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Cirque du Soleil: Quidam – Royal Albert Hall, London

Reviewer Robert Cottingham [rating:3] Cirque du Soleil may have endured a torrid 2013 but undaunted, they bring their newest work Quidam to the Royal Albert Hall. Their shows are rarely 'about' something, their expertise has always lay in circus skills, but for what it's worth, this purports to look at a girl whose parents aren’t interested in her and follows ...

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Bloodshot – St James Studio, London

Writer: Douglas Post Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:4] Set in 1957, Derek Eveleigh is an alcoholic ex-policeman who was dismissed from the force because of his drinking. Now a struggling photographer, he is hired by a mysterious benefactor to follow and photograph an attractive woman around Holland Park. That is until a murder takes place one day and ...

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The Snow Spider – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Adapted by Delyth Jones and James Lark from a story by Jenny Nimmo Director: Delyth Jones Reviewer: T. L. Wiswell [rating:3] A children's play about a magical spider that helps a young boy on a dangerous adventure? After a month of poufy pantos, limp Nutcrackers, and disappointing Dickens, this seemed like a great change of pace, even if it was ...

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Lost Boy – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer, composer and director: Phil Willmott Co-composer and arrangements: Mark Collins Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] It seems like Peter Pan had the right idea. For in new musical Lost Boy, those that left Neverland and started to grow up end up variously as gay trapeze artists, opium addicts, Parisian showgirls, miserable bankers, wannabe Jungians and prostitutes. The concept of growing ...

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Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive – Southbank Centre, London

Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:5] If anyone ever wondered what the St Trinians schoolgirls could have turned into in later life, Fascinating Aida may provide the answer. These three ladies are elegant, mischievous and, in the nicest possible way, extremely rude. Now into their 31st year, they have aged like the finest wine, honing their writing and performing skills to the ...

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Stephen Ward – Aldwych Theatre, London

Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book and Lyrics: Christopher Hampton and Don Black Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] In 1963, when the Kennedy assassination rocked the world, Britain was still shaking from the seismic effects of the Profumo Scandal. John Profumo, Minister of War, had been sharing a mistress, Christine Keeler, with a naval attache at the Soviet Embassy, ...

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Kiss Me Kate – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Composer &Lyricist: Cole Porter Book writer: Sam and Bella Spewack Director: John Plews Reviewer: Tom Finch [rating:4] Kiss Me Kate is based around the off and on stage antics of a cast performing in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. The lead actor, Fred Graham, who is also the producer and director is in constant spats with ...

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Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho – Theatre503, London

Writers: Jonathan Brittain and Matthew Tedford Director: Jonathan Brittain Reviewer: Tom Finch [rating:5] Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is a deliriously camp and joyful look at the now infamous Section 28 era of Thatcher’s career. From the opening rendition of YMCA via an Anything Goes tap dance fight to a fabulous finale this show has the audience in the palm ...

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