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The Wild Party – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Joseph Moncure March Director: Rafaella Marcus Reviewer: Deborah Parry Think of the most disappointing party you’ve ever been to – one that left you feeling fairly deflated; perhaps you bumped into an ex who looked great and their plus one was annoyingly attractive – maybe you got ridiculously drunk, was sick everywhere and just generally made a bit of ...

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The Love Of The Nightingale – Bierkeller Bristol

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Miranda Cromwell Reviewer: Kris Hallett After the sugary excesses of the Christmas season trust Bristol Old Vic’s Young Company to start a new year of theatre with something as bracing as Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play The Love Of The Nightingale. Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988, its themes of male privilege and issues of consent seems ...

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BU21 – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Stuart Slade Director: Dan Pick Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty If the subject and execution doesn’t get you, the direct challenge to the audience will. The play uses a fictitious terrorist attack on London (a guided missile bringing flight BU21 down onto residential Fulham) and a support group set up for survivors as its core. Through this, we meet the characters, ...

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The Lower Depths – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Maxim Gorky (translated by Jeremy Brooks and Kitty Hunter-Blair Director: Helena Kaut-Howson Reviewer: Deborah Parry Even if you happen to be a scholar of Russian literature, in combination with having an extensive knowledge of the Russian revolution(s) then trying to get your head around The Lower Depths is still likely to be perplexing – don't let this deter you, ...

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The Twentieth Century Way – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Jacobson Director: Marylynne Anderson-Cooper Reviewer: Stephen Bates Peeling away the layers of Tom Jacobson's one-act play, here getting its UK Premiere, we find two actors, James Sindall and Fraser Wall, playing two actors, Warren and Brown respectively, playing a variety of characters caught up in intrigue in 1914 Los Angeles. Yes, it is confusing and we get only ...

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The Nutcracker – Chichester Festival Theatre

Music: Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky Director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko Conductor: Igor Shavruk Choreography: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is something magical about the phrase ‘going to the ballet’ and, by and large, the Moscow City  Ballet (MCB) does its bit to maintain that reputation in the 2017 tour that commences at Chichester Festival Theatre. Firmly in the classical Russian School, the MCB ...

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Glockenspiel – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Steven Dykes Reviewer: Scott Matthewman With the long-running conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, US Army personnel often find themselves accepting repeated tours of active service. Patched up physically before being sent out to fight again, veterans’ mental state is on the decline, with greater than average rates of depression, alcohol and drug abuse and suicide. Steven Dykes’s ...

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The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Tony Harrison Director: Jimmy Walters Reviewer: Maryam Philpott What happens to characters in books and plays when we’re not looking at them; are they like the tree in the forest and do they continue to exist somewhere waiting for their story to begin again? It’s a gloomy idea, these fictional creations living a half-life out of sight until we ...

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