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1984 – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: George Orwell Adapted and created by: Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Harry Stern From a 2014 perspective, Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece stubbornly refuses to lie down and become the misguided outpourings of a mid-20th Century political and societal misanthropist. With revelations about phone hacking, government surveillance and Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing activities still current, how could it? The real accomplishment ...

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Amateur Girl – St James Studio, London

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Kate Chapman Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile Based on real life stories, Fifth Word Theatre Company present Amateur Girl, a hard hitting, powerful yet humorous one woman show that explores the shady world of amateur porn and its effects on the women who get caught up in it. Narrated by Julie, this is an honest and open account ...

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Finian’s Rainbow – Union Theatre, London

Music: Burton Lane Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg Book: E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy Adaptor: Charlotte Moore Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Ian Foster Suspension of disbelief is par for the course with musical theatre, especially the type of obscure revivals that the Union Theatre specialises in, and Finian’s Rainbow is no exception in that respect. A leprechaun who is slowly turning into ...

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A conversation with John Travolta – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Hosted by Barry Norman Reviewer: Rahul Rose With a galaxy of Hollywood superstars descending on the West End for the BAFTAs on Sunday night, the arrival of one veteran of the silver screen went completely unnoticed. Just a stone’s throw from the Royal Opera House, where the likes of Brad Pitt and Leonardo Dicaprio had convened for an evening of ...

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The Fat Man’s Wife – Canal Café Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Russell Lucas Reviewer: Jon Wainwright As one year ends and another begins, an almost irresistible offer of a new life is made. A young playwright wants to whisk an older woman away on a tramp steamer, to a glorious future in a hazily sketched paradise. Or, a "damn fool" hillbilly wants to lure a sophisticated Manhattan ...

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Superior Donuts – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Tracy Letts Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Andy Moseley When you’ve just written an award-winning play that’s been placed alongside Long Day’s Journey Into Night and All My Sons, as a Great American Play, it might go to your head and lead you to believe everything you write will be a classic. It might also make it hard for people ...

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The Worst of Scottee – Roundhouse, London

Writer: Scottee Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: Rob Cottingham The Worst of Scottee is an interesting piece. A one-man show that was originally performed in Edinburgh is now on at the Roundhouse for two weeks. From a photo-booth on stage the performer Scottee relates some of the most shameful and embarrassing episodes from his past and finds people who knew him ...

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Sizwe Banzi Is Dead – Young Vic, London

Devised by: Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Christopher Hong At the time this work was first performed in 1972, apartheid in South Africa was in full swing. Restrictions on and discrimination against black people and the bureaucracy involved was extensive, exemplified by the pass book used to regulate their movement. This play charmingly weaves ...

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