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Birds of a Feather – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran, Gary Lawson and John Phelps Director: Simon James Green Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4] A number of popular sit-coms have been adapted for the stage over the past few years. In some cases they are essentially nothing more than repeats of TV episodes - Fawlty Towers and ‘Allo ‘Allo for example. In other cases they are ...

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Bette and Joan – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Anton Burge Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Two ageing Hollywood stars have been feuding for thirty years. Although they have some similarities in their backgrounds and lives, their philosophies towards life and Hollywood couldn’t be more different. One, Bette Davis, sees herself as a serious actress, willing to do whatever is necessary for the part. The other, ...

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Circles – Various Venues, London

Writer: Beverly Andrews Director: Vik Sivalingam Music: Lyra Laura Veroli Reviewer: Samuel Hopkins [rating: 3.0]   Circles is a site specific interactive piece of theatre exploring ideas of empathy; each night the audience is transported to four very contrasting worlds to watch the stories of four central characters unfold, all to be concluded on the 5th and final night. From ...

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Titus Andronicus – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director/Producer: Zoé Ford Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3.5]   Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare's earliest and most violent plays, could be described as his first stab at tragedy (pun intended). With rape, mutilation, murder and cannibalism galore, it's no Much Ado, and is rarely performed due to the physical violence scripted in, and the visual demands of this ...

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Babel – Caledonian Park, London

Producers: WildWorks, Battersea Arts Centre, World Stages London Reviewer: Benjamin Vivian-Jones [rating:3.5]   The story of Babel is set deep within many traditions and religions. The tower and city appear in the Book of Genesis, the direct architectural result of the world's inhabitants - "in the beginning the people was one". This etiology accounts for the reason why the earth ...

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The Beekeeper – Waterloo East, London

Writer: Michael Ashton Director: Adrian McDougall Reviewer: Theo Cowan [rating: 3]   Michael Ashton’s The Beekeeper explores the unusual relationship built between Monowitz prisoner Menachem Stressler (Eliot Giuralarocca) and Commandant Richard Baer (Robert Harding). Protagonist Stressler is Monowitz’s allocated beekeeper, supplying honey for the Nazi officers. Seen by his peers as a collaborator, he is kept in isolation by the ...

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Pandora’s Box – Arcola Theatre Tent, Dalston

Writer/ Producer: Ade Solanke Director: Ola Animashawun Reviewer: Louise Thompson [rating: 5]   I have approximately 500 words in which I can review this play and all I want to write is 'absolutely brilliant' 250 times. However, I will give a little bit more information and tell you why I think this deserves a five star review. Pandora's Box is ...

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