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Drunk – Bridewell Theatre, London

Director/Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: TL Wiswell Certain combinations of things set off the reviewer radar. New show, new space... is it a pre-West End run or a bad idea about to die? Given the miserable weather, a "musical dance revue" on the theme of liquor was enough to motivate this reviewer to hope for the best. It helped that Drunk ...

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Sochi 2014 – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Tess Berry-Hart Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Mary Halton There’s something almost stingingly ironic about being told at the beginning of a performance about human rights abuses that all of the cast and crew have been paid Equity minimum rates. It’s an undoubtedly excellent achievement for a small venue and a strong statement to make in the current climate, but ...

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The White Carnation – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: R. C. Sherriff Director: Knight Mantell Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Thinking about it, 1950's Britain seems like it would have been a fairly decent place to live. As long as you were a fairly wealthy, native white male who went to the right school. In this long forgotten play by R. C. Sherriff (recently revived at, and transferred from, the ...

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The Mistress Contract – Royal Court, London

Writer: Abi Morgan, inspired by the memoir The Mistress Contract by She and He Director: Vicky Featherstone Reviewer: Ian Foster Regular sex without all the encumbrances of marriage, that’s the deal on the table at the beginning of The Mistress Contract, Abi Morgan’s adaptation of a memoir of the same name by an American couple known anonymously as She and ...

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Running On Empty – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Brad Birch with the company Director: Jo McInnes Choreography: The Company with Charlie Morrissey Reviewer: Christopher Hong “Running On Empty is the story of a man, a woman and their encounters over time - travelling through dreams, fears and jagged memories.” Perhaps the show description is the best way to convey the intention of the production. It is a ...

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Four by Tenn – Drayton Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Directors: Brandon Force, Ray Rackham, Sarah Shelton Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Even when the author is as great a writer as Tennessee Williams, one-act plays and early drafts are more likely to be curiosities for devotees rather than works of intrinsic theatrical merit. This production by the London Theatre Workshop convincingly disproves that assumption: here are four short ...

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Doctor Faustus – The Rose Playhouse, London

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Martin Parr Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz The Puritans never much liked the theatre; it was licentious, disrupted the social order, and – worst of all – lured churchgoers away to districts rife with gambling, prostitution, drinking and violence. The attempts in the second half of the 16th Century to keep London free from such evils led to ...

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The Cement Garden – The Vault, London

Writer: Ian McEwan, adapted by David Aula and Jimmy Osborne Director: David Aula Reviewer: Ian Foster Under the cement and brick of Waterloo lies The Cement Garden, an interpretation of Ian McEwan’s highly regarded novel which is one of the centrepieces of the six week Vault Festival. Adapted by David Aula and Jimmy Osborne, it tells the disturbing story of ...

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