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Love Me Now – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Michelle Barnette Director: Jamie Armitage Reviewer: Stephen Bates When the woman at the centre of Michelle Barnette’s play asks her new casual sex partner what their relationship can be, he replies: “it can be anything you want it to be”. She (known simply as “B”), the modern, liberated woman, is in control, but using what freedom that she has ...

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Beginners – The Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer & Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Hannah Powell Tim Crouch’s Beginners is single handily one of the most well written and emotive pieces of children’s theatre this reviewer has ever had the pleasure to watch. Giant flowers and mountain icicles, an adult dressed as a flying insect hanging from the ceiling, and a dog that quotes Shakespeare in a way ...

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The Inheritance: Part Two – Young Vic, London

Writer: Matthew Lopez Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “The only way to fix heartache is to risk more” claims the character of E. M. Forster in the second part of Matthew Lopez’s epic new play The Inheritance, and while the earlier performance was concerned with political statements and the art of narrative, the concluding half puts its characters through ...

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The Inheritance: Part One – Young Vic, London

Writer: Matthew Lopez Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The cultural impact of Tony Kusher’s 1990s epic Angels in America cannot be underestimated; a once-in-a-decade piece of theatre that actively changed our understanding of the experience of homosexuality. A year on from the National Theatre’s spectacular revival, the world premiere of Matthew Lopez’s equally epic two-part piece The Inheritance could ...

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Ruthless! the Musical – Arts Theatre, London

Music: Marvin Laird Book and Lyrics: Joel Paley Director: Richard Fitch Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Watching off-Broadway comedy Ruthless! the Musical as it makes its central London debut, it’s hard to decide if one is watching a good musical pretend to be awful, or a truly terrible piece of theatre that’s decided to lean into its shortcomings. It’s certainly one which ...

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The Mikado – King’s Head Theatre, London

Music: Arthur Sullivan Book and Lyrics: W. S. Gilbert Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas can, in some productions, be susceptible to the same fate as Shakespeare’s comedies: produced with such reverent banality that all sense of humour blanches away, leaving nothing but dull, starchy worthiness. How refreshing, then, to find in the King’s Head ...

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Moonfleece – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Max Harrison Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In our more divisive times, it has become easier to make wide-ranging assumptions about people based on their politics. Lazy stereotypes abound which make it easier to categorise people, establishing ideas of “us” and “them” separating the liberals from the radicals. A revival of Philip Ridley’s 2010 play Moonfleece at the ...

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Songs for Nobodies – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Joanna Murray-Smith Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A chance encounter with celebrity is something that we’ve all dreamed of at some point; whether it’s coming face-to-face with a particular idol or enjoying our own 15 minutes of fame collecting that much deserved Oscar, Tony Award or being elected Prime Minister, we’re all encouraged to dream big. For a ...

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