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Royal Vauxhall  – The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

Writer: Desmond O’Connor Reviewer: Richard Maguire You couldn’t make it up. The idea that Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett once disguised Princess Diana and took her to a gay bar one night in the late 80s seems preposterous, but truth has always proved stranger than fiction. And what better venue to stage this story than in the actual place where ...

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Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story – Arcola Theatre, London

Music and words: Stephen Dolginoff Director: Guy Retallack Reviewer: Deborah Parry Based on its title, you'd be forgiven for assuming that Thrill Me: The Leopold & Leob Story is a cheesy jukebox musical about a bygone folk duo whose songs you'd hope to recognise, even if you can't quite place their names (it isn't). You'd also be forgiven for assuming it's ...

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In Search Of Myself – London Improv Theatre

Writer & Director: Benedetta Basile Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones In Search of Myself is an intense, stripped-down, up-close-and-personal look at the impact of bipolar on a young couple’s relationship. The set is bare bones – a small stage, muted lighting, an occasional chair. The audience is sat around white clothed tables adorned with candles and playing card table numbers. It gives ...

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Happy – A Chemsex Musical  – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writers & Directors: Thom Sellwood & Carrie Marx Reviewer: Richard Maguire Log on to a gay app like Grindr or Scruff and you’ll come across numerous profiles containing the abbreviation ‘hnh’. The uninitiated may want to decode this as ‘hung and horny’ but, in fact, it stands for ‘high and horny’, with ‘high’ denoting drug use. There are many other euphemisms ...

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Fun at the Festival – Arcola Theatre, London

Music: Arthur Sullivan, Gian-Carlo Menotti Libretti: F C Burnand, G.C Menotti, J Norland Director: Paula Chitty Reviewer: Deborah Parry When you think about opera, you probably picture a grand venue, a huge chorus and not really being able to follow the plot because the lyrics are in a language that you barely recall from your school days. It is unlikely ...

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Windows – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: John Galsworthy Director: Geoffrey Beevers Reviewer: Richard Maguire While it may seem that we have a George Bernard Shaw revival every year in London, rarely do we see on stage any plays by his contemporary John Galsworthy. Apart from the series of novels that comprises The Forsyte Saga, televised by both the BBC and ITV, most of Galsworthy’s other works ...

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Late Company – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Jordan Tannahill Director: Michael Yale Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If you were a couple whose teenage son had died, perhaps the last thing you would do is to invite one of the classmates that had bullied him to suicide and his parents for a conciliatory meal. Perhaps they do restorative justice differently in Canada. Jordan Tannahill’s taut and moving play, ...

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The Host – The Yard Theatre, London

Writer: Nessah Muthy Director: Zoe Lafferty Reviewer: Richard Maguire In the 2016 Brexit referendum almost 60% of London voters elected to remain, and in response to the result, Mayor Sadiq Khan launched his #LondonisOpen campaign. He said ‘We don’t simply tolerate each other’s differences, we celebrate them.’ But when push comes to shove how welcoming are Londoners to foreigners? This ...

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