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West End Eurovision – Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Director: Gareth Hulance Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It has been four years since representatives from various West End musicals last got together to fundraise for HIV charity TheatreMAD with West End Eurovision. The idea is fairly straightforward: cast members from each show take a previous Eurovision finalist’s song and put their own spin on it. A trio of celebrity judges comment ...

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Rasheeda Speaking – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Joel Drake Johnson Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Richard Maguire After causing some controversy in Chicago, where it is set, and New York, Rasheeda Speaking now receives its UK premiere in the snug upstairs space at the Trafalgar Studios. The play’s frank examination of a relationship between a white woman and a black woman, both working as receptionists in a doctor’s ...

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Shitfaced Shakespeare – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lewis Ironside Reviewer: Heather Deacon Never could Shakespeare play be described as a wild and raucous night…until now! Magnificent Bastard Productions bring Shitfaced Shakespeare, a uniquely chaotic night, to the Leicester Square Theatre until 2nd June, with one (rotating) drunk cast member a night and a classic - if drastically shortened - script; Merchant of Venice. ...

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Little Eyolf – The Print Room at the Coronet, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Sofia Jupither Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Stark set, stark theme and stark performance. Ibsen’s play about a family in calamity is a tough to take - the insights and cutting jibes at human selfishness are shiveringly accurate and the delivery is forceful. A heady mix, and a superb creation from the Norwegian Ibsen Company and the National ...

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The Bekkrell Effect – The Roundhouse, London

Performers: Groupe Bekkrell Reviewer: Richard Maguire A Punk circus in one of the homes of Punk seems like good marketing. In 1976, The Ramones played their first British gig at The Roundhouse in Camden and in the audience were members of The Clash, The Damned, and The Sex Pistols, the pioneers of British Punk. Punk is meant to angry, anarchic ...

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – ChickenShed Theatre, London

Writer: Ken Kesey Director: Lou Stein Reviewer: Sophia Moss Sickly sweet southern-style music plays in the background as the audience sits in a full-quarter circle around a small, flat stage in North London.  The music stops and a tall, well-built man dressed in pink scrubs with long, scruff facial hair walks in. He peers up into a blue spotlight, his ...

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Bat Out of Hell – Dominion Theatre, London

Book, music and lyrics: Jim Steinman Director: Jay Scheib Reviewer: David Guest Some shows are good, some are bad, and some are bonkers, defying all description or criticism. Bat Out of Hell, which has taken up home at the Dominion after a run at the Coliseum last year, is undisputedly in the latter category: a weak and baffling story, uninspiring ...

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Half Breed  – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Natasha Marshall Director: Miranda Cromwell Reviewer: Richard Maguire Part poem, part performance, Natasha Marshall’s one-woman show returns to the Soho Theatre, before it embarks on a national tour. Specifically written in response to the lack of roles for non-white female actors, Half Breed traces teenaged Jazmin’s struggle with the small town blues. While Marshall gives a determined performance, some of ...

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