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HMS Pinafore – Hackney Empire, London

Writers: W.S. Gilbert &A.S Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Thom Finch Deep in the hull of a World War 2 battleship the crew are telling a story. Using just a few bunk beds, a piece of rope and some makeshift costumes the group transform their humdrum dorm into a world of romance, patriotism and high jinx. Set aboard the eponymous ...

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Ballad of the Burning Star – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer/Director: Nir Paldi Reviewer: Teddy Lamb This comedic drag cabaret act exploring the Israeli/Palestine conflict was the surprise hit of 2013’s Edinburgh Fringe, and it arrives in London following a thorough UK Tour. Firstly, it must be noted that the atmosphere at Battersea Arts Centre was electric, the beautiful building was buzzing with arty youngsters and liberals with their noses ...

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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens – The White Bear, Kennington

Music: Janet Hood Lyrics: Bill Russell Director: Marc Kelly Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Angels, Punks and Raging Queens are partying before the audience even arrive at the White Bear in Kennington. Disco balls, fairy lights, illuminated beer signs, stage show posters, beanbags, and a well-placed table to dramatically dance on, set the scene for a celebration of these characters’ lives, but ...

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Still I See My Baby & Happiness – Theatre503, London

Writers: D B Horrigan and Danny Whitehead Director:Hannah Kaye/D B Horrigan Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Still I See My Baby and Happiness make up a double-bill at Theatre503 this week, coming from new theatre company Sky or the Bird who pride themselves on putting emerging writers front and centre. The evening begins with Still I See My Baby, a sinister slice ...

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Before the Night is Through – Landor Theatre, London

Book &Lyrics: Olivia Thompson Music: Chris Whitehead Director: Robert McWhir Reviewer: Stephen Bates If Agatha Christie and Ivor Novello had ever joined forces and then drawn inspiration fromCape Fear, the result could have been something like this show. Presented as part of theLandor’s From Page to Stage season, showcasing new musical theatre, it is a rollickingspoof of the whodunnit genre, ...

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Foxglove – The Vaults, London

Writer: Josh Morrall Director: Josh Morrall Reviewer: Chris Combemale A lone man enters and places a wooden stool centre stage. While a lonely stool set on a bare stage might have prepared the audience for a revolutionary piece of experimental theatre, such false perceptions are soon shattered. Yet this was by no means a disappointment as Squared Circle’s first production ...

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Symphony – The Vaults, London

Writers: Tom Wells, Ella Hickson, Nick Payne Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Ian Foster Originally commissioned in 2012 when it played festivals like Latitude, nabokov’s Symphony is a great fit for the ethos of the Vault Festival taking place underneath Waterloo and this sparky revival proves to be one of the highlights of the programme so far. Three short plays by ...

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BalletBoyz­ theTALENT – Richmond Theatre, London

Choreographers:RussellMaliphant,LiamScarlett Reviewer:CavelleLeigh   BalletBoyz-theTALENT offers an innovative and refreshing take on ballet as an art form, presenting it as a compelling piece of physical theatre rather than the linear storytelling typical of traditional ballet. It opens with a short video explaining what the highly talented all male dance troupe led by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, ...

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