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Veterans Day – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Donald Freed Director: Hannah Boland Moore Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Veterans Day is a play for those who like their drama hot and strong. Running straight through for an hour and a half, it demands concentration from the audience and fortitude from the three actors who are on stage and, at the Finborough, at close quarters the whole time. Predictably ...

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The Red Balloon – Puppet Theatre Barge, London

Inspired by: Albert Lamorisse Directors: Rob Humphreys and Kate Middleton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Puppetry has grown up and it’s no longer just for children. London is beginning to see a new wave of animated stories with themes and emotional resonances that are equally aimed at tugging the heartstrings of grown-ups as entertaining younger members of the family. The Red Balloon, ...

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Oliver Reed: Wild Thing – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Davis and Rob Crouch Director: Kate Bannister Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are some well-known actors who are considerably more famous for their personal lives than for their film or theatre work. However talented they are, however skilled their performance, it is their drinking, womanising and hell-raising that first springs to mind when we think of their name. This ...

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In the Pink – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Emma Brand Reviewer: Maryam Philpott What to do with Britain’s ageing population has long been on the political agenda with the problems of accommodation and effects on the healthcare system frequently cited as key concerns. But with people living for thirty years or more past retirement, just who are this anonymous group known as “the elderly” and ...

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Be Bahrain Art Week – Asia House, London

By MARYAM PHILPOTT Art needs to have “a broader culture” writer and curator Alistair Hicks explained at the launch of the Be Bahrain Art Week, which showcases a small selection of inspiring new works from some of Bahrain’s leading artists. Speaking during a panel discussion about the growth of creative industries in Bahrain, Hicks explained that the Middle East currently ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty It’s sometimes a little difficult to remember Shakespeare’s romantic comedies for things other than the wordplay, ridiculous situations and farce. This production has those three key elements for sure. However, it also brilliantly brings out the darkness and menace inherent in the chronicle of betrayal that is Much Ado About Nothing ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Coming in hot from the Chichester Theatre Festival this vivacious version of one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies is sure to be a welcome transplant to the capital. Forming part of a double with its potential sequel (debate rages on) Much Ado About Nothing with the same cast, director, designer and also ...

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The Red Shoes – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Remaking or re-imaging a classic film can be a dangerous business, such is the love and affection for the original interpretation. The films of the golden age of Hollywood from 1940-1960 are particularly untouchable and the scathing reviews that followed reboots of films like Psycho seem inevitable. Now it’s the turn of ...

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