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Uncle Vanya – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Lev Dodin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There’s always something a bit special about seeing a play in its original language, particularly when performed by a renowned theatre company from the same country who are able to draw out many of the nuances that can often be lost in translation. So, it’s a treat to see The Maly ...

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Life and Fate – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Writer: Lev Dodin, based on the novel by Vasily Grossman Director: Lev Dodin Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There’s something about a posthumously published novel that can make one wonder how well it has been edited if the author was not around to do so. That is a feeling that’s inescapable with Life and Fate, Vassily Grossman’s sweeping epic depicting life in ...

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The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas: Ella Fitzgerald Edition – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Devisor/Director: Mitch Sebastian Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Originally conceived by Mitch Sebastian in 2003, The Rat Pack has had numerous incarnations in the intervening years. This version, amended to celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary, proves that an oldie can still be a goodie. With a setting that nods to Sinatra at the Sands, the staging is simple and effective, with Matthew Freeman ...

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Christmas with the Rat Pack – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Devised by and Director: Mitch Sebastian Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are some voices that are so full of atmosphere that they transport you entirely to another era, wistful voices that seem to suggest a simpler more thoughtful time. With Christmas only a few days away, everyone is more reflective and some of the most enduring festive tunes are gentle ballads ...

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Queen Anne – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: Helen Edmundson Director: Natalie Abrahami Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Fascination with monarchy and the frailties and frivolities of the ruling classes has never really gone out of fashion with the public. Watching a work such as Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne reinforces the fact that politics, both high and low, has always been, to some degree, crude, rude, unseemly and scrappy. ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty It’s sometimes a little difficult to remember Shakespeare’s romantic comedies for things other than the wordplay, ridiculous situations and farce. This production has those three key elements for sure. However, it also brilliantly brings out the darkness and menace inherent in the chronicle of betrayal that is Much Ado About Nothing ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Coming in hot from the Chichester Theatre Festival this vivacious version of one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies is sure to be a welcome transplant to the capital. Forming part of a double with its potential sequel (debate rages on) Much Ado About Nothing with the same cast, director, designer and also ...

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