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Bunny – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Lucy Curtis Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There’s a big play made of the difference between surprise and suspense in this piece. The two run interwoven through the course of the narrative, highlighted and punctuated by movement, light and sound. Equally strong is the threatening air of tension being built with each layer of the story unveiled. It ...

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The Claim – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Writer: Tim Cowbury Director: Mark Maughan Reviewer: Stephen Bates When you are sitting in a room at the end of an unwelcoming corridor in a building with ties to officialdom, such as a town hall, it hardly comes as a surprise when someone wanders in looking lost. Tim Cowbury’s comedy begins with the appearance of Serge, an arrival from Democratic ...

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Bêtes de Foire: Petit Théâtre de Gestes – The Barbican, London

Creators and Directors: Laurent Cabrol and Elsa de Witte Reviewer: Richard Maguire Playing as part of the London International Mime Festival, Bêtes de Foire, at the Barbican’s Pit theatre, doesn’t exceed anyone’s expectations of what mime entails, but this small circus show from France is executed with such old-world charm that it’s hard not to be swept away. The London ...

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Cry, Blueberry – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Richard Canal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Clowns in popular culture are rarely humorous and whether they’re the murderous subjects of Stephen King novels or child-hating alcoholics in black comedies like Psychoville, the clown is a rich subject for drama. Despite their association with slapstick humour, combining the need to make people laugh with an inner sadness makes them ...

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Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 – Gate Theatre, London

Writer: Anna Deavere Smith Director: Ola Ince Reviewer: Stephen Bates in 1992, two white officers in the Los Angeles Police Department were acquitted on charges relating to the brutal beating of Rodney King, an Afro-American, leading to riots, looting and, bloodshed. “LaLa Land” was revealed to all the world as a city of scars. Anna Deavere Smith has devised this ...

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The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas: Ella Fitzgerald Edition – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Devisor/Director: Mitch Sebastian Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Originally conceived by Mitch Sebastian in 2003, The Rat Pack has had numerous incarnations in the intervening years. This version, amended to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary, proves that an oldie can still be a goodie. With a setting that nods to Sinatra at the Sands, the staging is simple and effective, with Matthew Freeman ...

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Doodle: The Musical – Waterloo East Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Jonathan Kydd  Music: Andy Street  Director: Jonathan Moore  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Every so often, a musical comes along that reminds you just why you fell in love with the genre. That musical is Hamilton. And as the night follows day, a piece of work comes along which tempts you to agree with the latest piece of clickbait ...

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One Festival: Programme D  -The Space Theatre, London

Mission Abort written by Therese Ramstedt and directed by Claire Stone Crossrail written by Philippa Mannion and directed by Jodie Botha Just One More Time written by Guleraana Mir and directed by Mingyu Lin A Fallen Cigarette Butt written by Stefanie-May Hammoudeh The End of Term Show written by Olu Alakija and directed by John Fricker Reviewer: Richard Maguire All ...

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