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The End of History…, Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Jack Thorne Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is an overwhelming theme of disappointment in the air in The End of History…, Jack Thorne’s new family drama. Lesley Sharp’s Sal and David Morrisey’s Dave, a well off couple with far left leanings, have aspirations for their three children that none could hope to meet. In turn, the children ...

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾  – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Jake Brunger Music and Lyrics: Pippa Cleary Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott London is full of very important theatre, new writing or reimagined classics shaped to reflect our troubled modern times, filled with the greatest actors of our generation giving career-best performances. Everything needs to have something profound to say, serious political points to make or ...

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Yummy – Underbelly Festival, London

Director: James Welsby Reviewer: Richard Maguire In the old days, drag was challenging and subversive often coming with a political or a gender political agenda. Now as it increasingly occupies mainstream territory, drag has been tamed and its power to undermine societal expectations has been made safe. Yummy, the new drag show opening at the Southbank’s Underbelly Festival, is as ...

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FIFTY WORD FRINGE PITCH… Robin Morgan

With time being precious during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe we challenged this year’s acts to deliver a 50-word elevator pitch for their show. This time it’s the turn of…Robin Morgan Your pitch:     It’s a show about my Dad and my son, about male role models and what makes a good man in 2019. It’s a dead-Dad show about ...

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FIFTY WORD FRINGE PITCH… Harriet Braine

With time being precious during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe we challenged this year’s acts to deliver a 50-word elevator pitch for their show. This time it’s the turn of…Harriet Braine Your pitch:     In Les Admirables, I bring five admirable women from the history of science to the comedy stage. In the interest of balance, I also tell the ...

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Little Miss Sunshine: A Road Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: William Finn Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The epitome of dysfunctional, the Hoover family travel 800 miles from Albuquerque, New Mexico in grandpa's beaten up VW camper van to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, so the youngest member of the clan, the unlikely Olive, can compete. So goes William ...

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Un ballo in maschera – Opera Holland Park, London

Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi Text: Antonio Somma Director: Rachel Hewer Conductor: Sonia Ben-Santamaria Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova This three acts opera by Giuseppe Verdi, first performed in 1859, tells the intense story of a love triangle and the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden in the 18thcentury. The motives of human instinct, desire, friendship, treachery, dignity and revenge are passionately revealed amidst ...

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Sh!t-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Adaptation and Original Direction: Lewis Ironside Directed by: Stacey Norris Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Sh!t-faced Shakespeare: Hamletis Magnificent Bastard Productions’ booze-fuelled and delightfully sweary take on Shakespeare’s tale of royal revenge in the Danish court. The concept is a simple one – a cast of professionally trained, Shakespearian actors rattle their way through a potted 70-minute adaptation of The Bard’s classic ...

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