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Denim: World Tour – Soho Theatre, London

Devisers: The cast Reviewer: Tom Finch Drag queens. If they seem to be more ubiquitous than they were a few years ago it’s because they are. Thanks to RuPaul’s Drag Race this once subversive art form is now hurtling toward the mainstream and looking fabulous while doing so. It was only a matter of time then before a drag girl ...

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Road – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Tom Finch Set among the houses of an unnamed street somewhere in Lancashire during the Thatcher years, Jim Cartwright’s seminal play Road is now playing at the Royal Court 30 years after its first production. Eschewing plot for character study the piece explores the lives of the working class inhabitants over the course ...

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Sh!t-Faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Director: Stacey Norris Reviewer: Tom Finch Magnificent Bastards really have got the gift that keeps on giving. Sh!t-faced Shakespeare is a simple concept but the potential for laughs is huge. Six classically trained actors perform an abridged Shakespeare play and one of the actors happens to be more than a little sozzled. Cue confusion, mishaps and the ever looming presence ...

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Years Of Sunlight – Theatre503, London

Writer: Michael Mclean Director: Amelia Sears Reviewer: Sophia Moss Years Of Sunlight is a dark, depressing and yet impressively human tale of friendship and addiction set in the fittingly bleak scouser town of Skelmersdale. The play begins when Paul (Mark Rice-Oxley) arrives back at his childhood home after the death of his former best friend. It opens with a man, mid-30s, ...

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Once In A Lifetime – The Young Vic, London

Writers: Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman Adapter: Christopher Hart Director: Richard Jones Reviewer: Tom Finch Richard Jones' revival of the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman Hollywood satire Once in a Lifetime follows the fortunes of three Vaudevillians who head west having smelled profit in the burgeoning 'Talkie' film industry. In an era of great upheaval in a young ...

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Musicals Unsung – St James’ Studio, London

Musical Director: Kris Rawlinson Reviewer: Tom Finch This musical offering fromParallel Productionsis an interesting idea, songs which were cut from hit musicals prior to their official Broadway and West End runs.Musicals Unsungtakes in songs from shows includingShrek, Spring Awakening, WickedandThe Last Five Yearswith a few Disney songs thrown in for good measure. Musical Director Kris Rawlinson has assembled a team ...

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Luce – Southwark Playhouse, London

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Writer: JC Lee Director: Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Tom Finch   JC Lee’s Luce is receiving its UK premiere in Southwark Playhouse’s ‘little’ space, which in a dark, thrust configuration is the perfect setting for this drama to unfold. With the actors joining the audience and watching the play unfold to its uncomfortable conclusion it’s impossible to be sure who is ...

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Jest End, Waterloo East Theatre, London

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Writer: Garry Lake Director:James Doughty Reviewer: Tom Finch Since 2008 Jest End has been lovingly sending up the London musical theatre scene and now it's back and looking great. The show is essentially a sketch show with a team of four actors who sing new lyrics to familiar show tunes. As with most sketch shows, it is a bit of ...

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