feeling universally observant. The performer arrives on stage, mid anecdote. She tells a rambling, uncertain, but incredibly funny story. It’s

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SAPPHO

★★

Southwark Playhouse Elephant

SAPPHO at Southwark Playhouse Elephant ★★ “Wendy Beckett’s script is uncertain and seems not to trust itself.” Georgie Fellows shines as Sappho in an otherwise uncertain muddle of a play. The story is set in an alternative history, circa 600 BC. It follows the imagined life of Sappho, the Ancient

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THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR

★★★★

Marylebone Theatre

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR at the Marylebone Theatre ★★★★ “for a comedy of misunderstandings, it is easy to understand why the play has become a classic” The Russian-American novelist, Vladímir Nabokov, said of Gogol’s “The Government Inspector”: “It begins with a blinding flash of lightning and ends in a thunderclap… and

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THE OPERA LOCOS

★★★★

Peacock Theatre

THE OPERA LOCOS at the Peacock Theatre ★★★★ “The show is impossible to compartmentalise – part operatic revue, part vaudeville – and total pleasure” Five sensational opera singers share the stage in this hard-to-pigeonhole musical entertainment presented by Spanish company YLLANA (Artistic Directors David Ottone & Joe O’Curneen). If any

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KING LEAR

★★★★

Riverside Studios

KING LEAR at Riverside Studios ★★★★ “a stunning sight that feeds our imaginations” The air is thick with silence. And darkness. As we hold our breath, our eyes slowly adjust while a blanket of white light spreads across the back wall like an uncertain dawn. Silhouettes appear like ghosts on

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LAUGHING BOY

★★★

Jermyn Street Theatre

LAUGHING BOY at Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★ “Whilst moving, the piece lacks dramatic elements and at times feels more like a lecture more than a theatrical work” Laughing Boy is a piece of Political Protest Theatre, which is theatre that arises from injustice and makes it clear it is protesting

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BLUE BEARD

★★★★

Battersea Arts Centre

BLUE BEARD at the Battersea Arts Centre ★★★★ “A ricocheting trip through cabaret, musical, farce, drama, concert, pantomime, horror and fairground ride” If you’re familiar with Emma Rice’s way of working, whether with Knee High or her current Wise Children company, you will know what to expect when you wander

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CALENDAR GIRLS

★★★★

Mill at Sonning

CALENDAR GIRLS at the The Mill at Sonning ★★★★ “Innocently raunchy and with a feelgood factor as comforting as home-made plum jam” ‘We’re not naked… we are nude!’. This distinction is a playful leitmotif that runs through the charmingly English comedy-drama, “Calendar Girls”. That the debate can follow seamlessly from

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