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Cia Manuel Linan: Reversible – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director: Manuel Linan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Gender fluidity is quite the talking point in current theatre as a number of female actors have recently taken on traditionally male roles – from Glenda Jackson’s King Lear and Harriet Walter in Julius Ceasar to Tamsin Grieg as Malvolia in the National Theatre’s new Twelfth Night. But theatre is not the only place ...

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Gala Flamenca 2017 – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director: Manuel Liñán Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh A much-anticipated highlight of Sadler’s Wells Flamenco Festival, this gala performance proudly exhibits all the passion and vibrancy that is flamenco. True to form we begin with an atmospheric and lovely piece, punctuated with clapping, tapping and Spanish song; both anthemic and celebratory. The singer Rocío Márquez was mesmerising; again too in our second ...

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The Understudy – Canal Cafe Theatre, London

Writer: Theresa Rebeck Director: Russell Lucas Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As acting gigs go, being the understudy to a famous actor in a large West End or Broadway show is a thankless one. If the person in whose shoes you are expected to stand is indisposed, the production will face demands from theatregoers who would rather receive a refund and see ...

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Guitarrisimo: Santiago Lara – Sadlers Wells, London

Music: Pat Metheny Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Guitarist Santiago Lara is clearly a bit of a rock star in the flamenco world judging by the rousing reception his latest show received at Sadler’s Wells. Playing nine pieces by American guitarist and composer Pat Metheny, Lara and his small band have created a 70-minute show that fuses the melancholy flamenco sounds of ...

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The Cherry Orchard – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov, English version by Trevor Griffiths Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Chekhov's final play, written when the playwright was in his early 40s, can be thought of as being remarkably prescient. The tale of a wealthy aristocratic family that has been living beyond its means being brought low, to be replaced by the lower classes, presaged the ...

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Broken – The Space, London

Writer: Matthew Lyon Director: Dominique Gerrard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Love may be a many splendored thing but breaking up is hard to do. What Neil Sedaka doesn’t tell you is quite how that glorious blissful relationship turned into a messy, argument-filled headache that can never be revived. Luckily Matthew Lyon’s verse-play Broken, currently being revived at The Space, has the ...

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Cía Mercedes Ruiz: Déjame que te baile – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographer: Mercedes Ruiz Reviewer: T.L. Wiswell Mercedes Ruiz has had over 15 years working as a soloist, and it's no surprise that her latest production, Déjame que te baile (Let me dance for you), takes a stripped down approach focusing on music and dance over the fripperies of a larger flamenco show. This was telegraphed in the opening moments, when she ...

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Tank – The Drum, Plymouth

Made and performed by: Joe Boylan, Craig Hamilton, Ellice Stevens, Victoria Watson Director: Billy Barrett and Ellice Stevens Reviewer: Karen Bussell Talking dolphins, LSD and inter-species sexual relations… you couldn’t make it up – and Breach Theatre hasn’t. Seizing on the strange-but-true fishy tale of Cold War space race NASA-funded research into language, Fringe First Award-winning Tank is a many-layered, ...

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