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Lucifer Saved – Lion & Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Peter Oswald Director: Ray Shell Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The director describes Peter Oswald's verse play as "intriguing, majestic, magical, beautiful'' and, in parts, this London premiere of a new version of the play does live up to every one of these adjectives. It is also overwrought, overlong and overegged: a slender story, barely more than a sketch, relying on ...

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Dorian Gray – Riverside Studios, London

Writer and Director: Linnie Reedman Music and Lyrics: Joe Evans Reviewer: Stephen Bates Oscar Wilde’s narcissistic fantasy of eternal youth has entered our collective consciousness to the extent that almost everyone knows the very simple story - handsome young man does a deal with the Devil so that his portrait ages while he stays young. However, if simplicity is a ...

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The Perfect Murder – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Andy Moseley As the lights go up in Richmond Theatre, an imaginative, well-constructed, stage set is revealed, with two raised bedrooms at either end, and a living room and kitchen at a lower level. The attention to detail Michael Holt has given to the individual rooms and the overall design ...

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La Merda – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Cristian Ceresoli Reviewer: Harry Stern Walking into the small auditorium upstairs at the Soho Theatre, a champion of innovation, to take their seats the audience is confronted by a tall metal platform, atop which sits a woman muttering to herself in Italian. Not so remarkable in itself except for the fact that she is naked. She remains naked throughout ...

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Captain Amazing -Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Alistair McDowall Director: Clive Judd Reviewer: Harry Stern Three brightly coloured boxes and two screens displaying the illustrations of Rebecca Glover, a subtle sound design by Martin Hodgson and very simple lighting by Drummond Orr are all that is needed to support the skillfully understated, yet utterly compelling performance by Mark Weinman. In masterpiece of writing economy Alistair McDowall ...

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Modern Jesus – Nursery Theatre, London

Writer and director: Christopher Neels Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Under a railway arch somewhere in Southwark, the Nursery Theatre has the feel of an abandoned church about it, all musty smells and wooden seats. What better place then for a play called Modern Jesus? Written and directed by New Zealander Christopher Neels, Modern Jesus explores what happens when the bored and ...

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Archimedes’ Principle – Park Theatre,London

Writer: Josep Maria Miro i Coromina Director:Marta Noguera-Cuevas and Ryan Bradley Reviewer: Alice Frances This is political theatre at its finest. The action is performed in a minimalist setting (two wooden benches and lockers). The dialogue carries the weight of the production. The onus is upon the actors to interpret and project the ideas. Actors are placed, crucible style, between ...

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A Spoonful of Sherman – St James Studio, London

Reviewer: Ian Foster Nostalgia can be a lovely thing to bathe in and when it comes to the music of the Sherman Brothers, there’s an ocean of it. Robert and Richard Sherman can lay claim to being one of the most successful songwriting partnerships ever, taking Hollywood by storm with such iconic soundtracks as Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and ...

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