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Against – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Shinn Director: Ian Rickson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Christopher Shinn’s new play Against is proof that no good deed goes unpunished, and in the world of tech billionaires you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. We take quite a contradictory view of big multinationals or famous entrepreneurs patronising the arts or starting charity missions – they ...

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Salad Days – Union Theatre, London

Book: Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade Lyrics: Julian Slade Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Originally written in 1952 as a fun summer musical for Bristol Old Vic’s resident theatre company, Salad Days evokes a gentler, simpler age, while also incorporating English eccentricity both in its characters and its own plot. Upon graduating from university, friends Timothy (Laurie Denman) and ...

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Collision – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Kurt Schwitters Music: Lewis Coenen Rowe Director: Cecilia Stinton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Most artists and writers are their own worst critics so, if they decide not to share something with the world, it’s usually for good reason - the furore that followed the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the supposed sequel of To Kill a Mockingbird is a ...

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King Lear – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the most disputed aspects of the late Tudor age was Elizabeth I’s refusal to name her successor, fearing, as she claimed, that men prefer the rising to the setting sun. While her whims frustrated many, she brought decades of relative stability to a sorely divided nation. No wonder then, ...

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The Majority – National Theatre, London

Writer: Rob Drummond Director: David Overend Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sometimes it feels as if the only thing that can be said in favour of democracy is that it is infinitely preferable to any conceivable alternative. Rob Drummond’s new 90-minute one man show sets out to expose the fallibilities, anomalies and contradictions of majority verdicts by asking the audience to make ...

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Pageant – London Irish Centre

Book & Lyrics: Bill Russell and Frank Kelly Music: Albert Evans Director Bill Rusell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the many ways that you can divide up the world is into pre- and post-Miss Congeniality, and for lovers of Miss World-style competitions and beauty pageants, this film from 2000 revelled in its snarling contestants and bitter has-beens, that has shaped ...

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Between a Man and a Woman – The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: & Director Scott James Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Domestic violence is rarely depicted on stage and it’s taken Scott James more than 10 years to create his play Between a Man and a Woman which premiered in September 2016, with subsequent runs in several fringe venues. This latest version, showing at The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre as part of ...

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Boom, Theatre 503 – London

Writer: Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Director: Katherine Nesbitt Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Written by a self-confessed biology buff, Boom is the story of a second Big Bang, an apocalyptic event caused by a huge comet colliding with the earth. Not an obvious subject for a comedy. Warned of this event by his fish, our hero, Jules, played with pitiable naivety by Will ...

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