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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Reade, based on the novel by Lewis Carroll Director: Rosamunde Hutt Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:2] Sometimes, producing a faithful adaptation may not be the best policy. It is especially challenging for the writer Simon Reade to adapt a book filled with a series of episodic scenes without a narrator. The action can get confusing quickly even for a ...

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Changing Rooms – Drayton Theatre, London

Writer: Marc Camoletti Director: Anna Ostergren Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3] No, the BBC is not reviving its property makeover show for a live tour, but all doubts as to what to expect here are removed as soon as the set for this production comes into sight. Three large doors at the back of the stage can mean only one thing ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Lyric Hammersmith, London

Writer: Tom Wells Director: Dan Herd Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] As panto season goes full steam ahead, it is the Lyric Hammersmith who make the early running in London with a new version of Jack and the Beanstalk by playwright du jour Tom Wells, who takes over writing duties from Joel Horwood and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. The pair have established ...

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Expectations – Pleasance Theatre, Islington

Writer: Emma Deakin Director: Stella Duffy Reviewer: Jon Cooper [rating:3] Expectations kicks off with waves of smoke covering the stage and front rows of the audience. It's a fitting introduction to a play which floats back and forth between dramatic scenes of real life pain and fantastical clips of an extravagant game show. The play may get a little confused, ...

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Sherlock Holmes 10 Minute Plays – Kings Head Theatre, Islington

Writer: John DeGaetano Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty [rating:2.5] It's exciting for everyone over the age of 5 to stay up late. It usually means a treat like fireworks at Halloween when you're younger or a bit of a special event when you grow up a little. This series of shorts of Sherlock Holmes are relatively pleasant, but to call them a ...

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Die Fledermaus – English National Opera at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Johann Strauss II Director: Christopher Alden Reviewer: Harry Stern Die Fledermaus isn’t a profound piece of writing. The secret of its enduring popularity must, logically, lie in its levity. It is, in fact, the lightest of light operettas. Not so in Christopher Alden’s leaden hands, which weigh this piece of fin de siècle flimsy down to the point where ...

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I DO – Islington Hilton, London

Writer: Chloe Moss Director: Daphna Attias Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:4]   The maid of honour screaming and running down the hotel corridor, wrapped in a towel half naked while chasing her daughter six times in an hour may alarm some guests in a hotel. But this is part of the show from Dante Or Die, a new show, co-commissioned by ...

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All That Fall – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] It is not surprising that the Jermyn Street Theatre’s production of All That Fall sold out in under three days: a rare Samuel Beckett play, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon, in a 70 seat theatre tucked away behind Piccadilly Circus. A radio play written ...

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