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The Tap Pack – Peacock Theatre, London

Creators: Jesse Rasmussen, Jordan Pollard and Thomas J Egan Director: Nigel Turner-Carroll Reviewer: Richard Maguire The chances are that this show is critic-proof. If you like tap dancing, and if you like swing, it won’t matter too much what the papers say about this old-fashioned fusion of dance and song. But fortunately, the talent on the stage will break the ...

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Not Talking  – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: James Hillier Reviewer: Richard Maguire Although Mike Bartlett is responsible for some of the best plays of the last ten years (Earthquakes in London, Cock, and King Charles III), it was the TV’s Doctor Foster that turned his name into a household one. Taking advantage of this fame, the Arcola, along with Defibrillator Theatre, have dusted down ...

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Why is the Sky Blue? – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Abbey Wright, Shireen Mula, Matt Regan Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There are two main feelings this performance generates. The first is a recognition that exposure to sex and sexuality for today’s young people is almost utterly different to even a decade ago, and it’s a real problem. The second, is that young people (ages 7-22 in this ...

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Chess – London Coliseum, London

Music: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Stephen Bates This new “semi”-staged production of Chess, a musical that can be seen as a metaphor for the Cold War, is a great deal more welcome than the 2018 revival of the Cold War itself.  The show was developed as a concept album and it then ...

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Tomorrow at Noon – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writers: Morna Young, Emma Harding and Jenny Ayres Director: Stella Powell-Jones Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Jermyn Street Theatre’s Noel Coward Season is as ambitious as it is exciting, and along with the first complete restaging of Tonight at 8.30since the 1930s, it has also commissioned three new plays by female writers inspired by Coward’s anthology. While predominantly remembered for his witticisms, ...

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Nine Night – National Theatre, London

Writer: Natasha Gordon Director: Roy Alexander Weise Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Every culture has its own funereal rites, its own expectations of mourning. Some focus on sombre, internalised grief, while others are community-based celebrations of life. Natasha Gordon’s new play takes the Jamaican nine night as it basis, exploring how traditional rites are adapted to modern settings, as well as the ...

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Prudes – Royal Court, London

Writer and Director: Anthony Neilson Reviewer: Richard Maguire The publicity for Anthony Neilson’s new comedy, Prudes, playing upstairs at the Royal Court, claims that this two-hander is a reaction to the ‘current sexual climate’. Coming after the Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo campaign, Prudes seeks to explore if it is possible to still have sexual desire amidst an atmosphere of remorse ...

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Masterpieces – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Sarah Daniels Director: Melissa Dunne Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Sarah Daniels’ 1983 play Masterpieces, which looked at the effect of pornography on society and its role in perpetuating men’s violent control over women, might be thought to have dated in a world where high-speed broadband has made the availability of porn so much more widespread than in the days of ...

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