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Babette’s Feast – Print Room at the Coronet, London

Black woman with candelabra behind her

Writer: Karen Blixen Adaptor: Glyn Maxwell Director: Bill Buckhurst Reviewer: Stephen Bates Beginning "In a place no one knows...at the end of the world...", Karen Blixen's Babette's Feast sets off on a "once upon a time" road, establishing itself as a fable/fairy tale at least one move away from reality. We learn that, in this idyllic place, two sisters and their ...

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Living a Little – King’s Head Theatre, London

Two men squaring off with baseball bat and sword

Writer: Finlay Bain Director: Jordan Murphy Reviewer: Stephen Bates "What's the point of surviving if you're not going to live a little?" asks Finlay Bain's irreverent hour-long post-apocalyptic comedy. This is the philosophy of Rob and Paul, survivors who are holed up in a chaotic flat as the world outside falls apart. Their strategy becomes to party like there is no tomorrow, ...

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The Magic Flute – The King’s Head, London

Man with blue Mahican headress

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adaptation: John Savournin and David Eaton Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Opera companies have long sought ways to attract newcomers, pioneering the concept of live cinema screenings and finding ways to dissolve the boundaries between performers and audience with up-close shows in small venues. Mozart’s The Magic Flute is one of the most accessible with ...

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No Place For a Woman – Theatre 503, London

Two women looking at each other

Writer: Cordelia O’Neill Director: Kate Budgen Music: Elliott Rennie Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Cordelia O’Neill’s intriguing play No Place for a Woman commands the attention of the audience for a full hour and a quarter, with no break, but is so gripping that the time passes unnoticed. The two protagonists, performing with astonishing virtuosity, snap and crackle at each other, seemingly ...

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The Pulverised – Arcola Theatre, London

Woman lying on gravel

Writer: Alexandra Badea Director: Andy Sava Reviewer: Stephen Bates For years we have been told that global warming poses the biggest threat to our future, but now Alexandra Badea's play suggests that globalisation could prove a still greater danger. Viewed through the eyes of four employees of multinational corporations in Europe, Asia and Africa, she shows us how individuals can become ...

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Angels In America – National Theatre, London

Man, woman on glowing ladder

Writer: Tony Kushner Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Glen Pearce As an increasingly bitter election campaign begins to be fought, it is timely that Tony Kushner's epic Angels In America receives an epic revival at the National Theatre. When initially staged at the same venue 25 years ago, the themes of tolerance, sexuality, religious belief and mental illness may have seemed radical, but ...

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Maria Friedman: Lenny and Steve, Live at Zédel, London

Blonde woman smiling to camera

Musical Director: Jason Carr Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Maria Friedman has come to be regarded as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of Stephen Sondheim – both as actor and, more recently, a director, with her revival of Merrily We Roll Along. Her directing career – continuing with Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre and a forthcoming musical by Jonathan Harvey based ...

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This Beautiful Future -The Yard, London

Writer: Rita Kalnejais Director: Jay Miller Reviewer: Deborah Parry Baz Luhrmann has a lot to answer for – his film Moulin Rouge set a precedent; ever since it we have been saturated with endless examples of writers 'popping' contemporary songs into stories set in contrasting eras. Yes, jukebox and Bollywood musicals existed prior, and likely influenced its conception, but there's something about the way that Luhrmann integrated the songs that ...

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