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Meet Me in St Louis – Landor Theatre, London

Songs: Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Robert McWhir Reviewer: Joanna Trainor [rating:3.5] When the new craze at eastern Universities is a dance accompanied by ‘The Banjo,’ it is impossible not to smile at Robert McWhir’s production of Meet Me In St Louis. The 17 actors bring an incredible amount of warmth to the Landor and a ...

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Pride & Prejudice: The Panto – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: Heather Remington and James Walker-Black, based on an original concept by David Bullen, Simon Sladen and James Walker-Black Director: David Bullen Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:3.5] Pride and Prejudice has been given the pantomime treatment by the young theatre company By Jove and the show has been revived to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the book’s original publication. It is ...

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The Night Before Christmas – Soho Theatre, London

Writer and co-lyricist: Anthony Neilson Composer: Tom Mills Director and co-lyricist: Steve Marmion Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Given there are two other shows with the same title but aimed at the family market, it would be advisable to check in advance that Anthony Neilson’s The Night Before Christmas is the one you intend to see. For blessed with adult content ...

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Mr and Mrs Moon – Stratford Circus, London

Writer/Director: Tim Webb Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:4] When it comes to theatre for pre-school children Oily Cart Theatre Company is in the vanguard of a small group of quality practitioners. This delightful production running over the Christmas period at Stratford Circus, is a superb introduction to live theatre for the 2 -5 year old age group. The great distinction between ...

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American Psycho – Almeida, London

Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis Music and Lyrics: Duncan Sheik Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Lou Flaxman [Rating:4] Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial slasher satire, American Psycho, is a disturbing portrait of the financial greed and yuppy consumerism of the 1980‘s, a grotesque inversion of the American dream, which divided critics when it was first published ...

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Dog’s Don’t Do Ballet – Little Angel Theatre, London

Writer: Anna Kemp Adaptor: David Duffy &Andrea Sadler Reviewer: Vicki Taylor [Rating:4] Dogs Don’t Do Ballet is the delightful story of little Anna and her pirouetting dog, Biff, brought to life through puppetry. Even though the pair loves to dance, Biff is never allowed to join in with Anna’s ballet classes because, as we are reminded throughout, ‘dogs don’t do ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, after J.M Barrie Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards [Rating:5] The results of a poll conducted by the English Touring Theatre company were revealed this week. As voted for by you, the public, the nation’s favourite play is apparently The History Boys by Alan Bennett. However, in second place was Noises ...

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The Last March – Southwark Playhouse, London

Created by Tinder Theatre Director: Ian Nicholson Reviewer: Agnes Frimston [Rating:5] From funding-woes to dog sleds, Antarctic storm, to a pesky fur-clad Norwegian; The Last March recounts Captain Scott’s last and failed bid to conquer the South Pole. With only three actors, and minimal props, the director Ian Nicholson has created a charming and comically tragic hours’ worth of entertainment, ...

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