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Electra – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Euripides Translator: John Davie Director: June Abbott Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz Greek tragedy can claim to be the foundation of Western theatre. In the 5th classical Hellenic world blossomed politically and militarily, a generation of dramatists rose to the challenge of depicting human experience with radical new complexity. Taking tales from mythology and history, the likes of Aeschylus, Sophocles and ...

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In Skagway – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Karen Ardiff Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Andy Moseley In Skagway is a new piece of Irish writing very much in the tradition of the most revered Irish writing. The echoes of Conor McPherson can be seen and heard throughout. It is also a play written by an actor for actors. Each character is carefully crafted, fully defined, and delivers ...

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Cover Her Face – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London

Writer: John Webster, adapted byDaniel Fulvio and Martin Moriarty Director:Daniel Fulvio and Martin Moriarty Reviewer: Ian Foster Gemma Arterton may have the part of the willowy ingénue down pat in The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse just now but over in the earthier environment of the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, something much more radical is happening. ...

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Interval So Far – Cockpit Theatre, London

Musical Direction: Jo Louis Robinson Directors: Bo Boland, Sarah Henley, Tim O’Hara Reviewer: Chris Combemale An amalgamation of productions is always tricky, but Interval So Far pulls it off, just. A mixture of poignant past shows, Interval Productions puts on an impressive but overly long three hours of entertainment, keeping you on your toes and your heart pumping. No names ...

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Him With His Foot In His Mouth – Greenwich Theatre, London

Writer: Saul Bellow Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Throughout his life, Harry Shawmut has suffered from a self-diagnosed "hysterical syndrome" that means he's forever putting his foot in his mouth. When he learns that a rich, old patron of the arts is writing her memoirs, he can't help blurting out: "With a typewriter or a calculator?'' He never intentionally ...

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Richard III – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Zoe Ford Reviewer: Stephen Bates Following a surprise appearance in a Leicester car park, our most reviled monarch can now be found some way down the A1, taking up residence in a Highgate pub. Zoe Ford’s lean, all-action, very modern production of Richard III takes place on a blackened set, with just a golden throne as ...

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Drunk – Bridewell Theatre, London

Director/Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: TL Wiswell Certain combinations of things set off the reviewer radar. New show, new space... is it a pre-West End run or a bad idea about to die? Given the miserable weather, a "musical dance revue" on the theme of liquor was enough to motivate this reviewer to hope for the best. It helped that Drunk ...

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Sochi 2014 – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Tess Berry-Hart Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Mary Halton There’s something almost stingingly ironic about being told at the beginning of a performance about human rights abuses that all of the cast and crew have been paid Equity minimum rates. It’s an undoubtedly excellent achievement for a small venue and a strong statement to make in the current climate, but ...

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