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Here Comes Trouble – Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Performer and Choreographer: Keira Martin Director: Charlotte Vincent Reviewer: Richard Maguire Here Comes Trouble certainly lives up to its name in this short unsettling performance by Keira Martin. She’s trouble because in a world of order and pigeonholes, she resists categorisation: she’s trouble and she troubles. The piece itself also avoids easy classification as it blends Irish dancing, live art, ...

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LoveStuck – The Cockpit, London

Book: Adam Wollerton Music: PJ Nielsen and Jake Few Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The university years have been strangely overlooked by musicals and while the last years of secondary school seem to be the focus of many well-known shows, what happens next is in many ways more formative. Grease, High School Musical and even the forthcoming Mean Girls musical all look ...

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The Marriage of Kim K – Arcola Theatre, London

Lyrics: Leoe Mercer Music and Director: Stephen Hyde Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Musically and creatively ambitious, there’s some fine, brilliant moments shining through here but it’s a little too jumbled to be a classic. Based on the televisual habits of Stephen and Amelia (played by real life couple Stephen Hyde and Amelia Gabriel), the musical flits through scenes from Kim Kardashian’s ...

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Mosquitoes – National Theatre, London

Writer: Lucy Kirkwood Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Scott Matthewman At the Large Hadron Collider at CERN’s Switzerland, two particles flung in opposite directions around the underground toroid structure will reunite and collide. Although the force involved may be little more than that of two mosquitoes flying into each other, muses Lucy Kirkwood’s dazzling new play, the repercussions are huge – ...

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The Blues Brothers Summer Special – Hippodrome Casino, London

Director: Joshua Mumby Choreographer: Lily Howkins Musical Director: James Robert Ball Reviewer: Deborah Parry You may not have seen it, but chances are you've heard of a rather iconic cult 1980s film called The Blues Brothers - you'll certainly recognise the outfits, the sunglasses and the deadpan faces of the two stars (the late) John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Well, ...

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The Break-Up Monologues  – The Blue Elephant Theatre, London

Devised by Rosie Wilby, featuring Sophia Blackwell, VG Lee, and Paula Varjack Reviewer: Richard Maguire  Neil Sedaka famously sang that ‘Breaking up is hard to do’, but in The Blue Elephant’s night of spoken word the performers suggest that breaking up with a lover can be liberating and transformative. Unfortunately, comedian Rosie Wilby, who curated the evening, was ill and unable to ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The Globe’s Summer of Love progresses - verve, wit and colour very much in abundance. Matthew Dunster’s creation takes us from the regular setting of Messina to Mexico in the early 20th Century. The revolución becomes the military backdrop for Don Pedro’s men as they come to Leonato’s house and with ...

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City of Champions – Theatre Workshop, London

Writer and director: Steve Brown Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Hollywood studios are usually keen to point out that no animals are harmed during the shooting of their films, but harming children could be another matter. Steve Brown's searing drama is a reminder that, for every Jodie Foster or Christian Bale who makes the transition from child to adult stardom, there is a...well, no ...

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