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Audra McDonald – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Performers: Audra McDonald, Seth Rudetsky, Will Swenson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If your knowledge of Audra McDonald is limited to her role as the opera singer-cum-wardrobe, Madame de Garderobe, in Disney’s recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, you have so much more to learn. McDonald has won six Tony Awards – more than any other actor – and is ...

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JOAN – Ovalhouse, London

Writer and Director: Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: Alex Ramon From a silent film classic and an often-revived George Bernard Shaw play to songs by Leonard Cohen, Kate Bush and Madonna, the singular figure of Joan of Arc has remained a somewhat unlikely icon and object of inspiration in 20th and 21st Century popular culture. This enduring fascination must be down, ...

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Ready or Not – The Arcola, London

Writer: Naylah Ahmed Director: Helena Bell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The atrocities of war are now felt far beyond the battlefield and not just by those directly involved in the fighting. When the First World War breached the borders of civilian exemption from conflict, everything changed and the concept of total war was born. Now, over a hundred years later, sometimes ...

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Queen of Carnage – The Space, London

Creative Lead / Director: Sobriety Twist Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There is a point where performance art and theatre intersect and it’s usually at the more absurdist end of the theatrical scale, but fetish performance is something you rarely come across depending on how sheltered a life you’ve led and presumably the venues you frequent. The Space is hosting Sobriety Twist’s ...

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The Devil’s Passion – St James’ Church, Piccadilly, London

Writer: Justin Butcher Director: Guy Masterson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The greatest story ever told was never really one story at all; it was a collection of narratives, reminiscences and experiences of people who encountered one particular man for a few minutes or a few years which have been fashioned into one ‘account’ of the life and death of the son ...

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7 Princesses – The British Museum, London

Writer: Nizami Reviewer: Ann Bawtree British Museum’s “Epic Sundays” series presents its second event. 7 Princesses, by the Persian poet Nizami, was written in 1197. This production is put on by the Crick Crack Club, the well-established company specialising in storytelling as performance art. 7 Princesses is best described as a fairy tale but one strictly for adults. Their own publicity ...

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The Playwrights Suite: Full Tilt – Canal Café Theatre, London

Writer: Sarah Pitard Director: Cat Robey Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Attending a staged reading of a work in progress is an experience unlike any other for an audience member. There is no set, no exits or entrances, no lighting or sound cues – although all of those such stage directions are read direct from the script. And so, in addition to ...

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It Is So Ordered – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Conor Carroll Director: Lucy Curtis Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hope has always had such a good reputation, something that persists when life is at its most bleak but hope is also destructive, especially when the possibilities it affords do nothing but tease the suffering into feeling again. “It’s the hope that kills” Johnny explains after serving 50 years for a ...

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