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Chummy – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: John Foster Director: Alice Kornitzer Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Strict genre definitions are handy shorthands for things like Netflix and DJ sets. In a live theatre setting, however, it’s fantastic to have the freedom to bend, break, (re)define and even create a genre as an effort in progressive imagination. John Foster sets out to bring the thrill of film noir ...

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Jekyll & Hyde – The Pleasance, London

Writers: Danny Wainwright and Daniel HallisseyDirector: Danny Wainwright Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Many of us probably see our politicians as Jekyll and Hyde figures, promising one thing with a pleasant smiling face, while tearing it all to shreds with a monstrous grin. How timely then, that in an election period Let Them Call it Mischief have farcically reworked Robert Louis Stevenson’s ...

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Twelfth Night – The Globe, London

Le Gateux Chocolate in Twelfth Night

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty From about 10 seconds into Emma Rice’s last self-directed play for The Globe, you realise that some people are going to absolutely hate it. That realisation should also come with its mirror image - some will mark this up as an absolute triumph for Rice and the new creative wave she’s ...

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PREVIEW: Hermann Mejia at Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London

By Maryam Philpott America’s changing relationship with the world and with its own history of immigration may have dominated the news for the last six months, but it has long been the purpose of the arts to visually reflect our societies back at us. Lovers of modern American art have been spoiled of late with big shows at the Royal ...

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Catch Me (Attrape-Moi) – Underbelly Festival, London

Original Concept: Flip Fabrique Director: Olivier Normand Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you’ve ever dreamed of running away to the circus as a child, the bad news is the skill-set has been substantially upgraded. London has seen a renaissance in circus-based shows in recent years and the one thing they all have in common is the emphasis on gymnastic agility and ...

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Blush – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Josephine Director: Ed Stambollouian Reviewer: Stephen Bates A circle of bright red carpeting centre stage establishes the themes of Charlotte Josephine's blistering assault on an era in which the human race is forever finding new ways to embarrass itself. Blush we should at the antics of a society in which, seemingly, all established norms of decent behaviour are ...

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The Addams Family – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Man in smoking jacket at dining table

Writers: Rick Elice and Marshall Brickman Composer & Lyricist: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Tom Finch Everyone's favourite spooky family is back and they've gone musical. First seen on Broadway in 2010 The Addams Family - The Comedy Musical has finally arrived in Britain and is on tour. The plot is simple enough, young Wednesday is bringing a boy, ...

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