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A Winter’s Tale – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Composer and lyricist: Howard Goodall Writer: Nick Stimson Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Some shows have no luck at all. In the same week that the arts pages of the national press have, along with The Reviews Hub, been heaping extravagant praise on the National Theatre for its groundbreaking pro/am musical version of Shakespeare’s Pericles, along comes a youth ...

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PRESS LAUNCH: The Goons Take to the Road

In the days before television gained its grip on popular culture, British families would gather around their wireless sets and listen to programmes such as The Goon Show; it is said that even Prince Charles was an avid fan. Now, well over half a century later, a new version of that show has just been launched and is about to embark ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Love's Labour's Lost is more a philosophic meditation on art, love and melancholy than a play. But in the best way. A rattling thoroughfare of discourse, pretty words, wit and self indulgent writing from Shakespeare takes us through a lacklustre plot about princes and princesses. Far from heavy going, however, the ...

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Cirque Berserk – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Circus meets West End in this gloriously quirky and creative show. Performers from across the world are represented here with an endless variety of traditional and contemporary skills entwined. Impressively, what might have been a simple variety show becomes a unique and unified production through careful staging and storytelling. Apart from one specific ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Jo Payne First performed a mere 4 years ago, The Play That Goes Wrong has taken London, the UK and the world by storm. It is no surprise at all that this is the case as sometimes the most successful shows have the simplest concept. For this show, an ...

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Review: Pericles – National Theatre, London 

Writer: William Shakespeare  Adaptor: Chris Bush  Music: Jim Fortune  Director: Emily Lim  Reviewer: Stephen Bates  Pericles, Prince of Tyre is not William Shakespeare’s best play, nor his best-known play and, according to many scholars, it is not wholly his play at all, but here, in the unlikeliest of circumstances, a case can be made for it being one of his ...

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REVIEW: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – The Other Palace, London

Book: Helen Watts Music and Lyrics: Eamonn O’Dwyer Director: Alex Sutton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Imagine being 16 or 17 and the lead in the world premiere of a brand-new musical at a respected off-West End venue - it’s the stuff of dreams. But thanks to the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT), 16-year old Hayley Canham and 17-year old George Renshaw ...

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REVIEW: A Bench on the Edge – Hens and Chickens Theatre, London

Writer: Luigi Jannuzzi Director: Ben Anderson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The “To be or not to be” speech from Hamlet is one of the most famous in the English language, examining the value of life against the acceptance and fear of inevitable death, a fundamental debate about the human condition. Luigi Jannuzzi’s play A Bench on the Edge is clearly influenced ...

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