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The Diary Of A Nobody – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: George and Weedon Grossmith Director: Mary Franklin Reviewer: Jon Wainwright It's certainly unusual, if not a theatrical first, for the appearance of mustard and cress to earn a warm round of applause. We're pleased for Charles Pooter, we really are. He records in his diary that they were planted onApril 9th(a day on which he "went to bed at ...

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The Flying Roast Goose – Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Concept by Paula Siu, devised by the Company Director: David Ralfe Reviewer: Christopher Hong A prelude of a colourful set of shadow puppet animations of trams, pulled rickshaws and junks set the scene of Hong Kong in the 1940s. The story of an earnest food hawker and her mischievous pet goose is played out through the dark times of the ...

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Zanna, Don’t! – Landor Theatre, London

Author: Tim Acito, with additional book and lyrics by Alexander Dinelaris Director: Drew Baker Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Set in a bizarro world of opposites where everybody is gay and the mere mention of heterosexuality is met with sharp intakes of breath, the allegory withinZanna, Don't! is hardly subtle in its staging. But then, any musical which includes the line "There ...

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Orpheus and Eurydice – Rose Theatre Bankside, London

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck Director: Pamela Schermann Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Celebrating the tercentenary of the composer’s birth, Time Zone Theatre presents a new English translation of Gluck’s most famous Opera: Orpheus and Eurydice (Orfeo ed Euridice). Based on the Greek myth, Orpheus, devastated by the death of his wife, is aided by the gods in rescuing her from the underworld. ...

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Mugs Arrows – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Eddie Elks Director: Ken McClymont Reviewer: Stephen Bates Wearing dark suits and ties, Pat and Ed enter the empty lounge bar of a pub in the Peak District, don a fez and a straw hat respectively and begin their game of darts. It is clear that they have come from a solemn event and the pub is their haven ...

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The Confessions of Gordon Brown – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Writer:Kevin Toolis Director: Kevin Toolis Reviewer: Harry Stern Cynicism about the political process abounds. It is a default attitude that has legitimised the self imposed disenfranchisement of the majority of the potential electorate. Politics and politicians are held in such opprobrium that, ridiculously, they are now being touted as an irrelevance. Those who put their heads above the parapet and ...

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Opus No 7 – Barbican Centre, London

Writer: Dmitry Krymov Music: Alexander Bakashi, Dmitry Shostakovich Director: Dmitry Krymov Reviewer: Mary Halton The dizzying scope of Dmitry Krymov’sOpus No 7sinks in slowly, rather than being readily apparent, as the space is stacked with visual metaphors and a rich tapestry of social, religious and artistic struggle is played out across the Barbican’s main theatre stage. Forming two distinct acts, ...

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Die Roten Punkte -Soho Theatre, London

Reviewer: Vicki Taylor Die Roten Punkte’s ‘Kunst Rock (Art Rock)’ is a well executed cabaret show which simultaneously mocks and celebrates the bravado of rock and roll. In just over an hour, the duo Astrid and Otto Rot perform parodies of The White Stripes, The Pixies and Kraftwerk with expert musicianship and timely comedy. The show begins with a fairly ...

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