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Again – Trafalgar Studios 2

Writer: Stephanie Jacobs Director: Hannah Price Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Feeling like a bit of sci-fi combined with familiar strife, Again ticks some great boxes but leaves some important ones passed over. The audience in the Trafalgar Studio’s downstairs space are voyeurs to a small family, injured by the parents’ divorce and struggling to keep it all together. On the male ...

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All or Nothing: The Mod Musical  – Arts Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Carol Harrison Reviewer: Richard Maguire Some definitions may come in useful for this musical based on the story of 60s band, The Small Faces: a ‘bird’ is a young woman, a ‘sort’ is a good-looking woman, ‘Hayley Mills’ are pills, amphetamines to be precise, while a ‘face’ is one of the Mod elite. After seeing All or Nothing, you’ll ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There can be few plays which provoke the feeling of being a spectator at a car crash. Eugene O’Neill’s masterwork, which earned him a posthumous Pulitzer Prize, invites us to watch as the Tyrone family analyse their own self-destruction. It is an invitation that is impossible to refuse. The spectre of ...

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Cirque Berserk  – Peacock Theatre, London

Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Richard Maguire Another circus comes to town, but despite its thrills and spills, its petrol fumes and its dry ice, there’s a sense that Cirque Berserk may have come to this town a little too late. Already this month we’ve had Cirque du Soleil at the Albert Hall, and Becoming Shades at the Vault Festival, not ...

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Lebensraum – Peacock Theatre, London

Director: Jakop Ahlbom Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the advantages of twenty-first-century living is the freedom to design your perfect life. Whether you want a 9-5 job and domestic harmony or flexible working and endless travel, increasingly people are discovering new ways to balance their various needs. For the more scientifically-minded this could even mean inventing something or someone entirely new ...

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John – National Theatre, London

Writer: Annie Baker Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Stephen Bates Annie Baker is a writer who does not like to hurry. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick, staged at the National’s Dorfman Theatre in the Spring of 2016, found time for long silences and spells when the stage was left empty, but, in over three inaction-packed hours, she created characters and ...

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Beginning – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Writer: David Eldridge Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is gone 3am, and Danny is the sole remaining party guest at Laura’s housewarming. They have been making eyes at each other all night, but now is the moment of truth – should he stay, or go? So begins the National Theatre transfer of David Eldridge’s awkwardly believable romantic comedy, ...

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Lady Windermere’s Fan – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Kathy Burke Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Although most famous for their endless witticism, Oscar Wilde’s plays also remind us that either for good or bad our past eventually catches up with all of us. Whether your origins have been obscured by being left in a London railway station, you’ve written indiscriminate letters selling cabinet secrets or walked ...

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