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Bridle – Kings Head Theatre, London

  Writer: Stephanie Martin Director: Chloe Doherty Reviewer: Saoirse Anton “I’m just a bit much.” The heroine of Bridle is a modern woman. She is a feminist, a 21st Century feminist. She drinks, smokes, swears, spurns shame, and embraces her sexuality. She shows and tells the audience all of this, at the same time as telling an invisible and reticent ...

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The Drag – National Theatre, London

Writer: Mae West Director: Polly Stenham Reviewer: Tom Finch It was 90 years ago that Mae West’s The Drag opened in the unsuspecting town of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Examining as it does, the details of the New York gay scene it was utterly scandalous for its time and after a few performances, it was shut down. Its author, West, was promptly served a ...

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Yank! – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Zellnik (Music), David Zellnik (Book and Lyrics) Director: James Baker Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Zellnik brothers bring their exuberant off-Broadway success story to The Big Smoke, affording Londoners a thoroughly engrossing view of the unfamiliar battleground of same-sex romance during World War Two. Yank! hinges around the breakneck wartime metamorphosis of Stu, played with wide-eyed believability by Scott Hunter, a clumsy ...

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Body & Blood – King’s Head Theatre, London

  Writer: Lorraine Mullaney Director: Fumi Gomez Reviewer: Maryam Philpott What would you sacrifice for your family? Anything you’re probably thinking, but that’s all very well in theory, when it comes to specifics you might not be so keen. Lorraine Mullaney’s new play Body & Blood set in 1956 considers the sacrifices young women in rural Ireland were frequently asked ...

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Bent – National Theatre, London

Writer: Martin Sherman Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Stephen Bates On the weekend when the 50th Anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales is being celebrated, this rehearsed reading of Martin Sherman's landmark play Bent, acts as a sobering reminder of the horrors to which victimisation can lead. Stephen Daldry, then a young student, saw the play on its initial ...

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Certain Young Men – National Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Peter Gill Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Part of the National Theatre’s Queer Theatre season of rehearsed readings, Peter Gill’s Certain Young Men is a collection of scenes, some related but many not, about the lives of four gay male couples. Written at the end of the 1990s, some five years before the Civil Partnerships Act gave the first legal recognition ...

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Wig Out! – National Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Tarell Alvin McCraney Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s not often that you get to see an Oscar winner on the London stage, especially one whose film has shifted the boundaries. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s film Moonlight eventually won the Best Picture award this year, as well a writing gong, but back in 2008 he was an aspiring playwright whose ...

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Extravaganza Macabre – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Devisors: Clare Beresford, Dominic Conway, and Alexander Scott Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Little Bulb Theatre’s little cast is quite possibly the most unswervingly joyful group of people ever to draw breath. Ever. Beresford, Conway, and Scott shine with the warmth of a 1.21-gigawatt spotlight that dazzles and delights the post-work punters draped contentedly over the beautiful M. C. Escher-like structure of ...

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