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Grandpa’s Railway – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Mary Cooper Director: Olwen May Reviewer: Bernie C. Byrnes Colin and Nita are packing up their belongings to move closer to their granddaughter Ruby. The sorting is going very well in most of the house, but in Grandpa’s attic, the railway signals are on red. Grandpa’s much loved model railway won’t fit in to the new house, but Grandpa ...

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Happy Days – Young Vic, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Harry Stern If Waiting for Godot is Beckett's contemplation on the simple challenges faced by being alive then Happy Days might be his meditation on the approaching end of a human being's allotted span. But then perhaps it is not. The genius of the playwright's work is its ability to provoke wildly differing ...

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Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas – The Vaults, London

Based on the novel by Hunter S Thompson, adapted by Lou Stein Director: Lou Stein Reviewer: Christopher Hong As the headline show running throughout The Vaults Festival 2014, Lou Stein has taken on this adaptation of this American novel. The pre-show holding area features a swirling roulette table, cactus lamps and a taco stand to get the audience in the ...

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Bear – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Andy McNamee Reviewer: Stephen Bates Starting with Mr and Ms Ordinary juggling clementines and toying with each other on the orange sofa of their untidy London flat, we see images of a blissful young world into which nothing nasty would ever be likely to intrude. And then the couple discover that the woman is about to give ...

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The Robbers – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Friedrich Schiller Director: Mark Leipacher Reviewer: Stephen Bates Written when he was still at school and first performed in 1781, The Robbers is German playwright Friedrich Schiller’s debut play. Here The Faction ensemble is reviving it as the third in its current repertory season, all performed at this theatre by the same company of actors. It joins Hamlet and ...

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The Golden Dragon – Drayton Arms Theatre, London

Writer: Roland Schimmelpfennig Director: Tom Brocklehurst and Elena Liukute Reviewer: Nichola Daunton German playwright Ronald Schimmelpfennig threw out the traditionalists rule book when he wrote his 2010 play The Golden Dragon. Set in a Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai restaurant in an unknown European country, Schimmelpfennig’s imaginative play interweaves the lives of restaurant regulars with the cramped and overworked kitchen staff. Leaping from one ...

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The Only Way is Downton -Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Luke Kempner Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Bernie C. Byrnes This one-man show, impressively performed by its writer Luke Kempner, recreates many of the best-loved characters of Downton Abbey, plus a host of other celebrities from popular TV shows. Cultures clash and eras collide in this impression-based parody, as the cast of Downton struggle to save the estate from financial ...

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How To Be Immortal – The Albany, London

Writer: Mira Dovreni Director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The story of Henrietta Lacks and her posthumous contribution to medical research is important for many reasons — personal, social, scientific, ethical — and is one that is certainly worth telling. Unfortunately, this play's didactic strand does not redeem its dramatic flaws: the narrative is disjointed, the characters thinly drawn, the ...

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