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Sex/Crime  – The Glory, London

Writer: Alexis Gregory Director: Robert Chevara Reviewer: Richard Maguire Billed as a ‘dark comic queer thriller’, Alexis Gregory’s new two-hander is a response to two high-profile murder cases which have hit the gay community in the last few years. Stephen Port killed four young men between 2014-15, while Stefano Brizzi murdered a gay police officer and was labelled the ‘cannibal ...

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Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams  – Underbelly, Southbank

Director: Bichu Tesfamariam Reviewer: Richard Maguire You know it’s nearly summer when The Underbelly (once the Udderbelly) Festival pitches its tent on the Southbank, and, while the weather remains decidedly un-summery, Circus Abyssinia, the first headliner show of the season, raises the temperature to a sizzle. This circus is the hottest in town. From the breath-taking tumbling and somersaults that ...

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Chicago – Phoenix Theatre, London

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Stephen Bates You can’t keep a good show down! Chicago, with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, was a moderate success in New York and London in the late 1970s, but it is the 1996 revival, directed by Walter Robbie, that ...

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Tango Moderno – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Chris Egan, Trystan Francis, Jonathan Taylor Director: Karen Bruce Choreographers: Karen Bruce, Vincent Simone, Flavia Cacace Costume Designer: Vicky Gill Reviewer: Sue Collier Tango Moderno is the fourth major production starring Vincent Simone and Flava Cacace in which they showcase various styles of Tango. Previous productions Midnight Tango, Dance ‘Til Dawn and their most recent show, Last Tango, were well ...

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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Daniel Jameson Director: Emma Rice          Composer/Musical Director: Ian Ross           Designer: Sophia Clist Reviewer: Fran Parker Once again, Kneehigh Theatre Company manages to hit the high notes, soaring to theatrical greatness through their depiction of love, loss, and change. Becoming immersed in the lives of Marc and Bella Chagall, the audience is transported to the Russian era of war and ...

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Art – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Yasmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Original Director: Matthew Warchus Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys An almost universal hit on its debut in the 90s, French playwright Yasmina Reza’s Tony, Olivier and Moliere Award-winning Art, has embarked on a multi date revival tour of the U.K. Serge (Nigel Havers), a divorced dermatologist, Marc (Denis Lawson) an engineer and Yvan ...

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Lone Twin: Last Act of Rebellion – Dartington Live

Written and performed by Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan Reviewer: Julia Beasley Inclusivity has always been part of the process for performance company Lone Twin. The experimental duo, Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan, specialise in organising community theatre events and ensembles, bringing together other artists and, often, anyone who wants to join in. In past performance projects, they’ve cycled, walked, ...

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Plastic – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Kenneth Emson Director: Josh Roche Reviewer: Stephen Bates With news stories again dominated by sickening violence on London’s streets, the arrival in the city of Essex playwright Kenneth Emson’s Plastic is about as timely as it could get. The 70-minute verse play, a dark thriller first seen at the 2015 Latitude Festival, gives a devastating account of how peer ...

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