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Pressure – Park Theatre, London

Writer: David Haig Director: John Dove Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the same week that the Royal Air Force celebrates the 100thanniversary of its establishment as an independent service, uniting the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, David Haig presents his new play about the unusual role of RAF personnel in the run-up to D-Day at the Park ...

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Devil With the Blue Dress – Bunker Theatre, London

Writer: Kevin Armento Director: Joshua McTaggart Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Plays that explicitly draw attention to the fact that they are plays, where characters explicitly talk to the audience about the artifice of theatre, can be tricky beasts to pull off. Such a mechanism can betray a lack of confidence in the audience: despite sitting in the dark, watching actors play ...

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The Sleeper – The Space, London

  Writer and Director: Henry C Krempels Reviewer: Richard Maguire Around halfway into this play, set on a train travelling from Venice to Paris, the actors suddenly call for the house lights to be switched on and then ask the audience ‘Will this play solve the refugee crisis?’ Although the audience are never required to answer this question, the reply, ...

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The Country Wife – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: William Wycherley Director: Luke Fredericks Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Jealousy and the perils of a deceptive reputation drive William Wycherley’s oft-revived 1675 Restoration classic The Country Wife, as intermarital shenanigans are covered-up with a thin veil of modest, virtue, and even reputed impotence. Luke Fredericks new production for Morphic Graffiti at Southwark Playhouse which amusingly relocates the action to the ...

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Death of a Hunter – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Rolf Hochhuth Adaptor: Peter Thiers Translator: Peter Sutton Director: Anthony Shrubsall Reviewer: Stephen Bates On 2 July 1961, the bell tolled for Ernest Hemingway, literary icon of the mid 20th Century. His tempestuous life had encompassed four marriages, the lively bars of Havana and the deadly battlegrounds of three wars in Europe, but, in the early hours of that ...

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White Guy on the Bus – Finborogh Theatre, London

Writer: Bruce Graham Director: Jelena Budimir Review: Alex Ramon Plays dealing overtly with the thorny topic of "race in America" (usually narrowly defined as relations between WASP and African-American characters) have found considerable favour on British stages in recent years - ever since Bruce Norris scrawled all over Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun with his scabrous update ...

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Trainspotting Live – The Vaults, London

Writer: Irvine Walsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher & Greg Esplin Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s customary for reviewers to quote a line or two from a production to give a feel for what the audience can expect, however, in this case there isn’t a single line that can be printed in full. Trainspotting is, to put it lightly, extreme. ...

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Love Me Now – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Michelle Barnette Director: Jamie Armitage Reviewer: Stephen Bates When the woman at the centre of Michelle Barnette’s play asks her new casual sex partner what their relationship can be, he replies: “it can be anything you want it to be”. She (known simply as “B”), the modern, liberated woman, is in control, but using what freedom that she has ...

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