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Uncle Vanya – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Lev Dodin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There’s always something a bit special about seeing a play in its original language, particularly when performed by a renowned theatre company from the same country who are able to draw out many of the nuances that can often be lost in translation. So, it’s a treat to see The Maly ...

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Split Britches: Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) – The Barbican

Writer: Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Hannah Maxwell. Director: Lois Weaver. Reviewer: Hannah Powell Unexploded Ordnances; old relics from wars past buried just beneath the surface of the ground, a small possibility of them destructing ever present. Maybe in a minute, a day, a week, a month… Split Britchesencourage us to explore the topics of ageing, anxiety, and desire through ...

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H R Haitch – The Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Maz Evans Music: Luke Bateman Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the run-up to this weekend’s royal wedding, there has been plenty of commentary about a fresh-start for the Windsors, as a new and very different young woman marries into our most illustrious family. There is no better time then for the Union Theatre to stage ...

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Thriller Live – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The cast of Thriller Live

Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Original Concept and Executive Director: Adrian Grant Reviewer: Dominic Corr Commenting on Michael Jackson’s contribution to the world of music would be fruitless. His legacy remains untouched, controversy in later life seeming to have no staying power. With all the finest performers who have graced this world with their talent comes one thing – Jukebox ...

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Our Country’s Good – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Fiona Buffini Designer: Neil Murray Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent In 2014 five dynamic and distinct theatre companies collaborated to create a ground-breaking production of The Threepenny Opera. No one had predicted that the success of this venture would see the collective invite two more organisations to join the fray. Thus Ramps on the Moon consortium was born, ...

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Count Arthur Strong: Is Alive and Unplugged –  The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Writer and comedian Steve Delany has been performing as his alter ego Count Arthur Strong for well over 20 years now. Despite the Count’s failed attempts to crack the acting world, and his career dying on its arse, this comedic creation seems to go from strength to strength with several radio programmes, his very own BBC sitcom, ...

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Effigies of Wickedness – Gate Theatre, London

Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Stephen Bates News that Chinese television did not broadcast the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, because the authorities there objected to two seemingly gay dancers and a few tattoos, reminds us that state censorship has never gone away completely and gives weight to this revue made up of songs banned in Germany by the Nazis. The 85-minute ...

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