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Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – Richmond Theatre

Writer/Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Alex Ramon While not quite boasting the reputation of Fawlty Towers, Dad's Army or Steptoe and Son, Raymond Allen's Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em nonetheless remains among the most enduringly popular of '70s sitcoms, its combination of sharp writing and slapstick proving pretty timeless in its appeal. The travails of its disaster-prone, proud but oddly innocent protagonist Frank Spencer, whom ...

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Foreign Body – The Vaults, London

Writer: Imogen Butler-Cole Director: Fran Moulds Reviewer: Richard Maguire ‘I’m fine,‘ says a voice at the start of this 40-minute dance show about the trauma of sexual abuse. But the voice is at odds with the solitary performer, creator and writer Imogen Butler-Cole, who moves slowly inside a crescent of tall standing mirrors. It’s very clear that she’s not fine, ...

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Ok, Bye  – The Vaults, London

Writer and Director: Vicki Baron Reviewer: Richard Maguire One of the recurring themes of this year’s Vault Festival seems to be about how we deal with the death of a parent. Creating new rituals in their wake, The Dead Show and Be Prepared focussed on the death of a father, while Sparks and Words, Words, Words reflected on the sense ...

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Abducting Diana – Hens and Chickens Theatre, London

Writer: Dario Fo Director: Michael Ward Reviewer: Maryam Philpott With political theatre returning to the mainstream in the past year, it was only a matter of time before Dario Fo’s work was revived. With a particular focus on the failures of capitalism that ensures the poor are exploited to protect the rich, Fo’s extensive work over 60 years remains distinctiveness. ...

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Macbeth – National Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If there was such a thing as a National Theatre acting company any more, Rory Kinnear would be at its head through longevity, if nothing else. Macbeth marks his tenth leading role for the South Bank venue. His costar, Anne-Marie Duff, is not far behind, on her ninth. So for this ...

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Curtains – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Stephen Bill Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 2012 survey revealed that there is a much higher probability that people over 60 will die on their own birthdays than on any other day of the year. In Stephen Bill’s play, things are not looking good for Ida, whose family are gathering round to celebrate her 86th, bearing greetings ...

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Checkpoint Chana – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Jeff Page Director: Manuel Bau Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Deep in the heart of Islington’s sleepy, hippy academia, poet Bev Hemmings has published a new volume of work. It should be a welcome cause of celebration, a bright spot in a life where her father’s slow descent into Alzheimer’s is exacerbating her alcoholism. But a line in one of the ...

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Germán Cornejo’s Tango After Dark – Peacock Theatre, London

Director and Choreographer: Germán Cornejo Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Returning to the Peacock Theatre, Germán Cornejo and his long-term professional dance partner Gisela Galeassi can always be depended upon to provide an exhilarating showcase of the Argentinian Tango. The couple’s latest show, Tango After Dark, receives its world premiere here. Stripping away anynarrative framing device, the emphasis instead is on strong ...

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