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It Happened in Key West – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jill Santoriello, Jason Huza, Jeremiah James Director: Marc Robin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Expressing true love in fiction is usually fairly cliched – hearts, flowers, big declarations – but some of the more unusual protestations of eternal affection have involved graveyards. In Hamlet, both Laertes and Hamlet jump into the grave of Ophelia, clutching the dead girl ...

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Grindr: The Opera – Above the Stag, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Erik Ransom  Director: Andrew Beckett  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The most fundamental and accurate observation that Grindr: The Opera makes comes in its first number. The advent of the mobile smartphone, whose GPS technology allows for distance-based searching, transformed the online dating space – particularly for those who, far from looking for Mr Right, were looking for Mr ...

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Boxman – The Blue Elephant, London

Writer:  Daniel Keene Director:  Edwina Strobl Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Working in partnership with The Refugee Council, Boxman is the desolate story of Ringo, an asylum seeker sleeping rough in London. Ringo lives in a world of shadows, where invisible to passers-by he’s haunted by ghosts of the past. Boxman is a quiet and understated portrayal of loss. Eschewing the traditional narrative of ...

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The King and I – London Palladium

Music: Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Bartlett Sher Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Very few of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musicals come without problematic moments. One only has to think of Billy Bigelow’s wife beating ways, the admiration for Nellie Forbush’s daring to accept her lover’s two mixed-race children, or the cultural stereotyping that is embedded in the ...

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Circa’s Peep Show – Underbelly Festival, London

Director: Yaron Lifschitz Reviewer: Sophia Moss A human pyramid stands before us. Three men in sparkly, colourful shorts stand at the bottom, three women balances on their shoulders and a fourth (Rowan Heydon-White), who we still believe to be an unwitting member of the audience, stands at the top, her head almost level with the ceiling.  The audience shrieks as ...

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Mermaids – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Joanne Sherryden Director: Siobhan James-Elliott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Being yourself seems like it should be really simple, but of course it isn’t. We are surrounded by pressures to look, sound, feel a certain way and even the most outwardly confident or stylish people are equally filled with self-doubt and fear on the inside. Joanna Sherryden’s new play Mermaids explores the ...

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For King and Country – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: John Wilson Director: Paul Tomlinson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As we approach the centenary of the end of World War I, events commemorating the Great War continue. This latest, a revival of John Wilson’s play For King and Country by Dilated Theatre Company, is unusual in that it marks more than anything how the young men on the front could find ...

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The Play About My Dad – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Boo Killebrew Director: Stella Powell-Jones Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, it was more than just New Orleans that was hit. Playwright Boo Killebrew, from the Mississippi town of Gulfport, was living in Manhattan at the time – but her estranged father, a doctor at the local hospital, was there. His stories of ...

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