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Jamaica Inn – Tabard Thatre, London

Writer: Lisa Evans, adapted from the Daphne du Maurier novel Director: Anastasia Revi Reviewer: Richard Maguire The good news is that, unlike the BBC adaptation from 2014, the actors in the Tabard’s version of Jamaica Inn don’t mumble. However, the bad news is that, like the BBC show, the audience still doesn’t really know what’s going on. Even though Lisa ...

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The Tailor-Made Man – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Claudio Macor Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Stephen Bates With current stories of improprieties in the film industry seeming to be as plentiful as gold stars on Hollywood Boulevard, this revival of Claudio Macor’s The Tailor-Made Man could hardly be more timely. The play is based on the true story of William “Billy” Haines, a star of silent movies and ...

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Big Fish – The Other Palace, London

Book: John August, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For many musicals, going a full fifteen minutes without any songs can seem like a drag; at the top of the show, it can seem like the kiss of death. Yet for Big Fish, The Other Palace’s latest premiere, its ...

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The Retreat – The Park, London

Writer: Sam Bain Director: Kathy Burke Reviewer: Richard Maguire Brotherhood or Buddhahood?  That’s the decision Luke has to make in The Retreat, The Park Theatre’s new comedy directed by Kathy Burke. Should Luke become a monk, severing his ties with the outside world or should he return to London and its wily ways with his wide boy brother, Tony? The Retreat is ...

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Mother Courage and Her Children – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Bertold Brecht Director: Hannah Chissick Translator: Tony Kushner Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Immersing the audience in a wraparound war-camp setting from the time they enter the theatre door is highly effective - here though, it’s just another detail in a superbly thought through and well-executed play. There’s so much going on in each minute of this 185-minute play (a ...

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Poison – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Lot Vekemans Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Richard Maguire Another week, another one-act two-hander opens in London. First Heisenberg at the Wyndham’s and, last week, Trestle at Southwark Playhouse and now, this week, Poison at the Orange Tree Theatre. Whereas the other two are forms of romcoms tracing the first days of new relationships, Poison takes place at the other end, focussing on a failed marriage torn apart ...

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The Trap  – The Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer: Kieran Lynn Director: Dan Ayling Reviewer: Richard Maguire Payday loan companies such as Wonga, once criticised for their high-interest rates and their coercive debt-collecting methods, no longer appear to hit the headlines, but they have not disappeared. Easy to find on the Internet, they are also increasingly familiar on the high street.  Kieran Lynn’s The Trap is set in a fictional ...

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Trestle  – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Stewart Pringle Director: Cathal Cleary Reviewer: Richard Maguire In a quest to bring younger audiences to the theatre, older generations are often underrepresented on stage; Potentially, this could be a problem considering that the older generation is theatre’s core audience. To partially rectify this imbalance, Trestle, the new show at the Southwark Playhouse, explores ageing and the loneliness that it ...

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