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Storm in a Teacup – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Hot Coals and Alice Robinson, inspired by Anton Chekhov Director: Alice Robinson Reviewer: Sarah Setter The Park Theatre's first ever piece of physical theatre comes in the form of Storm in a Tea Cup by Hot Coals Theatre Ensemble. The show is a cartoon-like physical comedy with walking sticks, a fake nose and false teeth; taking place in Park90. ...

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Tristram Shandy, Gentlemen – Tabard Theatre, London

Writer: Laurence Sterne Adaptor: Callum Hale Director: Mark R Scopes Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Adapted from Laurence Sterne’s bawdy 18th century anti-novel, Tristram Shandy, Gentlemen, it seems Micawber theatre company have also taken inspiration from Michael Winterbottom’s inventive film A Cock and Bull Story, as Lewis Allcock’s Toby Shandy can’t help but remind you of a certain Rob Brydon. One of ...

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Our Big Land – Ovalhouse, London

Book/Music/Lyrics: Dan Allum Director: Amy Hodge Reviewer: Tom Finch Oceania is a dying breed of Romani gypsy, believing unwaveringly in the stories, rites and mythologies of her ancestors. In her camp in the forest she lives with her son, Roman telling stories. Oceania's world is under threat from the 21st century. Soon the arrival of a young girl who after ...

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HMS Pinafore – Hackney Empire, London

Writers: W.S. Gilbert &A.S Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Thom Finch Deep in the hull of a World War 2 battleship the crew are telling a story. Using just a few bunk beds, a piece of rope and some makeshift costumes the group transform their humdrum dorm into a world of romance, patriotism and high jinx. Set aboard the eponymous ...

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Ballad of the Burning Star – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer/Director: Nir Paldi Reviewer: Teddy Lamb This comedic drag cabaret act exploring the Israeli/Palestine conflict was the surprise hit of 2013’s Edinburgh Fringe, and it arrives in London following a thorough UK Tour. Firstly, it must be noted that the atmosphere at Battersea Arts Centre was electric, the beautiful building was buzzing with arty youngsters and liberals with their noses ...

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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens – The White Bear, Kennington

Music: Janet Hood Lyrics: Bill Russell Director: Marc Kelly Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Angels, Punks and Raging Queens are partying before the audience even arrive at the White Bear in Kennington. Disco balls, fairy lights, illuminated beer signs, stage show posters, beanbags, and a well-placed table to dramatically dance on, set the scene for a celebration of these characters’ lives, but ...

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Still I See My Baby & Happiness – Theatre503, London

Writers: D B Horrigan and Danny Whitehead Director:Hannah Kaye/D B Horrigan Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Still I See My Baby and Happiness make up a double-bill at Theatre503 this week, coming from new theatre company Sky or the Bird who pride themselves on putting emerging writers front and centre. The evening begins with Still I See My Baby, a sinister slice ...

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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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