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Show – Lyric Hammersmith , London,

Choreographer: Hofesh Shechter Performers: Shechter II Reviewer: Richard Maguire Hofesh Shechter is definitely the man of the moment; his daring Grand Finale is touring Europe this summer, and, closer to home, he plans to fill the moat of The Tower of London with dancers in July as part of the LIFT Festival. Incredibly, he’s still got the time to revisit his ...

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The Winslow Boy – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Stephen Bates Like British theatre’s equivalent of a hardy perennial, Terence Rattigan’s 1946 play The Winslow Boy is never long away from our stages. This sturdy touring revival shows again why the story of a 13-year-old boy who is accused falsely of stealing a five shilling postal order continues to intrigue us. It ...

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Building The Wall – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Robert Schenkkan Director: Jez Bond Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Building The Wall is an unsettling glimpse into a dystopian (near) future in which Trump’s America has declared martial law. The stage is a sterile prison meeting room in El Paso, Texas. The audience watches through Perspex walls as Rick (Trevor White), a Caucasian man in his 40s clad in an ...

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How It Is (Part One)  – The Print Room at the Coronet, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Judy Hegarty Lovett Reviewer: Richard Maguire While it’s always a pleasure going to The Print Room, London’s most stylish theatre, it’s also something of a challenge as The Print Room’s programming is among the most uncompromising in the country. Their new show, an adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s 1961 novel, How It Is, is not for the ...

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An Ideal Husband – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Stephen Bates Glancing at the names of the main characters in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, all bar one of them titled, a natural reaction is to ask how on Earth can the problems of this cross-section of the Victorian aristocracy be relevant to modern life? It is only when their problems turn ...

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INTERVIEW: Tom Vallen on A Gym Thing

A Gym Thing, a play that profiles Body Dysmorphic Disorder, (BDD) and was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe is currently playing at London’s Pleasance Theatre. Written by and starring, Tom Vallen, A Gym Thing is a complex and powerful love story set within a 60-minute physical workout.   Will, played by Vallen, is a regular at his local gym ...

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The Tap Pack – Peacock Theatre, London

Creators: Jesse Rasmussen, Jordan Pollard and Thomas J Egan Director: Nigel Turner-Carroll Reviewer: Richard Maguire The chances are that this show is critic-proof. If you like tap dancing, and if you like swing, it won’t matter too much what the papers say about this old-fashioned fusion of dance and song. But fortunately, the talent on the stage will break the ...

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Not Talking  – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Mike Bartlett Director: James Hillier Reviewer: Richard Maguire Although Mike Bartlett is responsible for some of the best plays of the last ten years (Earthquakes in London, Cock, and King Charles III), it was the TV’s Doctor Foster that turned his name into a household one. Taking advantage of this fame, the Arcola, along with Defibrillator Theatre, have dusted down ...

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