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Roberta Jean: Brocade – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director and Choreographer: Roberta Jean Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Appreciating dance so often resides in the creation of beautiful movement, as well as the control and intricacy with which the performer conveys meaning or narrative. Rarely do we appreciate the considerable power of the dancer, their ability to deliver rigorous routines and maintain their physical strength night after night. Roberta Jean’s ...

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Xenos  – Sadler’s Wells, London

Performer and Choreographer: Akram Khan Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s rare that dancers become household names, but Akram Khan is familiar to many, especially since his appearance at the London Olympic opening ceremony in 2012. He’s collaborated with a wide range of artists over the years:  among them, actor Juliette Binoche, writer Hanif Kureishi and even singer Kylie Minogue. At the ...

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Translations – National Theatre, London

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Ian Rickson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the latest episode of his podcast Lexicon Valley, linguistics professor John McWhorter considers what it may take for one language to become universal. Dismissing both Mandarin Chinese and Esperanto’s prospects – the former relying too much on intonation of the same vowel sounds to form completely different words, the latter ...

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The Rink – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Terrence McNally Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There’s a huge amount going on in The Rink, from the mother/daughter relationship issues, the comedy of characters from past lives and some serious exploration of middle America. So is it a good or a bad thing that the shining, lingering image after this show ...

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Trioperas – Peacock Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Pamela Tan-Nicholson, based on the operas by Giacomo Puccini and Georges Bizet Director: Pamela Tan-Nicholson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Making opera more accessible to newcomers who may be intimidated by the traditions of the form – long shows, often sung in a foreign language, plots that manage to be simultaneously labyrinthine and simplistic – is a laudable goal. ...

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Tartuffe – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Molière Adaptor: Christopher Hampton Director: Gérald Garutti Reviewer: Stephen Bates Even if Brexit is unstoppable, the Entente Cordiale looks set to live on, exemplified by this production of a Molière play, written in 1664, adapted by an Englishman, directed by a Frenchman, performed by French and British actors and spoken in both French and English in roughly even measures. ...

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The Daughter in Law – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: D H Lawrence Director:  Jack Gamble Reviewer: Maryam Philpott As a novelist, D.H. Lawrence has long been revered, but the appreciation of his skills as a playwright has taken a little longer. Of the 10 plays he wrote, only two were performed during his lifetime with most only finding an audience more than 50 years on. One of his ...

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A Little Princess – Royal Festival Hall, London

Book and Lyrics: Brian Crawley Music: Andrew Lippa Director: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Scott Matthewman France Hodgson Burnett’s novel A Little Princess may not be as popular as The Secret Garden but remains on many lists of classic children’s novels. Its tale of a kind-hearted rich girl at boarding school who is forced into servitude when her father dies having lost his entire ...

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