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PREVIEW: Swinging back in time for the Swinging 60s Experience media launch

They say that, if you remember the Swinging 60s, you weren’t really there. However, perhaps the more pertinent question is whether the era itself, as it has been mythologised, was ever really there. Now, 37 years after Liverpool introduced its highly successful Magical Mystery Tour, London has its own bus tour, Swinging 60s Experience, setting out to find some answers, ...

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F*cking Men – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Joe DiPietro Director: Mark Barford Reviewer: Richard Maguire Like some of the men in this play, F*cking Men has been around the block a few times. Written in 2008, Joe DiPietro’s play was first seen at The King’s Head Theatre in 2015, and has been doing the rounds ever since. This newest production, coming in at about 70 minutes, is half ...

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3 Women –Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Katy Brand Director: Michael Yale Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones 3 Women is writer Katy Brand’s at-times bitingly funny take on feminism and women’s rights, told through the eyes of a grandmother (Anita Dobson), a mother (Debbie Chazen), and a daughter (Maisie Richardson-Sellers). On the eve of her wedding, 40-something Suzanne (Chazen) finds herself plonked in a plush hotel suite with ...

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The Gift of the Gab- White Bear Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Simon David Eden Reviewer: Richard Maguire Set in Brighton at the tail end of the 1970s, The Gift of the Gabis a comic look at the antics of a group of crooks, who hang out at a greasy-spoon café. As the title suggests, there is a good deal of talk in this play, and unfortunately, in the ...

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As You Like It – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Federay Holmes and Elle White Reviewer: Scott Matthewman After a major venue such as Shakespeare’s Globe changes its artistic director – and particularly when its last, controversial AD, Emma Rice, had her three-year contract terminated a year early – it is only natural to take the first major productions of the new season as a statement ...

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Hamlet – Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Directors: Federay Holmes and Elle White Reviewer: Scott Matthewman With a new artistic director at the helm who clearly believes in placing the actors at the heart of each production’s creative decisions, it is perhaps inevitable that Michelle Terry should cast herself in the title role of Hamlet. Performed in repertory with As You Like It, the ...

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In the Shadow of the Mountain – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Felicity Huxley-Miners Director: Richard Elson Reviewer: Stephen Bates Girl meets boy, girl Rugby-tackles boy and so begins an imperfect relationship. Felicity Huxley-Miners’ short (70 minutes), bitter-sweet new play introduces us to Ellie and Rob, a couple who we come to feel need a lot of things in life, but not each other. The opening scenes play like an old-fashioned ...

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INTERVIEW: Daniel Winder on his alternative royal wedding, HR Haitch

Faced with saturated media coverage of Harry and Meghan’s nuptials, the theatre could seem like a good place to escape all talk of royal weddings for an hour or two, but not so at London’s Union Theatre, where the new satirical musical HR Haitch has just opened. The show’s director, Daniel Winder, took time off to chat with The Reviews ...

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