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Misalliance – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Richard Maguire The full title of Bernard Shaw’s 1909 comedy is Misalliance: A Debate in One Sitting, but the Orange Tree has wisely chosen to omit the subtitle of its latest production of lesser-known works by the Irish playwright. There is debate here, but this is a more light-hearted Shaw than we ...

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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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Eugene Onegin – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Robin Norton-Hale Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: Lucy Bradley Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Dedication to detail and a commitment to creative re-invention have marked out OperaUpClose’s productions over the last few years. The trait continues here - tackling Tchaikovsky’s grand-scale take on a Pushkin story. Robin Norton-Hale’s new version nips, tucks and tailors the original, leaving behind the essence of ...

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INTERVIEW: Niall Ransome plans a sobering Christmas at The Bunker

When audiences are flocking to see Barnum at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory this Christmas, they may spot that, next door in the subterranean Bunker Theatre, there is something far removed from the fun of the circus. FCUK’D offers an alternative festive experience, focussing on the emotive topic of runaway children, and its writer/director Niall Ransome took time off from treading ...

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Sex Workers’ Opera, Oval House Theatre, London

Devised and directed by: Experimental Experience Reviewer: Richard Maguire Sex Workers’ Opera, or, possibly, Sex Workers of the World Unite and Take Over? If you’re not even the slightest bit tempted to peruse the job vacancies down at your local brothel after this show has ended, you must be very hard-hearted indeed. Using real stories from sex workers from around the ...

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The Secondary Victim – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Matthew Campling Director: Matthew Gould Reviewer: Stephen Bates With two decades as a therapist under his belt and 10 produced plays to his credit, no-one could accuse Matthew Campling of not knowing his subject for this new play or of not knowing how to write about it. The mystery is why what appears on stage here feels so unconvincing. ...

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Jamaica Inn – Tabard Thatre, London

Writer: Lisa Evans, adapted from the Daphne du Maurier novel Director: Anastasia Revi Reviewer: Richard Maguire The good news is that, unlike the BBC adaptation from 2014, the actors in the Tabard’s version of Jamaica Inn don’t mumble. However, the bad news is that, like the BBC show, the audience still doesn’t really know what’s going on. Even though Lisa ...

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The Tailor-Made Man – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Claudio Macor Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Stephen Bates With current stories of improprieties in the film industry seeming to be as plentiful as gold stars on Hollywood Boulevard, this revival of Claudio Macor’s The Tailor-Made Man could hardly be more timely. The play is based on the true story of William “Billy” Haines, a star of silent movies and ...

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