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Four Thieves’ Vinegar – Baron’s Court Theatre, London

Writer: Christine Foster Director: Adam Bambrough Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Science and superstition have long been seen as opposite ends of the spectrum and, since the Enlightenment, belief in the tried and tested certainties of science have largely won out. But not entirely as centuries-old superstitions still exist largely because human nature doesn’t change – the fear of death in particular ...

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The Men Who March Away – St Anne’s, Limehouse, London

Books, Lyrics and Music: Mike Batt Reviewer: Maryam Philpott While commemoration activity for the First World War focuses primarily on sacrifice and loss, it’s easy to forget that, for the civilians who lived through it and the men who came home, 1918 was never the end of their story. Not only had war had changed them, but veterans returned to ...

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Writer: Edward Albee Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Venomous, cruel and alcoholic, Edward Albee’s Martha is a delicious creation and in his portrait of an academic marriage gone horribly wrong, she can easily seem a monster battering her downtrodden husband George. But Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a play about illusions and while the characters present one face ...

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The Voiceless – The Space, London

Director: Alice Langley Reviewer: Christy Ku The Voiceless - a performance that combines physical theatre, circus and dance to create a disappointing and awkward experience. The show opens with an overused cliché of performance theatre - they are unable to connect to each other so they stretch their hands towards each other before turning away, trying to touch and then ...

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The Miser – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer: Molière Director: Sean Foley Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh This nearly 400-year-old play does all but disappoint. This adaptation of Molière’s comedy The Miser (or L’Avere) is indeed inspired from start to finish. Sean Foley, its director, is unafraid to adapt this piece and openly have fun with it. While some enduring themes prove timeless, Foley is unafraid to alter the script ...

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My Country; a work in progress – National Theatre, London

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Stephen Bates There was once a joke that began: "An Englishman, a Scotsman, a Welshman and an Irishman entered a bar and...". To continue would now be deemed politically incorrect, but, in this 80-minute show, partly a state of the nation(s) address, the National Theatre takes licence to exhume all the old ...

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Bunny – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Lucy Curtis Reviewer: Stephen Bates Writer Jack Thorne is riding on the crest of a wave right now with Harry Potter... in the running for multiple awards and heading for Broadway, but it is a big leap from a West End extravaganza to a small pub theatre production of a gritty hour-long monologue such as Bunny, first seen in 2010. ...

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The Monkey – Theatre 503, London

Writer: John Stanley Director: Russell Bolam Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Do graphic depictions of violence on TV and in film influence our behaviour or do they merely reflect it? With many cinematic depictions of gangsters from the Krays to virtually any Tarantino showing them as glamorous, even semi-romantic, mythical figures, has this become an aspirational lifestyle for young men? John Stanley’s ...

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