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The Blues Brothers Summer Special – Hippodrome Casino, London

Director: Joshua Mumby Choreographer: Lily Howkins Musical Director: James Robert Ball Reviewer: Deborah Parry You may not have seen it, but chances are you've heard of a rather iconic cult 1980s film called The Blues Brothers - you'll certainly recognise the outfits, the sunglasses and the deadpan faces of the two stars (the late) John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Well, ...

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The Break-Up Monologues  – The Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Devised by Rosie Wilby, featuring Sophia Blackwell, VG Lee, and Paula Varjack Reviewer: Richard Maguire  Neil Sedaka famously sang that ‘Breaking up is hard to do’, but in The Blue Elephant’s night of spoken word the performers suggest that breaking up with a lover can be liberating and transformative. Unfortunately, comedian Rosie Wilby, who curated the evening, was ill and unable to ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The Globe’s Summer of Love progresses - verve, wit and colour very much in abundance. Matthew Dunster’s creation takes us from the regular setting of Messina to Mexico in the early 20th Century. The revolución becomes the military backdrop for Don Pedro’s men as they come to Leonato’s house and with ...

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Tanguera – Sadler’s Wells, London

Musical Direction: Lisandro Adrover Director: Omar Pacheco Reviewer: Maryam Philpott ‘The underworld was law, and love was something you paid for’ – this is Buenos Aires at the start of the 20th Century where a host of hopeful immigrants crossed paths with dock workers and gangsters in the cafes and brothels near the harbour. Gerardo Gardelin, Diego Romay and Dolores ...

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City of Champions – Theatre Workshop, London

Writer and director: Steve Brown Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Hollywood studios are usually keen to point out that no animals are harmed during the shooting of their films, but harming children could be another matter. Steve Brown's searing drama is a reminder that, for every Jodie Foster or Christian Bale who makes the transition from child to adult stardom, there is a...well, no ...

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The Witch’s Mark – The Space, London

Writer &  Director: Timothy N. Evers Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Bells chime. Dressed in ordinary contemporary clothes, Celeste Markwell steps barefoot onto a bare stage as Agnes Sampson, distinctive dark eye makeup the only obvious theatrical concession to the story we're about to hear. It's all we need. Witchcraft is about belief and our interpretations of that belief, not bubbling cauldrons ...

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FEATURE: Latitude 2017 – A great time had but where’s the theatre?

Now in its 12th year, Latitude Festival returned to Henham Park over the weekend to present its 2017 offerings to an eager, now larger than ever, crowd. Reviewer KRIS HALLETT offers his overview. Latitude 2017 from a theatrical standpoint felt slightly short changed then in previous years. Less big shows, fewer performances and fewer works to see. Yet by and large ...

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Fiddler On The Roof – Chichester Festival Theatre

Book: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Bill Avenell It is a nice touch of Chichester to provide a real live fiddler on the roof of the Festival Theatre to welcome the audience at last night’s show. The said fiddler, a very accomplished Darius Luke Thompson, was forced from his lofty perch by the ...

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