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5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline  – Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury

Choreographer and Director: Rosie Kay Reviewer: Richard Maguire Philosopher Michel Foucault suggested that the body of the modern soldier is ‘manipulated, shaped, trained’ so that it ‘obeys, responds, and becomes skilful’.  The body of the dancer is under the same pressure, and 5 Soldiers, in association with Sadler’s Wells, and the British Army, cleverly explores the similarities between these two bodies. The ...

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Waiting For Godot – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Peter Reid Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hmmm… lalalalala…. [drums fingers] … you’re probably waiting for the review to start. British people spend an awfully long time waiting for things; we queue patiently in the Post Office or at the bus stop, endure months till the next holiday or wait quietly for late friends. So, Samuel Beckett’s best-known ...

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The Unsung – The Roundhouse, London

Writer: Genevieve Carver Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Unsung stands before its audience wearing two equally impressive hats. On one hand, it’s a globe-trotting, heartbreaking eulogy for musicians who lived and died in varying degrees of obscurity. And on the other, it’s a joyful celebration of music as an undying beacon of hope and inspiration. Poet Genevieve Carver and her three-piece ...

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Follies – National Theatre, London

Book: James Goldman Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The very name is laden with double meaning. Primarily, of course, the title of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a reunion of variety performers is a reference to the Ziegfeld Follies, whose dancers would glide down stately staircases in lavish costumes designed to show off a very ...

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Dante’s Divine Comedy – Barons Court Theatre, London

Adapted and directed: Douglas Baker Movement director: Matt Coulton Reviewer: David Guest A fast-paced and contemporary take on one of the world’s greatest literary works gives audiences a fiery and thought-provoking ride to Hell and back. Waiting on the narrow stairs down from the Curtains Up pub to the Barons Court Theatre on a muggy evening tests comfort levels before ...

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Deadline Day – Theatre N16, London

Writers: John Hickman and Steve Robertson Director: James Callas Ball Reviewer: Richard Maguire Football and theatre may seem to be uneasy bedfellows but, in the last few years, we’ve had quite a number of shows about the "Beautiful Game". As well as The Pass, and Jumpers for Goalposts, Bend it Like Beckham scored in the West End and Patrick Marber’s ...

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story – Lyric Theatre, London

Director: Dean Elliott Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty With a shock of curly hair, and a pleasing difference in height, we see a silhouette of our two singers against a screen filled with history of the duo. As the lights lift, we see that for the next two and a bit hours our host certainly look the part, and we soon hear ...

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Talk Radio – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Eric Bogosian Director: Sean Turner Reviewer: Richard Maguire As some right-wing political views become legitimised by Donald Trump’s presidency in the US, and with our own imminent departure from the EU suggesting a similar surge to the right, this revival of Talk Radio, first performed in 1987, couldn’t be more timely. Trump and, to a lesser extent, Nigel Farage, ...

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