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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Holly Spanner Even though the original Broadway production scooped seven of the 11 nominated Tony Awards, Sunset Boulevard somehow always seems underrated, overshadowed by other musicals. Given the scale and grandeur of this musical, it is fully deserving of attention in its own right. ...

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Lobster – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Lucy Foster Director: Kayla Feldman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The reference to the lobster as a symbol of true love was introduced into popular culture more than 20 years ago by the sitcom Friends and, for those of a certain age, has become a humorous alternative for what sickly rom-coms and women’s magazines had termed ‘the one’. Lucy Foster’s new ...

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Heartbreak House – Union Theatre, London

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Phil Willmot Reviewer: Richard Maguire Towards the end of his life, and frustrated with the slowness of social reform, Bernard Shaw called for a dictatorship to be established in Britain. A dictator, Shaw reasoned, would get things done, and rekindle the desire for Socialism. Although Heartbreak House, currently playing at the Union Theatre, was written ...

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Imaginationship – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Sue Healy Director: Tricia Thorns Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The English seaside may seem a long way from London, it may be nostalgic, often cold and still emerging from years of depression and under-investment, but it inhabitants have the same aspirations, drives and needs as their metropolitan counterparts. Sue Healy’s new play Imaginationship is all about broken dreams and limited ...

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The Crystal Egg – The Vaults, London

Writer: Mike Archer, adapted from the short story by HG Wells  Director: Elif Knight  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman HG Wells’s short story The Crystal Egg, first published in 1897 as his better-known work The War of the Worlds was being serialised, can be thought of as a companion work to the author’s novel of Martian invasion. Its tale of a device ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Maggie Constable The Derngate houses this week, at the start of its U.K tour,  The Play That Goes Wrong, a wonderful piece of comic theatre which leaves its audience questioning the title; it should, surely have been ‘drastically wrong’! This is the play’s third year, with accolades aplenty, ...

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Into the Numbers – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Chen Director: Georgie Staight Reviewer: Alex Ramon As previously proven a couple of years ago with its brilliant, bruising production of Colleen Murphy’s Pig Girl, the Finborough isn’t a theatre that believes in easing us into the New Year with something cosy. And those already overdosed on festive theatrical fun may be relieved to discover that the theatre ...

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Dad’s Army Radio Hour – Live at Zedel, London

Writers: David Croft and Jimmy Perry Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The writing partnership of David Croft and Jimmy Perry created some of the finest and best loved British sitcoms of the last 50 years. Each show brought together a collection of hapless characters who get themselves into weekly farcical scrapes that across their output somehow united the opposing ...

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