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Raz – Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Jo Beggs Shane lives for the weekend, for the moment when he puts on his pristine new shirt at the end of a week in filthy overalls. Too old to be living at home, to be told by his mum not to go out drinking on an empty stomach, Shane’s ready for a ...

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Hamlet – Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Zoe Ford Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Bare bottomed Hamlet begins by having to endure a cavity search at HM Prison Liverpool. A striking image, but overshadowed by the modern English dialogue the audience are presented with. “That's not in the original text,” came from one particularly surprised audience member. One of the reasons Shakespeare's stories are used ...

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Dorian Gray – Riverside Studios, London

Writer and Director: Linnie Reedman Music and Lyrics: Joe Evans Reviewer: Stephen Bates Oscar Wilde’s narcissistic fantasy of eternal youth has entered our collective consciousness to the extent that almost everyone knows the very simple story - handsome young man does a deal with the Devil so that his portrait ages while he stays young. However, if simplicity is a ...

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Othello: The Moor of Venice – Riverside Studios, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rebekah Fortune Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3.5] How often do we go to see a play and find no credit for the playwright on the posters or in the programme? Okay, so we all know who wrote this one (don’t we?), but it would be interesting to learn if the omissions for this production were due to ...

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The Little Mermaid – Riverside Studios, London

Writers: David Shopland and Callum Hughes Director: David Shopland Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:3.5] Titles can be misleading, so it needs to be stated that this is not a stage adaptation of the Disney cartoon nor is it a Christmas pantomime version of the famous fairy tale. It is in fact a thoughtful study of the links between the story of ...

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Chelsea Hotel – Riverside Studios, London

Artistic Directors: Jessica Cohen and Jim Ennis Composers: Frank Naughton, Sion Orgon and Felix Otaola Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] If walls had ears, so they say, and maybe eyes too, what stories would they have to tell? The walls of few buildings in the World can hold as many juicy secrets as those of Manhattan’s iconic Chelsea Hotel, home at ...

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Sex Cells – Riverside Studios, London

Writer: Anna Longaretti Director: James Barry Reviewer: Rob Cottingham [rating:4] It’s not hard to see why Sex Cells is a good name for a play. It’s a pun, of course, and it also relates to biological cells. Plus it generates interest immediately into the content of the play and has one thinking about it before the play begins. There are ...

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The Speed Twins – Riverside Studios, London

Writer: Maureen Chadwick Director: Simon Evans Reviewer: Andy Moseley [rating:2] The Gateways Club was a well kept secret for over thirty years, a venue that welcomed lesbians when the country didn’t. The club, or an afterlife version, is the setting for Maureen Chadwick’s new play. But this is not an affectionate look at the club, instead the setting is a ...

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