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Break of Noon – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Paul Claudel Director:  David Furlong Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Writers often create plays they hope will never been seen; sometimes due to the restrictions of a less permissive era, sometimes the work is too autobiographical and occasionally because it’s just not good enough. Paul Claudel’s play Break of Noonis one such creation which the playwright set aside for more than ...

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Peter Pan – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Writer: J M Barrie Directors:  Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Raised on adventure stories and barely out of school, a generation of young men went off to war between 1914-1918 only to find that the pirate swords had been replaced by shell fire, mines and gas. Suddenly the imaginings of J.M. Barrie seemed to belong to another ...

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Land of the Three Towers Vol. II – Maxilla Hall Social Club, London

Writer/Director: Emer Mary Morris and Nina Scott Reviewer: Lucy Lambert Theatre company ‘You Should See the Other Guy’ celebrates the idea that theatre has the power to bring about social change, and creates DIY performance in response to contemporary political struggles. Their series ‘Land of the Three Towers’ was born out of their involvement in the occupation of four empty ...

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Wild Card: Humanhood – Sadler’s Wells, London

Curator: Humanhood Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Wild Card series at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells never fails to surprise. On these nights the studio space is given over to emerging dance-makers, who, in turn, bring along their collaborators. As curators of this night, Birmingham based dance company Humanhood seek to destabilise our expectations. Engaging with other art forms, and ...

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The Biograph Girl – Finborough Theatre, London

Book: Warner Brown Lyrics: Warner Brown and David Heneker Music:  David Heneker Director: Jenny Eastop Reviewer: Stephen Bates Revived as part of the Finborough Theatre’s British Musicals season, The Biograph Girl, an account of the rise of Hollywood’s silent movie industry in the teens and twenties of the last century, dates only from 1980. This comes as a surprise, because ...

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PREVIEW: Swinging back in time for the Swinging 60s Experience media launch

They say that, if you remember the Swinging 60s, you weren’t really there. However, perhaps the more pertinent question is whether the era itself, as it has been mythologised, was ever really there. Now, 37 years after Liverpool introduced its highly successful Magical Mystery Tour, London has its own bus tour, Swinging 60s Experience, setting out to find some answers, ...

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F*cking Men – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Joe DiPietro Director: Mark Barford Reviewer: Richard Maguire Like some of the men in this play, F*cking Men has been around the block a few times. Written in 2008, Joe DiPietro’s play was first seen at The King’s Head Theatre in 2015, and has been doing the rounds ever since. This newest production, coming in at about 70 minutes, is half ...

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3 Women –Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Katy Brand Director: Michael Yale Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones 3 Women is writer Katy Brand’s at-times bitingly funny take on feminism and women’s rights, told through the eyes of a grandmother (Anita Dobson), a mother (Debbie Chazen), and a daughter (Maisie Richardson-Sellers). On the eve of her wedding, 40-something Suzanne (Chazen) finds herself plonked in a plush hotel suite with ...

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