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Bridges Y Puentes – Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park

Writer: Dorothy Max Prior Director: Marion Duggan Reviewer: Deborah Parry It feels like everyone is talking about migration at the moment. True, the subject has always been a tabloid favourite and a political hot potato but with Brexit negotiations in full swing, things have been brought to the forefront and even those who don't usually enter into these sort of ...

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The Pirates of Penzance – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writers: Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Cav.Vivian Coates Musical Director: Andrew Nicklin Reviewer: Lu Greer Gilbert and Sullivan's Operas, known for bringing fun and accessibility to a medium which is so often considered distant to many, have produced many an iconic show but perhaps none more so than The Pirates of Penzance. Thanks to his hard of hearing nursemaid, instead of ...

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Gate – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: Artemis Fitzalan Howard Director: Sadie Spencer Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Death is that ‘undiscovered country’ as a plentiful supply of Hamlets has informed us this season. But what if death wasn’t so mysterious, in fact it could be rather drab. Artemis Fitzalan Howard’s new comic play Gate, showing at the Cockpit Theatre, considers modern expectations of death and belief in ...

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Bullish – Camden People’s Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “I am the Minotaur, who are you”, so echoes the rallying cry at the end of Milk Presents’ new show Bullish which uses the famous Greek myth to examine the pressures and expectation of gender identity. Showing as part of the Camden People’s Theatre’s Come as You Are Festival, which opens ...

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Man to Man – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Manfred Karge Translation: Alexandra Wood Directors: Bruce Guthrie and Scott Graham Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Manfred Karge’s one-act, one-woman play depicts the tale of a woman in working class 1930s Germany who, after the death of her husband from cancer, assumes his identity in order to retain the income from his job. Initially thought of as an urban legend, the ...

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Boudica  – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: Tristan Bernays Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Richard Maguire "We will win back this land" chant Boudica and her allies as they prepare to march on London, razing Camulodunum (Colchester) to the ground on the way, and it’s hard not to get swept away in this heady patriotism currently being played out at The Globe. What little we know of ...

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The Blinding Light – Jermyn St Theatre, London

Writer: Howard Brenton Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty “The kidneys were revolutionary.” Playwright Howard Benton has managed the neat trick of turning out some of the most preposterous, indulgent dialogue imaginable for his lead character, and making it seem not only perfectly acceptable but a key element of what makes this a beautiful piece of theatre. Tackling the Swedish ...

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The March on Russia – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: David Storey Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Richard Maguire Until this year, theatre reviewers had to exercise caution when it came to writing about David Storey plays. Reliable rumour has it that back in 1976 Storey slapped The Guardian’s Michael Billington around the head after he had written a particularly sniffy review of Storey’s new play. In fact, there’s very ...

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