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Angels In America – National Theatre, London

Man, woman on glowing ladder

Writer: Tony Kushner Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Glen Pearce As an increasingly bitter election campaign begins to be fought, it is timely that Tony Kushner's epic Angels In America receives an epic revival at the National Theatre. When initially staged at the same venue 25 years ago, the themes of tolerance, sexuality, religious belief and mental illness may have seemed radical, but ...

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Maria Friedman: Lenny and Steve, Live at Zédel, London

Blonde woman smiling to camera

Musical Director: Jason Carr Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Maria Friedman has come to be regarded as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of Stephen Sondheim – both as actor and, more recently, a director, with her revival of Merrily We Roll Along. Her directing career – continuing with Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre and a forthcoming musical by Jonathan Harvey based ...

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This Beautiful Future -The Yard, London

Writer: Rita Kalnejais Director: Jay Miller Reviewer: Deborah Parry Baz Luhrmann has a lot to answer for – his film Moulin Rouge set a precedent; ever since it we have been saturated with endless examples of writers 'popping' contemporary songs into stories set in contrasting eras. Yes, jukebox and Bollywood musicals existed prior, and likely influenced its conception, but there's something about the way that Luhrmann integrated the songs that ...

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The Cardinal – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: James Shirley Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Revenge, pride, political ambition, temper and strategy swirl around each other in this 1641 play, creating an entertaining and provocative picture but not yet a tightly woven tapestry. It will be tempting to draw links with any play on political intrigue to modern times, and with such power-plays at the top ...

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While We’re Here – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Stephen Bates We hear a lot about the problems of the young, a fair bit about those of the elderly, but what about the middle-aged? Barney Norris's 70-minute play, the inaugural production in the Bush Theatre's brand new studio space, brings together two lonely people who are old enough to have regrets and ...

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Eurohouse – The Ovalhouse

Nasi Voutsas and Bertrand Lesca in Eurohouse

Created and performed by Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas Reviewer: Deborah Parry It is a sad but inevitable fact that no system is perfect – there will always be winners and losers. In all of the debates and discussions that lead up to last year's EU referendum, much focus was given to criticism and praise of the European Union in ...

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The Braille Legacy – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book/Lyrics: original French Book and Lyrics by Sébastien Lancrenon English translation: Ranjit Bolt Music: Jean-Baptiste Saudray Director: Thom Southerland Musical director: Toby Higgins Reviewer: David Guest Fighting against discrimination and changing the world through mad dreams could be the plot summary of any number of plays through the ages. At Charing Cross Theatre, whose productions are increasingly becoming unmissable under ...

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Wheel of Misfortune – Old Red Lion, London

Writers: Anabel Barnston, Helen Rose-Hampton and the Cast Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Everyone has a sob story these days and countless TV shows exploit that misery if it means the individual can entertain the nation while vying to win a talent show, a date or even a quiz. Building on this idea Monorogue theatre company has created Wheel of Misfortune a ...

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