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In the Shadow of the Mountain – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Felicity Huxley-Miners Director: Richard Elson Reviewer: Stephen Bates Girl meets boy, girl Rugby-tackles boy and so begins an imperfect relationship. Felicity Huxley-Miners’ short (70 minutes), bitter-sweet new play introduces us to Ellie and Rob, a couple who we come to feel need a lot of things in life, but not each other. The opening scenes play like an old-fashioned ...

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A Sockful of Custard – The Pleasance, London

Writers and Directors: Chris Larner and Jeremy Stockwell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We are living through a particular period of comedy nostalgia, looking back at some of the UK’s finest post-war writers and performers. Earlier this year Seabright productions presented a warm tribute to Croft and Perry in Dad’s Army Radio Hour, while television has celebrated the 20thanniversary of The League of ...

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Uncle Vanya – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Lev Dodin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There’s always something a bit special about seeing a play in its original language, particularly when performed by a renowned theatre company from the same country who are able to draw out many of the nuances that can often be lost in translation. So, it’s a treat to see The Maly ...

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Split Britches: Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) – The Barbican

Writer: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Hannah Maxwell. Director: Lois Weaver. Reviewer: Hannah Powell Unexploded Ordnances; old relics from wars past buried just beneath the surface of the ground, a small possibility of them destructing ever present. Maybe in a minute, a day, a week, a month… Split Britchesencourage us to explore the topics of ageing, anxiety, and desire through ...

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H R Haitch – The Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Maz Evans Music: Luke Bateman Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the run-up to this weekend’s royal wedding, there has been plenty of commentary about a fresh-start for the Windsors, as a new and very different young woman marries into our most illustrious family. There is no better time then for the Union Theatre to stage ...

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Effigies of Wickedness – Gate Theatre, London

Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Stephen Bates News that Chinese television did not broadcast the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, because the authorities there objected to two seemingly gay dancers and a few tattoos, reminds us that state censorship has never gone away completely and gives weight to this revue made up of songs banned in Germany by the Nazis. The 85-minute ...

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Nightfall – The Bridge Theatre, London

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Laurie Sansom Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Opening in October last year, the new Bridge Theatre created plenty of excitement, particularly with its plan to focus primarily on new work. The stunning revival of Julius Caesar aside, two new shows in and all that early promise is waning. In the time that Nicholas Hytner’s new auditorium was conceived and ...

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NOF*CKSGIVEN –  King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Daisy King Director: Laura Wooff Reviewer: Richard Maguire NOF*CKSGIVENis the last play to be performed in the King’s Head Theatre’s season of plays written by women, Who Runs the World? Daisy King’s story of a woman caught in a cycle of drink and drugs is both funny and affecting, but ultimately is underwritten. The Who Runs the World?season is ...

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