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All or Nothing: The Mod Musical  – Arts Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Carol Harrison Reviewer: Richard Maguire Some definitions may come in useful for this musical based on the story of 60s band, The Small Faces: a ‘bird’ is a young woman, a ‘sort’ is a good-looking woman, ‘Hayley Mills’ are pills, amphetamines to be precise, while a ‘face’ is one of the Mod elite. After seeing All or Nothing, you’ll ...

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The Drill – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writers: Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens Director: Billy Barrett Reviewer: Richard Maguire We often wonder how we would react to an emergency.  Would we still be able to deliver life-saving assistance to someone while bullets rattle above our heads? To truly prepare for such incidents the emergency services practise with the help of elaborate simulations, where people act out the ...

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Gundog – The Royal Court, London

Writer: Simon Longman Director: Vicky Featherstone Reviewer: Sophia Moss Gundog is a bleak, emotionally exhausting tale of poverty, loss and loneliness set in the deafening silence of a decrepit farm in the middle of nowhere. Dealing with heavy themes like dementia, suicide, poverty and the discrepancies between rural and urban life, Gundog will change your perception of the countryside forever. ...

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The Jungle Book – Richmond Theatre

Writer/lyrics: Jessica Swale Composer/lyrics: Joe Stilgoe Director: Max Webster Reviewer: David Guest A creative and lively new take on Kipling’s The Jungle Book ensures there’s more than a little animal magic conjured up at Richmond Theatre. Audiences familiar only with the Disney animated classic version won’t find even a smattering of bare necessities, but thanks to a contemporary king of ...

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Arnika – Bridewell Theatre, London

Writer: Mick Wood Director: Natasha Wood Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Wars are full of atrocities, often huge political or military action against an entire nation or targeted group undertaken by those following a heinous ideology, and forever recorded in history. But there are plenty of smaller acts of betrayal committed by ordinary people that remain shrouded in mystery. Plenty of people ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There can be few plays which provoke the feeling of being a spectator at a car crash. Eugene O’Neill’s masterwork, which earned him a posthumous Pulitzer Prize, invites us to watch as the Tyrone family analyse their own self-destruction. It is an invitation that is impossible to refuse. The spectre of ...

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Cirque Berserk  – Peacock Theatre, London

Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Richard Maguire Another circus comes to town, but despite its thrills and spills, its petrol fumes and its dry ice, there’s a sense that Cirque Berserk may have come to this town a little too late. Already this month we’ve had Cirque du Soleil at the Albert Hall, and Becoming Shades at the Vault Festival, not ...

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Cyril’s Success – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Henry J Byron Director: Hannah Boland Moore Reviewer: Stephen Bates Marking the 150th Anniversary of the building which is now home to the Finborough Theatre, there is a nice feeling of symmetry to this revival of a play also originating from 1868, placing a Victorian drawing room comedy in what could once have been a Victorian drawing room. Henry ...

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