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In The Depths of Dead Love – The Print Room, London

Writer: Howard Barker Director: Gerrard MacArthur Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the depths of the countryside, there is a bottomless well guarded by a poet. Citizens pay him to throw themselves in – or, if they choose not to commit suicide, pay again to leave. A local gentlewoman is a frequent visitor, who pays over and over but always chooses not ...

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Richard III – Rosemary Branch Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Aydon Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Since the discovery of the body in the car park, Richard III seems to have become Shakespeare’s most performed play even over perennial favourites like Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There have been notable star-led versions including Sherlock colleagues Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios and Benedict Cumberbatch for the ...

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The Doppel Gang – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Dominic Hedges Director Terence Mann Reviewer: Ruby Isla Cera Marle As the Blitz pulverises its way through war-torn London, a team of hapless but well-intentioned performers are trying to contribute to boosting morale, by providing some theatrical light relief. Struggling to get punters through their door, they face the prospect of financial ruin, with no choice but to cut their ...

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Raising Martha – Park Theatre, London

Writer: David Spicer Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Farce, always an underrated theatrical form, is rarely found in new writing, with directors and producers seeming to prefer revivals of the medium. So it is refreshing to see David Spicer's new play, traversing topics from familial guilt to animal rights and the freedoms we will surrender in order those same ...

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Gazing at a Distant Star – Greenwich Theatre Studio, London

Writer: Sian Rowland Director: James Haddrell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott You think you know the people around you but everyone has secrets that you may never discover… that is until they go missing. Sian Rowland’s new play Gazing at a Distant Star opening at Greenwich Theatre’s brand new Studio considers the process of suddenly losing someone close, the fear, worry and ...

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The Wild Party – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Moncure March Director: Rafaella Marcus Reviewer: Deborah Parry Think of the most disappointing party you’ve ever been to – one that left you feeling fairly deflated; perhaps you bumped into an ex who looked great and their plus one was annoyingly attractive – maybe you got ridiculously drunk, was sick everywhere and just generally made a bit of ...

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BU21 – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Stuart Slade Director: Dan Pick Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty If the subject and execution doesn’t get you, the direct challenge to the audience will. The play uses a fictitious terrorist attack on London (a guided missile bringing flight BU21 down onto residential Fulham) and a support group set up for survivors as its core. Through this, we meet the characters, ...

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The Lower Depths – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Maxim Gorky (translated by Jeremy Brooks and Kitty Hunter-Blair) Director: Helena Kaut-Howson Reviewer: Deborah Parry Even if you happen to be a scholar of Russian literature, in combination with having an extensive knowledge of the Russian revolution(s) then trying to get your head around The Lower Depths is still likely to be perplexing – don't let this deter you, ...

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