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Superior Donuts – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Tracy Letts Director: Ned Bennett Reviewer: Andy Moseley When you’ve just written an award-winning play that’s been placed alongside Long Day’s Journey Into Night and All My Sons, as a Great American Play, it might go to your head and lead you to believe everything you write will be a classic. It might also make it hard for people ...

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The Worst of Scottee – Roundhouse, London

Writer: Scottee Director: Chris Goode Reviewer: Rob Cottingham The Worst of Scottee is an interesting piece. A one-man show that was originally performed in Edinburgh is now on at the Roundhouse for two weeks. From a photo-booth on stage the performer Scottee relates some of the most shameful and embarrassing episodes from his past and finds people who knew him ...

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Sizwe Banzi Is Dead – Young Vic, London

Devised by: Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Christopher Hong At the time this work was first performed in 1972, apartheid in South Africa was in full swing. Restrictions on and discrimination against black people and the bureaucracy involved was extensive, exemplified by the pass book used to regulate their movement. This play charmingly weaves ...

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Hannah – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Thorpe Director: Simon Evans Reviewer: Teddy Lamb The Unicorn Theatre is easily one of the most exciting spaces in London, with a dedicated year round repertoire of work specifically made for young people. Their commitment to pushing the boundaries of Children’s Theatre is what sets them apart from other children’s companies and Hannah is no exception. Adapting Marlowe’s ...

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The Hotel Plays – Langham Hotel, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Anthony Banks, James Hillier, Jonathan Humphreys Reviewer: Ian Foster A soldier on leave, a lover in the cupboard, an actress in her dotage; newlyweds, mistresses, hucksters; satin pyjamas, warm croissants, endless liquor. Such is the stuff of many a hotel and in the plush surroundings of the Langham, London, all of the above and more can ...

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The Closed Loop – Camden People’s Theatre, London

Writer: Yichao Director: Yichao Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Some West End theatres have volunteers from St Johns Ambulance on standby in case any member of the audience is taken ill. This show, by making most of the audience sit on the floor in a cramped space, could have done with some first aiders to restore circulation to the lower limbs of ...

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Oh What A Lovely War – Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Writer: Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Rob Cottingham The plot is history: nothing less than the First World War, and the build-up that led to it. The cast is decked out in ruffs and white suits of a seaside Pierrot show that was all the rage in Edwardian times. We are to witness (the MC tells ...

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Donkeys’ Years – Rose Theatre Kingston, London

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Lisa Spirling Reviewer: Alice McGuigan “I wasn’t old enough to be young.” At an organised reunion in their old university halls, six men politely reminisce about their days as students, over “jolly good food” and “jolly good wine”. But it is not long before they are crawling around with a stolen beer barrel, chucking one another ...

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