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The Wild Party – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Moncure March Director: Rafaella Marcus Reviewer: Deborah Parry Think of the most disappointing party you’ve ever been to – one that left you feeling fairly deflated; perhaps you bumped into an ex who looked great and their plus one was annoyingly attractive – maybe you got ridiculously drunk, was sick everywhere and just generally made a bit of ...

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BU21 – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Stuart Slade Director: Dan Pick Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty If the subject and execution doesn’t get you, the direct challenge to the audience will. The play uses a fictitious terrorist attack on London (a guided missile bringing flight BU21 down onto residential Fulham) and a support group set up for survivors as its core. Through this, we meet the characters, ...

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The Lower Depths – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Maxim Gorky (translated by Jeremy Brooks and Kitty Hunter-Blair Director: Helena Kaut-Howson Reviewer: Deborah Parry Even if you happen to be a scholar of Russian literature, in combination with having an extensive knowledge of the Russian revolution(s) then trying to get your head around The Lower Depths is still likely to be perplexing – don't let this deter you, ...

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The Twentieth Century Way – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Jacobson Director: Marylynne Anderson-Cooper Reviewer: Stephen Bates Peeling away the layers of Tom Jacobson's one-act play, here getting its UK Premiere, we find two actors, James Sindall and Fraser Wall, playing two actors, Warren and Brown respectively, playing a variety of characters caught up in intrigue in 1914 Los Angeles. Yes, it is confusing and we get only ...

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NEWS: Countdown to fifth Vault Festival underway

By GLEN PEARCE Organisers are busy preparing for London's fifth VAULT Festival, which opens in just over two week's time. For 2017 the festival welcomes over 200 new shows across theatre, comedy, music, dance and film, and, for the first time, events take place not only in the original location under Waterloo Station but at satellite venues Network Theatre and Morley ...

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Glockenspiel – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Steven Dykes Reviewer: Scott Matthewman With the long-running conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, US Army personnel often find themselves accepting repeated tours of active service. Patched up physically before being sent out to fight again, veterans’ mental state is on the decline, with greater than average rates of depression, alcohol and drug abuse and suicide. Steven Dykes’s ...

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The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Tony Harrison Director: Jimmy Walters Reviewer: Maryam Philpott What happens to characters in books and plays when we’re not looking at them; are they like the tree in the forest and do they continue to exist somewhere waiting for their story to begin again? It’s a gloomy idea, these fictional creations living a half-life out of sight until we ...

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NEWS: Audra McDonald back in the West End

By PAUL COUCH Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is to return to London’s West End in April for four concerts at Leicester Square Theatre, where she sold out shows last year, it's been announced today [3 January 2017]. The Broadway legend will be joined on stage, this time by host and pianist Seth Rudetsky, who last month starred in ...

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