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Ghost Stories – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson Directors: Jeremy Dyson, Sean Holmes and Andy Nyman Reviewer: Scott Matthewman "Please keep the secrets of *Ghost Stories*," implores a tannoy announcement at the end of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's show. What is no secret is the production's undoubted success, from its first days at the Liverpool Playhouse, to a record-breaking 13-month run ...

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Secret Cinema – The Grand Budapest Hotel, London

Reviewer: Ian Foster At a smidge over £50 a head, the latest incarnation of Secret Cinema certainly isn’t cheap. But they are doing things differently this time around – the location is secret as always but the film has been identified in advance as Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and the immersive experience into which they plunge the audience ...

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Variation on a Theme – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Michael Oakley Reviewer: Ian Foster It is Variation on a Theme that a young Shelagh Delaney saw and was inspired to write her iconoclastic A Taste of Honey, playing her own part in shaking up a British theatre scene that had Terence Rattigan as a fusty figurehead and while her play went on to become a ...

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Blue Remembered Hills – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Dennis Potter Director: Graham Hubbard Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills, originally written for the BBC’s Play for Today series and screened in 1979, focuses its gaze on the lives of seven children playing in the Forest of Dean during the Second World War. At just one hour and 15 minutes long, the play hones in on ...

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The One – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Vicky Jones Director: Steve Marmion Reviewer: Stephen Bates Resembling a boxing ring without ropes, the set for this biting, one-act adult comedy is a perfect square platform with refreshments (alcoholic) in opposite corners. Vicky Jones’ debut play amounts to a gladiatorial contest between a man an a woman bound together in a long-term relationship, both using all means at ...

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The A-Z of Mrs P – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book: Diane Samuels Music &Lyrics: Gywneth Herbert Director: Sam Buntrock Reviewer: Joanna Trainor “Best foot forward”; the start of a new chapter for Mrs P, as she leaves her husband in Venice, but also a phrase synonymous with her task to map London, street by street. A new British musical is always a welcome sight, especially a story of something ...

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Smallholding – Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Dunkley Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Andy Moseley ‘You miss so much when you’re looking the other way’ proclaims Jen, one of the two characters in Smallholding. By the end of the play I was more concerned about what I’d seen looking the right way. Smallholding seems to have been conceived to meet Hightide Festivals selection criteria. Set in ...

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Poilu and Tommy – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Mick Wood Director: Natasha Wood Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile Theatre Voliere’s new production ‘Poilu and Tommy’ explores the fragile relationship of the present with the past through a bittersweet tale of friendship, secrets, war, politics and poetry. By linking a young man’s memories of childhood in the English countryside in1900 with his present situation in war torn France a powerful ...

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