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The Knowledge – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Rosenthal (Adapted by Simon Block) Director: Maureen Lipman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The black cab is an iconic London landmark every bit as recognisable as Buckingham Palace or St Paul’s Cathedral, and its drivers carry a hard-earned encyclopaedic understanding of the city’s 15,000 central streets as well as the various suburbs. The long process of obtaining ‘The Knowledge’ was ...

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Doubt: A Parable – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: John Patrick Shanley Director: Chè Walker Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s a brave move for the Southwark Playhouse to present Doubt, when the play, written in 2005, is best remembered for the film version, which came out in 2008 trailing Oscar nominations in its wake. Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman so embodied the roles of Sister Aloysius and Father ...

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5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline  – Yeomanry House, Bloomsbury

Choreographer and Director: Rosie Kay Reviewer: Richard Maguire Philosopher Michel Foucault suggested that the body of the modern soldier is ‘manipulated, shaped, trained’ so that it ‘obeys, responds, and becomes skilful’.  The body of the dancer is under the same pressure, and 5 Soldiers, in association with Sadler’s Wells, and the British Army, cleverly explores the similarities between these two bodies. The ...

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Waiting For Godot – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Peter Reid Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Hmmm… lalalalala…. [drums fingers] … you’re probably waiting for the review to start. British people spend an awfully long time waiting for things; we queue patiently in the Post Office or at the bus stop, endure months till the next holiday or wait quietly for late friends. So, Samuel Beckett’s best-known ...

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The Unsung – The Roundhouse, London

Writer: Genevieve Carver Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Unsung stands before its audience wearing two equally impressive hats. On one hand, it’s a globe-trotting, heartbreaking eulogy for musicians who lived and died in varying degrees of obscurity. And on the other, it’s a joyful celebration of music as an undying beacon of hope and inspiration. Poet Genevieve Carver and her three-piece ...

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Follies – National Theatre, London

Book: James Goldman Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The very name is laden with double meaning. Primarily, of course, the title of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a reunion of variety performers is a reference to the Ziegfeld Follies, whose dancers would glide down stately staircases in lavish costumes designed to show off a very ...

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Dante’s Divine Comedy – Barons Court Theatre, London

Adapted and directed: Douglas Baker Movement director: Matt Coulton Reviewer: David Guest A fast-paced and contemporary take on one of the world’s greatest literary works gives audiences a fiery and thought-provoking ride to Hell and back. Waiting on the narrow stairs down from the Curtains Up pub to the Barons Court Theatre on a muggy evening tests comfort levels before ...

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Deadline Day – Theatre N16, London

Writers: John Hickman and Steve Robertson Director: James Callas Ball Reviewer: Richard Maguire Football and theatre may seem to be uneasy bedfellows but, in the last few years, we’ve had quite a number of shows about the "Beautiful Game". As well as The Pass, and Jumpers for Goalposts, Bend it Like Beckham scored in the West End and Patrick Marber’s ...

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