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The Day Shall Declare It – Marylebone Gardens, London

Based on “Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry” by Tennessee Williams and “Working” by Studs Terkel Director: Annie Saunders Reviewer: Chris Rogers [rating:4] Standing at the ramshackle bar of Marylebone Gardens in what used to be a BBC building, one immediately gets the underground flavour, the grit that the aptly named Wilderness are bringing toward their theatrical experience. It is well staffed ...

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Only Our Own – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Ann Henning Jocelyn Director: Lars Harald Gathe Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:2] The Irish War of Independence, fought between 1919 and 1921, led to the formation of an independent Ireland and fundamental change for the Irish people, but the stories of English residents in the country at that time have been little told. Ann Henning Jocelyn’s new drama centres on ...

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Thebes – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Gareth Jandrell (after Sophocles and Aeschylus) Director: Rachel Valentine Smith Reviewer: Alice McGuigan [rating:4] “I vow to save you once more, my Thebes. My city” promises King Oedipus, unaware that his own fate has already set its suffering in motion. Presented by The Faction and written by Gareth Jandrell, this modern adaptation condenses Sophocles’ and Aeschylus’ classical Theban plays. ...

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Cleopatra – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Gareth Cadwallader Director: Mary Franklin Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:1.5] New plays are notoriously, gloriously unpredictable. There is always a sense of trepidation in the hearts and minds of the creative teams that bring them to life and of audiences that witness their birth. Some plays are triumphant on their first appearance, others are slow burners and some would have ...

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Silk Road – Peacock Theatre, London

Director: Shen Chen, Xiu Chenghua Art Director: Feng Shuangbai Reviewer: T.L. Wiswell [rating:1] There is almost no way in which Silk Road met its description as "a touching story of friendship and peace between Chinese people and foreign merchants during the Tang Dynasty (618-907)." It is a dance spectacular designed to promote a modern Chinese image of its restive Western ...

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Trevor Noah: That’s Racist- The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Luke Walker [rating 3.5] Trevor Noah must be clocking up some air miles as he jets between his native South Africa, America and the UK as he rapidly scales the heights of comedy stardom. As The Lowry is still home to two large scale theatre shows in their main houses, Noah plays the smaller studio space - something he ...

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The Year of Magical Wanking – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Neil Watkins Director: Philip McMahon Reviewer: Bryan Hogan Originally commissioned by thisispopbaby, The Year of Magical Wanking was premiered at the Queer Notions Festival at the Project in 2010; it has toured subsequently. It is currently being revived as part of the First Fortnight Festival, which aims to challenge mental health prejudice through creative arts. From the outset this ...

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Russian State Ballet of Siberia: Giselle – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Music: Adolphe Adam Choreographer: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa and Leonid Lavrosky Artistic Director: Sergei Bobrov Reviewer: Paul Jones [rating:4] The Grand Theatre welcomed The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia to its wet and windy shores for a 3 night run of some of the worlds most famous ballets. The first of the shows was Giselle, often ...

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