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Stitchers – Jermyn Street, London

Writer: Esther Freud Director: Gaby Dellal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott With an overcrowded prison system, notable reoffending rates and high instances of suicide, there is an ongoing debate about the appropriate response to crime -  should we punish or rehabilitate. Lady Anne Tree firmly believed in the latter and spent a lifetime visiting prisoners and, in one extraordinary story, essentially running ...

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Two Noble Kinsman- The Globe, London

Writer: John Fletcher and William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott After mixed reviews for Michelle Terry’s opening salvo as Artistic Director at the Globe, her third show of the summer is an unquestionable triumph. While Shakespeare scholars continue to debate the writer’s contributions to The Two Noble Kinsman, co-authored with John Fletcher in the 1610s audiences are less ...

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Leave Taking – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Winsome Pinnock Director: Madani Younis Reviewer: Richard Maguire Leave Taking was first produced in 1987, and yet parts of it are eerily contemporary. In this play about first and second generation immigrants from Jamaica, one character exclaims he is worried that he may be deported as his papers may not be in order despite the fact that he is a ...

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Fatherland – Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London

Co-author and writer: Simon Stephens Co-author and composer: Karl Hyde Co-author and director: Scott Graham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Masculism has perhaps become unfashionable at a time when, rightly, the movement for gender equality has gained urgent momentum. This new 90-minute piece, presented by Frantic Assembly as part of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), brings the male of the ...

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Roberta Jean: Brocade – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director and Choreographer: Roberta Jean Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Appreciating dance so often resides in the creation of beautiful movement, as well as the control and intricacy with which the performer conveys meaning or narrative. Rarely do we appreciate the considerable power of the dancer, their ability to deliver rigorous routines and maintain their physical strength night after night. Roberta Jean’s ...

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Xenos  – Sadler’s Wells, London

Performer and Choreographer: Akram Khan Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s rare that dancers become household names, but Akram Khan is familiar to many, especially since his appearance at the London Olympic opening ceremony in 2012. He’s collaborated with a wide range of artists over the years:  among them, actor Juliette Binoche, writer Hanif Kureishi and even singer Kylie Minogue. At the ...

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Translations – National Theatre, London

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Ian Rickson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the latest episode of his podcast Lexicon Valley, linguistics professor John McWhorter considers what it may take for one language to become universal. Dismissing both Mandarin Chinese and Esperanto’s prospects – the former relying too much on intonation of the same vowel sounds to form completely different words, the latter ...

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The Rink – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Terrence McNally Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There’s a huge amount going on in The Rink, from the mother/daughter relationship issues, the comedy of characters from past lives and some serious exploration of middle America. So is it a good or a bad thing that the shining, lingering image after this show ...

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