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BalletBoyz­ theTALENT – Richmond Theatre, London

Choreographers:RussellMaliphant,LiamScarlett Reviewer:CavelleLeigh   BalletBoyz-theTALENT offers an innovative and refreshing take on ballet as an art form, presenting it as a compelling piece of physical theatre rather than the linear storytelling typical of traditional ballet. It opens with a short video explaining what the highly talented all male dance troupe led by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, ...

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1984 – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: George Orwell Adapted and created by: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Harry Stern From a 2014 perspective, Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece stubbornly refuses to lie down and become the misguided outpourings of a mid-20th Century political and societal misanthropist. With revelations about phone hacking, government surveillance and Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing activities still current, how could it? The real accomplishment ...

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Amateur Girl – St James Studio, London

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Kate Chapman Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile Based on real life stories, Fifth Word Theatre Company present Amateur Girl, a hard hitting, powerful yet humorous one woman show that explores the shady world of amateur porn and its effects on the women who get caught up in it. Narrated by Julie, this is an honest and open account ...

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Finian’s Rainbow – Union Theatre, London

Music: Burton Lane Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg Book: E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy Adaptor: Charlotte Moore Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Ian Foster Suspension of disbelief is par for the course with musical theatre, especially the type of obscure revivals that the Union Theatre specialises in, and Finian’s Rainbow is no exception in that respect. A leprechaun who is slowly turning into ...

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Carmen – The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Music: Georges Bizet Director: Boris Lagoda Conductor: Azat Maksutov Reviewer: Ray Taylor The Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi have entertained a full house at Harrogate with their performance of what is considered the world’s most popular opera. The Theatre was founded in 1958 and is located in a republic just to the north of Moscow. They are ...

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Private Lives – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Martin Duncan Writer:NoëlCoward Reviewer: Amy Taylor Relationships are a funny old thing; one minute you can love someone intensely, with a deep, burning, fiery passion and the next minute you could be breaking a vinyl record over their skull. At least, that is, according to Martin Duncan’s revival of Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners, Private Lives, which tells ...

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The Good, The God and The Guillotine – Contact, Manchester

Concept/Text: Peter S. Petralia Music: Martin Blain, Nick Donovan, Jonas Hummel and Paul J. Rogers Director: Andrew Westerside Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Proto-Type Theatre’s ambitious new production ‘The Good, The God and The Guillotine’ is a musical exploration of the themes of alienation and existential resignation arising from ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus. In the novel the protagonist, Meursault, commits murder ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Swan Lake is well known to be one of Tchaikovsky’s great musical pieces; arguably the most famous ballet of all time. In this unusual take on the classic, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake continues to cast a spell on audiences the world over 19 years from its debut ...

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