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Oranges & Elephants the Musical – Hoxton Hall, London

Writer Lil Warren Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Can you smell the gin-soaked walls?” cries the chair (Susannah van der Berg) in her red tailcoat and top hat. You can’t literally smell gin, but Hoxton Hall reeks of history. Dating back to 1866, the theatre is suitably old-fashioned in its three-tiered layout with the red draw curtains and a ...

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There or Here – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Jennifer Maisel Director: Vik Sivalingham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Maybe Donald Trump’s America frowns upon outsourcing of work to developing countries, but, back in 2006, the practice was widespread. Expanding on this theme, Los Angeles based writer Jennifer Maisel’s play comes up with the idea that it could have been easier and cheaper for would-be parents to find surrogate mothers ...

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Mother –  The Barbican, London

Creator: Peeping Tom Director: Gabriela Carrizo Reviewer: Richard Maguire Nightmares have never looked so beautiful than in Mother, the new show by Peeping Tom, the cult dance company from Belgium. On the wide stage of the Barbican, dancers are staccato lightning-bolts electrified by grief and unrequited love; they come together to produce wondrous and shocking tableaux of loss. In the ...

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John – National Theatre, London

Writer: Annie Baker Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Stephen Bates Annie Baker is a writer who does not like to hurry. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick, staged at the National’s Dorfman Theatre in the Spring of 2016, found time for long silences and spells when the stage was left empty, but, in over three inaction-packed hours, she created characters and ...

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Beginning – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Writer: David Eldridge Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is gone 3am, and Danny is the sole remaining party guest at Laura’s housewarming. They have been making eyes at each other all night, but now is the moment of truth – should he stay, or go? So begins the National Theatre transfer of David Eldridge’s awkwardly believable romantic comedy, ...

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Lift Off (Je brasse de l’air) – Barbican Pit, London

Writer: Magali Rousseau Director: Camille Trouve Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The joy of unassisted flight is one of humanities long-cherished dreams, but one that has resulted in failure for all those who have tried. Icarus’ most famous attempt was always doomed, and whatever R Kelly believes he would be no more successful than his mythical counterpart. Yet we dream on. Which ...

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Lady Windermere’s Fan – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Kathy Burke Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Although most famous for their endless witticism, Oscar Wilde’s plays also remind us that either for good or bad our past eventually catches up with all of us. Whether your origins have been obscured by being left in a London railway station, you’ve written indiscriminate letters selling cabinet secrets or walked ...

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Variety – Barbican Cinema 1, London

Composer Stephen Horne Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the last five years, the fashion for cinema screenings with live musical accompaniment has significantly increased, and popularity has meant venues are offering increasingly sophisticated performances that now blend dialogue and musical numbers with an orchestral score played in the room. And while the Albert Hall may focus on delightful showings of West ...

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