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King Lear – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the most disputed aspects of the late Tudor age was Elizabeth I’s refusal to name her successor, fearing, as she claimed, that men prefer the rising to the setting sun. While her whims frustrated many, she brought decades of relative stability to a sorely divided nation. No wonder then, ...

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The Majority – National Theatre, London

Writer: Rob Drummond Director: David Overend Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sometimes it feels as if the only thing that can be said in favour of democracy is that it is infinitely preferable to any conceivable alternative. Rob Drummond’s new 90-minute one man show sets out to expose the fallibilities, anomalies and contradictions of majority verdicts by asking the audience to make ...

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Pageant – London Irish Centre

Book & Lyrics: Bill Russell and Frank Kelly Music: Albert Evans Director Bill Rusell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the many ways that you can divide up the world is into pre- and post-Miss Congeniality, and for lovers of Miss World-style competitions and beauty pageants, this film from 2000 revelled in its snarling contestants and bitter has-beens, that has shaped ...

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Between a Man and a Woman – The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: & Director Scott James Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Domestic violence is rarely depicted on stage and it’s taken Scott James more than 10 years to create his play Between a Man and a Woman which premiered in September 2016, with subsequent runs in several fringe venues. This latest version, showing at The Lion and the Unicorn Theatre as part of ...

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Boom, Theatre 503 – London

Writer: Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Director: Katherine Nesbitt Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Written by a self-confessed biology buff, Boom is the story of a second Big Bang, an apocalyptic event caused by a huge comet colliding with the earth. Not an obvious subject for a comedy. Warned of this event by his fish, our hero, Jules, played with pitiable naivety by Will ...

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Mrs Orwell – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Tony Cox Director: Jimmy Walters Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In our modern world that still believes in true love, how difficult it is to imagine that people marry for any other reason? But of course they do; some choose marriage for companionship, to fulfil social expectations and some more mercenary reasons. How much more complicated when the hand on offer ...

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Apologia – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Alexi Kaye Campbell Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Alex Ramon Following on from his popular 2008 Royal Court debut with the dual-timeline gay drama The Pride, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s second play Apologia was produced at the Bush in 2009. It’s one of a number of plays of its period (Mike Bartlett’s Love Love Love and Stephen Beresford’s The Last of ...

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Bullet Hole – Etcetera Theatre, London

Writer: Gloria Williams Director: Lara Genovese Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is one of the toughest topics for theatre to tackle but Gloria Williams’s new play Bullet Hole, showing at the Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe Festival, is unafraid to explore the brutal effects of this horrifying practice. Interestingly, rather than assume it happens thousands ...

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