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Let The Right One In – Royal Court, London

Writer: Jack Thorne, based on the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:5] Adapted by Jack Thorne from John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel and its two subsequent film versions, Let The Right One In could be said to fall into the teen vampire genre that has proved so enduringly popular of late, but that would do ...

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The Jungle Book – Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

Adapted by Adam Dechanel and Simon James Collier Director: Simon James Collier Reviewer: Bernie C. Byrnes [rating:2.5] There are two creators behind this adaptation of The Jungle Book and therein lies this productions most obvious flaw. It is clear that Adam Dechanel and Simon James Collier are both capable of good things but there seemed to be a mishmash of ...

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Candide – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Music: Leonard Bernstein Book: Hugh Wheeler, adapted from Voltaire Lyrics: Richard Wilbur Additional Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Leonard Bernstein’s take on Voltaire’s philosophical attire has had many incarnations, thus labelling it as something of a problematic musical. But given their pedigree for musical theatre, the ...

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Gizmo Love’ and ‘Three Little Birds’ – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: John Kolvenbach, Ffion Jones Director: Sam Carrack, Suzy Catliff Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:4] For anyone old enough to remember going to the cinema and seeing a supporting feature before the main film, AllthePigs deliver the theatrical equivalent at New Diorama, as the main feature is preceded each night by the debut play from one of three young writers. The ...

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Puss in Boots – Hackney Empire, London

Writer: Susie McKenna Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Though its position at other times of the year may seem a little precarious, Susie McKenna has built up the Hackney Empire into one of the must-see venues for pantomime in London, drawing in families from far and wide to their revitalised yet still classic take on all the old ...

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Season’s Greetings – Union Theatre, London

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Michael Strassen Reviewer: Robert Cottingham [rating:3] Christmas Eve, 1980. All is abuzz in the house of Neville and Belinda Bunker. Drinks are poured, the Christmas tree is lit, the presents are wrapped. We are in deepest suburbia, the same milieu of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, and a similar time frame, but the tone of Ayckbourn’s play ...

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Sinderfella – The Green Carnation, London

Writer: Simon Gross Director: Simon Gross Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:4] Jokes on balls, nuts, and 69 or rather 68 with a cast of six men in the show Sinderfella, it can only be a pantomime, an adult pantomime to be precise. The show comes with the warning: “not suitable for children, faint-hearted and persons of a prudish nature” just to ...

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The Seagull – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director Sebastian Blanc Reviewer Alison Lewin [rating:2.5] "I am in mourning for my life" declares Masha. Which unfortunately, absolutely set the tone for the next 2 hours of this production of The Seagull. Director Sebastian Blanc takes us on a rather dark and depressing journey through the script without realising any of the light and shade or ...

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