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A Moderate Soprano – Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Some rather good jokes are scattered throughout this piece. Gentle ones, polite ones. The type one could have expected in the drawing room at Totleigh Towers among the noblesse of interwar Britain. Hare, first producing this play in 2015, has captured an idea of upper-class language and humour excellently - whether ...

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Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams  – Underbelly, Southbank

Director: Bichu Tesfamariam Reviewer: Richard Maguire You know it’s nearly summer when The Underbelly (once the Udderbelly) Festival pitches its tent on the Southbank, and, while the weather remains decidedly un-summery, Circus Abyssinia, the first headliner show of the season, raises the temperature to a sizzle. This circus is the hottest in town. From the breath-taking tumbling and somersaults that ...

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Chicago – Phoenix Theatre, London

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Stephen Bates You can’t keep a good show down! Chicago, with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, was a moderate success in New York and London in the late 1970s, but it is the 1996 revival, directed by Walter Robbie, that ...

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Plastic – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Kenneth Emson Director: Josh Roche Reviewer: Stephen Bates With news stories again dominated by sickening violence on London’s streets, the arrival in the city of Essex playwright Kenneth Emson’s Plastic is about as timely as it could get. The 70-minute verse play, a dark thriller first seen at the 2015 Latitude Festival, gives a devastating account of how peer ...

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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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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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