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Lonely Planet – Tabard Theatre, London

Writer: Steven Dietz Director: Ian Brown Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s taken over 20 years for Lonely Planet to reach Britain, and while this tight two-hander about the AIDS epidemic in America would have been more useful on the stage in the 1990s, it proves to be worth the wait. To make comparisons between Lonely Planet and Angels in America is inevitable, but perhaps unfair.  Tony Kushner’s Angels ...

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The Wind In The Willows – London Palladium

Writer: Julian Fellowes Composer: George Styles Lyricist: Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Tom Finch Based on the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame, a new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows has opened in the West End for a Summer run. Sticking faithfully to the original source material the show follows Ratty, Moley and Badger as they attempt ...

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Macbeth – St Paul’s Covent Garden – London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Stepping into the garden at St Paul’s for Iris Theatre’s annual Shakespearean outing generally gives a little jolt of elation. Seeing what they have constructed this time, what world the garden has become is generally lovely. This time though, it’s not so much a nice surprise as a shock. Sound and ...

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The Passion of the Playboy Riots – Hen & Chickens, London

Writer and Director: Neil Weatherall Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There isn’t very much rioting in playhouses these days, and whatever the views of the writer, going to the theatre has become a rather sedate affair. But this was far from the case in the early 20th Century when WB Yeats and Lady Gregory established the Irish National Theatre Society, in essence ...

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Dirty Work (The Late Shift) – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writers: Tim Etchells with Robin Arthur and Cathy Naden Director: Tim Etchells Reviewer: Richard Maguire Forced Entertainment’s newest show Dirty Work (The Late Shift) is full of spectacle; A thousand butterflies are released out of boxes to swirl around the audience, famous assassinations are re-enacted on stage while trapeze artists dazzle and tumble above it. But look again, and you ...

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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Richmond Theatre, London

Glen Joseph as buddy holly

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is the musical biography of a key figure in 20th Century popular music. Buddy Holly’s career, tragically short as it was, took the musical world from the cataclysmic arrivals of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley to the universal acceptance of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. ...

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Tremors – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Tim Cook Director: Paul Macauley Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Politicians offer a lot of promises about making life better for everyone, improving services and creating a more inclusive society, but what do they really know about how people live. Tim Cook’s new play Tremors opening at the King’s Head Theatre asks a lot of questions about the divide between the ...

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Othello – Bread & Roses Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare, adapted by Charmaine K Parkin Director: Charmaine K Parkin Reviewer: Sophia Moss Charmaine Parkin’s Othello is a lively, crazy and intelligent take on Shakespeare’s well-known tragedy. This modern adaptation has all the usual themes of jealousy, betrayal, racism and murder, but it also features song, dance, merriment and interactive theatre. Parkin’s version of Othello will appeal to ...

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