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Private Lives – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Coward’s frothy comedy of manners was concocted – as a vehicle for the Master and Miss Gertie Lawrence – at break-neck speed. And that’s how it’s delivered by London Classic Theatre, in Chelmsford for the 12th date of its national tour. All over in an hour and three-quarters, including the interval. Realistic ...

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Don Giovanni – Pleasance Theatre, London

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Sophie Gilpin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Whoever scheduled this faithful adaption of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Pleasance Theatre must have had incredible foresight, as this revival has come at a time when revelations of female sexual abuse at the hands of men in positions of power has dominated the news. Central to Mozart’s tale is ...

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Vamos Cuba! – Peacock Theatre, London

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Nilda Guerra Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Airports are the some of the most frustrating places in the world. Despite the excitement and anticipation of the holiday destinations ahead, the trudge through airport security and the overcrowded lounge feel like a chore. How much worse all this is when your plane is delayed, and endless hours of waiting ...

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Beginning – National Theatre, London

Writer: David Eldridge Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Stephen Bates David Eldridge’s new play begins at the end - the end of a drunken flat warming party. Hostess Laura (Justine Mitchell) stands at the door, but the last lingering guest, Danny (Sam Troughton), there as a friend of an acquaintance, declines to exit through it. After the play has progressed over ...

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Of Kith and Kin – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Chris Thompson Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Stephen Bates The details of Chris Thompson’s new three-act play, first seen at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, may be very modern, but the style of its opening is distinctly old-fashioned. A living room, an expecting married couple and a cantankerous, interfering mother-in-law are staples of domestic comedy, but the modern twist is ...

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The Secret Keeper – Ovalhouse, Kennington

 cWriter: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J. Skilbeck Reviewer: David Guest In the week that the news media is filled with celebrities claiming everyone knew about film producer Harvey Weinstein’s secrets but was afraid to say anything, the new play by Angela Clerkin couldn’t be more timely. The Secret Keeper is a grim fairy tale for modern times with ...

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Metropolis – Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London

Book and Lyrics: Joe Brooks and Dusty Hughes Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: Deborah Parry Metropolis is one of those obscure lost musicals that, despite having had a run in the West End in the late 1980s, hasn't seen much of the light of day since – certainly not in the UK and certainly not with a professional cast. It is particularly significant, then, ...

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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle – Wyndham’s Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliot Reviewer: Richard Maguire Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle states that it is impossible to know both the position and the velocity of an object; the more we focus on the object’s position the less we know about its momentum. It’s not that our measuring tools are inadequate, but that there is some uncertainty inherent in nature. ...

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