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Misalliance – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Richard Maguire The full title of Bernard Shaw’s 1909 comedy is Misalliance: A Debate in One Sitting, but the Orange Tree has wisely chosen to omit the subtitle of its latest production of lesser-known works by the Irish playwright. There is debate here, but this is a more light-hearted Shaw than we ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

  Writer: Simon Aylin Director: Kerris Peeling Reviewer: Michael Gray A portentous start, with Richard Strauss, a star cloth and a flying mirror, but One from the Heart soon get into their panto stride in a show, directed by Kerris Peeling, that’s packed with comedy routines and high octane musical numbers. The USP this year is The Man in the Mirror ...

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer/Director: Daniel Buckroyd Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Michael Gray This sparkling Snow White – Daniel Buckroyd’s fourth panto for Made in Colchester – is a delightful cocktail of glamour, glitter and good old-fashioned fun. David Shields’ designs feature giant candles, surrounding the flown title, and later the magic mirror and the Princess’s glass coffin. There’s an impressive dungeon laboratory, as ...

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Daisy Pulls It Off – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Denise Deegan Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Denise Deegan’s tribute to 1920s adventures set in the sporty, spotty world of girls’ boarding schools went down a storm in the West End in the 1980s and has been revived regularly ever since. Part of the reason for that is that, at its heart, it’s a blank template. The basic ...

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Freddie, Ted and the Death of Joe Orton – London Theatre Workshop, London

Writer: Don Cotter Director: Ray Rackham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Mods on their Italian scooters are congregating on Brighton seafront, near to the house shared by gay couple Freddie and Ted. It is August 1966 and Radio Caroline can be heard on their portable wireless, but then Freddie switches channels to the BBC Home Service, which is broadcasting The Ruffian on ...

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Eugene Onegin – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Robin Norton-Hale Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: Lucy Bradley Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Dedication to detail and a commitment to creative re-invention have marked out OperaUpClose’s productions over the last few years. The trait continues here - tackling Tchaikovsky’s grand-scale take on a Pushkin story. Robin Norton-Hale’s new version nips, tucks and tailors the original, leaving behind the essence of ...

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INTERVIEW: Niall Ransome plans a sobering Christmas at The Bunker

When audiences are flocking to see Barnum at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this Christmas, they may spot that, next door in the subterranean Bunker Theatre, there is something far removed from the fun of the circus. FCUK’D offers an alternative festive experience, focussing on the emotive topic of runaway children, and its writer/director Niall Ransome took time off from treading ...

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Sex Workers’ Opera, Oval House Theatre, London

Devised and directed by: Experimental Experience Reviewer: Richard Maguire Sex Workers’ Opera, or, possibly, Sex Workers of the World Unite and Take Over? If you’re not even the slightest bit tempted to peruse the job vacancies down at your local brothel after this show has ended, you must be very hard-hearted indeed. Using real stories from sex workers from around the ...

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