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Vanities: The Musical -Trafalgar Studios, London

Music and Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum Book: Jack Heifner Director and Choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Even in the UK, the American high school experience is incredibly familiar and there are numerous films, musicals and books dedicated to a period many writers consider pivotal in the particular shaping of young women. Regardless of generation, at some point, most people will ...

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The Beau Defeated – The Rose Playhouse, London

Writer: Mary Pix Director: Natasha Rickman Reviewer: Jon Wainwright This is the first of the six staged readings of Restoration plays that make up the Salon Season at the Rose Playhouse, which is a rare and welcome chance to see the work of six women playwrights over a period of two weeks. If the other five are as good as ...

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The Great Divide – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Alix Sobler Director: Rory McGregor Reviewer: Stephen Bates 105 years on from the events that itdepicts, Alix Sobler's new play could hardly be more topical. She makes the point herself that her account of the struggles of immigrants to integrate into a new society is timeless and need not relate to any specific groups - she tells us thatthey ...

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The Gospel According to Philip – Theatre N16, London

Writers: Richard Melchior and Heidi Svoboda Director: Ross McGregor Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Philip is very excited. He's got a new messiah to follow and he's writing down his first gospel entry. Will Mytum's fresh-faced apostle is adorably wet behind the ears (Judas later jokes that Phillip can't make the Last Supper because he has to be "in bed by seven"). ...

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Bumblescratch – Adelphi Theatre, London

Writer: Robert J Sherman Director: Stewart Nicholls Reviewer: Deborah Parry After the huge success of a musical about Cats, you could sort of understand why one centred around the lives of rats might not be such a radical idea – right? Let's just say that, after seeing this show, you might actually want to set the former upon the latter ...

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The Fatal Friendship – The Rose Playhouse, London

Writer: Catherine Trotter Director: Alex Pearson Reviewer: Jon Wainwright Secret love, unjust incarceration, parental command, jealous fury, high emotion, and, of course, fatal friendship – this play packs in a lot in just over 90 minutes. The sum is rather less than the parts, however, thanks to the preposterous nature of the plot, although the experience is entertaining, thanks to ...

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Burning Doors – Soho Theatre, London

Writer &Director: Nicolai Khalezin Reviewer: Deborah Klayman A stark set, evocative images and an oppressive soundscape await the audience for Burning Doors – and that is merely the pre-set. Before the play-proper even begins, the auditorium is awash with claustrophobia and uncomfortable truth, with half the height of the set given over to projected imagery with sobering surtitles, and the ...

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Crime and Punishment – The Scoop, London

Book: Phil Wilmott, adapted from the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Music and Lyrics: Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As the scenario for a jukebox musical based on the music of a British New Wave artist of the late 1970s, one doesn’t immediately think one of the classics of Russian literature, much less consider that a steampunk design ...

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