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Absolute Hell – National Theatre, London

Writer: Rodney Ackland Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Absolute Hell’s reputation as an epic play is drawn, in part, from failure. Originally produced in 1952 as The Pink Room, Rodney Ackland’s tale of sexual fluidity amid Soho drinking society could not delve as deeply as the playwright wanted, due to the Lord Chamberlain’s censorious grip on the stage. Revised ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Concept and Director: Guillaume Pige Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The memories of our lives are really just our favourite stories, fragments and disparate experience repackaged, reinterpreted and infused with retrospective meaning. Humans are storytellers, and in order to feel that we have purpose, that the things we have done were connected, our minds weave a narrative from this series of random ...

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Strictly Ballroom: The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre, London

Book: Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Director: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom– part dance comedy, part Cinderella romance – launched the Australian’s career as a filmmaker of visually arresting, reality-heightening fare such as Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, the three films collectively becoming known as the director’s ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’. In this transfer to ...

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Moormaid – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Marion Bott Director: Zois Pigadas Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Funny, intriguing, almost romantic but with a spike that jabs us into a high state of alert. Tackling the awkward subject of a (potentially) reformed terrorist coming back to his hometown seeking absolution and peace, Marion Bott’s super story is a mix of many factors, and is balanced just right to ...

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Cecilia Bengolea & Francois Chaignaud: DFS – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographic Collaboration: Damion BG Dancerz & Joan Mendy Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you’ve ever dreamed of dancing on the stage at Sadler’s Wells, then your day has come. Cecilia Bengolea and Francois Chignauld’s new show DFS, inspired by Jamaican dancehalls, welcomes the audience onstage for a few minutes to learn a quick routine from the dancers. As half the stalls ...

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Tonight at 8.30: Bedroom Farces – Jermyn Street Theatre

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The Jermyn Street Theatre has set itself an ambitious task – staging a full schedule of Noël Coward’s group of one-act plays Tonight at 8.30. In addition to producing these nine smart shows, it is also staging three pieces of new writing – Tomorrow at Noon. These are brand new and have ...

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Tonight at 8.30: Nuclear Families – Jermyn Street Theatre

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The Jermyn Street Theatre has set itself an ambitious task – staging a full schedule of Noël Coward’s group of one-act plays Tonight at 8.30. In addition to producing these nine smart shows, it is also staging three pieces of new writing – Tomorrow at Noon. These are brand new and ...

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Tonight at 8.30: Secret Hearts – Jermyn Street Theatre

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty The Jermyn Street Theatre has set itself an ambitious task – staging a full schedule of Noël Coward’s group of one-act plays Tonight at 8.30. In addition to producing these nine smart shows, it is also staging three pieces of new writing – Tomorrow at Noon. These are brand new and have ...

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