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Freddie, Ted and the Death of Joe Orton – London Theatre Workshop, London

Writer: Don Cotter Director: Ray Rackham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Mods on their Italian scooters are congregating on Brighton seafront, near to the house shared by gay couple Freddie and Ted. It is August 1966 and Radio Caroline can be heard on their portable wireless, but then Freddie switches channels to the BBC Home Service, which is broadcasting The Ruffian on ...

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City of Champions – Theatre Workshop, London

Writer and director: Steve Brown Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Hollywood studios are usually keen to point out that no animals are harmed during the shooting of their films, but harming children could be another matter. Steve Brown's searing drama is a reminder that, for every Jodie Foster or Christian Bale who makes the transition from child to adult stardom, there is a...well, no ...

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Tribe – London Theatre Workshop

Writers: Brandon Force, Matthew McCray and Rowena Russell Director: Matthew McCray Reviewer: Stephen Bates Few traditions originating from Edwardian England can still survive more than a century later without having undergone fundamental change. This new play, set in 2012, by Brandon Force, Matthew McCray and Rowena Russell examines how necessary change, difficult and painful, has been brought about in the ...

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Safe – London Theatre Workshop, London

Writer: Alexis Gregory Director: Robert Chevara Reviewer: Daniel Perks Four individuals take to the stage, young men and women that have had more than their fair share of life’s hardships already. These are LGBT individuals that comprise 25% of the homeless and at risk youth currently in the UK. All from broken homes, all fighting for their lives, each one ...

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Boxes – London Theatre Workshop

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Writer and Director: Andy Moseley Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The London property bubble is a sore subject for many of the capital city’s inhabitants. The tiny spaces rented for astronomical sums, the international investors leaving empty buildings and the near impossibility of ever owning here are among the most frustrating aspects of London life. Andy Moseley’s new play Boxes which christens ...

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The Killing of Sister George – London Theatre Workshop

Writer: Frank Marcus Director: Scott Le Crass Reviewer:Andy Moseley   Unfulfilled promise. Two words that best describe Artful Theatre’s revival of Frank Marcus’ play. A journey to the ‘behind-the-scenes’ world of the BBC in the 1960s where a popular radio soap character is about to be sacrificed, either to save the ratings or because there is something unpleasant in her ...

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Parade – London Theatre Workshop, London

Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Book: Alfred Uhry Director: Jody Tranter Musical Director: Erika Gundesen Choreographer: Adam Scown Reviewer:Andy Moseley   While the West End seems to be taking an increasingly risk-averse approach to musicals after some high-profile failures, it’s a refreshing change to find a revival of a musical that does not fit the happy-go-lucky crowd pleaser mould ...

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INTERVIEW: Jody Tranter on Parade

The story of Leo Frank,a Jewish-American factory superintendent who was convicted of the murder of a 13-year-old employee, might not sound as though it's musical theatre material, butAlfred UhryandJason Robert Brown's Parade is a sensitive and sobering portrait of bigotry and mob mentality in the American deep South. Director Jody Tranter spoke to Paul Couch about its significance and why ...

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