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The Actualisation Show  – The Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Creators: Ephemeral Ensemble Directors: Eygló Belafonte and Ramon Ayres Reviewer: Richard Maguire The statistics around suicide in Britain are staggering, especially among young adults. For men under 45, suicide is the biggest killer; more than car accidents, more than cancer. Of the 6,000 people who commit suicide a year in this country, over 75% are men. Traditional ideas of masculinity ...

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Romantics Anonymous – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer and Director: Emma Rice Lyrics: Christopher Dimond Music: Michael Kooman Reviewer: Stephen Bates With a celebration of the joy of romance and the miracle of chocolate, Emma Rice bows out as Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre, leaving only broad smiles behind her. Based upon the 2010 French/Belgian film Les Émotifs Anonymes, her new musical is a sweet confection ...

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Don Giovanni – Pleasance Theatre, London

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Sophie Gilpin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Whoever scheduled this faithful adaption of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Pleasance Theatre must have had incredible foresight, as this revival has come at a time when revelations of female sexual abuse at the hands of men in positions of power has dominated the news. Central to Mozart’s tale is ...

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Vamos Cuba! – Peacock Theatre, London

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Nilda Guerra Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Airports are the some of the most frustrating places in the world. Despite the excitement and anticipation of the holiday destinations ahead, the trudge through airport security and the overcrowded lounge feel like a chore. How much worse all this is when your plane is delayed, and endless hours of waiting ...

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Beginning – National Theatre, London

Writer: David Eldridge Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Stephen Bates David Eldridge’s new play begins at the end - the end of a drunken flat warming party. Hostess Laura (Justine Mitchell) stands at the door, but the last lingering guest, Danny (Sam Troughton), there as a friend of an acquaintance, declines to exit through it. After the play has progressed over ...

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Of Kith and Kin – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Thompson Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Stephen Bates The details of Chris Thompson’s new three-act play, first seen at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, may be very modern, but the style of its opening is distinctly old-fashioned. A living room, an expecting married couple and a cantankerous, interfering mother-in-law are staples of domestic comedy, but the modern twist is ...

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The Secret Keeper – Ovalhouse, Kennington

 cWriter: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J. Skilbeck Reviewer: David Guest In the week that the news media is filled with celebrities claiming everyone knew about film producer Harvey Weinstein’s secrets but was afraid to say anything, the new play by Angela Clerkin couldn’t be more timely. The Secret Keeper is a grim fairy tale for modern times with ...

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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliot Reviewer: Richard Maguire Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle states that it is impossible to know both the position and the velocity of an object; the more we focus on the object’s position the less we know about its momentum. It’s not that our measuring tools are inadequate, but that there is some uncertainty inherent in nature. ...

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