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Lonely Planet – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Steven Dietz Director: Ian Brown Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sometimes, the only people you can rely on are your friends. During the AIDS crisis in the 1980s stories of families, neighbours and even whole communities turning their back on the suffering abound, and men learned to depend on one another. Following representations of this era writ large in landmark productions ...

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Pressure – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Writer: David Haig Director: John Dove Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The 1944 Normandy landings proved to be a turning point in World War II. D Day has become so renowned that it would seem a drama about the prospect of Operation Overlord happening at all should have little, to no, suspense. And to a certain extent that is true in David ...

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Julie – National Theatre, London

Writer: Polly Stenham (after August Strindberg) Director: Carrie Cracknell Reviewer: Stephen Bates If nothing else, Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 work Miss Julie has proved itself to be both durable and malleable. For example, in 2003, Patrick Marber moved the location to rural England and the time to 1945 with his After Miss Julie; more recently, Yaël Farber realised a ...

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Two Noble Kinsman- The Globe, London

Writer: John Fletcher and William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott After mixed reviews for Michelle Terry’s opening salvo as Artistic Director at the Globe, her third show of the summer is an unquestionable triumph. While Shakespeare scholars continue to debate the writer’s contributions to The Two Noble Kinsman, co-authored with John Fletcher in the 1610s audiences are less ...

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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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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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