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Macbeth – National Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If there was such a thing as a National Theatre acting company any more, Rory Kinnear would be at its head through longevity, if nothing else. Macbeth marks his tenth leading role for the South Bank venue. His costar, Anne-Marie Duff, is not far behind, on her ninth. So for this ...

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Curtains – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Stephen Bill Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 2012 survey revealed that there is a much higher probability that people over 60 will die on their own birthdays than on any other day of the year. In Stephen Bill’s play, things are not looking good for Ida, whose family are gathering round to celebrate her 86th, bearing greetings ...

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Checkpoint Chana – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Jeff Page Director: Manuel Bau Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Deep in the heart of Islington’s sleepy, hippy academia, poet Bev Hemmings has published a new volume of work. It should be a welcome cause of celebration, a bright spot in a life where her father’s slow descent into Alzheimer’s is exacerbating her alcoholism. But a line in one of the ...

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Germán Cornejo’s Tango After Dark – Peacock Theatre, London

Director and Choreographer: Germán Cornejo Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Returning to the Peacock Theatre, Germán Cornejo and his long-term professional dance partner Gisela Galeassi can always be depended upon to provide an exhilarating showcase of the Argentinian Tango. The couple’s latest show, Tango After Dark, receives its world premiere here. Stripping away anynarrative framing device, the emphasis instead is on strong ...

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Bismillah! An ISIS Tragicomedy  – The Vaults, London

Writer: Matthew Greenhough Director: Jonny Kelly Reviewer: Richard Maguire ‘Bismillah! No, we will not let you go  – let him go.  Bismillah! We will not let you go – let him go’ are the instantly recognisable lyrics from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and this song haunts Matthew Greenhough’s powerful play about a British soldier captured by ISIS in Iraq. As the ...

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Electra – The Bunker, London

Writer: and Director John Ward Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Some of our most famous and long-lasting tales are all about revenge - somehow in some form, humanity clings to the idea of natural justice. We want to know that a bad deed won’t go unpunished and that someone will make it their crusade to avenge the wronged. One of the most ...

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Father of Lies – The Vaults, London

Writers: Sasha Roberts and Tom Worsley Director: Stephen Sobal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Science or the supernatural, what do you believe? Are there rational explanations for all the odd things that happen in the world or should we be more like Hamlet and believe there are more things in heaven and earth? Father of Lies, performed at the Vault Festival, considers ...

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Pippin – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music and lyrics:  Stephen Schwartz Book: Roger O. Hirson Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: David Guest Magic is in the air in the scintillating new production of avant-garde musical Pippin, given a welcome and deserved transfer after its critical and popular success at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, last year. First produced on Broadway in 1972, the Stephen Schwartz musical is ...

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