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BEATS

★★★

King’s Head Theatre

BEATS at the King’s Head Theatre ★★★ “It’s an astonishing performance from Campbell, and Snell’s tracks complement it well” This intense and intimate reimagining of Kieran Hurley’s 2012 play captures the appeal and vibe of ‘90s rave culture, while missing what makes it interesting now. The concept of Beats is

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DUET

★★★

Theatre at the Tabard

DUET at Theatre at the Tabard ★★★ “And while the intimacy of the piece is fitting, Morgan and Straus fail to capture the richness and depth of the legendary characters” More than a century before our Celebrity Culture took hold, the legendary actors Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse became the

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BANGING DENMARK

★★★

Finborough Theatre

BANGING DENMARK at the Finborough Theatre ★★★ “the story is well paced and refreshing in its levity” Banging Denmark is rom-com about a pick up artist who asks a feminist sociologist for help in seducing a Danish woman and hijinks ensue. Written by Van Badham, the piece is a light

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THE FAIRY QUEEN

★★★★

Jacksons Lane

THE FAIRY QUEEN at Jacksons Lane ★★★★ “the ensemble company of fourteen young opera singers work tirelessly well together, invested and focused throughout” There was a lot to like about HGO’s production of The Fairy Queen, including the twelve piece on stage Baroque HGOAntiqua Orchestra led by Seb Gillot, playing

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MACHINAL

★★★★

Old Vic

MACHINAL at the Old Vic ★★★★ “a brave and exciting revival that mixes gritty absurdism with precision-cut stylisation and outstanding performances” When Sophie Treadwell’s “Machinal” premiered in 1928, the New York Times was so intrigued that it reviewed the production twice – calling it ‘a triumph of individual distinction, gleaming

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FROM ENGLAND WITH LOVE

★★★½

Southbank Centre

FROM ENGLAND WITH LOVE at the Southbank Centre ★★★½ “the choreography excels – subtly, not in caricature, allowing the dancer’s skills to shine” The latest work from Hofesh Schecter, From England with Love, is exactly what you might expect from the title. An exploration through dance of England; its long,

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

★★★★

Watermill Theatre

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at the Watermill Theatre ★★★★ “never a dull moment in this energetic and above all entertaining show” Tom Wentworth’s version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing promises a ‘sashay into the Golden Age of Hollywood’ but does the filmset backdrop stick in this brand new adaptation?

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GISELLE: REMIX

★★★★★

Pleasance Theatre

GISELLE: REMIX at the Pleasance Theatre ★★★★★ “a must-see – a piece of queer performance that is not to be missed” Adolphe Adam’s romantic ballet Giselle tells the story of a young peasant girl who falls in love with the disguised duke, Albrecht. Driven mad by the revelation of his

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ARTIFICIALLY YOURS

★★★

Riverside Studios

ARTIFICIALLY YOURS at Riverside Studios ★★★ “We want to dig deeper into the shadows, but the writing is reluctant to explore far enough to flesh out the ideas that are bubbling underneath” As I came out of the premiere of Aaron Thakar’s debut play, “Artificially Yours” I played a game

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MOBY DICK

★★★★★

Royal and Derngate Theatre

MOBY DICK at the Royal and Derngate Theatre ★★★★★ “It is one of the finest pieces of theatre I have seen” Simple8 present an ambitious adaptation (by Sebastian Armesto) of Herman Melville’s epic 1851 adventure, directed by Jesse Jones. There is a minimal set (designer Kate Bunce) of scaffolding on

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YOUR LIE IN APRIL

★★★★

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

YOUR LIE IN APRIL at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane ★★★★ “Frank Wildhorn’s sumptuous score sweeps through the auditorium with its rousing ballads” Midway through Act Two of “Your Lie In April” something extraordinary happens. Zheng Xi Yong, as the young musical prodigy Kōsei Arima, places himself at the piano

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GUNTER

★★★★

Royal Court

GUNTER at the Royal Court ★★★★ “With absolute trust between the performers, this is a tight and brilliant ensemble performance” Gunter, is a well-deserved transfer for Dirty Hare’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023 production to the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. It is exciting and innovative theatre, wonderfully performed by three

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THE 39 STEPS

★★★★★

Richmond Theatre

THE 39 STEPS at Richmond Theatre ★★★★★ “Always tongue-in-cheek, the show is thrillingly funny and villainously clever” Sometimes a good – and fun – way of gauging a show’s reception is to listen in to people’s conversations at the interval. In the plush surroundings of Richmond Theatre’s bar, a recurring

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SUN BEAR

★★★

Park Theatre

SUN BEAR at Park Theatre ★★★ “a brave and personal play, with a handful of electric moments” There are some flashes of excellence in this sharp one-woman dark comedy, but it’s not enough to sustain the energy throughout. Katy with a ‘y’ not an ‘ie’ (her ex asked what self

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