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Thérèse Raquin – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Émile Zola Director: Seb Harcombe Reviewer: Stephen Bates Taken seriously, Thérèse Raquin,Émile Zola's Paris-set tale of a woman struggling to break free from her shackles, can be seen as an early cry for feminist causes. However, there is little that asks to be taken tooseriously in this new production. Published as a novel in 1867 and turned into a ...

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Marilyn and Sinatra – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Sandro Monetti Director: Sandro Monetti Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In terms of post-war Hollywood, there are hardly two figures more iconic than Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra. Their entangled personal lives, as they danced around each other even as they were married to other people, has the scope for a fascinating look at such larger-than-life figures, especially given Monroe’s tragic ...

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Big Shot – London Irish Centre

Creator: Lauryn Gaffney Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The musical follows Jeremy, a successful New York defence lawyer. We track him and his clients, friends and local coffee shop staff as he moves through love, career defining moments and a fair amount of anguish. In a neat little love twist, the barista/artist he falls in love with is engaged to Hank, Jeremy’s ...

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Cut Throat – London Irish Centre, London

Writers: Jean-Philippe Baril Guerard (adapted by Matt Cunningham) Director: Laura Jasper Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Is equality possible or is it something created by squeamish members of humanity too afraid to confront the Darwinian rules of natural selection? As one species among many on the planet, a speck in an infinite universe and billions of years of history, is it our ...

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Insert Title Here – Hen & Chickens Theatre, London

Writersand performers:Noah James and Jordan Maxwell Reviewer: Deborah Parry Looking at the title, you'd be forgiven for assuming that this show is an intriguing improvisational comedy - you'd be wrong. What we actually get, instead, is 45 minutes of sketches that aren't very original, or, actually, very funny. Part of Camden's Fringe Festival, the piece has been created by and ...

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Screens – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Stephen Laughton Director: Cressida Brown Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Stephen Laughton’s new play tries to fit a lot into its 65-minute running time. National identity of second-generation immigrants, Brexit-inspired racism, sibling rivalry, homophobia, dating apps, Guardian readers’ assumptions about conflicts and their causes, and the modern world’s over-dependence on mobile phones. If you were thinking that what a one-act play ...

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Bibs, Boats, Borders & Bastards – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writers: Backpack Theatre Director: Andre Pink Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the biggest, and least understood, legacies of the First World War has been the deliberate targeting of civilians whose homes just happen to be either in the way of the battlefield or in places of strategic import. Fast forward a hundred years and the impact of modern conflicts in ...

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Children of Eden – Union Theatre, London

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: John Caird Director: Christian Durham Musical director: Inga Davis-Rutter Choreographer:Lucie Pankhurst Reviewer: David Guest Any musical that contains the memorable line, “Oh Noah... you go-a... all the way back to the protozoa” must be worth more than a passing glance. When Children of Eden first hit the West End stage 25 years ago it ...

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