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Tiny Dynamite – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Abi Morgan Director: David Loumgair Reviewer: Stephen Bates How are we supposed to deal with the randomness of fate in a world where one person can survive being struck by lightning and another can be killed by a flying sandwich? Abi Morgan’s Tiny Dynamite asks this question through two troubled characters. She wrote the play in 2001 and she ...

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This Story of Yours  – The White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: John Hopkins Director: David Sayers Reviewer: Richard Maguire Entering the White Bear Theatre’s new digs above the Kennington pub, we hear the cackle of a police radio to prepare us for this police procedural drama first seen at the Royal Court in 1968. Interspersed in the static, are songs from the 60s. One of them is a song by ...

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East – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Steven Berkoff Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Stephen Bates Returning to the King’s Head where it made its debut in 1975, East, Steven Berkoff’s angry and unsentimental homage to London’s East End, has lost none of its potency. Now, as then, there is a sense that the theatre’s location, in North London bordering on the East, provides the writer with ...

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One Festival: Programme B  – The Space Theatre, London

Perfect written by Rachael Claye and directed by Danielle McIlven Motherland written by Naomi Joseph and directed by Rachael Black It’s Not A Sprint written by Grace Chapman directed by Ellie Simpson Sweet Fade written by Charlotte Powell and directed by Orlando James Reviewer: Richard Maguire This is the final year of the One Festival at The Space where 19 ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Holly Spanner Even though the original Broadway production scooped seven of the 11 nominated Tony Awards, Sunset Boulevard somehow always seems underrated, overshadowed by other musicals. Given the scale and grandeur of this musical, it is fully deserving of attention in its own right. ...

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Heartbreak House – Union Theatre, London

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Phil Willmot Reviewer: Richard Maguire Towards the end of his life, and frustrated with the slowness of social reform, Bernard Shaw called for a dictatorship to be established in Britain. A dictator, Shaw reasoned, would get things done, and rekindle the desire for Socialism. Although Heartbreak House, currently playing at the Union Theatre, was written ...

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It’s a Wonderful Life – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Mary Elliott Nelson Director: Jake Smith Designer: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson East Riding Theatre’s ambition and achievement continue to surprise and impress. A converted church with fewer than 200 capacity and a small stage with no wing space, reliant for its operations on an army of volunteers to supplement the small professional team, it continues to mount productions ...

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The Grinning Man  – Trafalgar Studios, London

Book and Lyrics: Carl Grose Director: Tom Morris Reviewer: Richard Maguire Smiling all the way from Bristol’s Old Vic, where it received rave reviews, new British musical The Grinning Man now bares his teeth at London’s Trafalgar Studios. If only his bite was sharper. The Grinning Man, or Grinpayne as he’s known to his friends, is facially disfigured with a ...

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