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The Majority – National Theatre, London

Writer: Rob Drummond Director: David Overend Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sometimes it feels as if the only thing that can be said in favour of democracy is that it is infinitely preferable to any conceivable alternative. Rob Drummond’s new 90-minute one man show sets out to expose the fallibilities, anomalies and contradictions of majority verdicts by asking the audience to make ...

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Mosquitoes – National Theatre, London

Writer: Lucy Kirkwood Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Scott Matthewman At the Large Hadron Collider at CERN’s Switzerland, two particles flung in opposite directions around the underground toroid structure will reunite and collide. Although the force involved may be little more than that of two mosquitoes flying into each other, muses Lucy Kirkwood’s dazzling new play, the repercussions are huge – ...

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Bent – National Theatre, London

Writer: Martin Sherman Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Stephen Bates On the weekend when the 50th Anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales is being celebrated, this rehearsed reading of Martin Sherman's landmark play Bent, acts as a sobering reminder of the horrors to which victimisation can lead. Stephen Daldry, then a young student, saw the play on its initial ...

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Certain Young Men – National Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Peter Gill Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Part of the National Theatre’s Queer Theatre season of rehearsed readings, Peter Gill’s Certain Young Men is a collection of scenes, some related but many not, about the lives of four gay male couples. Written at the end of the 1990s, some five years before the Civil Partnerships Act gave the first legal recognition ...

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Wig Out! – National Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Tarell Alvin McCraney Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s not often that you get to see an Oscar winner on the London stage, especially one whose film has shifted the boundaries. Tarell Alvin McCraney’s film Moonlight eventually won the Best Picture award this year, as well a writing gong, but back in 2008 he was an aspiring playwright whose ...

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Neaptide – National Theatre, London

Writer: Sarah Daniels Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Tom Finch Celebrating theatre’s contribution to the LGBT+ experience, The National Theatre is presenting a season of rehearsed readings, talks and exhibitions. Fifty years on from the decriminalisation of homosexuality it's clear, standing in the brutalist foyer how much has changed for queer people in this country. Same-sex couples linger through the gift ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer:  Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: John Kennedy Awash with deserved accolades and awards, this National Theatre adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel has a devilishly inventive conceit to contend with. How the hell will they stage it? With a narrator and ensemble chorus worthy of a Greek tragi-comedy and technical prowess ...

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