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The Unbuilt City – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Keith Bunin Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In a chilly New York townhouse, graduate student Jonah (Jonathan Chambers) calls upon Sandra Dickinson’s reclusive socialite Claudia. His university is interested in acquiring her art collection for their archives – but as she has never shown her pieces to anyone, nobody is entirely sure what it is worth. And the ...

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Julie – National Theatre, London

Writer: Polly Stenham (after August Strindberg) Director: Carrie Cracknell Reviewer: Stephen Bates If nothing else, Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 work Miss Julie has proved itself to be both durable and malleable. For example, in 2003, Patrick Marber moved the location to rural England and the time to 1945 with his After Miss Julie; more recently, Yaël Farber realised a ...

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The Yellow Wallpaper – Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer:  Ruby Lawrence Director:  Dave Spencer Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The most shocking thing about this Gothic play is the fact that nowhere in the ‘official’ programme is it noted that The Yellow Wallpaper is an adaption of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s seminal short story, first published in 1892. Gilman’s story is seen as an early feminist text; it’s a powerful story ...

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Matilda the Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre

Author: Roald Dahl Book: Dennis Kelly Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Maggie Constable The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award-winning Matilda The Musical has arrived in Milton Keynes this week, it has been long anticipated and will play for almost a month. Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel is a well known and much loved one which has been given that special treatment by ...

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Revolting Women – Scarcroft Allotments, York

Writer: Vashti Maclachlan Composer: Kieran Buckeridge Director: Jonny Kelly Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Designer: Celia Perkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson In many ways, you see Mikron Theatre Company at its best in settings like York’s Scarcroft Allotments. The company does pretty well in theatres (see our review of Get Well Soon at the Square Chapel), but it is at its most ...

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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adapation: Rachel Wagstaff                       Directors: Alistair Whatley/Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Birdsong first opened in London’s West End in 2010 to much acclaim and subsequently, went on a UK tour from 2013-15.  Birdsong is currently embarking on another tour during 2018 and is stopping at many venues including York’s Theatre Royal. Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong (1993) is adapted for ...

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LIFT 2018: Creation (Pictures for Dorian) – Purcell Room, London

Creators/Directors: Gob Squad Reviewer: Scott Matthewman British/German art collective Gob Squad’s latest offering, which premiered at this year’s Brighton Festival, claims to be inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Such parallels as there are actually distract from a much larger, ruminatory work, which contemplates the inevitability of the passage of time while also exploring the relationship between ...

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Shadow Kingdoms  – Theatre503, London

Writer: Berri George Director: Adam Dattis Reviewer: Richard Maguire So acceptable is street art now that if we were to grab our spray cans and head off to paint the walls of Shoreditch, the chances are we won’t get arrested. However, it wasn’t always so safe and Shadow Kingdoms, set in the early 2000s, is concerned with street art’s darker ...

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