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Flutter – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Justin Hopper. Director: Gavin Dent. Reviewer: Hannah Powell What do you receive when you mix together gambling, a cast of okay actors, and a plot so predictable you can see it coming a mile away? Flutter by Justin Hopper is a story of addiction, capitalism, relationships, and the working classes once again being shown in an unsavoury light. Flutter is ...

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Finishing the Picture – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Scott Matthewman To describe Arthur Miller’s final play as a thinly-veiled slice of autobiography would be an understatement. Set in Reno, Nevada in 1960 during the troubled shoot of a Hollywood film, it is a clear dramatic account of events surrounding shooting of The Misfits, whose screenplay was written by Miller and which ...

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Monogamy – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a moment where dinner, as prepared by Caroline Mortimer (“Britain’s second favourite TV cook”) emerges from the oven, charred and smoking, overdone because the character’s attention was wandering all over the place. As goes the family roast, so goes Monogamy, which collapses under its writer’s inability to focus. Torben ...

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Jeremiah James: Choose Love  – Live at Zedel, London

Musical Director: Andrew Hopkins Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In less than three weeks’ time, Jeremiah James’ new musical It Happened in Key West premieres in London, celebrating the strength and joy of true love. As a warm-up, James presents his own romantic ‘retrospective’ Choose LoveLive at Zedel, showcasing his vocal talents by uniting some of his favourite love songs as well as ...

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I am of Ireland – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer:  Seamus Finnegan Director:  Ken McClymont Reviewer:  Richard Maguire I am of Ireland is an ambitious state-of-the-nation play, boldly involving both the South and Northern Ireland, both Catholics and Protestants. It attempts to trace the history of Ireland over the last hundred years or so, and think about its future, and according to this play, it’s a bleak one. The Good ...

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Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year & Stiles and Drewe Prize 2018 – Savoy Theatre, London

Director: Chris Hocking Musical Director: Mark Etherington Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When first approached to see if he would give his permission to a student competition that used his songs, Stephen Sondheim insisted that any such event also include new writing. When asked why he’d given such a proviso, he replied, “Why wouldn’t I?” And indeed, based on the tremendous success ...

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The Unbuilt City – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Keith Bunin Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In a chilly New York townhouse, graduate student Jonah (Jonathan Chambers) calls upon Sandra Dickinson’s reclusive socialite Claudia. His university is interested in acquiring her art collection for their archives – but as she has never shown her pieces to anyone, nobody is entirely sure what it is worth. And the ...

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Julie – National Theatre, London

Writer: Polly Stenham (after August Strindberg) Director: Carrie Cracknell Reviewer: Stephen Bates If nothing else, Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 work Miss Julie has proved itself to be both durable and malleable. For example, in 2003, Patrick Marber moved the location to rural England and the time to 1945 with his After Miss Julie; more recently, Yaël Farber realised a ...

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