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Jamaica Inn – Tabard Thatre, London

Writer: Lisa Evans, adapted from the Daphne du Maurier novel Director: Anastasia Revi Reviewer: Richard Maguire The good news is that, unlike the BBC adaptation from 2014, the actors in the Tabard’s version of Jamaica Inn don’t mumble. However, the bad news is that, like the BBC show, the audience still doesn’t really know what’s going on. Even though Lisa ...

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The Tailor-Made Man – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Claudio Macor Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Stephen Bates With current stories of improprieties in the film industry seeming to be as plentiful as gold stars on Hollywood Boulevard, this revival of Claudio Macor’s The Tailor-Made Man could hardly be more timely. The play is based on the true story of William “Billy” Haines, a star of silent movies and ...

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Bunny – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: Lucy Curtis Reviewer: Stephen Bates Writer Jack Thorne is riding on the crest of a wave right now with Harry Potter... in the running for multiple awards and heading for Broadway, but it is a big leap from a West End extravaganza to a small pub theatre production of a gritty hour-long monologue such as Bunny, first seen in 2010. ...

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Out There on Fried Meat Ridge Road – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Keith Stevenson Director: Harry Burton Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty One of the things that shines through in this scrappy play is the true endearment the writer has for the people formed and deposited at the motel on Fried Meat Ridge Road. The story, and the characters, positively glow with charm - unfortunately, the execution dims that light and ultimately makes ...

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The Two Noble Kinsmen – White Bear Theatre, London

Writers: William Shakespeare and John Fletcher Director: David Cottis Reviewer: Jon Wainwright The rear wall of a bare black stage is hung with banners of white cloth daubed with black paint, abstract symbols of the autocratic power of Theseus, duke of Athens. The two noble kinsmen, Palamon and Arcite, are his prisoners, and the best of friends until they see ...

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The Dead Shepherd – White Bear Theatre, London

Writers: Robert Pope &Ian Dixon-Potter Director: Linda Miller Reviewer: Jon Wainwright In the turbulent world of late Elizabethan London, having the wrong sort of friendship with the wrong sort of playwright could send a man to the Bridewell (in the days when it specialized in torture and not fringe theatre). Intrigue was everywhere, from the bedroom to the Star Chamber, ...

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Christmas – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Michael Kingsbury Reviewer: Stephen Bates   A natural symmetry occurs when a pub theatre puts on a show about a pub. Simon Stephens’ 10-year old play was first performed above the bar of the old Bush and this revival appears at the back of the White Bear, which would now mirror the front bar were it ...

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Muswell Hill – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Roger Mortimer-Smith Reviewer: Nichola Daunton   Torben Betts’ 2012 play Muswell Hill is given an assured and often funny revival here by Roger Mortimer-Smith’s Two Sheds Theatre Company. In a sleek and expensive kitchen in north London, Jess and Mat are preparing to host a dinner party. While the middle class dinner party is something of ...

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