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Before the Night is Through – Landor Theatre, London

Book &Lyrics: Olivia Thompson Music: Chris Whitehead Director: Robert McWhir Reviewer: Stephen Bates If Agatha Christie and Ivor Novello had ever joined forces and then drawn inspiration fromCape Fear, the result could have been something like this show. Presented as part of theLandor’s From Page to Stage season, showcasing new musical theatre, it is a rollickingspoof of the whodunnit genre, ...

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Foxglove – The Vaults, London

Writer: Josh Morrall Director: Josh Morrall Reviewer: Chris Combemale A lone man enters and places a wooden stool centre stage. While a lonely stool set on a bare stage might have prepared the audience for a revolutionary piece of experimental theatre, such false perceptions are soon shattered. Yet this was by no means a disappointment as Squared Circle’s first production ...

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Symphony – The Vaults, London

Writers: Tom Wells, Ella Hickson, Nick Payne Director: Joe Murphy Reviewer: Ian Foster Originally commissioned in 2012 when it played festivals like Latitude, nabokov’s Symphony is a great fit for the ethos of the Vault Festival taking place underneath Waterloo and this sparky revival proves to be one of the highlights of the programme so far. Three short plays by ...

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BalletBoyz­ theTALENT – Richmond Theatre, London

Choreographers:RussellMaliphant,LiamScarlett Reviewer:CavelleLeigh   BalletBoyz-theTALENT offers an innovative and refreshing take on ballet as an art form, presenting it as a compelling piece of physical theatre rather than the linear storytelling typical of traditional ballet. It opens with a short video explaining what the highly talented all male dance troupe led by former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, ...

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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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