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The Cavalry Behind You – Theatre 503, London

Writer and Director: Tom Stuchfield Reviewer: Ann Bawtree A telling production on the sombre subject of the First World War, Tom Stuchfield’s play is brought to life through the witness of many characters, played by the six actors who are on stage for the whole of the play. The company comprises a varied group drawn not only from the allied ...

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Shit-Faced Showtime: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Leicester Square Theatre, London

Director: Tamsyn Kelly Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Anybody who has been sober in the presence of drunk friends knows that, far from being the masters of wit they imagine themselves to be, the inebriated rarely make for the most entertaining of people. So the very concept of Shit-Faced Showtime – a musical offshoot of Magnificent Bastard Productions’ long-running Shit-Faced Shakespeare – is a little worrisome. ...

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King Kong (A Comedy) – The Vaults, London

Writer: Daniel Clarkson Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Saoirse Anton With eight films released since 1933, and another planned, King Kong has been a cinematic stalwart for over eight decades. Despite, or perhaps as a result of, his status as a classic cinema character, bringing Kong from the screen to the stage is almost as daunting as bringing him from Skull ...

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Mumburger – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Sarah Kosar Director: Tommo Fowler Reviewer: Stephen Bates Tragedy strikes far away and near. In their East London home, Hugh and Tiffany see television news channels leading with reports of many dead in a roller coaster accident in China, but it is the secondary story of a car crash on the M25 that grabs their attention because the sole fatality ...

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Lonely Planet – Tabard Theatre, London

Writer: Steven Dietz Director: Ian Brown Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s taken over 20 years for Lonely Planet to reach Britain, and while this tight two-hander about the AIDS epidemic in America would have been more useful on the stage in the 1990s, it proves to be worth the wait. To make comparisons between Lonely Planet and Angels in America is inevitable, but perhaps unfair.  Tony Kushner’s Angels ...

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The Wind In The Willows – London Palladium

Writer: Julian Fellowes Composer: George Styles Lyricist: Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Tom Finch Based on the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame, a new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows has opened in the West End for a Summer run. Sticking faithfully to the original source material the show follows Ratty, Moley and Badger as they attempt ...

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The Passion of the Playboy Riots – Hen & Chickens, London

Writer and Director: Neil Weatherall Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There isn’t very much rioting in playhouses these days, and whatever the views of the writer, going to the theatre has become a rather sedate affair. But this was far from the case in the early 20th Century when WB Yeats and Lady Gregory established the Irish National Theatre Society, in essence ...

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Dirty Work (The Late Shift) – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writers: Tim Etchells with Robin Arthur and Cathy Naden Director: Tim Etchells Reviewer: Richard Maguire Forced Entertainment’s newest show Dirty Work (The Late Shift) is full of spectacle; A thousand butterflies are released out of boxes to swirl around the audience, famous assassinations are re-enacted on stage while trapeze artists dazzle and tumble above it. But look again, and you ...

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