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AHandfulofStars – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Billy Roche Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer:Andy Moseley Another day, another production with publicity material that places undue emphasis on the presence of a former soap operastarin its cast. In this case thestarin question is also a member of Boyzone making his West End debut, but all the same it shouldn’t be the main talking point, and it’s unfortunate that ...

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The Glass Supper – Hampstead Theatre,London

Writer: Martyn Hesford Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer:Andy Moseley When the publicity for a play seems to focus almost entirely on the fact that it stars a former EastEnders actor an audience could easily imagine they were about to watch a vanity project for an ex-soap star trying to prove herself as a serious actor. Abandon any preconceptions that this is ...

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Ladies GoDiva! -Crazy Coqs, London

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman What's that, you say? A trio of women, performing original comedy cabaret numbers that frequently veer into the risqué? I'm there, faster than you can say "Fascinating Aïda"… A direct comparison is probably unfair to both FA and this new trio, for there's surely space in the industry for both. And to give them their due, within ...

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Richard III – St Paul’s Church,London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There will be quite a few versions of Richard III in the coming months; since finding the body in the car-park last year, and now that the courts have decreed the he’ll be interred in Leicester, interest in Shakespeare’s play has increased. Sherlock colleagues Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will both ...

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Catch 22 – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer:Andy Moseley This should have been so good. An iconic novel brought to the UK stage for the first time, with an adaptation by the author and a production by one of the most creative and talented companies in the country. So why, in spite of all the promise, does it only merit three ...

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Hostage Song – Finborough Theatre, London

Music and lyrics: Kyle Jarrow Book: Clay McLeod Chapman Director: James Veitch Reviewer: Jessica Gray Hostage Song is both an unconventional yet tender story of budding friendship and a no holds barred edgy rock show. The indie rock musical, which first ran off-Broadway in 2008, is the work of writer Clay McLeod Chapman and composer and lyricist Kyle Jarrow. This ...

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Carousel – Arcola Theatre, London

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics and book: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Luke Fredericks Reviewer: Stephen Bates June is bustin’ out all over London’s East End right now and Morphic Graffiti’s scaled down revival of this familiar Rodgers and Hammerstein hit deserves to draw in lovers of musicals from far and wide. It is a show that relies heavily on dance and ...

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The Valley of Astonishment – Young Vic, London

Writers:Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Directors: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Reviewer: Adam Foster Peter Brook thinks theatre is boring, preferring cinema for his own pleasure. Thankfully, he still knows a thing or two about making it. His latest play, The Valley of Astonishment, is a playful exploration of the wonders of the human brain. Co-created with long-time collaborator Marie-Hélène ...

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