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Prince of the Pagodas – Birmingham Royal Ballet at The Coliseum, London

Music: Benjamin Britten Choreography: David Bintley Designs: Rae Smith Conductor: Koen Kessels Reviewer: Natalie Barker The British premiere of David Bintley’s version of the much tinkered-with Prince of the Pagodas arrived at London’s Coliseum last night for a six date run. Pagodas has gone through numerous transformations and the current incarnation danced by the Birmingham Royal Ballet tries to make ...

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The Velveteen Rabbit – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Margery Williams Director: Purni Morell Reviewer: Sarah Setter Margery William’s heart-warming story The Velveteen Rabbit has been brought to life in a charming production directed by Purni Morell at the Unicorn Theatre in London for children aged 4 and above. As the show begins the audience is introduced to the three male actors who will tell the story. The ...

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Father Nandru and the Wolves – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Julian Garner Director: Julian Garner Reviewer: Harry Stern Wilton’s Music Hall is a marvellously magical space. The only remaining building of its kind in the world has a shabby chic and faded grandeur which its much heralded and very welcome restoration will secure for future generations. It’s a space which lends itself to the realisation of remarkable theatre but ...

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See How They Run – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Philip King Director: Eric Potts Reviewer: Christopher Hong Warwick Davis established the Reduced Height Theatre Company so he can for once be in a proper play and employ a full cast of actors of short stature. His choice is this farce full of vicars, soldiers and a German. It is during the war where Rev Lionel Topp and his ...

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Cell – Little Angel Theatre, London

Devised by Matthew Lloyd, Molly Freeman, William Aubrey-Jones &Carly McConnell Music: Emily Appleton Holley Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile “After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Ted goes on a trip of a lifetime…and so does his pet fish”Performed as part of the Little Angel Firsts Festival, Cell tells the heartwarming story of Ted, a man who when diagnosed with Motor Neurone ...

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A Study in Scarlet – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Lila Whelan and Greg Freeman Music: Annabelle Brown Director: Nicholas Thompson Reviewer: Mary Halton The Conan Doyle oeuvre is well trodden by theatre makers, particularly in the wake of the successful Warner Bros. franchise and BBC series catapulting Holmes back into the forefront of popular culture. One might argue that it’s roundly difficult to ...

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The Merchant of Venice – St Leonard’s Church, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Benjamin Blyth Reviewer: Ian Foster Though it is a play oft studied, The Merchant of Venice has been most infrequently performed in recent years. Unafraid of a challenge, Malachite Theatre have chosen this play to mark the 450th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s birth at St Leonard’s Shoreditch, very close to the site of the Theatre and ...

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Bash: Latterday Plays – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Neil Labute Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Neil Labute’s trilogy of short plays, depicting everyday evil in the lives of four members of the Church of Latter-day Saints, led to him being thrown out of the church himself. Comprised of two monologues and a duologue (though the two characters never interact) Labute’s cycle examines how the repressions and ...

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