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The Playboy of the Western World – The Corrib Rest, London

Writer: J.M. Synge Director: Gavin McAlinden Reviewer: Jeffrey Mayhew Centuries of Anglo-Irish writing have produced a body of work pretty well unrivalled in its breadth and quality. The briefest of glances at the roster gives us, for example; Swift, Sheridan, Goldsmith, Steele, Wilde, Shaw, Yeats, Synge, Beckett … Among these literary giants are arguably some of the very finest playwrights ...

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Don Gil of the Green Breeches – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Tirso De Molina Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Andy Moseley They knew how to write comedy in 17th Century Spain. At least Tirso de Molina did on this evidence. To describe it as farce, or the Spanish equivalent of restoration comedy would be underselling it. De Molina does not appear to have believed comedy should consist of either believable characters ...

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Retold: A Fairytale Festival – The Space, London

Writers: Amy Bethan Evans, Tilly Lunken, Claire Booker Directors: Tessa Hart, Kuba Drewa, Bradley Leech, Rebecca Hill Reviewer: Mary Halton Goblin Baby are a company certainly unafraid of living up to their mission statement of addressing taboos, having appeared on the scene last year with Unheard; a new writing festival dealing with the sexual abuse. Here, they have set out ...

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As You Like It – Barons Court Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Mackenzie Thorpe Reviewer: Jon Wainwright [rating:4] The black-painted brick walls and barrel-vaulted ceiling of a tiny pub cellar in west London are an unlikely substitute for either the court or a forest, and yet the meagre set design — a solitary log and a combover of a few wisps of greenery — belies the resources available ...

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Othello: The Moor of Venice – Riverside Studios, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rebekah Fortune Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3.5] How often do we go to see a play and find no credit for the playwright on the posters or in the programme? Okay, so we all know who wrote this one (don’t we?), but it would be interesting to learn if the omissions for this production were due to ...

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Cuckoo – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Suhayla El-Bushra Director: Nathan Curry Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:4] About ten minutes into Cuckoo, Erica, a bored mother of a teenage child, talks to her daughter’s new friend about child soldiers in the Congo. Nadine, the friend, compares it to what life is like for kids where she lives. I feared at this point that the play was going ...

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Putting it Together – St. James’ Theatre, London

Composer: Steven Sondheim Director: Alastair Knights Reviewer: Fran Beaton Janie Dee is fabulous and beautiful. Anything she is in is worth watching. Add to that the incredibly talented Damian Humbley and you find yourself watching a five-star show. Putting it Together comprises of songs from a variety of Sondheim musicals, merged into one with a vague story linking it up. ...

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Happy Days – Churchill Theatre Bromley, London

Book: Garry Marshall Music and lyrics: Paul Williams Director and choreographer: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] “Sunday Monday Happy Days…” It is 40 years since ‘50s-set sitcom Happy Days started on US television screens and rose to iconic status, not least because of the creation of one of TV’s most enduring characters in The Fonz. And though it is ...

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