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The Blues Brothers Summer Special – Hippodrome Casino, London

Director: Joshua Mumby Choreographer: Lily Howkins Musical Director: James Robert Ball Reviewer: Deborah Parry You may not have seen it, but chances are you've heard of a rather iconic cult 1980s film called The Blues Brothers - you'll certainly recognise the outfits, the sunglasses and the deadpan faces of the two stars (the late) John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Well, ...

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The Break-Up Monologues  – The Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Devised by Rosie Wilby, featuring Sophia Blackwell, VG Lee, and Paula Varjack Reviewer: Richard Maguire  Neil Sedaka famously sang that ‘Breaking up is hard to do’, but in The Blue Elephant’s night of spoken word the performers suggest that breaking up with a lover can be liberating and transformative. Unfortunately, comedian Rosie Wilby, who curated the evening, was ill and unable to ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The Globe’s Summer of Love progresses - verve, wit and colour very much in abundance. Matthew Dunster’s creation takes us from the regular setting of Messina to Mexico in the early 20th Century. The revolución becomes the military backdrop for Don Pedro’s men as they come to Leonato’s house and with ...

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City of Champions – Theatre Workshop, London

Writer and director: Steve Brown Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Hollywood studios are usually keen to point out that no animals are harmed during the shooting of their films, but harming children could be another matter. Steve Brown's searing drama is a reminder that, for every Jodie Foster or Christian Bale who makes the transition from child to adult stardom, there is a...well, no ...

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The Witch’s Mark – The Space, London

Writer &  Director: Timothy N. Evers Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Bells chime. Dressed in ordinary contemporary clothes, Celeste Markwell steps barefoot onto a bare stage as Agnes Sampson, distinctive dark eye makeup the only obvious theatrical concession to the story we're about to hear. It's all we need. Witchcraft is about belief and our interpretations of that belief, not bubbling cauldrons ...

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Dessert – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Oliver Cotton Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty We’re reeling through a tough and tense socio-economic period now where there’s anger, desperate misunderstanding and snake-oil being peddled as medicine for the country’s woes. That anger exists on all sides of a class and political spectrum. It’s fuelling some incredible educational, political and journalistic work - and its creative expression ...

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Disco Pigs – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Enda Walsh Director: John Haidar Reviewer: Stephen Bates The word "disco" may have been falling into disuse in the last couple of decades, but Irish writer Enda Walsh's coming of age play Disco Pigs looks as sharp and relevant as ever in this 20th Anniversary revival. Runt (Evanna Lynch) and Pig (Colin Campbell) were born at exactly the same ...

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Twilight Song – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Kevin Elyot Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Best known for his play My Night With Reg, Kevin Elyot’s writing for the stage was dominated by a sense of yearning, and the deleterious effects of love. Completed before his death in 2014, Twilight Song illustrates, in its premiere production at the Park Theatre, an echoing of the same themes. ...

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