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The Secret Keeper – Ovalhouse, Kennington

 cWriter: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J. Skilbeck Reviewer: David Guest In the week that the news media is filled with celebrities claiming everyone knew about film producer Harvey Weinstein’s secrets but was afraid to say anything, the new play by Angela Clerkin couldn’t be more timely. The Secret Keeper is a grim fairy tale for modern times with ...

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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliot Reviewer: Richard Maguire Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle states that it is impossible to know both the position and the velocity of an object; the more we focus on the object’s position the less we know about its momentum. It’s not that our measuring tools are inadequate, but that there is some uncertainty inherent in nature. ...

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Glue  – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Performer: Louise Wallwein Director: Susan Roberts Reviewer: Richard Maguire   There’s an empty seat in the audience. Its emptiness is accentuated by the single spotlight that illuminates it. Someone hasn’t turned up and poet Louise Wallwein isn’t sure if she can start her show. The next 70 minutes is a quest to find this missing person. Ostensibly, this ...

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A Nazi Comparison – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Devised and Directed by: Craft Theatre Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The world is a terrible place and if you think about it, it will drive you mad, which is the central premise of Craft Theatre’s new show A Nazi Comparison opening at the Waterloo East Theatre. In a show that feels fairly paranoid about all the evil forces out to ...

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The Terrible Infants – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Oliver Lansley Directors: Oliver Lansley, James Seager Producer: James Seager Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh To mark their tenth year as a production company Les Enfants Terribles return to the stage with their eponymous show The Terrible Infants, ambitiously presenting a series of children's fables, some reimagined from old, using song, dance and puppetry. From an enchanting yet eerie place, the ...

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The Toxic Avenger – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Joe DiPietro and David Bryan Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Richard Maguire Finally, the 2016 Southwark Playhouse production of The Toxic Avenger gets its London transfer. Based on the cult classic film of 1984, this musical, penned by the writers who gave us the underrated Memphis the Musical, is chaotic, messy and irreverent – to quote some of its lyrics, ‘it kicks ass, ...

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B – Royal Court, London

Writer: Guillermo Calderon Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Is radical change ever possible without violence? For revolutions to successfully cause a shift in the fabric of society, surely collateral damage is inevitable, in some cases even desirable; the French wiped out their entire ruling class to change their political structure, the British sheepishly beheaded a King (for all the ...

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Jane Eyre – National Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Bronte (devised by the Company) Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The National Theatre has become quite adept at blowing the dust off the classics as recent productions of Hedda Gabler and Three Days in the Country gave contemporary relevance to Ibsen and Turgenev. But the National has also cannily welcomed shows from sympathetic regional venues, adopting Chichester’s ...

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