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Just Another Love Story – London Theatre Workshop, London

Director: Ray Rackham Reviewer:Andy Moseley If songs from a band’s entire career can be crafted into musicals it makes sense that the opposite should apply, and songs from musicals can be crafted into something resembling an album. This is one way of looking at London Theatre Workshop’s celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s Love Songs. The risks are that the finished product ...

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Spring Awakening – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Anya Reiss Director: Ben Kidd Reviewer: Fran Beaton It takes a talented playwright to disconcert an audience. While the ability to make an audience cringe is commonplace, making them squirm in their seats and feel physical discomfort is an impressive skill, particularly when dealing with the topic of adolescence. This is exactly what Anya Reiss achieves in her new ...

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Yesterday’s Tomorrow – Drayton Arms Theatre, London

Writer: Gene David Kirk Director: Hamish MacDougall Reviewer: Stephen Bates Gene David Kirk never quite gets round to explaining the significance of the title of his new one act play. Does he mean “today”? If so, it is good to report that the obliqueness in the title is not replicated in the writing, which is vivid, descriptive and, at times, ...

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England Expects – Brockley Jack, London

Writer: Tom Glover Director: Gary Phillipot Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Vesta Tilley was a popular music hall star for almost her entire life, first treading the boards at the tender age of three. She took to wearing men’s clothes for her performances a few years later and continued to dress as a man throughout her long career, claiming she could express ...

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Richard III – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rae Mcken Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty How modern can a modern interpretation of Shakespeare be if the players dress in period costume and speak the original lines? To be clear, this isn't to mean something along the lines of the atrocious film She's the Man which was based on Twelfth Night, or even the reasonably decent 10 ...

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De Profundis – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Paul Dale Vickers Director: Stuart Saint Reviewer: Stephen Bates The lounge room of the Leicester Square Theatre has a performance area of little more than 9ft by 6ft, with the audience seated on three sides and a hard wooden bench on the fourth. This is a prison cell in which a single prisoner, Oscar Wilde, paces back ...

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Alice In Wonderland – The Selkirk, London

Writer: Richard Stratton Director: Ellie Pitkin Reviewer: Christopher Hong This compact staging above a pub features Alice stumbling into a shop, ending up going through a shapeshifting door that debates with itself and into wonderland. The usual suspects of major characters are all present in this stripped-down adaptation by Richard Stratton that retains the most entertaining and memorable episodes of ...

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Foreplay– King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Carl Djerassi Directors: Andy Jordan and Jake Murray Reviewer: Jon WainwrightOne clue that this was going to be a cerebral piece was Ana-Sofia Londoño's design: the unchanging set is a book-lined study, with a few sticks of brown furniture to evoke the academic taste of the late 1960s. There's little of the personal touch, and all the books are ...

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